FOUNDATION TRAINING

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FOUNDATION TRAINING

A bodywork practice…where an individual can integrate alignment, breathing techniques and anchoring techniques in order to create length and space in spinal area…therefore, helping to decompress the spine.  Create strength in musculature while in a lengthened state.  There is a heavy focus on “core work” utilizing decompression breathing.  This technique, really gets the diaphragm, pelvic floor, transverse abdominal and other deep myofascial muscles working together.  These deep muscles are usually the weakest because most people have quit breathing big and deep long time ago.  Most people today are so inactive and breathe shallow from the belly or the chest only.  These deep myofascial muscles are so important for activation of the superficial muscular system, and for stability in our pelvic spinal area.  Foundation Training, will correct and improve movement patterns.  All the reasons listed are why Foundation Training is so useful for everyone.

Foundation Training is a practice…just like yoga, Pilates, tai chi etc.  Foundation Training, has a heavy emphasis on breathing and the posterior chain.  Foundation Training is easy to learn, but has to be practiced.  Once you know some of the basics…a short 10 minute session will do wonders for the body!  A short one minute Founder at your desk will also do wonders for your body.  There are no rules on when, where or how long to do it.  It’s just you and your body learn how to lengthen, strengthen, move and feel better!

I have been practicing and teaching Foundation Training for over 2 years now.  My body is as strong as ever and my back pain is gone!  

I have been in the fitness industry a long time…FOUNDATION TRAINING is absolutely a rock solid training tool.  Everyone on the planet will benefit from FT techniques.  Athletes, mamma’s, CEO’s, granny in the assisted living home.  If you want to stay upright…tall and strong, reduce back pain…because now you know how to breathe and train your core, have better balance, so you can ditch the cane.  Learn FOUNDATION TRAINING!  

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WHAT IS DECOMPRESSION(BREATHING)?

Sat Jan 23, 2016

Decompression is the act or process of relieving pressure from a compression.  In diving, diver’s decompress upon returning from very deep waters.  Astronauts, spend time decompressing upon return from space in order to adjust to our normal atmospheric pressure.  Surgeons can do procedures to relieve spinal compressions.  

The fact is, when there is pressure on the spine…it needs to be relieved.  I can not speak about diving or space, but I can speak about everyday life  and the pressure we put on our spines…and how we can do our own decompression through breathing.

We all breathe everyday in order to live.  That’s a good thing!  The bad part about this is…most all of us breath very shallow.  We don’t really get our diaphragm, pelvic floor or the muscles around our rib cage involved.  No one really thinks about that.  Why would we?  After all breathing is just something that happens naturally…right?

The act of DECOMPRESSING is: ability to expand, recover, restore.

In breathing…If we all would consciously take just a few minutes a day and practice breathing better…we could expand, recover, and restore a lot of function in our bodies.  

DECOMPRESSION BREATHING: Will help us expand musculature around the spine, ribs, abdomen, pelvic floor…lifting, expanding, strengthen…this is the ultimate core work.  

DECOMPRESSION BREATHING: Will help athletes recover much faster.  For the everyday person who avoids the stairs because it takes your breath away…learn how to practice decompression breathing… Joggers, runners, weekend warriors…you will get better at everything by learning how to breathe better.

DECOMPRESSION BREATHING: Will help us recover quicker from injury, muscle aches and pains.  There are even articles out now how better breathing can help with neuro muscular disorders like MS, Parkinson’s and others.  Breathing bigger, deeper, wider pulls in more oxygen!  Feeding the lungs, the brain, and soft tissue is a good thing!  Oxygen heals, it helps us relax…blood pressure gets better, the heart won’t over work.  Oxygen helps everything!

If you are overweight, over stressed, have poor posture, poor balance, poor movement….even a poor attitude in general, but especially about your body…

DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT!

Learn how to do DECOMPRESSION BREATHING!  

If you want to really make a change…start with your breathing!  It’s something all of us do…everyday…all day long!  Why not make our breathing more useful…

Contact me with any questions and or to get set up!

Have a great day!


BALANCE

Sunday 7/12/15
How’s your balance? Most of the time, you may not even notice how it plays into your day. It’s a steady presence that keeps you on your feet.

But here’s something you may not know: Balance training — exercises designed to improve balance — can give you a stronger core. Your core includes the abdominal, chest, back, and hip muscles.

When you practice staying balanced, you give these muscles a real workout too. This makes your midsection stronger and more stable. That’s one of the ways working on your balance helps reduce your risk of falls, back pain, and injuries.
Balance training is often recommended for older adults. But a strong core and good balance can help people of all ages in their everyday tasks and fitness pursuits. For example, you can put them to use when you’re climbing a ladder, carrying a toddler, skiing, golfing — and more.

It’s actually pretty easy to add simple balance exercises into your day — no special equipment required. These five basic moves are a good start:

Walk backward or sideways.

