FitzGordon Method Core Walking Program

I would like to introduce the readers of my  blog to Jonathan FitzGordon.  Jonathan is a friend whom many people told me I had to meet long before we ever met.  He and I always spoke about the lumbar curve and the psoas muscle. Everyone learning about those concepts in yoga classes couldn’t believe we didn’t know each other and thought we would get along.  They were right. I always seek his advice and I have sent many of my clients for his excellent workshops, classes and one on one sessions.  Please check out his blog at FitzGordon Method Core Walking Program

If you can’t stand and walk correctly it is probably interfering with everything else you’re doing.

Stick Your Butt Out

It is important in both standing and walking to stick your butt out. This simple statement seems to go against the grain of what many people want to think and believe is correct. As a culture we love to tuck our pelvis. Maybe you hurt your back and a physical therapist told you to tuck under to lengthen your low spine; or you’ve done too many bad fitness classes at the gym, or you simply think your butt is too big.  For whatever of the many reasons the vast majority of people allow the weight of the spine to fall backwards through the sacrum tucking the pelvis under and taking the femur (thigh) bones forward with it.
Standing up straight, and proper posture really is as simple as that, requires a skeletal adjustment to allow your thighs to move underneath your pelvis. This sticking out of the buttocks is actually meant to relax these muscles and help us find deeper core muscles to hold us up. We are truly a tight assed people. We grip our butts in tension and frustration, which is a natural reaction but as with everything we tend to overdo it. The femur bones falling forward in space results in a constant engagement of the butt and thigh muscles (quadriceps).
When standing the quads and glutes should be working as little as possible to let important core muscles function properly. When we walk the big buttock muscle gluteus maximus works as the back leg extends backwards but it doesn’t or shouldn’t need to hold us up. Butt gripping is one of modern man’s great dilemmas.
The release of the butt goes hand in hand with a shifting of the pelvis. The effects of this shift are far reaching. As the thighs move back and under the pelvis your legs will release differently in walking and you will feel a more even distribution of energy through the foot with every step. The shift of the pelvis into proper alignment accesses the correct curve of your lower back bringing instant support to all the bones of the spine. Your shoulders will lift up and back naturally and the head will find greater support at the top of the spine.

Release your butt and embrace a whole new realm of energetic possibilities when walking and standing.

Best,
Jonathan

FitzGordon Method Core Walking Program

Posted in Articles at March 23rd, 2013. 2 Comments.

Chemicals in our Lives

I spend quite a bit of time at the gym where there are 12 television screens with mostly different programs on each one.  The main thing I noticed is that a majority of the commercials are for chemicals. Either it is a drug, a cleaning product for the body or the house, a food or drink loaded with sugar, artificial sweeteners and chemicals or for lawyers suing for injury from one of the toxic drugs.

 

Warnings from a Flabby Mouse  from the New York Times is a great article about the chemicals in our lives and the related issues as a result of  them.

Nicholas D. Kristof says, “That experiment is one of a growing number of peer-reviewed scientific studies suggesting that one factor in the industrialized world’s obesity epidemic (along with Twinkies, soda and television) may be endocrine-disrupting chemicals.”

 

Here is an excellent article by DR.  Judy Roth that explains xenoestrogens in depth.  What are they and what to do about it and why you have to.

 

‘Do You Know What Xenoestrogens Are?’

 

 

Posted in Articles at January 29th, 2013. No Comments.