Feeling Fuzzy?

By: Dr Dawn

Do you ever wonder what happens inside your tissues when you stop moving? For a day because you’re sick, for a week because you’re too busy with work, for a month because you’re injured, for a year or more because you have a chronic health condition? Don’t you feel stiff, sore, or tight when you don’t move your body regularly? Many wake up feeling this way just from not moving during sleep! There are multiple reasons and/or excuses people have for not moving regularly – it hurts, I’m tired, too busy, have an injury, etc. But NOT moving in some way – stretching, walking, massage, self myofascial release with Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls, etc – is damaging to your entire neurobiological system.

We are connected from our heads to our toes by a continuous webbed framework of fascia that thrives on movement. Our tissues were constructed to slide and glide one upon the other. Motion is lotion! When there is loss of movement, the system puts into effect minor chain reactions that eventually lead to major body break downs if left unchecked. Gil Hedley, anatomist extraordinaire, describes it best in his now infamous Fuzz Speech. Please be warned, there are cadaver images in the following video. Do not watch it if you have issues with cadaver visuals. But you can definitely still gain knowledge from just listening to the video! Gil speaks rather eloquently on the topic.

After viewing… get up get moving!!

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Huge Confession And An Anxiety Attack! 5/11/13

By: Coach Kimmie

The last time you heard from me, I was in dire straits and felt like something worse than poop.

April 3, 2013 was the day I decided to make my strongest attempt to clean up my diet and my gut.  I weighed 179 pounds that day… I know, I know — that’s close to 180! And 184 was the heaviest I’ve EVER been in my entire life.

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NEVER thought I’d share, but this photo was taken April 3, 2013. My face, neck, & chest areas were all puffy and I felt extremely uncomfortable. This is the culmination of several months of poor diet, stress, and less than optimal exercise habits. Yes, even the Coach can need some coaching…

So since then, LOTS of stuff has changed.  Within the first couple weeks of April, I really addressed my food intake on a grand scale.  I gave the boot to grains, eliminated cheese, dropped sugar like it was hot, and alcohol has been non-existent since that day.  Like I said, I felt worse than poop.

On April 19th, I started the Kinesis 21-Day Detox that our amazing nutritionist/functional medicine specialist Emily Glasser put together.  Along with my previous changes to diet listed above, I was taking supplements to cleanse, repair, rejuvenate, and support my system.  I ate only REAL foods prepared mostly at home, drank as much water as I could handle (not a new thing as I usually drink about 90-100 ounces per day) and had 2-3 Detox protein shakes. There wasn’t any of this bullsh*t about counting calories, measuring foods, or weighing myself daily on the Monster bathroom scale. If my food was lean protein, non-starchy vegetable, fruit, or nut-based, I was good!! I was allowed to exercise as usual or even a little less than usual at a moderate intensity and I listened to guided meditations.  I was allowed to eat as much of the veggies as I wanted and was to limit my newly found substitute “craving” foods (too much fruit, too much nut butter, just too much!) on an as-needed basis.  I also had a great support system (KEY ELEMENT OF SUCCESS). Dawn as well as the other 14 Kinesis clients on the Detox were so supportive!

We had our own Facebook group and we would post photos of our food or tips about cooking and recipes plus all sorts of helpful, encouraging info. Emily was simply fantastic and responded quickly to any email questions or concerns we had. She even organized a mid-way meeting for everyone to chat together and share stories about how they were doing.

All in all, it was a really great experience.

“So, how do you feel after this detox, Coach Kimmie?”

I feel like I have made a REAL change. Finally. Even though I had a stumbling block or 2 along the way this last month, I still feel like I truly came out on top.  I REALLY made some changes to my “food-itude”.

Case in point:

This morning on my way to Kinesis for a rockin’ Saturday (6 working hours with no break!) I stopped at Rainbow Acres to pick up some food for the day. It was 7:36am. I parked, got out of my truck, and the nice man says “we’re not open until 8.”

WTF!!! Immediately, I grabbed my growling stomach and yelled “but I’m hungry!” and promptly hopped back in my truck. Mind you, my first work hour is at 8am.  As I’m driving away, I realize my hands are shaking, my mind is racing like crazy, and my stomach is now HOWLING.  “What am I going to get?” “Where can I get healthy food at this time of day?” “I can’t be late to work!” “I’ll never make it 6 hours!” “I want to make a good food decision.” “Arrgghh!!!” (I really yelled arrgghh in my truck while I was driving…)  I was in the midst of a full-on, swirling-brain, hammering-heart, sweat-drenched anxiety attack. Why? BECAUSE I WANTED TO EAT SOMETHING HEALTHY. I did NOT want to FAIL my body and make a miserable choice for nourishment.   This moment, my friends, is how I KNOW I’ve made a serious change to my habits and to my psyche.   Wow.

This is what I came up with by visiting the Vons on Centinela. Fruit tray, and organic walnuts & blueberries.  I shared with the other kids at Kinesis 🙂

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The distance between April 3rd and today (May 11th) is like the distance between Earth and the stars. Oh, and approximately 12 pounds were eliminated.

This was a photo from my most recent grocery shop experience at the Whole Foods in Venice.  I absolutely LOVED spending my early Sunday morning picking out my veggies, talking with the super-friendly attendants at the meat counters, and just taking my time instead of being so hurried and worried.  I got all sorts of fresh veggies, eggs, pre-made kale salad, boatloads of fresh meats, yes – gluten free beer!, coconut water & coconut oil, lemon juice, and there’s a head of cauliflower under there somewhere!!

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So yes, I made it through the 21-Day Detox. I lost some weight, I gained a lot of confidence in my capacity to overcome cravings, I learned some lessons (that small piece of cheese and tiny bun on a great burger WILL f*** up your otherwise clean system!), and I’m continuously learning to love my body. Thank you to Emily Glasser, Dawn McCrory, and the stupendously supportive group at Kinesis who shared this journey with me. Let’s travel down this path a lot longer!!

Anatomy: A living breathing art and science

By: Dr Dawn DPT

As a physical therapist, I spent 2 years getting intimate with a cadaver. I dissected my cadaver from head to toe with no skin left unreflected, no nerve/vessel/muscle left undiscovered. I actually took an optional advanced dissection course because of my love for anatomy. My professor would regularly state that anatomy was the only science that was finite and static. All the discoveries of the human physical form were already made and I just needed to learn everything he was teaching me. Wow, was he wrong and in a big way!

There have been amazing advances in our knowledge of the human physical form especially in the realm of fascia and functional anatomy (versus textbook anatomy). It is almost mind-blowing!! It saddens me to think of all the fascia I carelessly slashed through and brushed aside just to get at the underlying lusciously desired tissues of muscles, vessles, nerves, and organs.

I recently spent a 3 day weekend getting reacquainted with anatomy through fresh eyes. It was liking reuniting with an old friend and finding we both had changed… for the better! I have been having a secret love affair with fascia for the past 2-3 years, but it’s all out in the open and exposed now since being introduced to Yoga Tune Up®, Gil Hedley,Integrated Embodied Anatomy and the amazingness of our ever deepening knowledge of the physical form. Movement truly is medicine and motion is lotion to our constantly adapting tissues! Everyone should have an understanding of their unique anatomical architecture and how to access their own tissues for basic body maintenance as well as self-healing.

Please enjoy the following videos that breathe life into anatomy: