The Problems with Clothing

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We were born naked, and as I’ll explain, we probably should have stayed that way. Of course, society and weather will usually demand that we keep wearing our clothes, but there are several reasons we may want to at least reevaluate our clothing choices. I’m going to discuss three ways that our clothing directly impacts our health. Continue reading

Proprioception

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We often talk about having five senses, but we really have more than that. For example, proprioception is the sense of where your body is in space. While that may not seem as exciting as the sense of sight, it is a critical function of the body. Without it, coordinated movement like standing and walking around would be pretty difficult, and playing sports or dancing would definitely be out of the question. Continue reading

Sleep Well

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Sleep is very important when it comes to the maintenance of our mental and physical health. Although some seem to consider sleep to be a wasteful use of a third of their lives, that time is critical for many bodily processes necessary to keep you up and running well during that other 2/3 of your life. Especially if you are ill or recovering from an injury, sleep is possibly the most important part of your cure.

However, it is very common to have difficulties sleeping. Whether you wake up with a “tweak” in your neck, a headache, a limb or two that went numb, or aches and stiffness in your body, these are signs that something needs to change so your body can get the proper sleep it needs. While there is copious research and conjecture on the myriad issues surrounding sleep, the one most relevant to my line of work is posture, and hence, what you do your sleeping on. Continue reading

Allowing Healing to Happen

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Understanding a bit about how our bodies heal can help us support this process so we can recover faster and more effectively. I’m going to talk about traumatic injury–an injury due to physical damage–what our bodies do about it, and the important ways we can help or hinder them. Continue reading

Moving Your Fluids Around

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Commonly taught anatomy is often simplified for various reasons. Perhaps the pupils are too young, perhaps there is only so much time, perhaps different aspects are considered more important than others. In any case, one common factor often left out is how much impact you have on the processes going on inside you. The way we learn about the digestive system, the urinary system, the circulation system often creates the feeling that our organs simply carry on their business regardless of what’s going on outside. Whether you are sitting there in class or out playing soccer, what’s the difference? Continue reading

Giving Both Sides a Chance

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It’s very natural for us to favor one side or the other of our body, to specialize different parts for doing different tasks. Almost everyone develops right-handedness or left-handedness, but beyond that, we often train our right foot for kicking the soccer ball, our left shoulder for holding up our purse, our left hand for holding the can opener while our right hand twists. Continue reading

Sitting in Chairs

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Most of us “know” that we ought to sit with “good posture,” but despite the ample opportunity for practice, we tend to allow ourselves to remain in more familiar positions, like crossing our legs and various forms of slouching. A couple reasons for this can be that we actually don’t know how we ought to sit differently, or it feels like too much effort to stay in good alignment for long especially when trying to concentrate on the task before us. If these excuses hold true for you as they have for me, then hopefully you will find some enlightenment in what I have to share. Continue reading

Happy Feet, Happy Body

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Our feet are our foundation. Anything affecting their ability to function will have an effect higher up. So taking care of our feet is equivalent to caring for our whole body. I can summarize what I’ve learned so far about keeping feet healthy in two words: go barefoot. Continue reading

Slouching with Purpose

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When I decided to become a massage therapist, I envisioned that, learning about good posture and all sorts of things about keeping the body healthy, I would simply stop slouching. In the end of course, even with my new knowledge, I did not miraculously cease falling into my own habitual positional patterns. But all of us, not just enlightened massage therapists, know that slouching is bad. So why do we persist in this behavior? Continue reading

Breathing the Right Message

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Breathing is such a critical part of life that people have written books about it, and some bodyworkers specialize solely in teaching people to breathe more fully and easily. But I’m just going to focus on a few aspects of breathing and how it plays a role in my massage work so far.

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