Leon Chaitow freely downloadable MET stretches in pdf format.
Fascia is a buzz word right now, here’s some comment on the role breathing has in relation to TLfascia. Continue reading…
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This really is one of my personal favourite areas to work with in the studio.
Here are a selection of resources that are worth your time, some research, a questionable exercise and a nice simple shoulder massage –
The Sports Physio on the Upper Traps
“But what about those studies suggesting that we need less UT activation compared to MT or LT such as the work done by Ann Cools et al 2007. ”
The delicate balance in working with the shoulder girdle.
“Truly well-meaning instructors taught you to teach compression rather than dynamic stability. Compression is absolutely one form of stabilization and strength, but it limits mobility and can de remarkable destructive to joints and all that run through and around them.”
And then there’s this, which I am not so sure about….
Shoulder Blade Squeeze
Begin this exercise standing or sitting with your back straight. Your chin should be tucked in slightly and your shoulders should be back slightly. Slowly squeeze your shoulder blades together as hard and far as possible provided it is pain free (figure 1). Hold for 5 seconds and repeat 10 times.
Some new ways to consider core, and play around with your diaphragm strength.
IDEA Fit Tips, Volume 10, Number 9
Author Jill Miller.
Core: Focus on the diaphragm for improved abdominal strength and power.
The definition of core work varies from format to format and means different things to different people. My own perspective has evolved over 28 years of yoga, running, dancing, Pilates, shiatsu massage, cadaver dissection and opera singing. Of all the core muscles, the respiratory diaphragm seems to be the most underutilized. While the value of spinal muscles, abdominal layers and back muscles are acknowledged and incorporated into formats like Pilates, GYROTONIC® and even kettlebell training, deep diaphragmatic exercises are relegated to rare yoga techniques and progressive vocal training. This is a major oversight. Continue reading…