by Paul Van Alstine, Certified Advanced Rolfer, Studio One Owner.
Seattle is becoming the tech center extraordinaire. I'm also noticing it's becoming the posterior pelvis syndrome center of the world. Fifty percent of the men and women I see, by the nature of their work, have ended up with a posterior pelvis. The problem with this is that no matter how fit they become muscularly, and no matter how much endurance they build, they are severely weakened structurally. Seattle Butt Syndrome could indeed be called Tech Butt (when it happens to younger people). It seems to have originated with many mentally capable (but posturally challenged) younger people. We aren’t talking about people who are out of shape. Some of these victims of Tech Butt are doing CrossFit and still end up looking and feeling even worse.
What is Tech Butt?
The technical definition is called a “posterior pelvis” This occurs when the pelvis is tilted backward. This often flattens the spine and...
Paul and I had the pleasure of being invited to a zoom training call for clients and instructors with a fitness studio in Abu Dhabi UAE to do a lecture on what is fitness and conditioning. This is a fun and interesting snippet of Paul talking about his own Rolfing experience and an explanation of the one of a kind, transfomational Rolfing 10 series. Enjoy!
Heels are a part of many people's wardrobes. From an aesthetic standpoint they can make you look taller, stand straighter, lift your chest, and accentuate your shoulders and waist. They are also associated with professional appearance in many setting. However, there are a few downsides besides the fact that they can be pretty uncomfortable and hard to walk in... Heels tend to increase the arch in the wearers low back significantly. Because of this, and how they tend to strain the feet, there can be significant drawbacks. There is good research that links heels to low back pain, injuries from falls and sprains, and bunions. Generally, the higher the heel the greater the problems that are associated with wearing them. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to cross train so that you can wear heals and suffer fewer consequences.
5 Tips If you must wear heels: