When I meet with a new client, I begin by learning your history with pain. Where does it live in your body? How long has it been present? Was there a specific injury, accident or cause? Together we create a full picture of what brought you in.
Based upon our findings I am able to select from a growing number of techniques to create a holistic exercise program that will help you meet your goals. These are those techniques.
I refer to Foundation Training as the hand grenade in my practice - If the patterns present themselves, I can throw it out there and it takes care of about 80% of the aches and pains that I see in my clients.
It is very specific, has a bit of a learning curve and is powerful when you are fully invested.
Foundation Training is all about creating space within the body. It lengthens, strengthens and integrates muscle chains, whilst correcting common rotational imbalances. Created by Dr. Eric Goodman as a way to get out of back pain himself, it has since grown and adapted to help people with many different symptoms of pain by teaching the body to move more efficiently and better disperse the compressive forces of gravity.
Think yoga but with a strengthening component, aimed to combat the poor postures that we are adapting into due to modern lifestyles.
It comprises of itself on many powerful exercises designed to alleviate back pain and correct poor posture. Using the muscles of respiration in a specific and very focused way, poses work to lengthen and strengthen your core muscles and spine, and teach you how to integrate and strengthen the strongest muscles of your body, alleviating pain and increasing mobility. If keeping your body decompressed and strong is part of your healthy lifestyle, then Foundation Training is a tool you have to learn.
I am one of a small number of certified instructors in LA who teach this system. Based in Venice Beach, California, I see private Coaching clients at 34 Degrees North in Santa Monica.
Functional Range conditioning
If you don’t use the range of motion you were given when you were born, one day, no doubt you will lose it. Functional Range Conditioning can help you get that range of motion back, maintain it and bulletproof it. It takes you beyond being flexible and steers away from the idea that passive inputs will lead to long lasting change. Mobility is about controlling your flexibility and increasing the resiliency of your human tissue, whether it be muscle, tendon, ligament or bone.
“Functional Range Conditioning, or FRC®, is a trademarked system of mobility and joint control training based in scientific principles and research.”
As a trained practitioner, I use it with clients to ensure their movement is of the highest quality. Often I see clients who have joint pain due lack of movement, lack of space or inappropriate loading strategies. FRC offers me a thought process that is calculated, requires hard work and creates long lasting change.
Beginning with a visual assessment, I’ll watch you move in specific ways to help me to identify where you can and can’t move and how that might contribute to your symptoms.
This is a process that takes time. Biology takes time. It is a way to speak directly to your cells and instruct them on how to regenerate and so requires daily efforts to ensure an effective outcome.
I came to this work because I saw a need to prepare people for activities that took them out of neutral safe ranges and in to real life scenarios. I wanted to help people regain lost movement and be strong enough to meet the demands of a physical life. I needed to figure out why people get hurt and FRC® has given me a really great lens to see that through.