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I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the book above for some time now, and am happy to write that it doesn't disappoint. Don't let the tongue-in-cheek title throw you.

As a massage therapist, I am continually looking for ways for people to maintain and further improve the quality of their soft-tissue outside of my treatment room.

Our fledgling world has become an incredibly complex and high-technology driven little sphere in the vast and apparent swirling chaos of the greater universe. We are constantly seeing the fringe of what is possible crashing through the barriers of what was previously considered impossible. God particles. Nano-bots. String Theory. Cadbury's secret. Exciting and complex times we live in. But often the simplest and most elegant solutions to problems are the most impressive.


 If you run, you may be interested in the findings of a recent year-long study done on a group of novice runners. The idea of "over-pronation" and shoes needing motion control to prevent injuries may be over-stated and in need of closer scrutiny.

Read on:

 Most of us are aware that stretching is of benefit to soft-tissue health in general. However, due to the wide array of stretching approaches and applications, it can unfortunately become difficult or even confusing to know which stretching techniques are of most benefit to us. Our preferred activities, current mobility vs. desired mobility, age and even sex may play a role in which types of stretching routines to employ. Should you avoid static stretching before speed work or lifting heavy weights and instead adopt a more "dynamic" style of stretching?


"All right, stop, collaborate and listen" - Vanilla Ice, "Ice Ice Baby" 1990.

While Bob Marley may not have had a degree in kinesiology (he leaned more towards "herbology") he was on to something with his advice above. He may not have even been encouraging us to stand up for our right to psoas suppleness or metabolic magnificence. The man, however, was wise. Fact is, we sit more on average than ever before and it is slowly turning us into C-shaped, Gollum-like desk and couch slaves.

News Flash: Recent Research Shows Massage is Effective!

The title of this blog post is very tongue-in-cheek, to be sure. Until recently, there has been a paucity of information available on the efficacy of massage therapy from a scientifically based perspective. Massage therapists, physios, and chiropractors have long known that massage is an effective form of treatment for soft tissue injuries.

Caffeine as a (legal) Performance Enhancing Drug

For the last year or so, I've been really enjoying Crossfit as a form of staying in shape for my windsurfing and surfing passions. The following workout, known as "The Filthy Fifty" just popped up on the website:

For a very long time we've been sold on the notion of our ill-matched shoes being the root of our running injuries. Chronic calf or achilles strain? You need more motion control for those pronating feet. Stress fractures? Your shoes aren't cushioning your feet enough. For many people, these are only band aid solutions for problems possibly not originating from their footwear so much as problems stemming from their running technique/movement patterns.

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