Yoga existed over 5000 years ago, although some researchers argued that this body form practice might be older than that. Hailed as the sacred, and spiritual discipline in ancient India, yoga has progressed throughout the decades and gained popularity in the 20th century, due to the Western influence. Even though various studies attempted to test the effectiveness of yoga, from curing cancer to healing the mental health, a tangible result is still debatable.
When I first heard about foam rolling I couldn’t imagine what it was. It doesn’t make much sense to me then. I had plenty of questions like…
How can a foam heal your muscles and speeds up recovery?
What exactly are you trying to achieve by doing so?
Somehow, the idea of rolling with a ‘hard foam’, -intrigues me. So, I did my research out of curiosity and these are some myths and truths about foam rolling I never knew. You probably don’t too.
Lower back pain happens to almost every one of us. At least once in a lifetime. For many reasons, lower back pain is almost as common as a cold that we catch on every once in a while. According to the American Chiropractic Association, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain now and then, and that figure doesn’t justify the kinds of suffering they have to endure- either acute or chronic low-back pain. Unlike acute lower back pain (i.e. the common pain) where the pain generally lasts for less than 3 to 6 months, a chronic low back pain (CLBP) sufferer has to endure continuous streaks of pain for an unknown period.
What’s hot today can be tomorrow’s passe. Same like fashion, the trend in workout and fitness holds true to this account. Yet, when results show and hard work pays off, practitioners can testify on the countless benefits they’ve reaped. In this case, it’s safe to say that Pilates is here to stay, after long-serving many who face numerous health problems and discomforts. Originally known as “Contrology,” Pilates was first created by Joseph Pilates during the first half of the 20th century. Aimed at developing a strong core and correcting postures amongst its practitioners, Pilates became so popular that in the 2000s, Joseph’s eponymous fitness regimen has become the household name of more than 10 million people in the US alone.
As a Pilates instructor and practitioner, one questions how far you’d go beyond the training sessions to truly practice what you preached and learned. But Amy Teter can attest to that,
Clients frequently come into my studio complaining about neck and back pain. Quite often, they are guilty of driving for long periods of time for work or leisure. The good news is that strengthening the core, and in turn, the postural muscles, can help prevent and relieve those bothersome aches.
So even though I’m not an instructor, I’ll still execute whatever I’ve learned as a beginner. And that practice starts even at odd hours like getting stuck in the traffic (if you’re Malaysian, you’ll know what I mean). Before I turn on the ignition, these are some of the steps I learned from my Pilates lessons (some are also gleaned from the awesome The New Rules of Posture: How to Sit, Stand and Move in the Modern World by the world-renowned structural, postural expert— Mary Bond).
We’ve all come to a crossroad where we need choose the “correct” path that’ll eventually lead us to our dream jobs. In reality, that hardly happen.
Ask yourself this? How many times you’ve been scorned off for choosing Sports or Health Medicine as your college major; having someone telling you that it’s a big mistake?
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