Jean Couch and the Balance Center (where I did my posture training) were featured in the story “Lost Art of Bending Over: How Other Cultures Spare Their Spines” on February 26, 2018. The segment discusses how common, everyday bending posture in industrialized countries is misaligned and dangerous. We tend to bend from the waist, like the image above, and look like “cashews” (we also sit that way!). Instead of curving into that C shape, healthy cultures bend with their spines elongated, looking straight – more like a “table.” That’s because they bend at their hip joints. The author mentioned that [...]
NPR did a brief story on healthy bending and included a bit from their interview with Jean Couch and Jenn Sherer yesterday! https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/02/26/587735283/lost-art-of-bending-over-how-other-cultures-spare-their-spines If you practice bending like this, you'll save your spine and lengthen your hamstrings too!
We used to watch this video clip at the Balance Center in Palo Alto, in the Foundations Series. It's a great example of someone in Balance/Spinefulness. James Cagney is bending from his hip joints and his spine looks so straight.
This is an interview that I did recently with Jean Couch, author of The Runner's Yoga Book,Â and the owner of the Balance Center, where I did my training in the Balance Posture Method.Â 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!Â People have no idea that [...]
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 [...]
Check out these photos from Russia, taken between 1909-1912. Notice the bending at the hip crease, sitting on the sitz bones. Beautiful! http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/08/russia_in_color_a_century_ago.html?p1=Well_MostPop_Emailed2
Iâ€™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. Iâ€™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, â€œDo you have a sense of comfort and ease in your body when youâ€™re going about your day, or do [...]
This time of the year is a busy one for gardeners.Â Thereâ€™s a lot to do in the garden, and when the weather is nice, itâ€™s really pleasant to be outdoors digging in the earth.Â 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.Â Thereâ€™s nothing like a warm Sungold tomato right off the vine! Unfortunately, all that activity in the garden can also lead to aches & pains.Â Digging, raking, pruning and carrying can leave you with pain in lots of places: your [...]