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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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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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Free Audio Lesson: Squat Fundamentals Volume 2

A few weeks ago I posted a twenty five minute audio lesson on improving the squat. Below is a link to volume two. If you haven’t done volume one already, I would highly recommend that you do that before moving to volume two. On the other hand, I think I saw Godfather Two before the first one, and the results were excellent.

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Free Audio Lesson: Squat Fundamentals Volume 1

Most people in the exercise world seem to agree that the squat is a very natural or fundamental human movement. Babies and toddlers learn to do it effortlessly. Unfortunately, westerners tend to lose their ability to sit comfortably in a full squat by the time they are adolescents. But people in cultures that sit on […]

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More on Pain and Illusions

One of the main themes of this blog is that therapies attempting to treat chronic pain should target the brain for change, not just the body. Some recent studies based around sensory tricks or illusions provide further compelling evidence in support of this idea. 1. Big hand, small pain In the first study, researchers placed […]

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Free Audio Lesson on Improving Spinal Rotation

I have written quite a bit on this blog about the practices I recommend for developing coordinated, comfortable and efficient movement. Finally, here is an example of what I am talking about. I’ve attached a link below to an audio recording of a movement lesson I created based on the Feldenkrais Method. I intend to […]

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New Deadlift Record: Making the Impossible Possible

Benedickt Magnusson just set a new world record in the deadlift – 1015 pounds! Check it out below. This amazing demonstration illustrates many of the principles I write about on this blog. Here are just a few. First, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Moshe Feldenkrais, who said that the purpose […]

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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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