Just a Number

I would love to have a conversation with a numerologist some time. Perhaps it is just my heightened awareness to the number 29, but it sure does seem to keep repeating itself at the certain landmark events of my life. For instance: I was born on September 29th. I got married on July 29th. My daughter was born on September …

Practicing Change

Since this past Sunday, I have been attending a six-day immersion course of anatomy and biomechanics in Vancouver BC. There are twenty-five people in attendance. Most of these professionals are physical therapists, chiropractors, personal trainers, and manual therapists from all over the world. I have attended this course numerous times yet each time I learn more than the one before. …

Trail of Breadcrumbs

In 1995, I was three years into my personal training career and was attending a fitness conference in New Orleans with a roommate. I sat in a lecture I was not planning to attend (it was my roommate’s turn to choose the lecture). As it turned out the subject was all about the importance of posture and muscular balance. How …

When One Joint Closes Another Opens

Movement is an amazing thing we are all capable of doing. Watch any “People are Awesome” video on YouTube, and you will be stunned at what the human form is able to do. Or watch any high-level athlete perform and notice how easy they make everything appear. When the body is highly conditioned and balanced, it is easier to perform …

The Confusion of Fusion

Here is a simple word problem. There is a group of ten people. Each person holds a fruit basket with six apples in each for a total of 60 apples. When they are told to begin, each person places an apple in someone else’s basket. They repeat this for the next five minutes. When the group stops how many apples …

Unlocking the Body

We have recently added a new course in our studio. We call it “Unlocking the Body.” It is our answer to what others would call a pain management or stretch class. We prefer not to use titles like pain management because that infers you have to live with pain; something we are not so readily willing to accept. Pain is …

What do you do when you reach the “Half Century” mark?

My wife asked me what I would like to do for my 50th birthday. I told her the last thing I wanted was a party. Instead, I wanted to scratch something off my bucket list. How about paddling 28.5 miles across deep water canyons in the Alaskan current, through shark and orca infested 54-degree water using only your arms as …

A Sad Moment at the Happiest Place

Since my kids were very young, we have found trips to Disneyland to be one of our most treasured getaways. As they got older, the choice of rides changed and the opportunities for fun continually increased. However, now even though the kids prefer to ride the more exciting and adventurous attractions they still like riding the traditional tamer rides too. …

Under Pressure

Rocky’s has recently acquired a new assessment tool which gives us an in-depth understanding of how the body supports itself and why it might be in chronic or acute pain. It is called a pressure plate or force plate. The Footwork Pro® plate is connected to a laptop and uses software to display where the pressure is in your feet …

Sometimes an MRI is TMI

Several years ago I developed pain in my right shoulder. Leading up to the pain, I had been hitting the weight room heavily, surfing daily but not doing any restorative, balancing program. The pain increased to the point that I could no longer demonstrate simple push ups or remove my arm from my wetsuit without excruciating, stabbing agony. (Disclaimer: I …