Posture, Body Awareness, Exercise and Rehab

Movement is central to life and health.

Your movement is infinitely adaptable. The brain does a wonderful job of creating the perfect pattern of muscle activation to respond to any situation.

Your brain devises brilliant movement schema:

  • using just the right amount of twisting strength to wring out a sponge
  • exerting utmost accuracy when threading a needle
  • unleashing joyous freedom when cutting loose on the dance floor
  • stabilizing the left leg strongly when you kick a soccer ball with the right, or
  • delicately pressing with your lips to share a kiss.

The quality of your movement matters. And movement quality begins with body awareness, breath, and proper postural support.

These elements of movement are more fundamental than fitness.

You can’t just superimpose exercise from the outside. With a poor pattern of movement, exercise can lead to muscle strain or joint degeneration. That’s the risk of following along with an exercise video. Instead, you have to build in body awareness, develop proper support for posture, and learn to switch off unnecessary muscle activation.

That’s the path I take with you in our work together.

Then, building on an internalized understanding of good posture and pattern of body use, you’ll also learn the specific rehab exercises that will most quickly help you heal from an injury and restore full function. And I’ll make sure you’re doing them correctly.

Posture & Body Awareness

This snake isn’t the only thing that moves its spine to get around

This snake isn’t the only thing that moves its spine to get around

Snakes move their spine beautifully. But they're no the only creatures who move their spine to get around.
Your muscles are sense organs too

Your muscles are sense organs too

Muscles are sensory organs too. The feedback from muscles is used to control movement, and it's a crucial part of how we express ourselves in the world.
Flexibility – it may not be what you think

Flexibility – it may not be what you think

Flexibility - the ability to move through a wide range - is not the opposite of stiffness. Learn to build flexibility without sacrificing stiffness.
Tight hamstrings are not your problem – and neither is a tight IT band

Tight hamstrings are not your problem – and neither is a tight IT band

Stiffness and elasticity aren't opposites - they usually come together. Healthy muscles are stiff and elastic.
A dancer’s world view and new trends in neuroscience

A dancer’s world view and new trends in neuroscience

As a young person my life was upended and redirected when I first took dance classes. It wasn’t merely because ...
How to get out of a chair

How to get out of a chair

Standing up from a seated position: it's a simple movement we repeat dozens of times each day. That means you have ...
Fluid movement fosters creativity

Fluid movement fosters creativity

The quality of your movement matters. Diversity of movement quality impacts your health and cognitive function.
The plié – best rehab exercise for the knees and much more

The plié – best rehab exercise for the knees and much more

The plié - a basic dance exercise - is the best way to strengthen the knees while preparing the body to absorb vertical landing forces.
Get rid of your chair and sit like a child

Get rid of your chair and sit like a child

The chair is one of the human advances with terrible side-effects. Too much sitting in a chair gives you back ...
The most common postural flaw & how to fix it!

The most common postural flaw & how to fix it!

Here's my new video that covers the most common postural flaw I see in my practice. And how to fix it!. Check ...
Walk on cobblestones to improve your balance and blood pressure

Walk on cobblestones to improve your balance and blood pressure

In today’s modern age, we’re missing out on something - irregularity. In particular, challenging ourselves to walk ...
Stretching your IT Band doesn’t help much – but here’s an alternative

Stretching your IT Band doesn’t help much – but here’s an alternative

To relieve stress on the IT Band you have to learn to shift your weight properly.

Exercise & Rehab

Your muscles are sense organs too

Your muscles are sense organs too

Muscles are sensory organs too. The feedback from muscles is used to control movement, and it's a crucial part of how we express ourselves in the world.
Strength training prevents knee arthritis

Strength training prevents knee arthritis

Strength training, performed at any time during your life, helps prevent knee arthritis.
The physical activity paradox and what it means for you

The physical activity paradox and what it means for you

Physical activity is good. But many people with physically active jobs have poorer health outcomes. Why is that?
Flexibility – it may not be what you think

Flexibility – it may not be what you think

Flexibility - the ability to move through a wide range - is not the opposite of stiffness. Learn to build flexibility without sacrificing stiffness.
Tight hamstrings are not your problem – and neither is a tight IT band

Tight hamstrings are not your problem – and neither is a tight IT band

Stiffness and elasticity aren't opposites - they usually come together. Healthy muscles are stiff and elastic.
Good news for runners over 60

Good news for runners over 60

Dr. Lavine’s Program for Runners is a unique path to turn your body into an efficient running machine. It works on ...
Turn your body into an efficient propulsion machine

Turn your body into an efficient propulsion machine

An outline of Dr. Lavine's Program for Runners to help you recover from an injury, avoid overuse stress, and increase speed and efficiency.
My running journey

My running journey

My running journey started in earnest in early 2020 when I dared myself to register for the Princeton Half Marathon.
The two big impacts your body has to deal with when you run

The two big impacts your body has to deal with when you run

The moving body has to deal with two forces: vertical landing and lateral shift. Master these, and you'll run more efficiently with less risk of injury.
Dr. Lavine’s services for runners and endurance athletes

Dr. Lavine’s services for runners and endurance athletes

Dr. Lavine has over 40 years experience helping endurance athletes achieve ambitious goals. Recover quickly from injuries and improve your running biomechanics
Quick finish in the half marathon: If you do the work, you get the results!

Quick finish in the half marathon: If you do the work, you get the results!

I set a new personal record in this year's Half Marathon, nearly 15 minutes faster than last year. It's predictable: if you do the work, you get the results
Intermediate-level rotator cuff exercises

Intermediate-level rotator cuff exercises

Many sports activities, including tennis, golf, swimming, or throwing, put a heavy load on the rotator cuff. Even ...
the cat-cow stretch can help with low back pain

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