Sharing the Ball-Love…at PrimalCon 2014!

Hello Kinesis Community!

DrDawnDPT and I just returned from an unbelievably amazing FIRST experience at PrimalCon – Oxnard 2014!  We are so excited to have our first large scale “presenting” opportunity under our belts. And what a phenomenal group we had!

We really wanted to share some photos from the weekend, some links to the wonderful people we met and give you insight into what we were doing away from Kinesis 🙂

http://www.marksdailyapple.com Mark Sisson is the man behind The Primal Blueprint book and Mark’s Daily Apple. Jaynee Higgott (love you!) is the woman who is responsible for our PConOx experience…

http://themerrymakersisters.com These two…what can I say?? Amazing recipes, fun pics and an outstanding attitude towards life and health.

http://www.thehealthycookingcoach.com Chef Rachel’s Keynote speech was more than amazing. It was truly life-changing… And Dr Dawn is implementing Chef Rachel’s suggestions for achieving and maintaining nutritional ketosis.

http://www.thefitnessexplorer.com Darryl is Coach Kimmie’s movement hero. She was so excited to meet, talk and play with this guy!

http://dailyvitamoves.com Angelo dela Cruz blends martial arts, fitness, and bodywork skills into his signature movement paradigm – VitaMoves. Dr Dawn is incorporating some of his flow motions into her already popular Yoga Tune Up® classes and they’re a real hit!

http://notsofastfoodtruck.com Bob Montgomery’s company. Check it out!

http://www.urbanprimalist.com Timothy, the Sledgehammer Guy 🙂

https://www.yogatuneup.com We couldn’t have had such a great event without Jill Miller and her famous Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls! We were so happy to represent and educate people on the amazing effects these little grippy rubber bundles of love can have!

And so many more! Find them in this recap of the event! http://www.marksdailyapple.com/we-are-family-primalcon-oxnard-2014/#axzz3F0n7maW7

 

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Saturday’s Survivor-style Team Challenge!! I was on the end of the board and was REALLY glad I could squat low and reach long!!

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Sledgehammer workout!! Y’all may be seeing some of this soon 🙂

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Brian Tabor showing off his Slackline skills! (@strongmadesimple)

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Angelo (Ninja Warrior participant!!) taking the group through his signature series of movements… Vitamoves.

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Saturday night Ocean Plunge and Hot Tub sprint! What a gorgeous night…

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Our name tags… Love it!!

 

 

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As you can see, they fed us VERY well. Paleo/Primal all the way! Never having to ask “what’s in it?” or “how’s it cooked?”

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Bob Montgomery of NotSoFast Food Truck in San Diego took very good care of the grill! The PCon crew fed approximately 150 of us twice a day!! Thank you!

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Holy wow! Darryl Edwards, the Fitness Explorer out of the UK, easily holding both of us for this outstanding shot! We had such a great time “playing primally” with this guy….

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Happy “campers”. It was beautiful weather and we were so excited to be part of this event!

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Friday morning, introducing ourselves and our BALLS! We represented for Kinesis and Yoga Tune Up® by educating attendees on self myofascial release.

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Darryl’s “world premier” of his new logo for PRIMAL PLAY!

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One of the amazing crew, Chris, just playing with his balls… 🙂 He DID actually use them for some great trapezius release!

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Brian using the Alpha Ball to release some side seam body parts. Namely the LATS!

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Coach Kimmie was SO excited to meet the MerryMaker Sisters Carla and Emma from Australia! They attended a few of our sessions and went home with balls of their own 🙂

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Dr D leading a Sunday morning session…

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GROK ON, baby! I love my new PrimalCon and Grok shirts!

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Chef Rachel had a truly self-healing experience to share. Battling cancer for the last several years, her approach to a more ketogenic-based diet has definitely been a game changer! So glad to meet her!

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Mats, blocks and balls!

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Coach Kimmie leading a session on Saturday. Rolling out the feet = happier PrimalCon attendees!

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Session attendees relaxing a bit between ball rolling sets. Gorgeous skies!!

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Gettin’ Trappy with it!! Working out the upper back and shoulder area…

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This young man was such a treat to have in sessions. Just a teen, he wanted to attend this year with his parents. High energy, funny ball jokes and here – resting from the side seam/lat work!

