Tue 5/5/15:

POSTURE…the ability to balance.  The ability to balance our head over our shoulders. The ability to not fall down.

If you are standing…you are in posture.

Being in posture involves a lot of muscular actions….something we never think about.  We take for granted the many muscular abilities of our bodies.  I remember as a kid being able to move so freely, very athletically and without pain.  How I would love to still be able to move as a child and without pain.  Don’t get me wrong.  At age 57…I still move pretty well.  The difference now is I have to work at it and be conscious of what I do and how I do it.  It all start with Posture.

Once you are out of school and enter the working world life becomes more of a routine.  Even though I have always stayed active physically things about the body just change.  

The effects of a desk job catch up with you.  The effects of “stress” from everyday life catch up with you. The effects from injury catch up with you.  The effects of weight gain on your frame catches up with you.  As you age the weight becomes heavier, we start moving less, we become tired more easily, pain comes more often and stays longer.  I know how the body changes and how it feels as time passes.  Even though I stay active and I keep my weight under control and eat healthily…. We just don’t feel good every day!

POSTURE!  It all starts with our frame.  I spend a lot of time studying about posture and movement.  I teach FOUNDATION TRAINING…which is all about better posture and the muscles that keep you in posture.  No one is teaching about this in Ms…and posture/movement should be in ever gym, fitness program, rehab program, physical therapy program and other places I have not even thought of.

Doctors should be sending patients for posture/movement work instead of giving the a prescription.

A posture program is the prescription people need for pain, muscle imbalance, muscle weakness, forward head syndrome, back pain, stiff joints, poor balance…how does a pill or a shot fix this? 

May is National Posture Month…do yourself a favor and get your posture looked at.  Send your parents.  Send your kids if you are already noticing poor habits.

I will be at the Flowood YMCA Sat May 16 @9:30 talking about posture, Foundation Training and answering questions you may have.  If I do not know an answer I have a network of awesome “body” practioners who can help.  

We can all age better, move better which turns into moving more,have less pain, and take better care of our bodies.  It all starts with posture!  

Have a great day and never forget: MOVEMENT MATTERS



Mon. March 2,2015:

MOVEMENT, the average everyday person never gives how they move a thought.   After all we have been moving since infancy, thru childhood, thru our youthful athletic endeavors, into our professional life then into our senior life.  Most never even notice the changes along the way.  

Why have you started holding on to something when you sit down?  Why does your back hurt if you sit to long?  Why does your knee hurt if you decide to take a walk at the local walking trail?  Why does your neck and shoulders hurt all the time?  If you have asked yourself these questions…what was your answer?  Why do you think all these aches and pains happen to us?  A lot of the clients I work with all say, “I guess I’m just getting old”!  Granted, as we age we are not going to move like we did as a child or as a college athlete…but, we do not have to accept aches and pains, bent over posture, and lack of activity just because we have moved into the 40,50,60, and above category.  This is unacceptable!  Our bodies are miracles!  We all have the power within us to age gracefully…with movement.  

Look at the pictures below:  People of different ages, different occupations and different paths to get where they are now.  What do they all have in common?  POOR POSTURE AND PAIN!

Why should they settle for these poor postures, bent frames, compressed spines, weak muscles and pain?  They shouldn’t!  All of this can be improved with FOUNDATION TRAINING!  Yes, it is possible to age graceful, to stand up tall, to exercise with out pain, to still work in your yard, to get on the floor and play with the grand children.  

HOW?  Find a FOUNDATION TRAINING INSTRUCTOR.  Get an Assesment and then start learning FOUNDATION TRAINING.  FT will improve everything about you.  Poor posture leads to pain.  The people in the photos did not get like this over night. This is years of poor posture and poor movement patterns.  The good news, it can be worked on and improved!  It starts, with awareness and then implementing the exercises.  

Stay tuned…tomorrow the after pictures…