Healthy Hint: Travel Tips for your bod Part III!

(Hot) summer in the city? Or toasty summer trips? road IIIKeep it cool – literally & figuratively – with Part III of our healthy hint: summer adventure series. These quick and easy exercises just require standing room (perfect for trains & planes) and some solid inhales & exhales. Happy travels!

1. Mini squats (6-8 repetitions)
Find an area that is clear enough for you to stand with you feet hip distance apart. Rest your arms by your side.

Keep your torso vertical and bend your knees into a mini squat making sure you keep a neutral spine and track your knees forward.

2. Chest & shoulder opener (6-8 repetitions)
Find an area that is clear enough for you to stand with your feet hip distance apart. Clasp your hands behind your back.

Inhale, externally rotating your arms as you open your chest and extend your spine on an exhale. Hold for 2 counts and then relax.

3. Scapula mobility (6-8 repetitions)
Find an area that is clear enough for you to stand with your feet hip distance apart. Rest your arms by your side.

Elevate and depress your shoulders while retracting your scapula.

4. Side stretch (6-8 repetitions)
Interlace your hands above your head and bend to the side, stretching out your quadratus lumborum.

Inhale, hold for 2 counts and then exhale and release stretch.

See Part I for easing discomfort and pain in the back and hips & Part II for upper body TLC…and travel safely!

kinectED Q&A: Comprehensive Mat Phase 2 with Kelly Kane and Matt McCulloch!

ks ballsAn exciting new kinectED course is coming at you next month! For all certified Pilates Mat teachers, this is a unique opportunity to continue your Comprehensive Pilates Mat education with a 3-day course taught by Kelly Kane and Matt McCulloch. Wondering what it’s all about? Read on to find out!

Q: What is your goal with the Comp Mat Phase 2 workshop?

Kelly Kane
KK]: I wanted to give teachers simple tools for working with varied populations in a class. It’s hard to manage a group of individuals with varied ability levels and adding an individual with a real diagnosis can make it even more daunting. There are some simple tools that can help you work with almost any student that shows up for a class or private session and there just isn’t enough time in Comprehensive Pilates Mat explore filling that “tool box.” I also wanted to create a framework for helping students manually cue and adjust in a class setting. In this workshop we will go through some basic and effective manual cuing for a group class.bumpy balls mat room

Matt McCulloch [MM]: We wanted to increase the skill set of our mat grads and enhance their skill level by providing them with modifications to traditional mat exercises. This will allow them to progress their special population clients safely and effectively, whether that be with props or manual skills. Additionally, we wanted to provide them with an enhanced framework fueled by clinical information that will help them increase their scope of practice with more complicated clientele.

Q: How is the content different from the foundation course Comp Mat in the Kane school training?

The format follows the Kane School full teacher training curriculum by adding Touch, Biomechanics and Special Populations. In Comprehensive Mat we work mostly with the axial skeleton and core musculature; in this course we will explore more of  the appendicular skeleton and associated musculature as it applies to the Pilates Mat repertory. We will also look at manual cues and biomechanics that apply to the extremities.

[MM]  Additionally, special populations is more in-depth, including pathology and contraindications allowing them to manage a more complicated group class safely and with confidence. joseph_pilates_rollover

Q: Who would you recommend to take this course?

[KK] Everyone of course! As always I will try to offer something for each students in the group.  But it is for anyone who wants to advance their group mat class skills

mat & bones II[MM] I agree with Kelly. Specifically, those instructors that have hit a wall in mat and feel they need their creative tank and tool box filled. Another group would be the instructor that feels limited with their current means to tackle a varied/complicated population in their classes and would like to move to a more specialized population focus with the mat work as their main tool.

Q: What do you and Kelly bring to the table as co-presenters that differs from presenting as an individual? How does the experience differ for the attendee?

[KK] I think we have have a common core knowledge but different expertise and interests and people will get both of those perspectives. It’s also super fun!

[MM] Kelly and I both love teaching and embrace every moment we have to teach. We bring a vast amount of practical experience with clients that struggle with your most common orthopedic injuries but also individuals with energetic issues. This information allows the instructor to hit the ground running with new information they can apply immediately.

Snag your spot! The workshop is coming up in just 3 weeks:
Friday, September 11th from 2pm-6pm
Saturday, September 12th from 10am-5pm
Sunday, September 13th from 10am-3pm

Cost: $500 (deposit $250.00)
CEC’s: Kane school = 15 hours

kinectED: Gait Analysis: Function and Dysfunction

KristenJoin Kane school teacher trainer and 3rd year DPT student Kristen Rubio as she breaks down gait analysis in our upcoming kinectED workshop on August 8th! Learn how to spot clues of compensatory patterns that can often lead to injury in the lower extremity, lumbar spine or even in the cervical spine.

