Fascia is a general term we use to describe connective tissue. It’s the shiny Saran Wrap stuff that divides a steak into smaller compartments, and it wraps around everything throughout our entire body in one continuous structure: every organ, muscle, nerve, bone, artery, you get the point. The fascia has both structural and chemical functions and is largely responsible for our freedom of movement by allowing all of these structures to glide fluidly over one another.
When people talk about their knots, what they are speaking of is mal-aligned tissue due to trauma, inflammation, injury, poor motor patterns and emotional distress. Myofascial (Myo=muscle, Fascia=sheath of encasing fibrous tissue) release helps create chemical and mechanical changes that improve movement patterns.
When it comes to addressing fascial dysfunction it is important to assess why it became that way and manage all of the areas that are affecting the region causing you pain and/or mobility issues. Massage,...
Learn from the broken pieces of yesterday, then leave them behind so they don’t drag you back on your journey forward. We must clear out the old to make space for the new, and remember that all experiences are lessons.
You have the choice and power to change anything you want at any time. Even the smallest change will gradually magnify itself.
Changing our lifestyle really does follow a process of change. Don’t let yourself get trapped in the preparation stage of change. I remind people that at this point we do a lot of talking with occasional action moments but it usually becomes another mantra that gets repeated without action. As an example, I’ve heard people talk about getting more fit or changing jobs for years. They’ll occasionally try a new diet or exercise, or redo a resume but with no real commitment. They may do something to satisfy the inner voice that wants change for a moment but without really committing.
We run in circles in the preparation and action stages because we don’t want to believe that we accept the situation we are in even if we aren’t willing to change it long-term. The ideation of change becomes another thing we tell ourselves without real follow-up. My advice, let it go. Accept where you are for the moment. This way when you are really ready for a change you are...
Eating a well-balanced meal 3 times/day, plus 3 reasonably balanced snacks every day is essential for metabolic stability, stamina and muscle maintenance. Since your body responds both hormonally and calorically, eating the right quantity (not too much, not too little) of proper foods to help shed fat and build muscle is vital.
Starting the day with proteins can boost your metabolism up to 30% and set you on track for the day. The average person should eat about every three hours (including meals & snacks), including a small protein/vegetable snack about 1 hour or so before bedtime. Your body must stay nourished while in its dormant state, but realize your metabolism is slower at this time and high glycemic foods (simple & starchy carbs) are not a good idea.
Protein is essential! For each pound of Lean Body Mass (LBM) you have, you need .8 – 1 gram of protein per day. Without adequate protein for both muscle maintenance and recovery after training, your body...
Self-doubt is a huge driver in our lives, wouldn’t you agree? Whether it be about appearance, intelligence, decision making or social acceptance, there are too many people who need constant validation and compliments. This doubt hinders their decision making and life fulfillment, takes away control over how they feel, and long-term leads to self-esteem issues, anxiety and depression. The continual need for validation is not the same as narcissism but often looks similar.
Interdependence is a normal part of human society. As much as we need to be able to validate ourselves we also seek validation from our peers. I once heard a saying that went something like: If you live by the compliment you’ll die by the criticism. Dependent people who seek external validation constantly often lack emotional stability, with swings happening frequently. People who seek constant external validation often lose touch with the foundation of who they are. These same people may find that they...
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
– Albert Einstein