Build Core with Ease – The Leaning Plank Series: The Swiss Army Knife of Exercise Part 2 of 3

August 28, 2018  by Dr. Suki Munsell

To help my dance teacher Anna return to greater mobility following a spinal fracture, I introduced her to the Leaning Plank exercises I had been developing. She’d been in pain and inactive for a few months. We were at her oceanside home at Sea Ranch. From the kitchen counter we could watch the coastal cypress

Tags:  Stretching

Build Core with Ease – the Leaning Plank Series: The Swiss Army Knife of Exercise Part 1 of 3

August 1, 2018  by Dr. Suki Munsell

"This one exercise does it all," said Anna, my dance teacher, as she demonstrated a plank position against her studio wall.  "Stand tall, Suki.  Lean. Bring in your belly (toward your backbone) so you stay straight.  Hold. Can't you feel your core strengthening?  Now try some push-ups.  Can you feel how your back strength connects to your core?"

I was skeptical that the Leaning Plank could be the Swiss Army knife of exercise until I began exploring its seemingly endless variations.

Tags:  Stretching

Common Walking Problems  Part 6 of 6 – From Forward Head to Lifted & Aligned 

June 20, 2018  by Dr. Suki Munsell

Want to age more gracefully, keep your mind sharper and prevent a range of problems? Correct Forward Head, the 6th Common Walking Problem, to maximize the benefits you get from daily walking.  With every step you can transform walking problems into walking solutions.

6. Forward Head? Lift and align your head, neck, and shoulders for a more youthful appearance.
 
The Problem: Cell phone use, computing, and driving can all contribute to poor posture and Forward Head. The problem has become so common that airline seats

Tags:  Walking, Stretching

Common Walking Problems:  Part 5 of 6 From Upper Body Back to Lifted & Aligned

May 29, 2018  by Dr. Suki Munsell

Correct one of the 6 Common Walking Problems that limit the benefits of exercise walking. Avoid creating repetitive stress injuries that rob you of time, money and fun. Transform walking problems into walking solutions.

5. From Upper Body Back to Lifted & Aligned  

The Problem: When we carry a heavy package to our chest, like a laundry basket or a baby, we naturally shift our upper body backward to balance the combined weight. All too frequently this posture becomes a habit.

Tags:  Walking, Posture, Bio-Mechanics

Common Walking Problems: Part 4 of 6 From Slumping to Light & Lifted

May 3, 2018  by Dr. Suki Munsell

Correct slumping, one of the 6 Common Walking Problems with the 'Shirt Pull' exercise that students love to do - because it works. Stay tuned each week for simple solutions. Transform walking problems into walking solutions.

4. From Slumping to Light & Lifted

The Problem: When we slump we are out of postural alignment in gravity - and gravity will win.

Tags:  Walking, Posture, Bio-Mechanics

Featured Presenters at Rancho La Puerta

April 25, 2018  by Dr. Suki Munsell

Our own Dynamic Vitality Method was featured April 7-14 at beautiful Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico 90 minutes from San Diego.
The weather was excellent for the 18 classes we taught in Dynamic Walking, Dynamic Swimming and Dynamic Tai Chi and Qigong.

Guests described feeling lighter, taller, younger and stronger using the Dynamic Walking Method.

Tags:  Walking, Swimming