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

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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.

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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

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8 Reasons to Love Stretching

January 17, 2018  by Dr. Suki Munsell

Learn to Love Stretching

“I feel so good after I stretch," my clients have told me over the years. “But I just don’t stop and do it. I wish I stretched more.”

If this sounds like you, or if you don’t love stretching, this blog might help you build your stretching habit. Stretching is the next best thing to taking a nap. 

Heed Nature's Call 
As a toddler, you were trained to heed natures’ calls - those inner sensations of a hungry tummy, an active bladder, or the need for sleep. Answer Mother Nature’s call to stretch.

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How Do I Improve My Posture?

December 5, 2017  by Dr. Suki Munsell

7 Effective Posture Tips from a Somatic Movement Coach

As a diminutive lady facing my mid-seventies, I don’t want to lose height. To keep myself free from sciatic pain I want to maintain the taller, stronger core I’ve built - an inner brace. I’m highly motivated to stay out of pain, to keep my lighter, lifted, and aligned posture.

Tags:  Posture, Stretching