Receiving a Massage Makes you Smarter

busybeeThere are two complementary systems to our bodies Nervous system called the Parasympathetic Nervous System and the Sympathetic Nervous System. The Parasympathetic Nervous System is in charge of your at-rest body systems that are responsible for the “rest-and-digest” activities. The Sympathetic Nervous System does the opposite and is responsible for the “Flight-or-Fight” response which helps from running from Tigers and Bears.

When we are at rest, in the Parasympathetic System, most of our blood circulates around our heart and brain. In this space we are able to feel our surroundings, and think clearer. When we are in stress our nervous system goes in to the Sympathetic phase and most of the bodies blood goes away from the brain and head and into our limbs to run away from whatever is stressing us.

In today’s society with so many distractions and things-to-do we are often in a constant state of stress and anxiety. We are so busy we often do not take the time to rest and repair ourselves. If you are in a constant state of Stress your Sympathetic Nervous System is constantly producing acids and feelings of “get-me-out-of-here”. When it comes to making business and life decisions, you may observe that making decisions in a state of peace are better than decisions made in a time of stress.

Observe a Medic, Doctor, Performers, or Pro Athletes which perform in pressure situations and the ones that do the best are the ones who can remain calm during a stressful situation. By practicing to stay in the moment of peace, one can persevere through stressful situations. By being aware of which state you are in and by practicing both you can better understand when you need to change from one to the other.

By taking a moment in meditation or reflection, is the space to recalibrate what our purpose in life is. Massage is one of those activities that can get you into a space of Parasympathetic activation. When one can take a moment and not think or speak you will drop into peace. Getting a Massage gets you in touch with your body and resets the blood flow back into your heart and brain. More blood in the Brain will make you smarter, which will lead to better Decision-Making , which leads to more money and time to do things that make you happy.

Meet Jacob

massaging cutoutJacob Caldwell has been a Massage Therapist since 2002 and a Medical Intuitive since 2000. In 1998 Jacob used his college degree from Western Washington to get one of those “secure jobs” in the Airplane Industry. However, this experience inspired the great question in life, to find what he was ultimately passionate about and what his true purpose was. Three years later he graduated from Massage School where he was inspired to work on the “human machine” rather than robot machines.

Jacob comes from a family of engineers and with his technical skills he was struck with a passion for finding out how things work. Jacob will spend a lot of time in session going over the specifics on how an imbalanced issue was created. This detail work will help illustrate to the person how things happen and how to never repeat the same incident. When we can address the cause we can change the future.

There is no official formal training to become a Medical Intuitive. Being a Medical Intuitive is more of a self anointing process, either you can do it or you can’t, you can’t fake it forever. Jacob has accumulated many positive testimonials and his reputation can be easily found on the internet. Jacob has many independent positive reviews that can be found on http://www.Biznik.com, and Dibspace. In session Jacob will put his Intuitive skills on the line in such away that it exposes whether he knows what he is talking about or not.

Inspired by the books of Medical Intuitive Teacher Caroline Myss, Jacob worked with a variety of healers that helped him develop his Medical Intuitive skills. He has now developed his own system which has been effective with treating a variety of emotional issues and diseases. Through observing emotional and mental patterns that create diseases in the body Jacob has been able to help people recognize their own patterns and work to create the necessary changes. His work is inspired by the belief that everyone has the power to heal themselves. With this knowledge people can be truly empowered. When the body sends a message of pain it is time to stop and listen. Only then can people discover what causes disease and empower themselves to begin a path of self-healing. Jacob believes the job of a Medical intuitive is to help people interpret the messages of the body for the guidance of the mind.

