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Satirical Aerobics

For years I have had a dream. It strikes me that most exercise videos are excessively earnest. Perky! Sincere! Cheerleader-esque! There seemed to be few, if any, home workout routines for people with a healthy sense of irony, and a taste for the absurd. My people. For too long I lacked the time, the equipment, and the chutzpah to make […]

Lazy, Self-Indulgent Workaholics

I’m signed up for a lot of Inspirational Mailing Lists. My inbox is inundated with a symphony of earnest healers and coaches, all urging me to “Slow down to speed up! Take some time for reflection! Don’t be busy for the sake of it!” If they only knew. Sometimes I think the systems I’ve created in order to structure my […]

Get Your Body Back!!!

Posted by on December 17, 2013 in Exercise, Massage, Pain, Physical Therapy, Weight Loss | Comments Off on Get Your Body Back!!!

I always thought that personal trainers were for trophy wives. Which would not be me. Plus, I hate gyms. I see no reason to subject myself to an environment full of clanking torture devices, fluorescent lights, TV screens, hideous music, sweaty odors and the sound of grunting. Not when the free, beautiful outdoors–for running, hiking, biking and dancing–is right there. […]

How To Make Your Body Disappear

Posted by on October 29, 2013 in Brain, Brain waves, Exercise, Listening, Meditation, Mental Health, Nervous system, Pain, Stress | Comments Off on How To Make Your Body Disappear

Some fun new research has discovered that turning your gym into an oversized, self-propelled boom box can boost your workout performance: …the results showed that most of the volunteers had generated significantly greater muscular force while working at the musically equipped machines than the unmodified ones. They also had used less oxygen to generate that force and reported that their […]

The Five Stages of Healing (Bodyworker Edition)

Posted by on April 07, 2013 in Ankle pain, Exercise, Medicine, Pain, Physical Therapy, Plantar fasciitis, Rolfing, Stress, Yoga | Comments Off on The Five Stages of Healing (Bodyworker Edition)

Like a lot of other practitioners, I tend to suffer from bodyworker machismo. I spend my days treating other people’s pain, and ignoring my own. Which is exactly what I advise my clients not to do. Recently, I hurt my foot. The technical description of what I did was tearing the plantar fascia on my right heel, after changing my […]

Foam Roller Therapy: Why It’s Awesome

Practical Bodywork is thrilled to bring you this guest post by Jesse James Retherford of TAO-Fit.com. Anyone who knows me is aware that I am a huge advocate of foam roller therapy, and for a good reason: it works. In my personal and professional life I have found that foam roller therapy is an incredibly valuable practice. It is an absolutely vital component […]

After the Fall

Recently a new client, Susie M., booked a four-session package sight unseen. “When I read about your ankle, I knew you were the one for me,” she said. Susie sprained, and possibly broke, her right ankle four years ago. There was some confusion as to whether there was a bone chip floating around in there or not; what was certain was […]

When Stress Is The Problem

Posted by on July 06, 2011 in Exercise, Massage, Pain, Practicality, Theta waves | Comments Off on When Stress Is The Problem

How many holistic healing practitioners have you encountered who piously urge you to ‘eliminate stress’? You’re not ‘living the life’ unless you’re ‘free from stress’! Just makes you want to smack ‘em. Because stress happens. If your life is entirely free from stress, you’re either a sociopath or you’re dead. You can eat healthy, exercise, meditate, get counseling, get a better […]

Weight Loss, Revisited

Posted by on May 03, 2011 in Diet, Exercise, Weight Loss, Yoga | Comments Off on Weight Loss, Revisited

Certain Foods Can Aid Weight Loss – NYTimes.com. Pureed vegetables in your casseroles? Seems devious and mildly depressing, but if you must. However, Pretty Lady’s advice for joyous weight loss is still relevant, so here it is, virtually unedited. 1. Do yoga. Yoga, by and large, will not directly help a person lose weight. It does, however, gently balance and nourish the […]