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Yoga with Laura Gries at Awakenings!

Kali is a dramatic expression of a mother’s fierce and protective love for her children. The feminine power rising up to protect her those who threaten her babies. Kali destroys demons and ego & she bestows moksha or liberation.

After a car accident left Laura paralyzed from the neck down, she had to start all over again. She never regained her collegiate level athleticism, but with years and years of rigorous rehab, exercise, and self-help, she has re-emerged.

Laura opened a non-profit fitness and wellness clinic in 2004 specifically for neurological disorders and paralysis. It treated people at a chronic health level long term and acquired special funding for each individual as their health care expenses were extraordinary. All care was one on one and taught people self-care and how to find their true selves after such a traumatic event in their lives. This, and only this, would allow each person to achieve true inner happiness. It was during these years that Laura found yoga to be the one practice that allowed her to accept her starting place and helped her to use her body to free her soul.

Awakenings Health yoga is a boutique style studio, only allowing a limited amount of students at a time to give quality and individual attention. 

Laura adjusts each of her students to ensure each asana is performed properly and aligned. This allows proper preparation for the bigger classes so her students know how to be attentive to their own personal bio-mechanics and avoid injuries. Laura’s classes allow students to sink into and embody the essence of each asana. 

Awakenings Health is offering Yoga mOM, All Levels, Couples Yoga, Privates and Semi-Privates. (Couples, Private and Semi-Private classes are appointment-only and designed for the ultimate intimate yoga experience.) 

Yoga mOM was designed to give a mama 45 quick minutes of her own time and space, get a good workout, and learn the ancient wisdom of the ultimate treasure in life, happiness. This class is open to all levels and moms of all stages.

 

 

 

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Family health General Orthopedic rehabilitation

Static Posture Linked To Pain

“Trapezius muscle activity variation during computer work performed by individuals with and without neck-shoulder pain.”
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Research published on July 25, 2019 found that individuals with neck and shoulder pain exhibited longer uninterrupted periods of muscle activation compared to their non-symptomatic counterparts. This suggests that static posture and not poor posture may be the greater concern and contributor to pain. The research reiterates the importance of taking regular breaks when sitting in front of a computer screen. 

Massage and acupuncture can help keep you functional, but studies like this show just how important it is for you to avoid being sedentary for too long.

Trapezius muscle activity variation during computer work performed by individuals with and without neck-shoulder pain

Aimed to compare muscle activation during computer use in those with and without pain. * Exposure variation analysis (EVA) applied to upper trapezius muscle activation. * EVA group differences and day-to-day reliability among controls determined. * Most EVA measures exhibited moderate-high reliability. * Pain group had more longer continuous durations of muscle activity than controls.

https://sciencedirect.com

Wishing you wellness,

Mary Clark

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Family health General Orthopedic rehabilitation Sports Performance

Risk Factors for Shoulder Stiffness

“Shoulder stiffness (SS) is a condition of restricted glenohumeral range of motion (ROM), which can arise spontaneously (primary or idiopathic SS, also known as “frozen shoulder”) or as consequence of a known cause, including surgical procedures on the shoulder (secondary and postoperative SS). Numerous risk factors have been described, both for primary and postoperative SS.

Recent research suggests that numerous clinical conditions have been related to the development of SS. These include, but are not limited to hormonal diseases and endocrine disorders (diabetes mellitus, hyperthyroidsm, hypothyrodism), neurological conditions (Parkinson’s), dupuytren’s disease, psychological factors (depression, anxiety), hypercholesterolemia, inflammatory lipoproteinemias and certain medications (protease inhibitors, MMPs inhibitors).

When addressing shoulder pain, it is imperative that other factors are considered. Make sure your healthcare practitioner is taking everything into consideration when deciding how best to treat your shoulder stiffness and pain.

Risk Factors for Shoulder Stiffness: Current Concepts

Shoulder stiffness (SS) is a condition of restricted glenohumeral range of motion (ROM), which can arise spontaneously (primary or idiopathic SS, also known as “frozen shoulder”) or as consequence of a known cause, including surgical procedures on the shoulder (secondary and postoperative SS). Numerous risk factors have been described, both for primary and postoperative SS.

Wishing you wellness,

Mary Clark

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Orthopedic rehabilitation Sports Performance

It’s Time For East to Meet West in Sports Medicine

It is time for the current Sports Medicine model to incorporate a time tested medicine into the mix. A seamlessly integrated approach between traditional western and eastern medicines provides a synergistic approach, which provides a superior model for enhancing human performance, preventing injuries and rehabilitating from them as well. Here is an article I wrote:

 

It’s Time For East To Meet West In Sports Medicine

 

It’s Time For East to Meet West in Sports Medicine