A Stretch a day keeps the Surgeon away – The StretchFlex Technique

The StretchFlex Technique can be overlaid onto any stretch that you already know, it just requires one more step.
When you do a normal stretch notice where the pain is. The pain is the tight muscle being stretched. While you are at the end of the stretch focus on precisely where the pain is located and then begin to flex that muscle in the opposite direction. Note: One always needs resistance to flex the muscle into something like an elastic band, door frame, bench, or Friend holding your arm or leg. Flexing into the air sort-of works but it is best to flex into an item. It is an easy technique to do…to the observer it may look like you are just doing the traditional stretch. If you can do multiple slight little flexes and stretches you will notice significant improvements and have greater range of motion and less pain with any appendage.
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If you are doing the traditional hamstring stretch where you straighten your leg over bench…stretch the back of your hamstring and then keep your leg straight and flex the painful muscle downward into the bench.
The same technique can be applied when stretching the Pectoral Chest muscle. Against a door frame stretch your arm backwards and when you feel that is far as you can stretch then flex the muscle forward focusing on flexing the painful chest muscle.
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If your neck is overstretched, and most peoples are, while lying on a bed tuck your chin and flex your head backwards into the bed. This will shorten and strengthen the back of your neck muscles which will help one have fewer headaches.
The StretchFlex technique will greatly improve your range of motion and you will have less pain doing it which will likely lead you to doing more stretches.
It is important to flex and stretch every appendage in both directions. Pain is usually from an over stretched muscle. However just focusing on over stretched muscles is only half the problem. By working both sides of the motion you will increase the integrity of that joint. This is often what Carpal Tunnel, Computer mouse arm, Headaches, and Arthritis is all about…the joint is being pulled too often in one direction and pain is the indicator that the appendage needs to be balanced.
Sometimes muscles can be so tight that they are unstretchable. A massage 2-4 times a month will help loosen that muscle and then the StretchFlex Technique will be easier to do.
Using the StretchFlex Technique will prevent Arthritis and any other potential injuries which will hopefully keep you off of the operating table.
By being aware of how to maintain your body and know when you are about to hurt yourself, will lead to better health and overall greater spiritual awareness.

Pain is the body showing you how to heal yourself – Pain Awareness
Often stretching is associated with pain which is probably the reasons why many don’t do it. But if you flex the pain you are putting awareness back into your body and awareness in and of itself reduces pain.

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Walking Meditation

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For all those over-thinkers who can’t get out of their head, thinking about your feet is a great mediation exercise. When one thinks about how their feet touch the ground, it helps you forget about repetitive or useless thoughts. It’s like you are sucking all the excess thoughts out of your head and using it as glue to connect with the Earth. If you really think about it, with all that thinking do you really get more done? Taking a break and feeling your body touch the earth will help your conscious rest and your subconscious will come up with better ideas. Plus when you take time to rest your body the mind has a better house to settle in.

Massage Therapy

Massage is really great for loosening very tight walking muscles. When you have been walking for decades incorrectly it is difficult to just go cold turkey and all of a sudden start successfully walking the correct way. Improper technique has become a habit and breaking habits takes some time to undo. After decades of walking incorrectly overstretched muscles can be very difficult to engage. Overstretched muscles will usually be the muscles that are causing the pain. Flexing these muscles will keep them from becoming more stretched and once flexed they will stretch the over used tight muscles which exhibit no pain. “Typical toe outward” people will have tight outside legs and over stretched inside legs.

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Massage can help get you started walking correctly because massage techniques such as cross fiber friction can help break up scar tissue muscles. Once these tight muscles can relax a bit it will be easier to flex and strength the overstretched muscles. Knots and ropey muscles are overstretched muscles. They have become this way because when a muscle is overstretched it must protect itself by hardening itself. The overstretched muscles are the ones that exude the pain because the tendon is about to ripped from the bone. Tight muscles are the real cause which usually exudes no pain because they are stealing the space from the overstretched muscles. It is like a tug a war in your body. The best way to resolve the battle is to balance the scale. Flex overstretched muscles and stretch the tight ones. You can rub overstretched muscles all day and it will have very little lasting effect. By stretching and lengthening the tight muscle that gives off no pain will have more beneficial relief to the overstretched muscle.

Check the StretchFlex Technique it is vastly superior to just stretching a muscle. It works just how sounds – Stretch the tight muscle one direction and then Flex the painful muscle the opposite direction.

Yoga: Chair Pose

There are not too many exercise for the inside legs besides walking but there is one in particular that will let you know about your inside legs. The Chair Pose!

Yoga utkatasana chair powerful pose

To really access the inside leg muscles it is important to have a firm object in between your knees or thighs like a soft soccer ball, Yamana ball, firm pillow, yoga block, or a bouncy red ball.

Put the firm object between your knees and squeeze them tighter and strike the Chair Pose. Feel the inside leg burn and push your inside feet downwards into the ground.

It is important to feel these muscles as this will add more awareness to your walking technique and you will know if you are walking correctly or not. Step Point 3 & 4 is all inside legs and is imperative to a correct walking posture.

