Belated Sad News x2

May 25th, 2012 No comments

Hello all!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I need to update people on two things that have happened. The first is that I no longer have my studio. The woman who was renting to me needed to sell her place, so when my lease was up, she asked me to leave. I’m very sad, but grateful for the wonderful times I had there and the fantastic work I did.

The second bit is that I had shoulder surgery a few weeks ago and will be about a month more out of work as I recover. The surgery wasn’t nearly as severe as originally thought it would be, however, and I’m looking forward to getting back to working with my clients.

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Headaches and Posture

March 17th, 2011 No comments

Poor posture can cause headaches. Leaning forward, in sort of a sitting half-crunch, makes the muscles in your neck work harder to hold you up, so they fatigue faster. Those tight muscles can lead to headaches. Try sitting up straight to head off headaches!

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Calf stretching

March 14th, 2011 No comments

The heads of the gastrocnemii are bulb shaped, so they have more than one fiber direction. When you stretch them, you need to use a few different foot positions so that you can stretch both muscles entirely, not just the median portions.

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Small keyboards are bad

March 8th, 2011 No comments

Small and laptop-sized keyboards may be cute, but they’re bad for your hands. Holding your fingers on the home keys forces you to wrench your wrists sideways (a position known as ulnar deviation), which is a recipe for nerve compression.

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Sleep flat!

March 4th, 2011 No comments

The best way to sleep is flat on your back with a neutral spine, including the neck. Sleeping on too many pillows with your neck forward stresses the muscles in your neck. If you sleep on your side, again, lift your head until it’s level and that’s it. Your sleeping posture should look suspiciously like your standing posture.

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Typing Breaks

March 1st, 2011 No comments

Make sure to schedule little breaks during intense work. I often advise clients to download a little timer and set it, and make the goal to stretch, yawn, and move your eyes. If the goal is to do a ten minute battery of exercise, most people will never do it.

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Exercise Form

February 25th, 2011 No comments

Proper exercise form is key to working the right muscles in a way that is both productive and doesn’t injure you. Pay rapt attention to the right form, and if you’re having trouble, see a trainer or physical therapist.

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Stair Climbing

February 22nd, 2011 No comments

When climbing up stairs, be sure to press through your heel and have your feet forward so that you actually use your glutes.

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Posture Snippet

February 18th, 2011 No comments

The best advice I ever heard for finding the right posture is to imagine there’s a string attached to your crown and your manubrium (the dent at the top of your sternum), and then pull up on the strings like a marionette. You’ll find your upper body posture straightens up naturally.

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Festive Landscaping

November 16th, 2010 No comments

While I really like the studio, the front outside could really use some jazzing up. Anyone have any suggestions?

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