The American Heritage Dictionary defines pain as, “An unpleasant sensation occurring in varying degrees of severity as a consequence of injury, disease, or emotional disorder.” Of course, there are many different kinds of pain, physical, mental, emotional and even spiritual. We will cover each of these individually in an upcoming series, but for the purpose of this article I would like to discuss chronic physical pain.
Chronic pain is one of the most costly and least understood problems in all of medical science. An estimated 50 million Americans live with chronic pain caused by disease, disorder or accident.
An additional 25 million people suffer acute pain resulting from surgery. Approximately two thirds of these individuals have been living with this pain for more than five years…
In the wildly popular brain science book called Spark: The revolutionary science of exercise and the brain , we are shown with a neurological map, how exercise directly affects the physical structure of the brain. Medical doctor and brain researcher John Ratey, MD says,
“In addition to priming our state of mind, exercise influences learning directly, at the cellular level, improving the brain’s potential to log in and process new information.
Darwin taught us that learning is the survival mechanism we use to adapt to constantly changing environments. Inside the microenvironment of the brain, that means forging new connections between cells to relay information.
When we learn something, whether it’s a French word or salsa step, cells morph in order to encode that information; the memory physically becomes part of the brain…
The study of exercise physiology is to understand how the body responds to the various demands placed on it by exercise and life in general. Even within the health and fitness industries the term “fitness” is not universally defined. For this practice, we define physical fitness as the capacity of the heart, blood vessels, lungs, and muscles to function at a high level of efficiency through out daily life and recreational activities. Are we living life through energetic vitality or are we drudging along from one coffee pot to the next?…
Even in the health and fitness industries the term “fitness” is not clearly defined. A general definition could be, physical fitness is the capacity of the heart, blood vessels, lungs, and muscles to function at a high level of efficiency through out daily life and recreational activities.
But, how are we to rate efficiency and how do we know how much energy is typically used in an average day, including recreation?
The first swiss ball was originally made as a toy by an Italian plastics manufacturer named Aquilino Cosani, in the early 1960′s, and was called the Pezzi ball. It was initially used in Europe as a tool by physical therapists treating neuromuscular disorders such as MS, cerebral palsy, and spinal injuries.
The term “Swiss ball” was coined after American physical therapists began using those techniques after witnessing their benefits in Switzerland. Since then these balls have been known by many different names such as balance ball, body ball, fitness ball, physioball, pilates ball, stability ball, therapy ball, and yoga ball. Continue reading
With the plethora of material on healthy living in books, magazines and online, how is one supposed to figure out what the most important elements are to live a healthy and vital life?
After years of study and practice I have narrowed all of this information into five simple components which keep my body and mind in performance condition year round.
- Tai Chi
With nothing more than these five elements a person can maintain their body, mind and spirit at a level that keep them free of illness, full of energy, mentally focused, emotionally stable, and spiritually fulfilled. Why are these five so important to this process? Let’s look at them individually and then we will begin to see the beauty of their relationship when used together.
Many people believe that it is difficult to stick to a daily practice. This is not true, because every one of us is already deeply ingrained in a daily practice. We eat breakfast, brush our teeth, drive to work, avoid the boss, eat lunch at the same places, etc. Human beings are creatures of habit. Every aspect of the mind and body seek out patterns to fall into and what we call life is merely the combination of all of these disparate patterns.
So the question is not whether to practice or not, the question is what are you practicing right now? We are always practicing something. And as my high school soccer coach always said, “You play how you practice.” If you spend your time practicing resentment you are going to be great at loathing everything. If you spend your time practicing anger you are going to have high blood pressure and dysfunctional relationships. If you spend your time practicing being a victim you are going to feel the weight of the world pushing you down in every situation…
As children we were never taught what emotions were or how to interpret them, we were simply told to hide them, or avoid them, or get over them. Emotions are internal reactions to our own perceptions. Emotions are signals from the body to the mind communicating a physical experience of whatever the mind is creating. Emotions are an incredible feedback mechanism that when listened to can allow us to adjust our mental patterns to a balanced and sustainable state of being…
Welcome to the very first official BodyJuggling Training Podcast! This series of videos will explore the nuances of individual BodyJuggling exercises as well as shedding light on some of the ancient and modern healing modalities which have inspired these revolutionary techniques for fitness, healing and self-actualization.