Knee Findings: Hinges and Rotation

  Joint ‘popping’ is a curious thing.  It alarms without hurting.  Especially when you realize it wasn’t there before.  You notice something is different when you do that particular thing in that particular way.  The different becomes ‘less than’ when Read more ›

The World of Fighting Monkey (part 2)

Engaging with your work demands a certain degree of ownership.  There must be a benefit to the challenge presented, beyond just a hard-to-apply confidence.  A task can serve as a test of will, a test of adaptability, and/or a test Read more ›

The World of Fighting Monkey (part 1)

Doing without knowing.  Playing, creating, learning.  Adjusting and adapting.  Describing Fighting Monkey is an act in organizing verbs.  Everything overlaps and intertwines and is a wonder.  The only certainty you are left with is that you have experienced something good Read more ›

A Purpose and Description of Exploratory Movement

“I’m going to explore the depths of the ocean.” “You’re gonna what?” “I’m going to get into this magical pressure suit, close myself off to the known world, and look for cool stuff.”   “Why would you want to do Read more ›

Learning Acrobatics and Developing Elasticity

Movement overlaps. Brain work = joint work = speed, power, strength, and coordination work.  We have structures and we have capacities.  Our practice establishes the abilities of both.  There is a general consensus that if your parts work better you’ll Read more ›

Dynamic Movement as An Extension of Control

Body control is all the rage.  A popular want is increasing active range of motion.  People want to get there so they can do stuff there.  Functional Range Conditioning uses slow, controlled movement to examine individual joints, build capacity in Read more ›

Self-Testing

As a teacher, I’m big into simplicity.  The ability to apply concepts has always proved more practical than skill at memorizing.  My tests are designed to make students think. Explanation is praised, not “correctness” based on someone else’s set of Read more ›

Measuring Movement

With the recent rise in powerlifting popularity, gyms are flooded with individuals trying to get better at the big three competitive lifts: bench, squat, and deadlift.  Strength is an imperative measurement of fitness, impacting all other levels of performance. It’s Read more ›

The Toes!

The more I work with folks to teach proper foot function, the more I am drawn to the toes.  Arching, gripping, and pushing are toe driven movements.  The toes feel and sense the ground, giving it’s feedback to the feet Read more ›

Sourcing Pain

photo credit: carolinawellnessandrehab.com Finding an ultimate solution to pain is dependent on figuring out its source.  The following checklist of questions is designed to help you to pinpoint causation. 1.  Is there a specific, recent event I can trace this Read more ›

The Price of Instant

People love getting things fast.  From shipping to food to feelings to results, quicker is preferred.  We are a culture that thrives on instant gratification.  Our decisions are largely based on convenience. Perhaps unknowingly, though, we are willingly sacrificing long Read more ›

Butt Strengtheners

As I mentioned in my glutes = core post, having a strong, functional backside is intricately linked to having strong, functional abdominals.  Assuming you’ve got your anterior pelvic tilt in check and are ready to start strengthening that booty, here’s Read more ›

Glutes = Core

“Your core is anything between your shoulders and your hips”.   I think I first heard this from the ingenious Charlie Weingroff.  It makes perfect sense.  There are your limbs and what your limbs connect to.  That interweaving of connections Read more ›

Being Good At

There’s something special in knowing that you’re good at something.  It goes beyond praise or awards or recognition.  Nobody needs to say a word.  You feel it. photo credit: last.fm.com Your feeling is marked by your love of practicing this Read more ›

Knees

The knees are a STABLE joint.  I know what you’re thinking, “the knees move so how can they be stable?”  Well, they are a hinge joint, meaning the simply flex (bend) and extend (straighten) in one plane of motion.  If Read more ›

The Pelvis

The last couple of years of rehab blitz can be narrowed down into a single thought : the pelvis is important.  (Couple that with the pelvic-diaphram breathing connection and you’ve got the last five years at least). Simply put, the Read more ›