I don’t believe in accidents

Jan 23, 2023 | Newsletter

“My life seemed to be a series of events and accidents. Yet when I look back, I see a pattern.” ― Benoît B. Mandelbrot.

When I injured my knee years ago, I thought it was an accident. While playing basketball, I jumped and landed awkwardly. Someone pushed me sideways, increasing the twist in my knee – and there went my ACL. What a stroke of bad luck!

I was wrong.

Months later, by paying attention to the small details of how my leg worked and how it was moving relatively to my hip, pelvis, and spine, I had a big “AHA” moment. I learned there was no such thing as an accident or bad luck. The way I used my leg was weakening my ligaments! It was only a matter of time before I would blow out my knee.

What made my knee vulnerable? The cumulative effect of poor movement and posture over time – and a lack of awareness.

 In my case, it was the habit of holding my right foot off to the side, the pelvis mainly rotating to one side, and my torso compressing and collapsing into a slouch.

The cause of pain and misery is often trivial. A slight misalignment here or there. Insufficient skeletal support and little disorganization of movement cause strain or excessive loading. Do it repetitively, thousands of times over months or years, and you got a recipe for a problem or injury.

Poor self-use can herniate spinal discs, damage tendons, menisci, cartilage, and ligaments, and contribute to the onset of joint arthritis.

Reverse Engineer Through Awareness

Improving how you sit, stand, walk, and use your body can reduce chronic pain and damage to your joints. But, the process has to start with your awareness of your unique patterns of self-use. For the health of the knee joint, the essentials include: how you stand, walk, squat, pivot, and negotiate stairs.

“Awareness is the greatest agent for change.” — Eckhart Tolle.

Is your knee a ticking time bomb, too? Is your knee pain the center of attention these days? 

Read more

Self-Love is the Foundation

Self-Love is the Foundation

Happy Valentine’s Day!Self-Love is the Foundation Our cherished mentor and guide, Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh, teaches us in Teachings on Love, a book that has changed my life, that self-love is the stepping stone upon which the love for all others depends—love...

In The Zone

In The Zone

“…self-knowledge through awareness is the goal of reeducation.” — Moshe Feldenkrais When working with clients, I use the Zone of Homeostasis diagram, also known as the Envelope of Function. I learned it from an orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Scott Forsyth...

Get access to all of our SEVEN unique classes each week.

Take advantage of our best-seller - $145 Unlimited Monthly Class Pass! Even if you can't attend, there will be a replay you can watch at your convenience!


Pin It on Pinterest

Share This