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Sept 21, Added a LOT OF LINKS to the Links Page with some description
about the sites, and, have been upgrading my info about the stretching and
relaxation tapes and my books and services as a resource.
Sept 1, 2003 Added a LOT these past two months,
since early July. Home page modified to include trips, phone
sessions, features, added structural integration classes, embellished the
stretching & relaxation page, added two chapters on Zen Buddhist Practice,
added four Body-Mind articles, emphasizing Grief Resolution further.
Nov 20, 2002 Put Fixing Fibromyalgia Article on
site - available from Home Page Menu and from Free Booklets Menu
Nov 18, 2002 Put Explanation of typical Netherton
Reichian sessions - and their results on the site. Shifted some
minor articles from home page to other page menus. Added to Yoga
Benefits Article, Stretching Tips article & Yoga Testimonials.
Nov 13, 2002 Home page now has better
navigation information. Meditation How-To now includes stretching
tips on parts 2 and 3. Specialized kinesiology article part-2 is
Aug 25, 2002 Added Zen Meditation sitting
Aug 22, 2002 Expanded the Postural
Integration Plus article in the Netherton explanation of the PI Plus
section of the article. It is now two big pages total and the
Netherton section gives new, useful insights about body and mind therapy.
Added a comment on the home page stress
explanation that points out the relationship between stress and back pain,
especially lower back pain.
Aug 20, 2002 I've added a
lot of information to the Home Page's benefits description.
It now tells you more ways you can use Structural
Integration, Postural Integration and other techniques to improve
your well being and increase your performance. This page now
describes some of my own Bodywork "modifications"
to the basic 10-step recipe. They enable me to
do more for people, sooner.
This description brings to light my multi-session
travel program that enables me to go to someone's home and do a
large number of hours on them, and others, in a short amount of time.
I can do this because of the Bodywork system modifications I describe.
This also describes more about my Enhanced
Performance programs for different groups of professionals.
For instance, while everyone gets tremendous benefits from the basic
Bodywork itself, business executives want some other specific kinds of
improvements that are different from what police officers and firemen
might want, and from what health care professionals might want.
This site has a number of descriptive pages of the
multi-benefit approach, for each professional category.
These additions also give some information about how
long it takes to make different improvements. And whether a
person needs the whole 10-step program to feel better, or can they get big
improvements in just a few hours. Feel free to
contact me for more details in your free consultation.
Aug 4, 2002 I have made the Sports Medicine and
BodyMind Kinesiology articles both much longer. They are now much
better at defining their subjects. And are two web pages each.
The Sports medicine benefits article can be a stand alone introduction
because it tells a little more in its narrative, and his has over 15
testimonials, covering a few more subjects. Very helpful.
And I have added another psychological page, about personal growth and
negative pattern releasing. It's available from the home page and
from the Trauma Release program pages.
Aug 2, 2002 Another new bodymind therapy
article, on erasing our series of movies. And the Postural
Integration plus article has been greatly expanded. There is also a
comment on the very top section in the Home page narrative, the section
about fixing pains and improving athletic performance. It explains
what to read on site first, then to call or email me. It also
mentions my articles and books.
July 31, 2002 Two new articles are
on site: Postural Integration Plus and The
Four Layers of Personality that Develop in the Body during Abuse. A
little more detail has been described on the Getting Sessions page,
regarding e-mail advice. And a short explanation of my Success
Directions program is on the Institute for Enhanced Performance page.
All these are accessible from the Home page menu.
July 26, 2002
Lately I've been
helping people suffering from knee pain. First, you have
to know what's tight, or rather short in the fascia. Then you
should know about long-term pain induced stress.
Pain on top
of the knee is on the tendon coming from the quad muscles on the top of
the thighs, and it attaches near the top of the lower leg bone.
Short muscles pull on the tendon. See the last two sections of
Fixing Accumulated Shortness on the Free Booklets menu. Bike riding,
running up hill and weight machine work all bunch up quads.
Quads are held tight by muscles all over the leg and pelvis, so it really
takes re-lengthening all around. Major players are the hamstrings,
so do the runners' stretch for the whole back of the leg and try to get
your mind in the muscles section by section. See the Stretching Tips
article. There's also bunch up in the tensor fascia lata in the
front of the thigh and in the gluteus maximus and gluteus minimus on the
sides of the pelvis. Also stretch the adductors on the inside of the
thighs and the IT band on the outside. And don't forget the lower
leg and the back as well.
But remember, I don't recommend people pull and pull in pain! In
my stretching classes, I repeatedly say, "Feel the stretch and pull as
best you can, but don't hurt yourself!" My understanding of
"stretching, is more like "spreading." If we can get the collagen
fibers in the fascia to spread back out, like "warm melting butter,"
the muscle body lengths will be longer and that will take pressure off the
tendons and other areas that are not designed by nature to lengthen so
much. This is why I recommend the foods and other muscle softening
Pain behind the knee, re-lengthen the hamstrings and calves. Stretch
the feet, too, and the back, as they are in the long line of
interconnections. Try do a lying on the floor cross one leg over
stretch, to lengthen some of the buttocks. Even do a knees up, feet
on the floor pull from side to side as you move your bent legs to the
floor each side. Try to stay inside the tissue and feel it all
giving way, like putty warming up.
Pain on the inner part of the knee, adductors are tight. But the
whole leg is tight!
