WHY WALKING

When Mary S. came to our studio with a chronic ankle injury that wouldn’t go away even after repeated attempts with a physical therapist, endless chiropractic sessions and a host of different orthopedists who couldn’t provide relief, she was skeptical that walking lessons could make a difference. It didn’t take much convincing— after teaching her …

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Walking, The Psoas and The Diaphragm

                  According to the body’s design, every breath we take should tone and massage the contents of the trunk between the base of the ribs and the base of the pelvis. The diaphragm, a dome shaped muscle at the bottom of the ribcage, is the essential muscle …

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Walking with Your Butt Out

It is important in both standing and walking to stick your butt out. This simple statement seems to go against the grain of what many people want to think and believe is correct. As a culture we love to tuck our pelvis. Maybe you hurt your back and a physical therapist told you to tuck …

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Walking Correctly- The Three Point Plan

Walking correctly is a full body experience. If we move well the front and the back of the body are equally broad and open, the legs are rooted to the ground as the head is lifting up to the sky, lengthening the skeleton and creating space in the joints. The side of the body is …

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Walking Lessons- The Psoas Major in Infancy

Let’s talk about babies. It is so easy to see the little blobs that lay before us just that. Cute little blobs to be cooed at and passed around for others to coo at. But physical development in the first year before we begin walking profoundly affects our posture for the rest of our life. …

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Walking is a Means to Rebuild Yourself

Our posture and the way we walk reflects so much of our journey through life– from imitating those who you bonded with as a child, to bearing the compensatory scars of accidents and injuries both large and small, and the primal, sometimes crippling effect that fear, our most primal emotion, has on our muscles and …

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Muscle Tone: Walking is a Core Event

Walking is a core event that requires a good deal of muscle tone. The core refers to three main muscle groups: The inner thighs, the pelvic floor and the abdominals. The psoas (our favorite muscle) is the main engine of walking and when it is properly toned and aligned it allows the body to move …

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Standing and Walking with Ease

Standing and walking with ease allows the body to minimize the muscular forces working to hold us up. Walking can be an effortless event carried along by the force of gravity. As we learn to live in this place of ease on a regular basis, ease in the body can become a constant in our lives. Instead …

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Walking and Breathing: The Psoas muscle and the Diaphragm.

Walking and breathing are intimately connected through the psoas muscle and the diaphragm muscle. The psoas major is the main muscle of walking, an action ideally initiated deep in the core of the trunk. The psoas connects the spine to the legs attaching on the lower back (T12, L1-4), before crossing the rim of the …

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