The Moving Well Podcast

The Moving Well Podcast gives you fitness advice for efficient, effective and pain free exercises. The hosts Janet Sunderland and Nikki Naab-Levy who are both fitness educators for Balanced Body and collectively have 20 years experience in the fitness industry.
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Mar 16, 2018

In this episode, Nikki and Janet chat with Jules Mitchell, yoga teacher and movement educator, and Charlie Reid, strength and conditioning coach, about transitioning clients from post rehab back to regular activity and performance.

They cover:

  •  Why clients often get trapped in the revolving door between physical therapy and fitness
  • The role of the physical therapist and the fitness professional or movement teacher in helping clients resume regular activity after an injury
  • The limitations of the current model that is used to assess, treat injuries, and transition the client out of rehab
  • How the mindset of the client and their activities prior to the injury should determine how you progress them
  • A case study about Marla (Jule's sister) and her experience working with a physical therapist and Charlie to return to running after a foot injury
  • Examples of exercise and program progressions when helping a client improve their conditioning during and after injury recovery
  • The importance of progressive external load, transference, and specificity when working with a client who has the goal of resuming an activity or sport after injury

Jules Mitchell MS, CMT, RYT

Jules is a Los Angeles based yoga educator. She combines the tradition of yoga with her background in biomechanics to help people move better and achieve individually defined physical success. Her approach to asana is multi-modal and skill based, balancing the somatic (moving from within) aspects of yoga with exercise science.

Jules writes on yoga biomechanics and references the exercise science literature on topics (such as stretching) where the yoga research is lacking. She is a regular contributor to yoga teacher training programs worldwide, providing yoga schools with the most current research in biomechanics, even when it invokes a discerning analysis of tradition.

Her most influential teachers include Leeann Carey (Yapana Yoga), Gil Hedley (Integral Anatomy), John Casey (yoga philosophy and Sanskrit), and the many dedicated scientists who collect, analyze, and publish data so we may continue to ask more questions. As adjunct faculty at Arizona State University, she serves as the yoga consultant on research studies to quantify the effects of yoga therapy on special populations.

Jules is currently writing her book, Yoga Biomechanics: Redefining Stretching, which is expected to become available in 2017 through Handspring Publishing. You can find her leading workshops at your favorite local studio or check out her classes online.

To connect with Jules on social media, you can find her on Twitter and Facebook.

Charlie Reid, CSCS, CMT

Charlie is a Movement Educator, Coach, and Massage therapist based in San Francisco, CA. His mission is to help cultivate stronger, more resilient humans. When he’s not coaching one-on-one, teaching workshops, or hosting seminars in the Bay Area, he is most likely drinking too much espresso whilst torturing a bass guitar.

To learn more about Charlie, you can visit his website or connect with him on Facebook or Instagram.

Mar 10, 2018

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with self-care expert and yoga teacher Alexandra Ellis about how to integrate self-massage, mobility, and strength work into a movement practice to improve function and decrease the risk of injury.

They discuss:

  • The current scientific theories on what's happening when we perform release work with balls or foam rollers
  • The best applications for self-massage tools and how to know if you need a soft or hard tool
  • The importance of strength work in reducing pain and tension + improving function
  • The difference between flexibility and mobility
  • When stretching can be beneficial (and when it might not be)
  • Areas of the body that are often skipped over in release and strength work that would be helpful to target

About Alexandra Ellis:

Creator of AE Wellness, Body Nerd, and Self-Care expert, Alexandra Ellis has made it her life’s mission to better understand how the body works to help her clients DIY their self-care, strength, and injury recovery. Her teaching and studies focus on injury prevention, rehabilitation and wellness, inspired by her studies at UC Davis where she earned a BS in Exercise Biology. With a strong background and keen interest in anatomy and physiology, Alex strives to empower people to improve their health and well-being through a personal movement practice and enhanced body awareness.

Her programs have helped many people worldwide to be an empowered part of their health, rather than relying solely on their healthcare provider.When not Instagraming her food, workouts or Teacher Training adventures, Alexandra can be found teaching public classes in Los Angeles.

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