The Calf Stretch – Podcast Episode #88

In which Katy Bowman tells Stephanie Domet why Calf Stretch appears in just about every book she’s ever written. OVERVIEW 01:16:00 – Let’s Talk About the Calf Stretch Jump to section 02:01 – Calf Stretching without stretching your calves? Jump to section 04:52 – Why is Calf Stretching important Jump to section 08:10 – It’s like whiplash Jump to section 11:47 – It’s not range of motion for its own sake Jump…

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We’ve Got Your Back – Podcast Episode #78

We set things straight in this episode, shouldering your back-related mailbag questions in an effort to help you understand how the state of your back is really shaped by every other body part attached to it. KATY: I hear hundreds of toilet papers being plopped on the toilet seat behind them.   DANI: Oh! Ha! You’re the worst!   KATY: I … yeah.   DANI: Welcome to the Katy Says podcast where…

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It’s not better, it’s just more

I almost didn’t get this post done because I was busy banging my head on the wall. Well done, “Health” Magazine, well done. You’ve managed to fill a column with a mis-leading piece that (gasp!) could do a lot of people harm. If you’re reading this, stand up and then lean way back like you’re trying to do a back-bend while still standing. Did you feel your  “abs and back muscles” work…

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There is no iliopsoas

If you’re interested in reading more on ideas presented in the article below, I suggest reading Alignment Matters. If you’d like movement instruction via video, start with Science of Psoas. I’m back from three weeks on the road and boy is my iliopsoas muscle killing me. Just kidding. There is no illiopsoas muscle. So why did we start calling two different muscles, that happen to share an attachment, by one name? I’ve…

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Back Pain & Bedsharing

Here’s a little story about space. Once upon a time, there was a little bed that looked like this: And then one day, it looked like this: How did that happen? (Note: Don’t add picture here.) So a few days later, there was a bigger bed that looked like this: And then, for about a million good reasons it looked like this: And then about 3 months later, it looked like this:…

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5 Simple Ways to Avoid Back Pain

I’m stuck in the airport because my flight is delayed.  To kill a little time, I thought I’d share five back-pain tips that I donated to Natural Awakenings Magazine this month. When I say simple, I mean SIMPLE, yet most people who email, call, or come into the Institute have a hard time making these basic changes.  Let me share something with you:  Simple doesn’t mean easy.  Not eating sugar, Simple.  Not…

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