Walk on your heels.

Walk on your toes or heel–to–toe.

Stand up from a sitting position without using your hands.

Stand on one foot.

You can do these exercises as the space and situation allow. For example, you might stand on one foot while waiting for the microwave or talking on the phone. When you do any of these moves, make sure the surface you’re on is smooth and free of any potential hazards. If you’re unsure how steady you’ll be, have something sturdy to hold on to.

FOUNDATION TRAINING: My absolute favorite training technique for everything.  Since we are talking about balance…FT is great for training the core.  Movement starts in the core…the legs and arms move all around the core.  The stronger the core…the more control you have in balancing and moving.

REAL CORE WORK

Sat June 13,2015

I am meeting a friend today and introduce FOUNDATION TRAINING to him.  This person called me yesterday saying he hurt his back when he bent over to pick something up.  He went to a friend of his who is a doctor at a spine clinic.  He had X-rays and such done and the doctor tells him everything looks good…that this is a muscular problem.  The doctor tells him to strengthen his core!  The doctor also put him on muscle relaxers…Dern it!  I am glad my friend remembered our conversation 6 months ago when he had inquired what I had been up to.  I had briefly explained FOUNDATION TRAINING. 

First, what makes up the core?  This is important to know.  Most people think it he core are the abs…where the 6 pack is supposed to be.  The core is much more than the abdominal area.  The major muscle groups of the core consists of the diaphragm, transverse abdominus, multifidi, pelvic floor, internal & external obliques, erector spinae, and rectus abdominus.  The latissimus dorsi, glutei, and trapezius also are important components of the core.  All of the above mentioned muscles are located in and around the pelvis and stomach, back and ribcage area…front and back of the body.  

Now, that you know what the core is let me explain what FOUNDATION TRAINING does for the core.

FOUNDATION TRAINING will apply and anchoring technique coupled with a breathing technique which allows a person to decompress their own spine with all the musculature mentioned above.  This is called decompression breathing!  Decompression Breathing is a fabulous muscular way to breathe using the diaphragm, lengthen the spine creating space while bringing in healing oxygen, and really making the muscular contract, lift and expand. 

FOUNDATION TRAINING has a variety of exercises (pose positions) that wake up the core muscle group, the hamstrings, calves, feet, even the neck muscles.  If you will practice FOUNDATION TRAINING a little everyday all these muscles will start to lengthen, strengthen and work together.  Having all these muscle groups work together is vital to being strong and fit.

FOUNDATION TRAINING improves posture!  If a person is in good posture the muscles are working more effiecently because they are in a better position.  Good posture promotes proper joint position.   If the joints are in good position the move us around without pain and with less wear on tear on the joints.  Good posture is just flat out the only way we can have good mechanics in body movement.

FOUNDATION TRAINING just feels good!! Don’t get me wrong…FOUNDATION TRAINING is work…intense muscular work.  After a session you feel awesome.  All that oxygen coming in coupled with all the muscular contractions at once…then movement while in the lengthened state!  This is core work!  This is how you take care of your body!

FOUNDATION TRAINING teaches the individual awareness about their own body…which is awesome because we are all unique.  

FOUNDATION TRAINING improves breathing, posture, flexibility, mobility, stability, balance and decreases pain.  We need every one of these components to be healthy and fit.  We need every one of these components to move well and be well.  We need to move well now in order to age well.  After all, don’t we all want to age well and be as mobile as possible into our 60’s, 70’s and 80’s…. I sure do and I intend to with FOUNDATION TRAINING! 

POSTURE

Friday 4/24/15

The month of May is NATIONAL POSTURE MONTH!  I will be spending a lot of time talking about posture and ways to work on improving posture in order to improve balance, strength, frame, movement and overall health.

I will be at the FLOWOOD YMCA – SAT MAY 16 @ 9:30 for a workshop on posture.  If you would like to have your posture looked at and learn a few tips on how to improve your posture come to this event.  Cost is 20.00 for YMCA members and 30.00 for non members.  

Poor posture leads to pain issues!  Trust me…most of us have been in poor posture most of our lives.  Poor posture causes poor mechanics between the muscles and bones.  In others words, we move improperly.  Just becoming aware of your own body and how you use it to move will be eye opening…”awareness” leads to the ability to change.

Read the article below for some suggestions.  

Please message me if you plan to come to the posture workshop on Sat May 16.  

Have a great day.

PLANKS

Fri 12/5/14:
PLANK BABY PLANK!!!! If you do not have a lot of time to exercise…do a few planks! Planks get that heart rate going a little bit, strengthen a lot of areas, help balance and really get that metabolic tissue in the shoulders burning!
Please learn how to do a plank and variations properly! Mans good as they are for you…they will hurt you if done incorrectly.
5 Benefits of Doing Planks
Planking has become increasingly popular for core strengthening, and for good reason: it works – in large part because it engages multiple muscle groups simultaneously. What are some of the benefits you can expect from adding this exercise to your regular routine?1
1. A Toned Belly
Planking will help build your deep inner core muscles that lay the groundwork for that six-pack look. As your abdominal muscles become stronger, your mid-section will tighten.

