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Is Tucking the Pelvis Healthy?

By | August 26th, 2016|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Shoulders, Sitting Posture, Standing|

I just read an article on Shape Magazine’s website called “Hold Up – Is the Barre Tuck Actually Bad for You?” The article talks about the “barre tuck” done in barre fitness classes. I haven’t been to a barre class, but I’ve been to many dance classes before (when I was a Flamenco dancer) where we were told to tuck the pelvis under.  It was considered to improve our posture and our dance technique. What I’ve since learned about posture, after studying with Jean Couch of the Balance Center in Palo Alto, is that it actually does neither. I followed [...]

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Get Relief from Tailbone Pain

By | August 20th, 2014|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Sitting, Sitting Posture|

Do you find after sitting for long periods that your tailbone is achy or sore? Coccyx or tailbone pain, or "coccydynia" is less common than low back pain, but can be very painful and annoying. I've experienced this, and have found that posture has a huge impact on the level of pain in this area. Where is your coccyx, or tailbone? Your coccyx or tailbone is a small bony section at the bottom of the spine. It's normally composed of 3-5 segments which are usually fused, and it's attached to your sacrum, which is the most posterior (rear) part of [...]

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Dowager’s Hump — How to Prevent or Correct It

By | April 11th, 2014|Aging, Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Neck pain, Shoulders, Sitting Posture|

Many people I meet are concerned about getting more rounded and stooped over as they get older.  I know I was! Your thoracic vertebrae (in the upper spine) have a slight forward curve naturally (a “Kyphosis”). In many people in the industrialized world, this curve can become extreme. When the extreme curve is high up in the thoracic area and into the cervical spine (neck area), it is sometimes called a “Dowager’s Hump.” This can lead to back and neck pain, due to strain on the muscles that occurs with misaligned posture, and loss of height.  Over time, this change [...]

How to Sit on Couches/Sofas without Pain

By | September 18th, 2013|Back Pain, Furniture, Healthy Posture, Sitting, Sitting Posture|

Do you find yourself complaining about how uncomfortable furniture is? Do you squirm a lot, constantly shifting your posture to get comfortable?  This is really common.  There are 2 big challenges these days to getting comfortable when sitting: 1) Our modern misaligned posture and 2) Our modern unhealthy chairs.  How can you deal with these challenges? To deal with the first issue of misaligned posture, I’ll refer you to previous articles on my blog.  Try searching under the “sitting” category.  You can find a link to my YouTube video on Pain-Free Sitting as well as an article on “10 Tips [...]

Who’s More Misaligned? (Part 1)

By | June 7th, 2013|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Sitting, Sitting Posture, Standing|

You may wonder why Americans have such poor posture. This started back in the early 1900’s, probably with the “Flappers”, but unfortunately the trend has continued unabated since then. People have speculated why this change took place. Some say it was a rebellion against the rigidity of the Victorian age. Others say it had to do with Americans wanting to be “modern” and look “relaxed.” There may have been many causes of this phenomenon, but certainly the cost to our society in terms of back pain is huge – billions of dollars are spent on dealing with back pain each [...]

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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The Value of Body Awareness

By | March 25th, 2013|Driving, Healthy Posture, Sitting Posture, Yoga|

Are You Aware of Your Body? Going within and feeling inner sensations is an important part of improving posture and relieving pain.  If you don’t know what you’re feeling (or don't have body awareness), it’s hard to reduce your pain or improve your posture. This can also be a meditative process. Focusing on body sensations is not only a way to get current on the state of your body and its well-being, but is also a great way to quiet your mind. The body is always in the present, so when you focus on it, it can take your mind [...]

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Empower Yourself in the Face of Pain

By | December 17th, 2012|Aging, Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Sitting Posture|

Research has shown that when you don't think you have any power or control over your circumstances, you will often give up and just accept painful situations.  This can lead to depression and hopelessness.  I remember learning about this in my college Psychology classes.  It's called "Learned Helplessness." Wikipedia defines it as "the condition of a human or animal that has learned to behave helplessly, failing to respond even though there are opportunities for it to help itself by avoiding unpleasant circumstances or by gaining positive rewards." The Research Martin Seligman's experiments beginning in 1967 showed that dogs who received [...]

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Aligned & Comfortable in Music & Dance

By | August 3rd, 2012|Back Pain, Healthy Posture, Sitting Posture, Standing, Videos|

I was just in Alaska teaching yoga and Balanced posture at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.  It was wonderful to be around so many artists of all kinds - musicians (American Roots, Celtic, classical, African/drumming, and more), dancers (African, Afro-Cuban, salsa, Irish, Middle Eastern and of course ballet, tap, modern, and jazz), as well as visual artists who painted and sewed wonderful creations. I took some salsa classes, Afro-Cuban dance and Irish step dancing, which I had never tried before.  It was great exercise and a lot of fun.  I also loved being in the midst of such a wealth [...]

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