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Both Sides Now

When you train a particular body area with weights, stretching, mobilizing, or some other form of therapy, what exactly adapts to make an improvement? Is it something in the local area, like bigger muscles? Or longer muscles? Or smoother, more vibrant, luxuriously healthy fascia? Or is the adaptation centrally located, that is, in the central nervous system or brain?

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Movement of the Week: Baby Liv

I write a lot on this blog about the value of moving slowly, mindfully, gently and playfully as an excellent way to develop efficient and pain free movement. If you want to know what that looks like, watch a baby move…

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Central Governors Part One: Strength

What are your physical limits? What is your body capable of? How fast, how far, how strong, how long? In all likelihood you will never know, because your brain will probably never let your body reach its real limit. And that’s a good thing, because that will help prevent you from breaking bones, straining muscles, dislocating joints and maybe even killing yourself…

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How Long is Your Neck?

The other morning I was taking a walk with my one year old daughter strapped to my chest. She was facing me and I had my hands around her low back.

When she is not fast asleep she likes to look around to check out what’s going on in the hood. One of the things I have noticed about babies is that a huge percentage of their movements in the first year . . .

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Guest Post at Perfect Health Diet Blog

I just did a guest post called How to do Joint Mobility Drills over at the Perfect Health Diet blog, which is written by the brilliant Drs. Jaminet – Paul and his wife Shou-Ching. The Jaminets are frighteningly intelligent. Shou-Ching is a molecular biologist and cancer researcher at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard […]

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Interview with Will Stewart

I did an interview! With Will Stewart.

Will is the owner of 3-D Optimum Performance and he just decided to start interviewing everyone in sight who thinks the nervous system is the primary target for manual therapy or athletic training.

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Sports Vision

In sports, one of the most important (and completely overlooked) keys to performance is the processing of visual information. I just came across a study that helps demonstrate this point in an interesting way.

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Reversibility Part Two

In a previous post I introduced the concept of reversibility and discussed how it is a critical component of sports performance. The basic idea is that the ability to change directions smoothly at all times implies a balance and readiness to move without hesitation that is a huge advantage to an athlete on the field […]

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Reversibility, a Key Determinant of Movement Quality

Reversibility is a key concept in the Feldenkrais Method. I will introduce it by way of relating an amusing anecdote. In my second year of Feldenkrais training, the instructors made the unfortunate decision to encourage an atmosphere of playfulness by throwing a whoopie cushion to the students for their discretionary use. As I detailed in […]

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The Importance of Play for Motor Learning

Waste of time? I frequently make the claim on this blog that movement is best learned with an approach that incorporates an attitude of curiosity, exploration and play. Play is one of the central tools used in the Feldenkrais Method, which I think is an excellent way to train efficient movement. The purpose of this […]

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