TRACTIONING THE SPINE

Wed 9/10/14:
Yesterday a fellow instructor posted a comment about one of his newer FT clients. This client was really impressed with FT. The client went on to say, FT is like putting yourself in traction using your own muscles. That after doing his FT exercises he felt like he had just gotten off an inversion table.
I wanted to elaborate a little more on his thoughts because I loved his assessment and wanted more readers an opportunity to keep learning how powerful FOUNDATION TRAINING really is.
Traction simple means pulling apart of the body. Usually, some type of mechanical device is used to help accomplish this. You want to do traction usually to create space, stretch/lengthen something, relieve pain. Traction can and does accomplish these things in a lot of cases.
FOUNDATION TRAINING can for sure accomplish all the above listed goals better… the beauty of FT and why it works long term is you are using your own muscles!!! How many articles have I written saying FOUNDATION TRAINING, creates space, lengthens the spine and muscles of the posterior chain, improves flexibility and mobility, strengthens the muscles of the posterior chain. Foundation Training wakes up these weak, tight, sore underused muscles of the posterior chain and gradually gets them to fire, lengthen while holding tension, use oxygen to help heal tissue, the better you get…the more tension you learn to create and hold…the stronger your muscles get.
I have been on an inversion table and they do feel good. When you get off you do feel “lighter. BUT, you did no work physically… So, nothing will change. Gravity was doing the work. In a very short time your body will revert right back to it’s compressed state because you did no work physically. Same goes for decompression tables. The weighted pulley systems does the work…
FOUNDATION TRAINING is far superior because you will have the ability to “traction” yourself and the results are going to be everlasting. I do not say this because I teach FT. I say this because of my chronic back pain the last 30 plus years. Because I did go to a chiropractor regularly and I did get regular massages and I did get on an inversion table…all these things did help, but I still had bouts of my back “going out” and was always in pain. Since, FOUNDATION TRAINING…my body has changed! I am lengthened and muscularly stronger. I don’t have the pressure in my low back anymore because of the space I have created. Every muscle attached to my pelvis is more pliable and stronger. My posture and body awareness is much improved! I still get my monthly Chiropractic adjustment because even though I am not in pain…the bones still need to be adjusted. I still get my massages because that soft tissue work is necessary for relieving muscle tightness and improving blood flow. I truly know how to take care of my body and if I do get a little episode of pain…I know what to do to manage it.
Foundation Training is medicine…FT is self care…FT is simple, effective and powerful. Foundation Training will improve your body and your life! If you really want to feel better, get out of pain, improve so many things about your body… Contact me.
LEARN FOUNDATION TRAINING!!!!

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CORE STABILITY

Tue 8/26/14:
What is core stability? Core stability consists of the ability to provide enough simultaneous muscle contraction to produce stiffness. This ability protects the spine and pelvic regions during movement. There are a number of muscles involved in the process of muscular contraction. What’s important to know is the strength of the muscles is not so important as the ability to fire these muscles. You have to be able to turn the muscle on before you can work on the endurance and strength part.
You need core stability to prevent injury, to prevent over stressing muscles that move joints and to generate power.
FOUNDATION TRAINING is an excellent way to work on training your core. FOUNDATION TRAINING is all about turning on the transverse abdominus and breathing thru the diaphragm to expand the ribcage. So many muscles attached to the spine and pelvic region are going to wake up and fire! Not just all the large muscle, but a lot of the smaller ones that are really deep and hard to get to.
FOUNDATION TRAINING is all about learning to stabilize the pelvis. FT will fire the glutei and adductors… Most people just use their glutei to sit on! If the pelvis is not stabilized you are going to have back pain.
If your doctor has instructed you to strengthen your core….please don’t start doing sit ups!!!! Learn FOUNDATION!
Contact with any questions or to set up an appointment to get started feeling better.

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THE CORE…ITS MORE THAN JUST A SIX PACK

Mon 8/25/14:
What exactly is your core? Why is the core so important? The core is so much more than just some stomach muscles in front of you body. I like to think of the pelvis as the center of the core and the muscles of the shoulder girdle, back muscles, abdominal muscles, obliques, pelvic muscles, hamstrings and gluteal muscles. All these core muscles should be strong and stable and work together to support your frame and allow the muscles to do their job with movement and joint support.
The core plays a role in all of our postures standing, sitting, laying down on our back and stomach, and being on our hands and knees. Most of us walk around all day with our core turned off. We have poor posture and weak muscles. Just take a look in the mirror and what do you see? Slumped shoulders, slanted shoulders, maybe a high hip, feet pointed out? Now, try to stand up taller, lift that chest off your pelvis. Looks better? Now, how do you get that lifted look?
You have to first become aware of your postural habits and how your body presently moves….then start applying some changes. The best program on the market for body awareness is FOUNDATION TRAINING. I say this about FT pretty much everyday because I know it works. Foundation Training will turn your body awareness on…then you just have to apply the exercises into your daily routine. Foundation Training is going to strengthen muscles to help keep that rib cage lifted of your pelvis. Foundation Training is going to stretch those hamstrings and hip flexors so that you can get some mobility in your hips. Foundation training is just going to make you feel better!
Now, do not get me wrong…I still believe in a short work out. I prefer Bodyweight style… Some push-ups, squats, different kinds of planks, mountain climbers, step ups, jump jacks, rows… So many to choose from.
All the above exercises work muscles of the core! The key is to do them with proper posture…learn FOUNDATION TRAINING and you will know what good posture feels like.
Have a great Monday…

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Conquer Back Pain

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Take a look at these muscles in the back. Notice how they attach to the top of your pelvis. There are more muscle in your glute are and your hamstrings that also attach to the lower end of you pelvis. When any of these muscle are tight they pull on the pelvis cause movement. FOUNDATION TRAINING is all about lengthening and strengthening these posterior chain muscles together. FT works wonders for back pain. Contact me to learn more about conquering your back pain.

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