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Fast Reproaching

Shore_overcastWhen Seasons Change:

What to do when time conspires against you

The weather is cooling and the rain is menacing.  For many, that means very little  time outdoors.  Less time outside begats less exercise.  Less exercise invites weight gain.  Add ‘The Holiday Season’ and the pounds spike up to numbers we’ve never  believed possible.

Studies indicate an average of 5lbs will be gained by people already carrying more weight than is optimal.  http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/11/22/the-skinny-on-holiday-weight-gain/

And what’s a few more pounds?  Yet, if you gain what’s typical (5lbs) every year, that’s a whopping 50lbs after 10 years.  And to take it one step further, will it be easier to change 10 years of habits in order to take off the weight?  Most people have a hard time making shifts that create change.

According to the National Institutes of Health, there is a very specific determinant that affects how quickly the aging process takes place.  Thoughts turn to genetic predisposition, environmental exposure, available food sources, etc.  However, the

Lifestyle choices are the single most important factor in reducing age-related body changes.  And it’s not just the choice of which desserts to choose from during the holidays – it’s the choices you make everyday of the year.

Most everyone knows what they should not eat and that exercising is good…

But how does one know  what should be eaten and what exercises to do?

  • First, understand what you don’t know.
  • Second, decide the goal.
  • Third, choose a plan of action.

If you need help, BODYWISE specializes in assessment, manageable exercises, and supporting your progress.  And because of the holidays, there is a special to celebrate you getting where you want your health to be…

www.bodywisebodywork.com/specials

Let me help you!  Make 2015 the year you do it right.

Simple Pain – Astounding Solution

Like most, I feel it when I bend over.  The back of my legs aren’t as loose and free moving as I want them to be.  Don’t get me wrong, I can bend over and touch the floor with my fingers so my hamstrings aren’t short by any means (most people have trouble touching their own ankles with a straightened leg).

But I have been woken up at night by my stretching because the backs of my legs have felt tight.  And interestingly, the right has felt tighter than the left.  So, what is a massage therapist to do?  I already get regular massage, acupuncture, chiropractic and physical therapy and those haven’t addressed (or identified) the CA– USE.

I decided to spend time in objective observation, alongside sessions of regular stretching.  And there it was, I found it!  I found the pattern that made the right hamstring and calf tight.  The same pattern that caused a muscle that controls my big toe to get sore after walking around DC for four hours while on vacation.

Now wait a minute.  Tight calf.  Tight hamstring. But she can still touch the floor.  Sore toe muscle.  It doesn’t appear connected, or does it?  What’s really going on here is an exercise in *induction*.  One must understand that if a muscle is sore, it has been overworked – so the muscle responsible for moving my toe was working hard after I walked for so many hours.  That muscle(s) is in the calf so that makes sense because it’s been tight.  And the calf is a part of the ‘flexor chain’ on the back of the leg so if it’s tight, the hamstring may also be tight.

And where there are tight muscles, there is also a change in the structure (posture).  So what about my alignment is promoting this shortness?  The answer:  My right hip shifts forward.

This may sound funny or strange or incredulous:  How can a healthy person who receives regular bodywork treatments end up with a condition that went unidentified for months?  Patterns reveal themselves but often take time to develop noticable symptoms.  Follow the symptoms and don’t stop until the cause reveals itself.

This is the same process I use for resolving chronic and acute pain in clients.  It works… every time.