I recommend people get an anatomy book or chart. Doesn't have to be
fancy. Even look in the Library. Get a picture in your own
mind where all these muscles are and where their tendons attach to.
Also look at the muscles next to them, and in the long chain extending
from them. When we can picture what's there, it's like looking at a
blue print when we stretch. I think it's more effective.
For easier stretching, check out Foods for Structure and even get a good
massage so it loosens the muscle hardness. A hot bath is helpful,
but I find the change in tissue consistency and the work of the massage is
even more powerful. If you can all of this, and drink enuf water,
too, the fascia gives way
Confusion between neuromuscular tissue healing and myo-fascial
relengthening treatments. This is a very important distinction.
Please go to the Sports Medicine article for this as well as the Fixing
Accumulated Shortness article. They explain how we have been
conditioned to think of hurt tissue as a local phenomenon. That's
how doctors and even massage therapists look at it.
But a lot of structural pain is just soreness in one
place that's being pulled by tightness someplace else. Even achilles
tendon tears are coming, in large part, from very tight hamstrings. I've
had my elbows inside some of those hamstrings while I looked at the scar
tissue in the ankles.
If you do physical therapy right on the knee pain,
like heat, you may feel more pain if you do not also relengthen the fascia
in the related muscles that are pulling on the sore area. The
medical-massage concept is to bring nutrition into the area and remove
waste products out of the area. Good idea. Especially for a
bang or just soreness. For a shortness condition that is getting
worse, and there are now pains in the back, or shoulder, or other leg,
look to the overall "bodysuit" made of fascial putty.
I use magnetic therapy these days, like my mattress,
car seat and shoe inserts. I've worked with Olympians who used
myo-matic electrical stimulators. I believe in hydrotherapy.
And so on. Almost every single gadget or bed or medical suggestion
relates to the nerves, muscles and metabolic functioning. People who
finally find me have done a lot of it. And their pains are getting
worse. That's why I wrote these articles; to explain very clearly
the shortness of the fascia problem.
Long Term Pain induced stress - Well, the pain is bad enuf
but the not knowing what's causing it and the not knowing how to fix it is
even worse. The upshot is that the head, neck and torso all get
bunched up in the fascia, and that bunch-up also contains emotional energy
about the pain, of overwhelm, and even confusion. Just the tensing
up against the feeling of pain will do this. Then, there's often
frustration, depression and even hopelessness in the pelvis, buttocks and
I've found that this stuff comes out with a lot of intense yoga
stretching, if the muscles actually will give way, and of course, it
always comes out with the connective tissue bodywork.
A myo-fascial release practitioner might be able to do enough in all these
areas to help the stress removal, even if his or her manipulations aren't
deep enough to fix all the tightness actually causing the pain. The
manipulations may be able to help you stretch it out better.
Remember, pain in the muscles around the joint, from a non contact injury,
and when there's no damage yet inside the joint, involves fascial
shortness, and usually over a lot of the body, not just locally.
Read Fixing Accumulated Shortness if you haven't already.
But it could be more. At least there could be inflammation. To
be on the safe side, if you have a persistent problem and stretching, etc
doesn't fix it, I always tell people to get it checked out with a physical
medicine doctor, so you can at least see what is or is not there.
Or, see the athletic trainer.
Often, because of hard, tight tissue that doesn't give way, stretching may
not get it but a lot of Structural Integration depth of connective tissue
manipulation will help if that's the only issue. See the Back and
Other Pains and Tightness testimonials.
Now on the Site:
-Descriptions of my
Structural Stretching and Energized Relaxation tapes. Also,
references to summary testimonials on the Executives and Police-Firemen
Programs pages. All these program pages now have direct links to
testimonial pages and various appropriate articles.
-I also put up info on
pages: About Lou, Catalog, Getting Sessions, Trainings.
added two new articles to the Body-Mind Therapy Section
. -Of course,
the home page top section is expanded with better reading of the bold and
with direct links to inside.
-I've even put links to the articles on
the home page under the Introductory Info part of the left column menu.
- AND There's a page about the purposes of The
Institute for Enhanced Performance !!! Look on Home page left column
at bottom of subjects list, and at bottom of entire home page, right
TIP - Something I, myself like to do.
If you don't like the text pages with a wide green border, Click
Favorites on Internet Explorer & view the pages side by side
with the favorites list, text info now has a narrow
This might make the Home Page right column look "cleaner" and easier
to read for you. Narrower columns are often easier - look at a
newspaper. Try it yourself. What do you think?
FASTER SCROLLING TIP
There's a lot to scroll thru if you like all the info on this site.
Invest $20 or so in an optical scrolling mouse. Eliminates having to
place the cursor over the bar at the right. You click once on the
document and scroll the page with your fingertip. And with the
optical feature, I can even use it on my bed spread or couch.
we have this What's New page. It's a big
help for me because now I have a place where I can easily type in what I'm
finding out people need. My books, stretching tape and articles for
sale give a lot of details themselves. But here I can give some
Books Tip. A non-practitioner said
that after he read a few articles, he thought "Why buy the books? If
you're a serious athlete or a body therapist, they'll give you soooo much
information that you can use immediately. For some info right
away, read How our Structures Work and The Structural Fascial Form,
excerpts from the two books. Also read their Summaries-Synopsis.
Need help? Try email or voicemail. Lou
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