• Mind Shift,  Movement

    The movement secret most people don’t know

    Mind Shift is a blog series where I turn my fascination with body-nerd research into bite-sized info chunks, designed to help you shift the way you think about–and live in–your body. In a previous post, I talked about the importance of varying up your movement and the fact that most exercise programs only tap into a small subset of the movements your body is capable of (yes, even yoga). You can catch up on that post here. Moving Without Moving Today, I want to illustrate how it’s possible to be moving your body as a whole–for example, running or doing yoga–and still have parts of your body that are stuck…

  • Mind Shift

    The (surprising) downside to exercise

    Mind Shift is a new blog series where I turn my fascination with body-nerd research into bite-sized info chunks, designed to help you shift the way you think about–and live in–your body. The start of a new year is a time when many of us dust off our workout gear and head to the gym, so it’s the perfect time to talk about a very important distinction: exercise versus movement. They’re the same, right? Nope. And the difference holds the key to creating a healthier life, so let’s get into it. When we think of exercise, we’re typically referring to specific activities done for the purpose of improving our physical…

  • Massage,  Mind Shift

    Can massage alter your genes?

    Mind Shift is a new blog series where I turn my fascination with body-nerd research into bite-sized info chunks, designed to help you shift the way you think about–and live in–your body. I offer a type of massage utilizing a technique known as myofascial release. “Myo” means muscle, but what the heck is fascia? Fascia is a type of connective tissue in your body (other types include bone and, surprisingly, blood). If you’ve ever made chicken for dinner, the silvery white membrane covering the meat (muscle) is an example of fascia, but far from being just a covering for muscles, fascia is everywhere in your body. Fascia surrounds and interpenetrates…