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This Month’s Resources
Knees Over Toes?!?
Have you been taught to keep your knees behind your toes when working out? We did too! Until we recently when we discovered the “Knees Over Toes Guy.” We came across his Instagram just a few months ago and found his videos to be both informative and eye opening. Since then, we have been educating ourselves and our clients on some of his techniques. See the video below on how to fix your knee pain.
Speaking of Knees…
Have you ever heard of voodoo flossing? The Voodoo Floss Band is an essential performance tool and should be a staple in the gym bag of every athlete looking to improve range, restore joint mechanics, or unglue matted down or previously injured tissue. Compression tack and flossing (Voodoo Flossing) works on many levels; including re-perfusing tissues that have become stiff or gone cold after injury, and by compressing swelling out of tissues and joints.
Benefits of Voodoo Flossing:
- Increase mobility: muscle flossing is a form of soft tissue mobilization/manipulation that results in myofascial release. Because pressure is created during the compression muscles and adhesions are broken down throughout the active moments thus resulting in improved muscle mobility and increased range of motion
- Accelerates Recovery: while the floss is being used, blood flow is restricted, once the band is removed blood flow rushes to the area, enriching the area with oxygen and nutrients — this is known as reactive hyperemia.
- Learn more from this video provided by Dr. Kelly Starrett, starring Knees Over Toes Guy and Knees Over Toes Girl.
A Book We Loved!
Eastern Mind, Western Body, by Anodea Judith. This book seamlessly merges Western psychology and science with spirituality, creating a compelling interpretation of the Eastern chakra system and its relevance for Westerners today. It brings a fresh approach to the yoga-based Eastern chakra system, adapting it to the Western framework of Jungian psychology, somatic therapy, childhood developmental theory, and metaphysics. It applies the chakra system to important modern social realities and issues such as addiction, codependence, family dynamics, sexuality, and personal empowerment.
Each chapter focuses on a single chakra, starting with a description of its characteristics and then exploring its particular childhood development patterns, traumas and abuses, and how to heal and maintain balance. Most of all, you will come to understand yourself and your own chakra patterns.
Quote I’ve been pondering…
“All of our miseries are nothing but attachment.” – Osho