Keep in mind, however, that in order to really get “six-pack” abs, you have to shed fat. For men that would be a body fat of about 6 percent, and women around 9 percent, in order to achieve that classic six-pack. This is not necessarily healthy.

2. Reduce Back Pain

Planks work for back pain because they strengthen your core, which has the pleasant “side effect” of reducing back pain. They also strengthen your back muscles, especially those in your upper back. According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE):2

“Because the plank exercise requires minimal movement while contracting all layers of the abdominal fascia, it is an excellent way to strengthen the core, which, in turn, helps reduce low-back pain.”

3. Flexibility

While building strength, planks also increase flexibility in your posterior muscle groups. The muscles around your shoulders, collarbone, and shoulder blades will expand and stretch (an area that often receives little attention), as will your hamstrings and even the arches of your feet and your toes.

If you do a side plank, you can also stretch out your sides (especially if you extend your arm up over your head in line with your body). To increase the stretching benefits, try a rocking plank – once in basic plank form, rock your body back and forth by moving your toes a few inches either way.3

4. Improve Your Mood

Virtually every exercise has the potential to give you a mood boost, and planks are no exception. Planks are unique, however, in that they help stretch and ultimately relax muscles groups that often become stiff and tense from prolonged sitting. The tension release that planks provide is uplifting for your spirit.

5. Improve Your Balance and Posture

To do a plank correctly, you must engage your abs to stay upright. Side planks or planks with extensions are particularly beneficial for building balance, as are planks performed on a stability ball. To test and strengthen your balance, try a side plank with a leg raise – get into side plank position, then lift your top leg and hold for one count. Lower it and repeat, then switch sides.4 In addition, planks work all the muscles you need to maintain proper posture, like your back, chest, shoulders, abs, and neck. If you do planks regularly, you’ll find you’re able to sit or stand up straighter with ease.

THE THREE PRINCIPALS OF FOUNDATION TRAININGS

Tue 9/23/14:
FOUNDATION TRAINING is is an innovative training technique to re-learn movement patters and to teach your body to work against the harmful effects of gravity. Why do we need to re-learn movement patterns? First of all gravity plays a part. Gravity pushes against our bodies all day long. When you factor in things like sitting at a desk for 6-8 hours a day with gravity pushing against us…it takes a toll on our bodies. We need to focus on standing up tall again, strengthen our muscular chains and our core, and breathe deeper engaging our lungs and diaphragm to help win the battle against gravity.
Below are the three principals of FOUNDATION TRAININGS directly from the mouth of Dr Eric Goodman who developed this technique because of his own back pain.Three Principles Should Be Present In Daily Movement

The three principles are:

Anchoring. This process takes place at the base of the pelvis to the arches of the feet. Your feet, in most cases, have very little grip strength or flexibility, and you’ll want to work on that. Your feet are not useless lumps of clay you slap on the ground. They are anchors for your entire body within a sea of gravity. So push back. Stand as big, broad, and as tall as you can.
“Grab the ground with your feet. Get your arches and toe muscles to work. Get your ankles to work with a strong foot and you will have strong ankles. All that has to be strong to help you push back against gravity. This is regardless of your age. The older you are the more you likely need to learn this process, just take it slow and be steady.,” Dr. Goodman says.

Decompression. The basic principle here is to actively lift and widen your rib cage, while simultaneously strengthening the muscles required to keep it there. Breathing into your rib cage is of tremendous importance and many people have nearly lost their ability to efficiently expand and contract their ribs, and ultimately their lungs.
Integration. This is where the exercises begin to show off. As you develop the strength to effectively Decompress and Anchor your body, you will naturally be able to integrate this process in to daily moves. This term also describes our important process of integrating muscular chains to better support the body all around.
According to Dr. Goodman, most people will notice a difference in their body within a week or two. Within three weeks, you should notice profound differences, provided you’re doing the exercises five to 10 minutes every single day. You don’t need to worry about recovery here, as you’re not exercising your muscles to failure, where you’re breaking down microfibrils in your muscles that would need time to repair.

“You’re simply re-patterning and repeating a better pattern. You’re not trying to break an old pattern. You’re just repeating a better one and eventually getting there,” he says.

Postural exercises such as those taught by Dr. Goodman are critical not just for properly supporting your frame during daily activities. The movement retraining process will stabilize your body so that you can safely perform high-intensity exercises without risking injury due to poor postural movement.

FOUNDATION TRAINING really does work! It will not work if you do not take the time to learn it. Contact me for more information or to set up a session.

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