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Mobility Exercises

Improve Upper Spinal Rotation

Maintaining healthy extension and rotation through the spine is essential to preventing osteoporosis as we age.

This is a stretch that improves rotation through the thoracic and cervico-thoracic regions. It also lengthens shortened traps and rhomboids.

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A Simple Way to Improve Shoulder and Back Mobility

To improve shoulder and upper back mobility, lie face-up with your head slightly off the end of a bed and let your arms hang freely above your head.

Once you’re comfortable in this position, slowly take your arms through a small arc as though you are making a snow angel - you can do this several times to warm up your shoulder joints. Read more

 

Always Remember Us This Way - Lady Gaga

That Arizona sky burning in your eyes
You look at me and, babe, I wanna catch on fire
It's buried in my soul like California gold
You found the light in me that I couldn't find

So when I'm all choked up
And I can't find the words
Every time we say goodbye
Baby, it hurts
When the sun goes down
And the band won't play
I'll always remember us this way Read more

 

Hip Mobility Exercises After Hip Replacement Surgery

This is a brief look at a series of conservative hip mobility exercises that one can try with the approval of his or her physiotherapist following hip replacement surgery. In most cases, it's advisable to do just the first few exercises over the first week, and to build upon those movements on a gradual basis as the body allows for it. Read more

 

Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper - Shallow (A Star Is Born)

What a gift it was to see this film at the theatre.

Lyrics:

[Verse 1: Bradley Cooper]
Tell me somethin' girl
Are you happy in this modern world?
Or do you need more
Is there somethin' else you're searchin' for?

[Refrain: Bradley Cooper]
I'm fallin'
In all the good times
I find myself longin' for change
And in the bad times I fear myself Read more

 

Raw Craft with Anthony Bourdain - Bob Kramer, Master Bladesmith

Giving thanks for another favourite from Anthony Bourdain that I always enjoy revisiting. Read more

 

Raw Craft With Anthony Bourdain - Rachel Rosenkrantz, Master Luthier

In memory of Anthony Bourdain, the fellow who showed me bits of the world and its people like no other. Read more

 

Protect Your Back By Lengthening Your Hamstrings

Short hamstrings and even short calves can contribute to intermittent back pain and stiffness, as a shortened posterior chain creates a constant downward pull on the pelvis, predisposing the tissues that surround the spine to sprains and strains.

With most of us sitting for many hours each day with our posterior chain contracted, it's highly worthwhile to stretch the hamstrings and calves on a daily basis. Read more

 

Grace | Rag'N'Bone Man

Said I loved you without hesitation
So easy for you to break my foolish heart
Now I wonder if you ever speak my name
Will I always be defined by my mistakes?

In the eyes of a saint I'm a stranger
We're all trying to find a way
At the death of every darkness there's a morning
Though we all try
We all try
We're all one step from grace Read more

 

Let Me Go

Originally posted in November of 2014

Sometimes, you hear a song that your soul connects with from the first listen. It's a lovely experience, really, and last night, I put an app called Shazam to good use in identifying the name of this tune that grabbed me within seconds.

Hero, by Family of the Year, feels like it was written for many of us during our coming of age years. Sometimes, you feel immense weight on your heart, and you just want to be free of worry and expectations.

I'm told that this song is a part of the soundtrack for a film that I'd really like to see - it's called Boyhood, and was shot over 12 years by Richard Linklater, chronicling the story of a boy and his family from the time he was 6. Remarkably, Richard cast the actors of this film when the lead was 6 years old, and they gathered once a year to continue shooting. Read more

 

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