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Head and Neck Release—A Fabulous Stretch

The neck separates the head from the heart; that’s no easy feat. So many of us wear masks for most of the day; forcing smiles even when we feel blue, suppressing feeling, holding back authentic self-expression. We hold so much tension in our jaw, face and neck that a lot of us continue this during …

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Foam Rolling and Self-Myofascial Release

To roll or not to roll? That is the question. What is happening inside when you do foam rolling or use any types of balls or tools for self-myofascial release (SMR)? For starters, you cannot foam roll fascia exclusively; all the other cells – nerve, muscle, and epithelia – are getting ‘rolled’ too. There is …

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Stretching - the Art of Living Retreat Center

Pre- and Post-Exercise Stretching: Pros and Cons

Now, any movement is better than none, but there are a lot of cultural assumptions about stretching that we (exercisers, yoga adepts, bodyworkers, rehab specialists) have embraced without much of a foundation. The presumptions persist even as the research tells a different story. Stretching vs stretching Everybody stretches, all the time. Sit down, and you …

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Heal Back Pain - The Art of Living Retreat Center

In House: Lavinia Plonka on Healing Back Pain

The truth is out. There is no quick fix for your back pain — not in the way you have been conditioned to think of it. Back surgery has been shown to be ineffective most of the time, and often makes things worse. Epidurals and cortisone shots are temporary. And by now, everyone knows what …

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The Feldenkrais Method - Art of Living Retreat Center

Basics of the Feldenkrais Method

  The Feldenkrais Method was named after its founder, Dr Moshe Feldenkrais. He was always interested in how we learn, how the brain works, and how the body and brain work together. This method was actually created to rehabilitate himself from his own injuries sustained as an athlete and martial artist.   Rewiring the body …

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Healing Osteoporosis with Yoga

In House: Healing Osteoporosis with the Fishman Method

  When I started doing research into yoga and osteoporosis in 2006, I suspected it might have good results for my patients, many of whom were frightened and searching for holistic ways to improve their bone health. At that time it didn’t occur to me that I would publish startlingly positive results in peer-reviewed medical …

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In House: Lavinia Plonka on Your Sixth Sense

  Imagine being so aware that even as you reach for a cup of coffee, you sense the muscles in your back supporting your hand. The quality of each finger’s touch as it wraps around the cup. The momentary intake of breath as you carefully lift it to your lips. The fluttering of your eyelids …

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Art of Silence Retreats

Art of Silence: Philip Fraser on Stillness and Alignment

We recently caught up with Philip Fraser, who has been teaching the Art of Silence since the early 1990s, to talk about the power of stillness and alignment. Philip offers his insights on letting go of distractions, becoming more present and aligned, and channeling balance and energy through the practice of stillness.   Being in …

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Philip Fraser on Art of Silence: Activities and Benefits

We sat down with Philip Fraser to talk about the Art of Silence course, which he started teaching in the early 1990s. He currently teaches it every few months. Here, he describes in detail the process of this course and its many benefits.   Silence and Consciousness The subject matter of this course, and the …

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