In this workshop, participants can also expect to learn:

  • running2Skilled observation for functional activity
  • Biomechanics of the gait cycle
  • How to identify patterns of muscle imbalance
  • How to identify postural asymmetry
  • How to integrate Pilates choreography to address gait abnormalities or deviations

Don’t wait to get your spot! Saturday, 8/8: 1:30-5:30pm

Healthy Hint: Travel Tips for your bod, Part II!

The heat waves keep coming – and hopefully so do your sun-splashed adventures! Whether summer vacationyou’re traveling by car, train or plane to your next summer hotspot, sitting for even a couple of hours can create shoulder and neck discomfort. Take these 3 easy tips with you to keep your body happy & healthy.

  • Sit up as tall as possible, interlock your fingers and place both of your hands behind your head and retract your head slightly pressing the back of your head into your hands. Hold the retraction for a few counts and release. Be careful not to lift your chin or drop your chin. Gaze at eye level.
  • Sit up as tall as possible, interlock your fingers and place both of your hands behind your head and place your thumbs at the base of your skull / top of your cervical spine. Gently apply traction on your head and simultaneously depress your shoulders and lengthen your cervical spine.
  • Sit up as tall as possible, place one hand on the opposite side of your head – i.e. right hand over the left ear. Depress the right shoulder and gently pull the ear towards right shoulder pulling neck into lateral flexion stretching the upper trapezius. Perform stretch on the other side.

See Part I for easing discomfort and pain in the back and hips & travel safely!

FAMI Faculty Q&A!

FAMI 2011 logoIt’s the most wonderful time of the year – FAMI time! This year’s workshop – which kicked off today – marks FAMI’s 10th Anniversary, so we thought we’d bring you behind-the-scenes fun and fabulous facts from some of the beloved faculty that have been in on it from the beginning.

Dr. Avner Yemin, Diagnostic Radiologyhip hip hooray

Q: What percent of the body is bone? How much does the average skeleton weigh?
A: Female: 12 percent bone; average skeleton in a female of 160 lbs weighs about 19.2 lbs
Male: 15 percent bone; average male who weighs 200 pounds has about 30 pounds of weight in his bones

Q: Guesstimate the number of years of total formal education of this year’s FAMI faculty combined:
A: 147 years

Q: How many questions are you asked each week that are pertinent to your job that you cannot answer? What is a memorable or favorite one?
A: Usually one: “How did you choose to become a radiologist?” I don’t have one answer – rather a myriad of reasons – which luckily for me is a major part of the reason I am excited to go to work each day.

Q: What has been a memorable question a FAMI participant has asked you in the past? How did you answer?
A: “How did that happen?” (regarding the many injury patterns we show radiographically). Almost always a pedestrian struck by cab in NYC…watch out during your visit!

Matt McCulloch, co-founder: FAMI workshop

Q: In your ideal world, how many days would FAMI run each year?
A: Looking back over the years and taking 2 points into consideration, I would say that the number of days we have allowed for the workshop work out well. There is a significant amount of content to cover, and although 4 days is jam-packed, that seems to be the magic number. In terms of frequency, we have added FAMI 2 to give individuals that want to continue the FAMI experience forward into the year an opportunity to do so.

Students in Gross Lab looking at imaging

Q: Guess how many FAMI participants have registered since its inception?
A: 800-1000

Q: From how many countries?
A: I would say around 15-20.

Q: Take a guess, then, at how many people has FAMI impacted directly and indirectly.
A: Honestly, I truly believe that you cannot begin to guesstimate that answer.
FAMI has a ripple effect that continues from the attendees and is passed on to everyone in their lives. Starting most directly with clients, but then on to family members, friends, peers and other clinicians that they encounter.

Q: Guesstimate the number of years of total formal education of this year’s FAMI faculty combined:
A: Somewhere around 100. Most of the faculty has multiple degrees so this adds up quickly!FAMI lab pic

Q: What has been a memorable question a FAMI participant has asked you in the past?
A: One participant asked if someone donate their body to FAMI and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine gross anatomy lab.

Q: How did you answer?
A: First off, I was humbled that someone would even consider this based on the impact the FAMI experience had made on them. I simply thanked them for asking and informed them of the donating program that Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of medicine has.

Stay tuned for more Q&A fun with FAMI Faculty! AND, there is still time to submit your Anatomy Bluff to our Facebook Page; the deadline is extended until noon on Saturday, July 11th & the prizes are not to be missed!

kinectED: The S.I. Joint with Kuan Hui Chew!

kuan headshot for websiteJoin Kuan this July for her ever popular take on the S.I. Joint! To the oft asked question regarding its mobility, the answer – like the joint – is quite complex. This workshop explores the multi-dimensional nature of the SIJ, looking into its function and relationship with both nearby and distal structures. Designed for equipment-certified Pilates instructors, this course will give a deeper understanding of lumbosacral anatomy, biomechanics, and exercises that nurture this region of the body. Participants can expect to learn:

  • The biomechanics and physiology of the SI-joint
  • The common dysfunctions like hypermobility and hypomobility of the SI-joint and their causes
  • Unconventional look at how upper body immobility affects the SI-joint
  • How the mechanics of the legs affects the SI-Joint
  • How to harmonize the tension around the SI-Joint through conventional and creative exercises

Don’t miss this incredible workshop: pelvis_tn
Saturday-Sunday, 7/25-7/26, 9am-1pm both days
$275; get your spot!

