What is Required for Avoiding Stiffness with Age?

Is your body getting stiff as you get older? Over decades, the gravitational effects of standing, walking and running causes fluids to pool in our legs, hips and low back. Sometimes our pumps, our muscles, are not being used consistently enough to keep our fluids moving.  Over time these fluids, which are rich in connective tissue cells, begin sticking the muscles of the legs together fixating us in our use or misuse patterns.  The muscles become increasingly inefficient at pumping fluids because they can’t move.  The legs feel heavy; the feet muscles get weak; plantar fascitis, shin splints and ‘neuropathy’ develop.  (I put this in quote marks because many times an ankle muscle that is not working is labeled neuropathy), often accompanied by swelling.  Some of these situations are just dysfunctional muscle coordination patterns resulting from adhesions between the layers.

Poor circulation in our legs affects the conditioning of our feet and legs for walking.  Muscles that aren’t being used become unable to move.  We feel stiff and lose the grace of moving freely. We walk in stiff and stomp along ways, using our feet as platforms rather than functional movers.

Here are 3 things you can do to avoid stiffness as you age:

  1. Stretch and wring out your tissues. The yogis have always said “To stay young, keep your spine limber.”  You can do this by holding the arms of your office or arm chair and twisting and breathing multiple times a day. Twisting your spine stimulates CerebroSpinal Fluid circulation.
  2. Hang over and dangle daily; maybe more than once. Let your hips and legs hold you up as you let your back sway and hang loose! Stiffness in your back affects your comprehension and produces cognitive confusion.
  3. Get bodywork!  The older your tissues get the more dehydrated or waterlogged they become.  Good bodywork and massage will keep those fluids moving and not sticking you together in ways that make you STIFF.  Good bodywork will wake your feet up and get them working again.

If your feet and legs are feeling heavy and weak perhaps you would benefit from a session with our talented NeuroMuscular Reprogramming® Therapists at Healus Neuro Rehab Center. Give us a call at 415 388 9945 and make an appointment today. Don’t let rigor mortis set in early…!

If you’ve never been here before and don’t understand how we can help you, you can ask for a FREE NeuroMuscular Assessment where you will meet with Jocelyn Olivier, founder and clinical director at Healus and the creator of NeuroMuscular Reprogramming NMR®.  She will assess your movement patterns and tissue quality and educate you to the best approach to correct those problems that are plaguing you.

Here is a great talk by British anatomist Gil Hedley on the facts about Fascial ‘Fuzz’ and how it sticks our layers together when we stop moving.  With NMR we test all your muscles and make sure they are all moving and working, we release your adhesions and wake up your coordination, more of your muscles working will get the work done easier. As my last client today said going out the door:  “I feel LIGHTER!”  That’s because all the stuckness was gone!

Give us a call at (415) 388-9945 and make an appointment today…Feel better for the rest of your life.

Working your muscles under cold and compression with interval training is a unique leading edge technology that allows you to build muscle faster than normal methods, and it’s safe for people of all ages.  The effects on your metabolism will be even more startling and satisfying. The Vasper System has been found to contribute to better sleep, faster fat burning metabolism, and better balance in older people.

Vasper Introduction Video

Vasper Performance Impact Video

The Vasper System boosts metabolism, builds muscle, and limits the overheating of muscles that contributes to O2 loss and longer recovery times accompanied by sore muscles. Vasper acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, keeping O2 in the muscle where it is used to quickly manufacture more energy for maximum muscle output.

It is currently being utilized in medical offices, in fitness centers, and training environments with sports teams and the military. The results in boosting testosterone and growth hormone have been astonishing. Vasper has even produced unexpected benefits with post concussive patients.

An efficient, safe, rapid conditioning system that can produce dramatic changes in just 30 minutes 2 times a week

Vasper is based on three scientifically proven principles – compression technology, cooling and interval training. When all principles are working together, the results are extraordinary.

The goal with Vasper is to minimally stress the muscles, still triggering a systemic recovery response. This new, patented health and rehabilitation technology stimulates the natural production of anabolic hormones, which have wide-ranging health, rehabilitation and performance benefits.


 

Vasper’s Low Impact NuStep T5XR

A perfect conditioning environment for people who are recuperating from musculoskeletal issues and haven’t been able to exercise and have lost muscle tone because of it.

Optimize your Vasper conditioning experience. Have a mini NMR tune up in conjunction with your workout. ~ Put your NMR corrections to work immediately.

  • Build muscle mass fast
  • Increase strength
  • Accelerate conditioning
  • Protect your joints
  • Enhance energy and stamina
  • Reduce inflammatory effects
  • Diminish joint pain
  • Raise mood and mental clarity
  • Reduce stress
  • Improve sleep
  • Boost balance

Walk Your Way to Wellness Apr 29th 

Dynamic Walking WILL Change Your Walk & Change Your Life 

Ever wonder why the relaxation from a vacation disappears so quickly?  Your everyday habits of posture and stride reinforce tension in body and mind. But you can change your walk and change your life…

The Secret Right Under Your Nose – Four Swinging Pendulums

Your body has four swinging pendulums: two arms and two legs. When you learn to allow them to swing passively (not try to swing them), your body relaxes, your mood lifts and you reset a new balance in your body and mind.