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Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Bad Shoes

As previously stated in Part 5 it is best to be able to feel the ground and fully flex your feet. In the waitress world there is a popular shoe that most wear that is like a clog. The sole is very hard and the foot cannot flex into the ground. Many waitresses and servers have some kind of low back, hip, or leg issue. When I have the waitresses change their shoes to a more flexible shoe their issues went away within a week. Binding your feet or too cushy of a sole does not help foot health. Flexing and actively stretching your feet is best for circulation and structure strengthening.
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Ideal Shoes

I like to wear Sketchers, a sporty good looking shoe. The sole is very thin and I am able to really feel the ground. Another Shoe company with a thin sole is Vibram, I like to call their shoes “Monkey Feet”, and they look like gloves for your feet. This is the best shoe scenario because one will ultimately feel every piece of the ground and your feet will become very strong. However one must start out slow because walking correctly at first is very hard. Pace yourself and work the walking series slowly.
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When I first started the process I was a competitive swimmer for many years. After that I moved to sports like running and softball. I developed very bad shin splints which is the direct result of walking on the outside of your feet. It took me 2 years to be able to Walk Correctly around Green Lake in Seattle which is about 3 miles long. I slowly built up to being able to walk that far and breaking the bad habit of walking is mentally tough as well.
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New Shoes

If you are going to start walking correctly you are going to have to get some new shoes. Attempting to walk correctly with your old shoes that are worn out is very difficult. As the shoes wear out naturally the wear will continually get worse and your walking technique also gets slowly worse. If you walk on the outside or your feet the heel and outside edge becomes more and more worn and attempting to hit the inside foot becomes harder to do because it feels like you have a large bump in your shoe which make walking correctly harder to maintain.
I have been able to observe my shoes lasting much longer now because I work my feet evenly on both sides. So not only will walking correctly help your leg joint health but will also help you from buying more shoes.

Tip: Walking barefoot over rocks is a great way to massage and strengthen your feet.

Note the worn tread from leaning to one side

Note the worn tread from leaning to one side

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

One leg is shorter/longer than the other

Often when one leg is shorter than the other it is because that person leans on the shorter leg more than the other. They do this because in the past they have sprained or broken something on the opposite leg. So they will walk on the healthy leg to relieve pressure on the injured leg. After the injury heals if they do not equally waskeleton posture copylk on both legs they will continually lean on the “healthy leg”.

When you walk on one leg the foot has to point outwards more to support all the weight. This makes the outside of the leg tighter which will pull the hips backward and shift the pelvis to the injured leg side. This will affect the foundation of the spine and it will start to curve causing scoliosis. The spine will continue to curve all the way up the neck and cause cervical neck pain. So if you have a chronic neck pain on the right side of the neck then you are not flexing your left toe (which would be the short leg). When one leg is shorter than the other it best just to concentrate on this leg. Step Point 4 is best to lengthen a short leg. This requires hitting the big toe and lengthening your leg behind you. If you work on these issues without flexing the toe your symptoms of low back pain, hip pain, and scoliosis will continually need to be treated.

If your injury has never been massaged you may find that the area may still have some hardness around it, this is scar tissue. Massage techniques such as cross fiber friction, which is rubbing the opposite length of the muscle fibers, will help break up scar tissue bringing in circulation and cellular regeneration.

Toes pointed in & Toes pointed out Postural Affect

For a moment try standing with your toes pointed outward. You may notice that you begin to fall backwards. To keefoot close upp from falling backwards one must slightly curve their spine and head forward to counter the balance. These people will often report neck and mid-back pain due to stress.

If one followed Part 2 and kept their toes pointed forward this posture would be prevented. When the toes are pointed forward for the whole leg stride this will tilt the chest back and your skull will go backwards and firmly rest on top of your cervical spine.

When you walk on the outside of your feet it is very easy to combine Step Point 3 & 4 together at the same time. Take special notice to separate these Step Points and feel the inside of your thigh burn…then it is working.

Posture of People who walk with their toes pointed inwards.

When people walk with their toes pointed inward they will start to fall forward. The front of their hips, thighs, and front of the calves will be tight from this incorrect walking technique. Since they are continually falling forward they may over arch their back which will tilt their hips forward causing low and mid back pain. Some Runners may fall into this category as the Running Technique is closely related to causing the same symptoms.

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To help balance this posture one must focus more on the heel. Like in Part 1, lifting the foot more and make sure you really hit the heel and let your leg swing farther forward. It is also possible that Step Point 3 will be skipped as well. Make sure to hit all 4 Step Points separately and evenly.

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Often inward toe walkers are stressed out and in a rush. I encourage these folks to slow down and take the time for yourself and get a massage.

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

The Path of the Spleen Meridian through the Arch of the Foot

The Path of the Spleen Meridian through the Arch of the Foot

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Immune System – Protects the Body

In Acupuncture the meridian points in the fingers and toes are toning the corresponding organs. In the feet the Meridians are the Spleen, Liver, Stomach, Gall Bladder, Bladder, and the Kidneys. These organs help with overall strength and the immune system. Each of the toning points of organs encircles all areas of the foot. So it is important to tone the muscles of the foot evenly. If a part of the foot is often skipped by lack of circulation and stimulation that organ will have low energy or restricted flow making the organ “tired” or “sluggish”.

