The Pain Free Athlete :: Asymmetrical Skelton

How Did Your Body Get Askew?

Please enjoy an excerpt from my book, Winning the Injury Game, which will be released this summer.   If you’re like most active people, your self-assessment revealed unbalanced posture. Your joints were not all perfectly lined up, and the weight … Read More

Defining the Core

Please enjoy an excerpt from my book, Winning the Injury Game, which will be released this summer.   What is your core? And how does it relate to your posture? Although we hear a lot about “the core” and have … Read More

Beware of Stretching Your Hamstrings

Please enjoy an excerpt from my book, Winning the Injury Game, which will be released this summer.   Muscles need to be balanced between the front and back as well as the left and right sides of the body to … Read More

The Pain Free Athlete :: Winged Scapulae

How to Fix Winged Shoulder Blades

What are winged shoulder blades? The image above shows a young boy with winged shoulder blades (scapulae). Notice the pen marks on the inner edge of the scapulae where these bones are sticking out from his back. There is a gap … Read More

The Pain Free Athlete :: Foot Alignment

Don’t Fear Foot Pronation

Pronation is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “rotation of the medial bones in the midtarsal region of the foot inward and downward so that in walking the foot tends to come down on its inner margin.” You can see … Read More

The Pain Free Athlete :: Hip Joint

Osteoarthritis is a Symptom of Postural Misalignments

At 38 I was diagnosed with severe (grade 4) bone-on-bone left hip osteoarthritis. Too young for a joint replacement, I was advised by my doctor to reduce my activity level and avoid any movements that hurt. When the pain was … Read More

Posture, Presence, and Personal Power

“Our bodies change our minds …and our minds change our behavior …and our behavior changes our outcomes.”   This was written on one of the slides in Amy Cuddy’s popular TED Talk: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are. Her … Read More

3 Exercises for Better Upper Body Posture

Are you afraid of having a rounded upper body that makes you look and feel old?   This seems to be the number one postural concern of my clients and class participants. But let’s not forget that your mid-spine is … Read More

The Pain Free Athlete :: Belly Breathing Isn't What You Think

Belly Breathing Isn’t What You Think

At one time or another you’ve probably come across the phrase “belly breathing,” whether it was a well-meaning yoga teacher, fitness instructor, magazine article, personal trainer or even in my posture classes. The intention of this phrase is to initiate … Read More