We often think about structure and function affecting pain, and understand that tension only adds to pain, but we dont often consider the impact that tension has on structure and function. Tittel’s lines illustrate how we are wired from a structure, function and tension point of view. Systema incorporates all of these concepts in its approach. Learning how we are put together in this fashion can provide a different point of view on how to approach musculoskeletal health.
Breath in through the nose and out through the mouth. The idea is to fill your head with oxygen first and then “breath” it into the rest of your body. If you feel tension despite breathing properly then consider using Burst Breathing: short quick inhales followed by short quick exhales. Learn more about tension reduction by visiting Systema Health, Challenge and Choice, or Brain Highways on Piedmontpmr.com.
What might you do if traditional diagnostic testing is not enough? Certainly there are situations when just that happens. Consider the instance of tension. We all have it and want to reduce it, but how do we measure it and then how do we accomplish it? Systema, Brain Highways, and Challenge and Choice all provide tools for cognitive retraining but Systema and Brain Highways also offer programmatic methods for three dimensional stimulation. It is through movement that challenges our basic survival functions that tension is reduced at the most rudimentary level; the brain stem. The nice thing is that it […]
I hear it all the time: “I used to exercise but then my knee went bad”. It is common. Some just stop exercising and others look for alternatives but lack the enthusiasm they once had for their new sport or activity; many see their overall health decline. That creates internal tension as options are reduced. In the end everyone has to redefine themselves throughout life. It would be nice if we could create a system for ourselves to do that. Systema Health may be the answer. It borrows from Systema, a Russian form of martial arts that focuses on three […]
Taking personal ownership in your health is not as easy as it sounds. Most people take their health for granted. Life can be so demanding that finding the time to take care of oneself can seem like a burden so when things are OK, why worry? But then things are not OK and we are unprepared. If only we took the time to do simple things like re-framing the the way we deal with tension. If we really thought about it we would make reducing tension a way of life instead of a way to deal with life. Systema Health, […]
Move your square. What square? Your torso. The portion of your body between your shoulders and hips. When moving your square its a good idea to maintain posture. Think of stature. Stand tall and keep your head balanced. Your ears should be over your shoulders (your head should not be in front or behind the rest of your body), shoulders over hips, hips over knees, and knees over ankles (they all should be in alignment). By maintaining posture you are in a better position to move out of harms way. It is everyone’s responsibility to do just that. […]
Recently there has been alot of excitement regarding the use of three dimensional exercise to help retard or alleviate the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. And there should be. While the newest addition to the arsenal is Rock Steady Boxing, at Piedmontpmr.com we have promoted other exercise programs including Systema Health and Brain Highways for sometime now. In each instance exercises intended to challenge you three dimensionally are employed. In Rock Steady Boxing there is more emphasis on balance and punching, with Brain Highways the focus is on enabling full development through childhood brain stem reflexes so as to […]
Balance is a simple word but it can have multiple applications when it comes to health. Of course there is physical balance. No one wants to fall, at least not until they have been trained, and then falling can become fun. Maintaining one’s physical balance brings to mind your feet, legs, torso, square, head position, and posture. Other parameters such as proprioceptive skills (knowledge of where your body is in space) and the vestibular system (the gyroscope inside your inner ear) are also necessary for physical balance. We often don’t think about it much but peripheral vision (which speaks to […]
Move your hips! How often do you consider if you move your hips enough? Even if you enjoy exercising you many not have considered exercising your joints in order to increase range or motion, flexibility, muscular strength, and tendon or ligamentous resilience. While there are many specific exercises for the hips most often when we exercise we “jut do it” rather than think about what portion of our body is responsible for accomplishing it. Your hips are naturally quite important in holding your “square” or “Torso” on its frame. If you fail to move your hips you will likely find […]
When walking most of us just walk. We don’t think that much about it, pay attention to our posture, and frequently take our surroundings for granted. For many walking is mostly free time. And free time often equates to relaxation. So most of the time most of us walk more or less relaxed. While relaxation is a good thing just like anything else if it occurs in excess bad things can come with it. If our walking is too relaxed, for too long, bad habits can develop. Slouching while walking can cause tightness in the front of the hips […]