active living

Katy Bowman biomechanist is at it again with her amazing new book “Move Your DNA”. In this book Katy dives deep into why it is so important to move your body but also truly defines the term movement. She states that a lot of our typical ailments and diseases are actually caused by our own captivity.

I recently had the pleasure of experiencing my first "float" here in Victoria at Float House, a newly opened local business catering to people looking for a place to unplug and "experience nothing". For many years I've been looking forward to the opportunity to try a sensory deprivation tank; a term that has been replaced by "Float" or "REST" tank.

Squats are one of the most basic and fundamental human postures. Starting as children we instinctively go into a deep squat when we wanted to reach for something low or hold ourselves in a stable squatting position to engage in play. Observe any small child and you'll notice how instinctive and important this posture is. However, after a long period of sitting primarily in chairs and/or wearing poor footwear, adults can have trouble getting into this once important movement.

"I'm a big advocate for movement; the more you can move in your day the better! A recent rat study showed how effective an increase in the level of movement within a day can influence the functioning of the nervous system. The New York Times summarized the study in their article "How Inactivity Changes the Brain".

"I'm a big advocate for movement; the more you can move in your day the better! A recent rat study showed how effective an increase in the level of movement within a day can influence the functioning of the nervous system. The New York Times summarized the study in their article "How Inactivity Changes the Brain".

I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the book above for some time now, and am happy to write that it doesn't disappoint. Don't let the tongue-in-cheek title throw you.

As a massage therapist, I am continually looking for ways for people to maintain and further improve the quality of their soft-tissue outside of my treatment room.

There is a lot of talk about the fascial system lately. My college Chris has posted articles pertaining to the system and how to keep it healthy specifically through use of massage therapy and foam rollers.

Our fledgling world has become an incredibly complex and high-technology driven little sphere in the vast and apparent swirling chaos of the greater universe. We are constantly seeing the fringe of what is possible crashing through the barriers of what was previously considered impossible. God particles. Nano-bots. String Theory. Cadbury's secret. Exciting and complex times we live in. But often the simplest and most elegant solutions to problems are the most impressive.

Breathing; so often overlooked, but so very important. Not to be confused with respiration which is automatic, breathing is conscious and linked to emotions and action. Your body will do anything to bring in air, even at the cost of efficient movement. In yoga, it is used to find a balance between the body and the mind, and the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and parasympathetic nervous system (PNS). It is the only thing we do both voluntarily and involuntary.

 

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