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Vanessa and her hubby DT brought their baby to PCon this year. He was such a sweetie! Gotta start ’em young! Thanks for posing, Vanessa!

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Darryl prepping a group for Primal Play!

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Darryl showing off his capabilities 🙂

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Carrie Sisson (Mark’s wife) and Karen led meditation groups each morning. Plus, they were presenting and sharing information on “What’s Blocking Your Success?” They were very popular and great teammates for the Survivor Challenge on Saturday morning!!

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That’s me in the center 🙂 This is after Primal Playout (instead of WORKout) with Darryl. FUN FUN FUN!

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Carla and Emma “holding” Darryl! Looks a little uneven in the workload to me!!

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Cyndie and her hubby Justin attended for the first time this year. Cyndie will be graduating from IIN soon and helping people along their nutrition journeys. Thanks for the pose!!

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Timothy (UrbanPrimalist on Instagram) and his Sledgehammer group! Crazy, yelling, strength and primal-based movements. Everyone looked like they were having a fabulous time!!

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Morning walk from the hotel to the park.

 

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What does “badass” look like??

So last week I received a very nice compliment from someone I have always admired and respected in the fitness world but unfortunately have been disconnected from for awhile.  After sweating my everything off during her class, she says something to the effect of (and pardon my general quotery) “Wow Kim. I don’t remember you ever having been such a beast on the bike! You look so strong!” After a very brief moment of (ohmygodisshetalkingtome?!) hesitation, I said “Thank you. The last 4 years have made me a very different person from what you knew before.”  And well, those few words got me to thinkin’…. (see below insert – random pic of brain cells – cool huh??)

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What constitutes “badass”, “beast”, “strong”, “fierce”, “amazing” or any other word that embodies gumption or oomph with regard to a person’s performance or persona? And do these things even have a “look” or an actual word that really encompasses what that really, truly is?

Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who is the badassiest of them all? Or are they each, in their own right, uneffingbelievable?

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I just wonder what it is that makes you look at or think of someone as being a “WOW” person. I also had to really think what it was that was different about me/had changed during the 4-5 years since I had really connected with this person.                               *2007-2009 was the timeframe I was dealing with Mom’s cancer and her passing.  This time of my life has forever changed me. I will always be in awe of how many emotions can pass through a person during this experience.                                                               *2008 was the year Dawn and I got married plus spent an entire season outrigger canoeing (all of that pretty badass in and of itself!)                                                                                       *August of 2012 I turned 35, (had an outrageous and fabulous karaoke party!!!) and we, plus many others, lost our jobs the next day. This was a hallmark opportunity of sink or swim. I am forever grateful for the clients, friends and chances that came my way during September/October/November/December 2012.                                               *2011-2012 I also trained for and ran the LA Marathon with my friend Jennifer. It was DOUBLY exciting because this would be Dawn’s first marathon ever as well! I had run LAM previously but this experience was for my friend. What a HUGE difference training for something like that because you want to help/support/be there for someone else!!                                 *January 2012, Kinesis opened and we’ve been working hard since then to nurture and help the “baby” grow. These 2 years have been hard but amazing all at the same time. I’ve grown as a person, as a teacher and as a spouse.

So, I guess in my own eyes and as hard as it is to say it out loud, I am badass. But really only because of this:

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Yes! Being your true authentic self is badassery in it’s finest form!

Feel free to comment away and tell me what you think!!

~Coach Kimmie

I’m LOVIN’ it…my job, that is!! ~Coach Kimmie

Why I love my job…

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Oh! Let me count the ways…

Some days I feel like I’m in the 1%…not THAT 1%!!

The 1% of people who truly, honestly, LOVE their job.

I’m pretty sure I’m part of a very small group of people.

Think about it.  How many people do you know who really dig their daily grind? (don’t count me, silly)

Maybe a lot of people ‘like’ their jobs or think their job is ‘ok’.  Of course there’s always going to be a caveat; “If I were only paid more”, “If my boss got off my back”, “If I got more vacation time”, “If the commute weren’t so long”… And yes, I have days where I feel frustration, lack of confidence, or I’m just darn tired – but 99.99% of the time, I’m loving my time spent teaching, planning, preparing, following up, researching and creating.

Oh – and now, I’m blogging!!

