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Save Your Spine! Interview with Jean Couch

By | May 3rd, 2013|Aging, Back Pain, Bending, Body Awareness, Breathing, Exercise, Healthy Posture, Sitting Posture|

This is an interview that I did recently with Jean Couch, author of The Runner's Yoga Book,  and the owner of the Balance Center, where I did my training in the Balance Posture Method.  Check out what Jean has to say about keeping your spine healthy so that you can look and feel your best. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DD: What do you think people today most need to know about reducing back pain? JC: The anatomical knowledge that is desperately needed in the US today is to know the difference between your waist and your hip sockets!  People have no idea that [...]

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Do you Suffer from Leg Cramps?

By | September 13th, 2011|Aging, Bending, Healthy Posture|

Lots of people ask me if I have any suggestions for leg cramps. These tend to occur in the calf, the hamstrings or the quadriceps muscles. The hamstrings are on the back of your thighs, and go from your sitz bones (what you sit on) down to your knee. Your quadriceps muscles are on the front of your thighs. Leg cramps can occur during the day, or they might wake you up at night, which can be really frustrating. Causes of Leg Cramps No one knows exactly the cause of leg cramps. Dr. Andrew Weil says they may be caused [...]

Pain-Free Gardening, Part 3

By | September 6th, 2010|Back Pain, Bending, Gardening, Healthy Posture|

I’ve been enjoying the hot weather lately (after such a cold, foggy summer!), and I was taking a walk last night down a peaceful country lane. I saw a garden at almost every house, and some of them were really abundant. I’m glad to see so many people growing their own food and contributing to a more sustainable world. A lot of people are interested in sustainability these days, but is your posture sustainable? Another way of saying this is, “Do you have a sense of comfort and ease in your body when you’re going about your day, or do [...]

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Pain-Free Gardening, Part 1

By | August 14th, 2009|Back Pain, Bending, Gardening, Healthy Posture|

This time of the year is a busy one for gardeners.  There’s a lot to do in the garden, and when the weather is nice, it’s really pleasant to be outdoors digging in the earth.  There are fragrant smells in the air from flowers, the warmth of the sun on your skin, and ripe vegetables enticing you to pick them.  There’s nothing like a warm Sungold tomato right off the vine! Unfortunately, all that activity in the garden can also lead to aches & pains.  Digging, raking, pruning and carrying can leave you with pain in lots of places: your [...]