All Pain, No Gain – Repetitive Stress and Muscular Pain

All Pain, No Gain – Repetitive Stress and Muscular Pain

I recently read a review about the book Playing Hard, Feeling Pain – Are Youth Sports Joyless, Over-competitive and Injury-plagued? by Dan Ackman. He writes about today’s overly competitive environment of youth sports, the result of which is a shockingly...
Walking Tall the Easy Way

Walking Tall the Easy Way

Movement is life and the way in which one moves can have an enormous impact on one’s overall health. In the western world many of us have forgotten how to move well; we sit at computers, in cars, we watch TV slumped into a couch and we walk about 70% less than...
Somatics and Athletes

Somatics and Athletes

Muscle Memory: Movement Memory In athletics, muscle memory is considered the foundation of consistent high performance. The term, “movement memory” (sometimes called “muscle memory”), refers to learned physical movements — everything from walking to...
Pandiculation – the Safe Alternative to Stretching

Pandiculation – the Safe Alternative to Stretching

How can this be? To understand this a bit better, let’s begin with some basics about muscle function: The brain and central nervous system controls your muscles and movement. Muscles have no control of their own; they only respond to electrical signals from the...
The Three Somatic Reflexes

The Three Somatic Reflexes

The Green Light Reflex The Green Light Reflex The Green Light Reflex is the reflex involved in forward movement. All of the large muscles of the back contract to move you forward in walking, running and standing. The back muscles can learn to stay overly-contracted,...