Dissolve Tension

Gait Analysis describes the phases of walking as the stance phase and the swing phase. By allowing each leg to swing, instead of lifting it to step forward, as most people do, you can release habitual, sometimes painful, tension in your legs, hips, pelvis and low back. “I thought I was walking O.K.,” reported a student. “I didn’t realize how tension in my legs was causing knee pain.”

Your arms are also pendulums. By releasing to gravity and allowing them to swing passively, your breathing relaxes, spinal tension decreases and circulation of breath and fluids increases.

“I am breathing so much fuller, without thinking about it,” said a student, “and my jaw is relaxed.”

Lift Your Mood

From a mind-body perspective, when you surrender your legs and arms to gravity you release control. You signal your personality to let go, to let nature take her course. A profound shift in your nervous system occurs, from fight or flight to the relaxation response with its cascade of ‘feel good’ endorphins. You enhance blood flow for recovery and performance. Anatomically, your arms and legs are designed to be used as pendulums but busyness, haste, and cultural imprinting have conspired to limit this gift. “I feel like the walk is walking me,” said a student. “This is easy.”

Practice beside the water at Healus

Reset a New Balance

Life gets you bent out of shape. However, allowing your arms and legs to swing passively rebalances your tension patterns. Here’s how. Your arms, right to left, are approximately the same weight, as are your legs. The momentum of their weight, swinging passively, creates a balanced, gentle, and repetitive action on your neuromuscular, skeletal and fascial systems.

Uneven stresses can occur from a stronger right leg push-off, for example, or muscular compensation from an old injury. This can torque your spine unevenly with each of the 6,000 to 8,000 steps you take daily which, left uncorrected, results in repetitive stress injuries. A balanced walk is a healthy walk. “I couldn’t walk more than 10 minutes without pain,” reported one student. “I learned to balance out my stride. After just one class, I can now walk for an hour or longer, pain free!”

The Benefits of Coaching

Your muscular compensations tighten over a life-time as your body tries to function the best way it knows how. This happens in all sports and activities of daily living, which is the best reason to identify and eliminate compensations in your most repetitive activity — walking. You can go out for a walk to release tension patterns, but since you’ve never been trained to identify and correct your imbalances, they will persist. As you age, you rigidify, lose flexibility, balance and vitality. Dynamic WalkingRM coaching helps keep this from happening.

Join our next training to…

  • Enhance vitality, conditioning and performance
  • Heal and prevent injuries that could limit mobility and independence
  • De-stress your life daily with an effortlessly easeful walking stride
  • Keep your Lifelong Legs walking

When: One two-hour training: Saturday, April 29th

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Where: Healus Neuro Rehab Center, 655 Redwood Hwy, Mill Valley, California

Cost: $35

Enroll: DynamicVitality.com

Dr. Suki Munsell holds certification as a Registered Somatic Therapist and Educator.  She will be joined by her husband, Russell Munsell. They have co-taught Dynamic Walking since 1990. Training with them “you’ll gain the freedom to choose and the power to change.”

Learn more about their classes and read The Ten Steps to Dynamic WalkingRM at DynamicVitality.com  http://www.dynamicvitality.com/dynamicvitality.com

Sponsored by Healus, the Center for NeuroMuscular Reprogramming held on their beautiful waterside deck.

 

7 Whole Body Tips For Taking Time Away From Busyness and Soft Addictions — by Steve Sisgold

Boy have we gotten busy. Our reasons for being “on” most of the time might include economic pressure, a need to stay connected socially, or even having a creative or business idea that just has to be shared with as many people as possible. Fair enough. These are all good reasons to stay busy. However with Silicon Valley companies inventing wonderful new tools that have become soft addictions for many of us, it’s getting harder and harder to put down our cell phones, IPads and laptops to take much needed breaks from our busyness. With the ability to access our smart tools 24/7, many of us at times, forget to balance work and social media time with our personal off line time for exercise, family, spiritual practices, or just plain fun.

Can I Take a Pause?

People are finding they still are staying connected to their screens, thinking about work, and stressing over past and future events, even at home or on a tropical vacation. I lived on Maui for five years and I saw it everywhere, from mad texting going on at the pools at luxury resorts to serious cell phone conversations on a trail in the Bamboo Forest. It’s hard to unplug! So even on vacation many people are still over stimulating their brain and disconnecting from their body and the important people around them. So what can we do? Make mind-body balance a new essential daily habit.

7 Mindful Tips To Create A More Mind Body Balanced Life

Just like when we unplug and reboot our smart tools when they freeze or act lethargic, we also need to reboot ourselves regularly. When you unplug and regenerate consistently your brain gets to relax and your decisions and life activities become more balanced.