 “Coach Kimmie, don’t you get tired of telling people what to do all day long?”  (Is that a trick question??)

NO!  If I know you’re fully engaged, learning and soaking up the message both mentally and physically, I don’t get tired of it.  People learn in so many different ways – verbal, visual, tactile – this keeps me on my toes.

“But CK, what about listening to people tell you how their bodies feel?”

I ask EVERY SINGLE client how they are doing on that day because I need to know and so do they.  Most people don’t take the time to think about their bodies until they’ve been asked. So I’m doing them a favor and getting them connected before movement occurs.

“Is it hard finding time & motivation to exercise yourself since you’re in and around exercise all day?”

Absolutely!! I HAVE to make time and literally schedule my workouts…or I’ll never get to them.  Just. Like. You. But I know how important movement is to my “happy” place. If I don’t sweat regularly, YOU will feel the repercussions!!

Every day, invariably, clients will make me laugh, share with me a beautiful nugget of “life”, sometimes make me cry, test my teaching capabilities, actually teach me something and always, always make me proud….

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Cash is King… but what about my insurance?

By: Dr Dawn

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I am often asked why I do not accept insurance payments at my practice. “Don’t you want more business?” “Is anyone willing to pay cash for physical therapy services?” “Why would I want to come to you instead of someone who accepts my insurance?”

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The restrictions placed on my services by third-party payers interfere with my ability to help patients reach their goals. Additionally, the cost of collecting payment from third-party payers and the difficulties in negotiating rates with insurance companies undermine the financial viability of an insurance-based practice. For these reasons, I choose a cash-based model for my practice. It frees me to treat my patients as I deem necessary for full return to living their best life whether that be walks in the park or an Ironman triathlon. Every person deserves more than a perfunctory “return to functional status”. This is insurance speak for the ability to walk, drive, return to work, etc. It does not include return to sport and many claims are denied past the dreaded “return to functional status” determination.

And cash-based practice is often similarly affordable for the consumer as an insurance-based practice. Let’s take a quick look at the numbers!

Modality Appt Time Ave # of visits Ave Cost
Cash Full hour w/PT 1-2/wk x 4-6 wks $75-$150 x 6 = $450-$900
Insurance 15-30 minutes w/PT 2-3/wk x 6-8 wks $50-$75 x 8 = $400-$600

Please note that more quality time is being spent at each physical therapy visit in a cash-based practice which often results in quicker healing times for clients. More quality time with less overall frequency and duration… time as well as money is money my friends!

Also, many insurance companies do reimburse their beneficiaries for services rendered outside their plans. I freely offer super bills with all the necessary coding for self-submission to insurance companies. Most of my clients who opt to self-submit are reimbursed reasonably well depending on their actual policy guidelines. At the very least, many insurance companies will allow the out of pocket costs of cash physical therapy to assist in meeting the beneficiary’s deductible and/or out of pocket expenses for the year. Every person’s insurance policy is unique, and I advise everyone to know your policy guidelines especially for out of network providers. Many physicians and some physical therapists are opting for out of network status and trending towards cash-based practices, so most of us will encounter this new wave in healthcare.

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I highly recommend adopting a healthy lifestyle where self-care is performed daily. This may include healthy nutrient dense food intake, exercise (strengthening/stretching/cardio of your choice), myofascial release, and practicing good postural alignment in all daily activities. This will limit your injury exposure. Use movement and food as medicine and    you’ll keep the doctor at bay!

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:

Healthcare “Accountability” vs “Affordability” Act

By: Dr Dawn

Let’s face it… healthcare is expensive! Not only are insurance premiums continually increasing, the cost of medications, office visits, hospital stays, etc are astromonical! Over 40 million Americans can not even afford basic healthcare when they need it.

But I submit to you a different healhcare paradigm… one that demands accountability to your human machine. It does not require pricy insurance premiums, pharmaceudicals, or a multitude of office visits to the healcare provider of your choice. It does demand daily care and maintenance of your body.

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Learn and practice proper postural alignment and movement every day… practice makes permanent! Years of overuse, misuse, disuse, and abuse of our postural hard and soft tissues is the leading cause of shoulder, knee, back and neck pain.

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Move your human machine every day! Our bodies are made to move. Movement is to humans as oil is to machinery. Move it or lose it!

