A proper warm up is essential in preparing the body for exercise and decreasing the chances for injury. The sequences below are designed to increase blood flow to the muscles and loosen up the joints. They can be done to prepare for exercise or as part of a daily movement routine.
Total Body Warm Up
This is a simple daily movement routine to warm up the major joints of the body. This sequence can also serve as a warm up to strength training or other forms of exercise.
Lower Extremity Warm up
This short movement sequence makes a great preparation for a lower body workout, or as a preparation for a walk, hike, or run.
Upper Extremity Warm up
This sequence makes an excellent preparation for strength training the upper body and helps to release tension in the upper back, shoulders, and neck.
Shoulder Warm up
This sequence guides you through movements to improve shoulder mobility. It can help improve posture, counterbalance a desk- posture, and decrease chronic upper back, neck, and shoulder pain.
Lower Back Warm up
This simple exercise for the lower back can help release chronic lower back tightness and alleviate pain.
The ELDOA postures help to create space in the joints; when space is created, healing can take place, allowing for a decrease in pain. They are an excellent tool for keeping the spine, shoulders, and hips healthy and pain-free.
Performed regularly, this posture can assist in creating space in the lumbar spine, helping to decrease chronic tension and/ or pain. *This video is intended as guidance for those who have an established ELDOA practice; it is recommended that you learn the ELDOA from a certified practitioner.
This movement is a great warmup for the spine in preparation for an ELDOA practice. It also serves as an excellent cool- down after a workout of any kind. Most everyone can benefit from this movement as it helps to move cerebral spinal fluid, while improving spinal awareness. *This video is intended as guidance for those who have an established ELDOA practice; it is recommended that you learn the ELDOA from a certified practitioner.
These videos demonstrate proper alignment and form.Proper alignment of the body with exercise assist in decreasing muscle and joint strain. With less strain, there is less “wear and tear” on the body…which means less pain and injury, which means a better functioning body with age!
Learn how to squat using proper form to decrease strain on the lower back, hips, and knees. Performed correctly, squats can serve as an excellent way to strengthen the hips, legs, core, and upper back.
Learn how to lunge using proper form to decrease strain on the hips and knees. Performed correctly, the lunge is an excellent exercise to strengthen the legs, hips and core.
Learn how do a plank with proper form as well as how to safely progress the exercise. Performed with proper alignment the plank can help build core and shoulder stability while helping to decrease lower back, neck, and shoulder pain.
This is a safe and effective way to strengthening the hips and lower back. It can be added into a strength training warm up for deadlifts, or as a hip strengthener in a yoga sequence.
These videos breakdown progressions for a given stretch, allowing them to be adaptable to many bodies and ability levels. They can be done to prepare for exercise or as part of a daily movement routine.
Hip Flexor Stretch
This stretch is a great way to release chronic tension in the thighs and lower back. It is especially beneficial for those who sit a lot, as well as cyclists, hikers, and runners.
Postural improvement videos
These videos are tools to help you improve posture. When the body is in proper alignment, there is a decrease on all its joints, lending itself to less pain and injury.
Learn how to correctly hold your posture from the feet to the crown of the head. With regular practice this will decrease strain on the joints of the body, improve posture, and decrease the chances of injury.
Balancing the Pelvis
By learning how to balance the pelvis, the spine has a better chance of being properly aligned.A balanced pelvic position coupled with the elongation upward of the spine decreases wear and tear on the spine and help decrease the chances of pain and injury.
This movement strengthens the muscles of the upper thoracic spine, which aids in decreasing neck and shoulder pain and in improving posture. It is helpful in counterbalancing the effects of “desk posture.”