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Running and Hoops: Then and Now

I have always been amazed at how far basketball skill has come in the past fifty years. Today’s players are so much better than players from previous eras that it doesn’t even look like the same sport.

To put this development in perspective, let’s compare some footage over time. Bob …

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Movement of the Week: Incredible Dancer

This is beyond belief. Some day I would like to take twenty years off and learn how to do this:

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Home Base

When you are doing joint mobility drills or otherwise exploring movement at a particular joint, do you spend more time at the end ranges of motion where movement is stiff and limited, or in the neutral zone where movement is easy? Of course movement in each zone is a potentially beneficial way to map the joint for the brain. But often the …

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Guest Post on the Obsession with Symmetry at SaveYourself

I just did a guest post called “Is Symmetry Important?”over at Paul Ingraham’s excellent site Saveyourself.ca. You may remember Paul from one of his several well-written posts at this blog, including “Quite a Stretch” and the provocatively titled “Bamboo Cage.” Anyway, the basic idea in my article is that many body minded folks sometime get […]

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Guest Post from Paul Ingraham: The Bamboo Cage

Time for another guest post from Paul Ingraham, his second. Paul recently contacted me to say he wants to do a post that “criticizes the idea of trigger points,” which is interesting, because he’s written a whole book about trigger points. I told him whatever you do, just make sure the title of the post sounds like a Chuck Norris movie.

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Ideomotion Part Three: How to Elicit Corrective Movement

In parts one and two of this series I discussed Barrett Dorko’s interesting theory that ideomotion can prevent and reduce many sources of chronic pain. To briefly summarize, ideomotion is a non voluntary movement prompted by mental activity. All mental and emotional activity is coupled . . .

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Welcome Mark’s Daily Apple Readers!

This blog is basically about using a brain centered approach to improve physical performance and reduce pain. It is frequently assumed that weakness, lack of coordination, pain, and poor flexibility can only be addressed by changing the structure of the body. However, the brain and central nervous system have far more control over these qualities […]

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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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Quite a Stretch – Guest Post From Paul Ingraham

Here is a guest post from Paul Ingraham, a former massage therapist and current health science journalist and copyeditor for ScienceBasedMedicine.org, and creator of the excellent website SaveYourself.ca. His website has an extensive collection of well researched ebooks and articles on a wide variety of topics related to common therapies for chronic pain and athletic […]

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Five Misconceptions About Posture

As a rolfer, I see many people who tell me they are working on their posture.  Most of them are already in the process of applying some questionable advice from various gurus or experts.  This post summarizes some of the major misconceptions people seem to have about posture. Bad Idea #1: Bad Posture Is A […]

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