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Use some form of self-myofascial release work to regulate tension and tune up imbalances in the soft tissues. Restore and maintain normal slide and glide. Dedicate 10-15 minutes daily. Do what you can in that time and work out other areas on other days.

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Eat whole, unpackaged foods as much as possible and organic when available. Packaged foods contain many unknown additives, hidden sugars and other inflammatory agents including gluten. Learn to cook and put premium fuel in your tank!

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Decrease bodily inflammation through food choices. Sugar and gluten are two of the worst instigators of inflammation.  Get rid of them! Learn to cook and put premium fuel in your tank!

Let’s hold each other accountable and educate our friends by posting self-care pictures daily. You can post your meal, self-myofascial release session, your body in motion, etc. Have fun with it!! Post them on your facebook wall, instagram, pinterest, twitter, wherever!

Take back your body! Take control of your health! Join the Food and Movement as Medicine Revolution!

Coach Kimmie’s got a problem…

by: Coach Kimmie

BEWARE: uncomfortable moments, serious truths, confessions, and bad words…                  It is so hard to admit this and put myself out there this way. I’m taking a huge chance that you’ll still respect and like me.  And this was written last week.

Wednesday April 3rd, 2013the heaviest, sickest, most self-disgusted & addicted feeling day of my life…

And it’s all because of food.  I love it and I hate it.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been dealing somehow with my weight. As early as age 5 or 6, I remember being the fat kid and feeling very uncomfortable in my clothes. Belly rolls peeking over the top of my “husky” jeans, sausage-y arms squeezed into hand-me-down tops from my skinny older stepsister, and wearing a t-shirt over my bathing suit at any time – these were just part of my daily discomfort.

My dad and I were pretty poor when he and my mom divorced. I was already chubbier than I should be at that time, but I’m pretty sure his sadness and guilt helped to feed me more than I should have been eating.  Living in the south didn’t help; everything was fried, dipped, rolled, sweetened, or just too big of a serving!

When my dad remarried and we moved into my stepmother’s home, everything changed. At age 8, I became an employee in our home business, food was on a rationed basis, and I had to learn how to be sneaky if I didn’t want to get unbearably hungry. Thus began my “secret eating” habits and unfortunately they’ve stayed with me.

Over the years, I’ve had stages of skinny, exercising daily, healthy, overweight, zero exercise, just plain fat, and super fit. I’ve taken diet pills, fasted, cleansed, juiced, and followed plan after plan. As an adult, I’ve weighed everywhere between 130 and 185. I’m only 36 years old so that’s a huge fluctuation in 18 years. And I still ended up here.

Today, I feel like I’ve finally overdosed on the bad stuff. I’ve been able to keep this addiction fairly under control most of my life.  But today, I’m ready to pump my stomach, spend time in rehab, and get myself clean!

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No joke, it’s time to do something about it.  I’m having a blood test tomorrow to rule out Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. I’ve been eating more gluten and sugar in the last several days than usual so the test shows a true yes or no status. Yesterday afternoon, I felt unusually tired, my joints ached, even my skin hurt, and I had a generally crappy feel – sort of like I had a flu coming on. But no fever.  This is not the first time I’ve had these symptoms, mind you.  But NEVER have I woken in the middle of the night with such SEVERE upper abdominal cramping, sweating, and pain!! I believe that because I had a few weeks of fairly clean eating and being aware of my food intake that now my body is saying F**K YOU for the cupcakes, bread, and other crap you’ve been putting in me!  The symptoms lasted through the middle of today (approximately 30 hours) and although I feel a little better, I know I’m not “right”.

The last 3 ½ – 4 years have been super hard on me – physically, emotionally, mentally.  Most of you know I lost my mom in 2009 and I’ve had a really hard time with that loss. I immediately threw myself back into work and never took the time to grieve her death. I lost my motivation to exercise regularly, made some poor nutrition decisions, took my wife/relationship for granted and basically started living way too superficially. The end result?

Here.

Now.

Unhappy with myself.

So yes, I am ready for change.

I’m ready to be rid of these horrible feelings of guilt and fraudulent behavior.

I want to feel & look better.

I want to be healthier.

I want to be a better person, spouse, friend, and trainer.

I want to banish my addiction…once and for all.

And I will…

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