Postural Distortion

Megan Hanriot CPT CES PES NWC

As a corrective exercise specialist, the very first assessment I give new clients helps me to determine how they move in their day to day environment and through this, their postural distortion patterns. Postural distortion patterns are defined as predictive patterns of muscle imbalance.

There are three common distortion patterns, pronation distortion, lower cross syndrome, and upper cross syndrome. Each of these patterns can either be exhibited by themselves, or people can have multiple at the same time.

With pronation distortion, the main issues are lower leg muscle imbalances and foot pronation, or flattening of the foot. Pronation distortion affects the ankles as well as the knees. In order to combat this, I have clients perform balancing exercises to challenge their leg muscles and ankle/knee stability.

With lower cross, you can see an exaggerated sway in your lower back, which tends to lead to low back pain. Here, clients benefit from learning stabilizing exercises and dynamic movements that encompass the thighs, glutes, and core. Many individuals with lower cross tend to spend more time sitting and less time on their feet, so it’s important to introduce walking as a regular daily activity.

Upper cross is characterized by a forward head and rounded shoulders. Special strengthening exercises can help to build up the muscles in your upper back to help pull your shoulders and head back in place.

Corrective exercise is about building and creating a stronger and more balanced body, but remember that before we strengthen our weak muscles, we lengthen the tight muscles. Keep on the lookout for my corrective exercise videos and remember to check my blog for more information on building a stronger you!

Wellness Outside of Sessions: Prioritize Mindfulness

Kaleah McClain, FST LMT FMT NMRT.

“Go ahead and take a deep breath.”

We’ve all been in a massage session that perhaps began with that instruction. However, when is the last time that you stopped for a deep breath as you go about your day? When you get a massage you have the opportunity to take time out of your life to process, recharge, and recover. Why do we stop that process once we leave a session?

Especially as we are going through this difficult time, investing in ourselves is becoming more fundamentally vital. So much research is being released on meditation and “flow state” and the correlation with our productivity and fulfillment. While most of us are familiar with the benefits of mindfulness sometimes we don’t allow ourselves the moments to recharge.

As we experience abnormal amounts of trauma and loss during this difficult time, personally I find it more difficult to allow myself mindful moments to recharge or process. Part of this for me is that when things pile up, it feels like ten minutes will make no difference in the overwhelming feeling of crisis. One of my clients recently told me, “today I was told that I don’t need to thrive, and that was the nicest thing I’ve been told.” So, I challenge you. If you feel like you are in a tough spot emotionally, physically, mentally, sexually, or spiritually, please take one minute and complete these steps.

Take a deep breath
Tell yourself that you are magnificent.
Do not say “I am magnificent because….” There is no justification necessary.
One more deep breath

With just that, you have given yourself one moment, extra oxygen, one positive thought, and an opportunity to recharge. For more insight into mindfulness, I highly recommend Widen the Window by Elizabeth A. Stanley. This book specifically discusses training the brain during times of stress and trauma. It may not be our time to thrive. Today is our time to survive, and that’s okay. Stay well, friends.

Corrective Exercise

Megan Hanriot CPT CES PES NWC
What exactly is corrective exercise? According to NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine), corrective exercise is a technique that leverages an understanding of anatomy, kinesiology, and biomechanics to address and fix movement compensations and imbalances to improve the overall quality of movement during workouts and in everyday life.

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Wellness Outside of Sessions: Prioritize Sleep

Kaleah McClain, FST LMT FMT NMRT.

“If you have to choose between taking the time out to stretch or sleep, please choose sleep.” Many of you have heard me say this after giving suggestions to prolong the effectiveness of a treatment session. Studies continue to highlight the irreplaceable value of allowing the body and mind to go through a full sleep cycle.

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Ethics – Boundaries for Practitioners and Clientele

Kaleah McClain, LMT FMT NMRT.

“Lack of boundaries invites a lack of respect.”

We’ve probably all heard this saying as we talked with a friend about a difficult situation. As practitioners in many different fields, we have all taken classes and spent hours studying and discussing ethics. As a client, however, how does that impact you? There are a few ways that ethics are just as valuable to a client. Consider these:

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