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Butter Melting … It’s the Sensation We Feel When Muscles Change

“What do you feel when the muscles change?”

Inquisitive clients have posed this question over recent weeks. My response?

To those of us doing Bridging®, the change feels like the muscles and movements soften and melt, similar to butter. The movement become easier for us, and for you!

Butter can have many states from hard to melted:

  • frozen solid
  • refrigerator hard
  • room temperature softness
  • a melted fluid

As your muscles begin to work together better they end up in the soft, easy to spread state. The work of each muscle becomes shared with a larger network so each individual muscle can relax, knowing it can work only when needed, and that it now has helpers.

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Feeling Off? Kids’ Behavior Off? Here Are Some Reasons at This Time of Year …

This week we’re seeing an uptick in …

Kids needing a regulatory reset. They are having a tough time with:

  • sleep
  • behavior
  • sensory sensitivity

Adults needing a post-covid or flu reset. They want help with:

  • shallow breathing
  • poor sleep
  • low energy
  • achy joints

Is this you or your family?

We can help. Bridging®’s gentle micromovements and stretches reset your body allowing you to move, breathe and behave better. Often in just 1-2 sessions.

Virtual or in-office sessions are two options we offer to get you back to feeling your best. (You can schedule an appointment here.)

Reasons why kids may need a seasonal reset

family plays in the snow
There are three reasons that your children may be dis-regulated this time of year.

Less activity during the winter. Movement naturally keeps the body more organized.

Illness. Covid, flu, or strep can be enough to throw off the way the diaphragm muscle coordinates breathing during both rest and activity.

Growth stresses every system in the body. Often children’s muscles need a little help adapting to the changes so their sensory systems can calm down.

Reasons why you may need a post-COVID reset

it's so cold
Yes, Omicron or Delta seems to have gotten to every other person. Many of you recovered with ease.

But, some of you may still be experiencing:

  • brain fog
  • restless sleep
  • fatigue
  • aching joints

These are all fallout from the fever, dehydration, inactivity, and viral stress to your body.

Refreshing the movement interconnections between your core and limbs restores deeper breathing and lets your joints move easily again.

More to your full recovery …

At The Bridging® Institute our clients are often surprised by how fast they improve. Uniquely, our approach goes back to early development as the secret.

Re-creating early layers of muscle and joint interconnections is the roadmap for sustainably resetting your body after illness, or your child’s after growth or injury. Bridging® rebuilds the original movement foundation; your daily activity reinforces the better function.

Wondering if Bridging® can help you or your child feel and function better? Fill out our intake form and we’ll get back to you with insights on how Bridging® can help.

hands

Hands + Age = Arthritis? No!

Arthritic hands: what else may be the cause?

As the weather gets cooler it seems that our adult joints get stiffer.

We tend to blame our age or the cold, but reduced activity is likely the cause.

There are many studies that show movement is the most effective way to lower pain and improve function, without negative side effects.

Hands are no exception. As fingers swell and stiffen many people look to steroid creams or injections for help. These provide relief, but are not a long term solution.

Here’s another perspective on arthritis, and how Bridging® can help restore your hand function and strength. Read more

big boxes

Three Injury Types and How They Impact Self-calming

We typically think of falls, being hit by something, or being in a motor vehicle accident as a cause of pain or mobility concerns.

These types of injuries are the leading causes of nonfatal preventable injuries treated in hospital emergency departments:
(United States, 2019)

  1. Falls – 8,049,8822
  2. Struck By/Against – 3,183,7723
  3. Motor Vehicle-Occupant – 2,108,1474

What you might not realize, is that these incidents can also relate to why you are having a harder time dealing with your stress and anxiety. Read more

girl exhausted by long Covid

Yes, Long COVID and Diaphragm Have a Connection 😵

How can long COVID have so many lingering issues?

According to the CDC, new or ongoing symptoms of long COVID may include:

  • difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • tiredness or fatigue
  • difficulty thinking or concentrating
  • cough
  • chest and/or stomach pain
  • headache
  • heart palpitations
  • joint and/or muscle pain
  • pins and needles
  • diarrhea
  • sleep problems

Many of us know someone who just hasn’t completely bounced back from being sick, especially COVID. Read more

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Anxiety, Calming, and the Diaphragm

Gaining a new sense of calm

You have a hard time staying calm, and new situations get you ramped up pretty quickly.

Sound familiar? These are common feelings for many of our clients, young and not so young.

A common way to help find calm is to lie down with your legs flexed and focus on breathing. Yes, in the moment, this can calm you. And, it feels so relaxing!

Wouldn’t it be nice to have that deeper level of calm available all the time?

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Diaphragm

More Reasons the Diaphragm is Key to Your Pains, Fatigue, and more…😳

Insights to the many ways your diaphragm should support you …

The diaphragm affects everything!

When I teach Bridging® we spend a lot of time discussing diaphragm connections and function, as well as the events in a person’s background which likely impact diaphragm function.

This is why:

“The diaphragm affects everything in the body, AND everything in the body affects the diaphragm.”  Read more

diagram of lungs

Does Your Breathing Cause Your Body Stress?

Pain? Tight hips, low back? Rounded posture? Fatigue? Is breathing the root cause?

We breathe over 1 million times a day!

For something that should be automatic and easy, it’s been amazing how many people we meet whose breathing mechanics don’t work correctly.

We meet because you are looking for pain relief at the knee, hip, low back, neck and shoulders. We find your breathing mechanics have hijacked muscles to help which shouldn’t be involved in breathing. This is why you continue to have pain. Breathing is more important to survival than walking or running. When I’m teaching, I remind students that ‘Breathing always wins!’ Read more

women jogging

Breathing, Posture, and Endurance

“Feels good to be able to fully breathe in again!” – Runner training for 2021 Chicago marathon

Breathing and the Marathon Training Plan

My friend is training for the Chicago Marathon, not her first, but she has been struggling for her breath after 4-5 miles. Since her training plan calls for a 10-12 long mile run at this stage, it doesn’t bode well for her preparation. She told me she was getting worried. Read more

building core strength

Crazy Question: What If Your Core Never Really Worked the Right Way?

Core activation fiction

Do you have to work harder than others to keep a strong and active core?

Looking for clues to unresolved pain, stiffness, or anxiety — all common when the core activation isn’t fully developed?

The sports industry, exercise world, and pop culture would have us believe that all we need for a great core is more — more exercise, more equipment, and more discipline. Really???  Read more