    1. Take some dedicated time each week to unplug and examine your work/life/online scale. Make an appointment with you as the CEO of your life to make a plan to assess your activities to see if they are balanced to your satisfaction.
    2. List what is a priority to you in key areas of your life. From your health, career, and relationships to relaxation, fun, and personal growth, put your priorities in your calendar first. Having your priorities and desires clearly mapped out in this way greatly assists you to stay balanced and move in the direction of what you really want.
    3. Keep agreements with yourself. This is essential. This is key to give you a rock-solid foundation from which to create the balanced life you desire. If you keep 50% of your agreements you will get 50% results.
    4. Listen to your body when making decisions. If your body says “no,” to a busy project, listen. Your body when it lines up with your perfect life plan, becomes a reliable barometer that can remind you to make choices in every moment that will give you energy and the balanced life you desire and deserve.
    5. Stay connected to your body, while using smart tools.
      Keep your head up and don’t lean in to your devices. Have them adjust to you instead of you adjusting to them. Poor posture like staring down at your phone for several hours straight can cause neck pain and cut off oxygen to your brain, for instance. You then spend more time healing ailments then doing what you truly desire to do.
    6. Take hourly stretch breaks. Stretch your neck up and down and sideways, especially when you are using smart tools. Get up and shake out any tension or stiffness to create more body/mind balance…
    7. Take a personal body/mind balance assessment test.  Receive specific written and audio tips and solutions according to your responses, to achieve more body/mind balance in your life and work.

Dear Colleagues:

The enclosed flyer announces what promises to be an advancement in the field of rehabilitation for those whose poor conditioning is affecting their metabolism and safety. It unifies several features to create a conditioning environment that builds muscle mass quickly in a safe and time efficient way.

The Vasper System boosts metabolism, builds muscle, and limits the overheating of muscles that contributes to O2 loss and longer recovery times accompanied by sore muscles. Vasper acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, keeping O2 in the muscle where it is used to quickly manufacture more energy for maximum muscle output.

It is currently being utilized in medical offices, in fitness centers, and training environments with sports teams and the military. The results in boosting testosterone and growth hormone have been astonishing. Vasper has even produced unexpected benefits with post concussive patients. I include one such testimonial below.

A Vasper Story –

“Since using Vasper I’ve rarely had a headache, and my depression, outbursts, and isolation have improved. I’ve regained physical stamina, muscle mass, and begun to lose the weight I’d gained as a side effect of taking meds. I know that treating PCS was not your intention, but I am forever grateful. I feel alive again.” K. M., R I

My own story of immediate results in energy production and increased muscle mass within a VERY short time (after trying numerous other more familiar ways to restore my strength and failing) has created the impulse to acquire this workout system to share with others who, like me, have fallen below the black hole event horizon of the need to recondition and the inability to do so due to lack of energy or joint vulnerability.

We hope you take advantage of us soon, both Vasper and NMR will be invaluable to you! You are welcome to call and make an appointment to check it out for free. The front office line is 415 388 9945.

Sincerely,
Jocelyn Olivier
Founder, Director
Healus Center

An efficient, safe, rapid conditioning system that can produce dramatic changes in just 30 minutes 2 times a week

First session is FREE!
So nothing to lose…just give it a try.

Vasper is based on three scientifically proven principles – compression technology, cooling and interval training. When all principles are working together, the results are extraordinary.

Compression and cooling create the effect of a high intensity (anaerobic) exercise without the time, effort, and muscle damage it takes to achieve the same results with conventional exercise. Instead of feeling tired and sore, Vasper leaves you energized and rejuvenated, alleviating your body aches and pains.

The goal with Vasper is to minimally stress the muscles, still triggering a systemic recovery response. This new, patented health and rehabilitation technology stimulates the natural production of anabolic hormones, which have wide-ranging health, rehabilitation and performance benefits.

Individual Vasper sessions $50
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The first week I ever worked with Vasper I noticed an immediate pick up in my capacity for energy output. My legs were stronger and more stable walking up stairs. I had been using the words ‘bone tired’ about how my legs felt walking upstairs. They had also been very unstable and I was holding on to handrails to steady myself. Now I feel like I did in my 40’s, and wouldn’t think of using a hand rail to walk down stairs.”  – Jocelyn Olivier, Director of Healus Neuro Rehab Center

Vasper’s Low Impact NuStep T5XR

A perfect conditioning environment for people who are recuperating from musculoskeletal issues and haven’t been able to exercise and have lost muscle tone because of it.

Optimize your Vasper conditioning experience. Have a mini NMR tune up in conjunction with your workout. ~ Put your NMR corrections to work immediately.

Build muscle mass fast
Increase strength
Accelerate conditioning
Protect your joints
Enhance energy and stamina
Reduce inflammatory effects
Diminish joint pain
Raise mood and mental clarity
Reduce stress
Improve sleep
Boost balance

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