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 …

The Body’s Hub

Think about a bicycle wheel for a moment. The center of the wheel is called the hub. It is the place where all of the wheel’s spokes come together and meet. The Hub’s position is dictated by the tension in the spokes. If all of the spokes have an equal amount of tension then the hub is in it’s ideal …

Celebrating Jack

This past weekend I had the distinct honor and privilege of being part of the largest paddle out ceremony in history as thousands of people said aloha to Jack O’Neill. Jack was best known for inventing the wetsuit in 1952, which allowed surfers and other water enthusiasts the ability to enjoy their activities longer in any water in the world. …

Getting up When you Don’t Want to

So I opened up my mouth earlier this year and let it be known that I intended to paddle 28.5 miles across Monterey Bay on a prone paddleboard. I knew that the instant the words left my lips that I had to follow through with it. Fortunately, some close friends liked the idea so much that they decided to join …

Are You a Sweater?

Do you feel like you don’t sweat enough during your workout compared to others in the gym? Do you think that means you are not working as hard as the next person? Do you think because you’re not sweating as much that you are not burning as many calories? You might want to reconsider this thought pattern. Sweating is not …

Repeating Shapes

Throughout civilized history, two shapes have forged together to give symbolic meanings to various societies and belief systems: the triangle and circle. The symbol is known as the thaumaturgic triangle. It has been used as a symbol for the Illuminati, Masons, Kabbalah Movement, and some Christian faiths. The Rosicrucians used the symbol of the snake devouring itself around a triangle. …