So walking correctly and excising the whole foot will increase overall energy and a stronger immune system.

Lymphatic System – Cleans the Body

In the circulation system the heart is the muscle that moves the blood throughout the body. In the lymphatic system there is no singular muscle that moves the water throughout your body. The lymph’s are in your arm pits, breasts, between the legs, and calves. When the surrounding muscles are flexed this pumps the water throughout the body. So walking and exercising is one of the best ways for water circulation. Where there is circulation there is healing and strength.

Massage is one of the best ways to support the lymphatic system. Squeezing muscles helps pump water through tight muscles.

 

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

monkeyWalking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Now that you have worked on improving your range of motion and getting some flexibility in your feet, now it is easier to work on some more intricate helpful techniques.

Our Muscles and joints work best when we can flex and stretch them to their full capacity. This is also very important with the feet. As a society we bind our feet in shoes that either have to big of a sole. Walking correctly really requires being able to feel the ground and squeeze the Earth below us. Our hands and feet have the same muscles; we should be just as strong in our feet as our hands.

It is important to master the beginning 1-4 Parts before being successful at this section.

1. When your leg is swinging forward, relax your foot and hit Step Point 1. Feel your foot spread out and open as wide as possible.
2. When you move toward Step Point 2 and 3 begin to flex your foot and really grip the ground.
3. When Moving through Step Point 3 and 4 your foot will begin stretching to its full range of motion outward.
4. Follow through – Like in every sport follow through is important. When your foot has left the ground keep pointing the toe inward and pointed and feel the full length stride.

This part is important to feel the full range of your foot fully relaxed and fully flexed in every stride that you take.

Note: Most Yoga Instructor talk about “old age starts in the toes”. When atrophy starts in your toes the rigidness slowly goes up our body and your joints become like concrete. Each joint becomes less and less flexible.
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Also getting a Massage 1-2 times a month is best to counter a full 40 hours a week at desk.

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

To keep the integrity of you arch requires having good dexterity in your feet. Gripping the ground and resisting the pull of gravity is important.

In Part 3, Between Step Point 2 & 3 is when you flex your outside foot to the inside foot. At this point is where you want to grip the ground. Squeeze the ground and feel yourself holding your body up. Falling arches is due to flaccid and sloppy foot technique which allows your feet to flop around. Strong feet will have strong arches. Plantar Fasciitis and Falling arches can be prevented here. This technique is so detail and requires so much patience to understand that a bone just a 1/16th of an inch out of place can cause extreme debilitating pain. With a little foot flexing, many of your foot pain issues will go away.

The StretchFlex Technique for your Arch. Step on a tennis ball and massage the ball along your arch while flexing and stretching your foot. <<>

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points

Now we get a little more detailed and break up the foot into 4 specific contact points.

Step Point 1: Heal
Step Point 2: Outside Ball of Foot
Step Point 3: Inside Ball of Foot
Step Point 4: Big Toe

foot close up

It is important to hit each point individually. Often outward pointed toe walkers will combine Step Points 3 and 4 together. This will lead to very tight outside IT Bands, shin splints, and low back pain. Inward pointed toe walkers will skip Step Point 1, which will lead tight front hips.

It is important to hit Step Point 1 and 2 when your leg is in front of you. Step Point 3 and 4 occur when your leg is behind you.

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Take notice of the muscles in your legs while you’re walking. When your leg is in front of you is when you will use the outside leg muscles. When your leg is behind you, you are going to use your inside leg muscles.

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Your feet should behave like a wave fluctuating from outside to inside rocking back and forth. However, to the observer it will look like nothing is going on.

Tip: Use some deep tissue massage therapy on the inside arch of your foot.

Walking Correctly Part 4 of 10: Grip the Ground – No more Falling Arches

Walking Correctly Part 5 of 10: Finesse – Relax, Spread, Flex, and Stretch

Walking Correctly Part 6 of 10: Walking Improves Health

Walking Correctly Part 7 of 10: Walking Incorrectly Affects Posture

Walking Correctly Part 8 of 10: The Mental Manifesting – Your Mind Makes your Posture

Walking Correctly Part 9 of 10: The Bad & Ideal Shoes

Walking Correctly Part 10 of 10: Solutions & Exercises for Superior Walking Health

Intro The “How to Walk Correctly” 10 Part Series: Empower your health with knowledge and solve your own ailments.

Walking Correctly Part 1 of 10: ROM of the Ankles is equal to ROM of the HIP

Walking Correctly Part 2 of 10: Toes Forward

Walking Correctly Part 3 of 10: The 4 Step Points