CECs: Kane School = 8 hrs

Instructor Spotlight and Q&A: Kerrie Flynn, LMT!

Meet Kerrie!Kerrie Flynn_headshot_Kinected

Kerrie Flynn, LMT, RYT offers dynamic sessions that focus on soft tissue dysfunction, increasing range-of-motion, and creating strength and balance within the muscular-skeletal body. Choose from a wide range of sessions to give your body what it needs, whether it is Sports Massage, Deep Tissue Massage, Neuromuscular Therapy or Active Isolated Stretching.

Q: What inspired or directed you into a career as an LMT?

A: Injuries! I was a professional dancer who wasn’t extremely flexible, so I was straining muscles all the time. Massage – to be specific – Sports Massage, was the only physical medicine modality that got me back on the stage. So I believe I naturally jete’d into this healing career. It has been a blessing to work 25 years with passion.

Q: How does your yoga certification, practice and work influence your massage therapy work, or visa versa?

A: I can and always will get the patient/client OFF the massage table and visa versa – take the client off the yoga mat and onto the massage table! I incorporate movement and stretching of fascia and muscle in all my sessions of bodywork. I was always a believer that having flexible joints was a necessity in a healthy life. Getting a massage definitely releases the muscle tension or spasm or cramp (if done correctly), but it isthen that the physical body has to lengthen – stretch the soft tissues – to return the body back to equanimity.

Q: How would you describe an active isolated stretching session? Kerrie feet

A: It is a workout! AIS is a very dynamic session. The client wears comfortable stretching clothing. We work on a table or chair or the floor. It is a one-on-one session with me. I teach you the specific movement to stretch the muscles or joint and then we do it together and I assist you. Stretches are repetitive, only held for 2 seconds each and opens your joints’ range of motion by inches immediately (and it doesn’t hurt – it actually feels good)! AIS stretches, strengthens and is a cardio-vascular workout!

*Stay tuned for an Active Isolated Stretching class at Kinected!*

Q: Tell us about the Dance Massage Clinic at the Joffrey Ballet School; what was the impetus to start it?

_mg_0702A: The impetus…..the soft spot in my heart for dancers who are always muscle sore or injured and have NO MONEY for health care. I teach the following at JBS: Active Isolated Stretching, Anatomy for Dancers, Kinetics Studies and Self Dance Care. I also teach orthopedic massage and sports pathologies at The Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, therefore I suggested we do an Externship Clinic for the Joffrey Ballet School dancers. They LOVED the idea! The Massage Interns learn Sports Massage and how to work with professional muscle: dancers/athletes and the dancers receive a complimentary massage plus a great education about their bodies! I supervise, teach and get paid! Win – Win – Win for everyone!

Q: From your work specifically with professional athletes and dancers, how does active isolated stretching sessions and sports massage help to re-pattern or un-do dysfunctional movement patterns that come from years of training and discipline?

A: AIS creates excellent alignment and postural strength to support the new movement patterns. Muscles really do want to lengthen and utilize their full potential. This is why we always enjoy a good morning full-body yawning stretch. My experience is that people do NOT know how to stretch correctly. When they do understand it, it feels good! It is only then it becomes an enjoyable and healthy re-patterning habit without possibilities of injury.

olympic gamesQ: Do you have any fun memories or stories from working at the Olympic Games?

A: I have 2 stories about the Olympics:
1) There were 100 LMTs from 19 countries on this Sports Massage Team. I met a Massage Therapist from Chicago who worked with the Joffrey Ballet Company and asked for my business card to give to one of his company dancers who was moving back to NY to dance in “Moving Out” on Broadway. The dancer: Davis Robertson! He did indeed call me and it has been an 11 year professional relationship since. He is now the Artistic Director and that is how I got to teach Active Isolated Stretching at Joffrey in NYC…Network – Network – Network!

2) I also speak Italian so I was stationed in the Olympic Village near the Italian residences. It also meant I had access to all nations, all sports, male and female, everyday. I got the opportunity to work all the Italian athletes. GORGEOUS BTW. ☺ They were so grateful to have sports massage available and to be able to explain their specific needs in Italian! FANTASTICO!

And last but not least:

Fave muscle: FHL – Flexor Hallicus Longus – but of course!
Fave exercise: stabilityball2-copyOn the Stability Big Ball: lie backwards and GENTLY stretch the FRONT OF YOUR SPINE! Listen to your favorite song and melt! Delicious and a must!
Fun fact: I rode elephants in the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus!! YUP! I LOVE ELEPHANTS!

Book with Kerrie on Tuesdays and Fridays at Kinected. She looks forward to working with you toward a flexible and pain-free lifestyle!