Moving Well Podcast

The Moving Well Podcast gives you fitness advice for efficient, effective and pain free exercise.
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Mar 30, 2018

In this episode, Nikki and Janet chat with Dr. Ellie Somers, physical therapist and owner of Sisu Sports Performance & PT about how using body positive language in medical and fitness settings can create better outcomes for patients and clients both in improving performance and reducing pain.

They cover:

  • What it means to use body positive language and why it's important not to scare people when educating them about their form or their diagnosis
  • How to offer constructive feedback to create a positive movement experience and help someone feel better, while still keeping safety as a consideration
  • The power of motivational interviewing and how to use it in a session
  • Cultural reasons behind why women statistically have more pain
  • Myths around the biomechanical model and why moving outside of neutral isn't always a dangerous or bad thing, if you are prepared to load there
  • Why helping someone make an informed choice is more empowering and creates a better outcome than just telling them what to do

About Ellie Somers

Dr. Ellie Somers is a physical therapist of 10 years, with a special focus on treating the female athlete. She has a background in sports performance and rehab, including extensive training and education in the science of pain.

She started her practice, Sisu Sports Performance & PT, in Seattle, WA with the goal of empowering female clients to help them reach their unlocked potential. She hopes to keep women actively engaged in sport and activity for their lifetime.

Dr. Somers has spoken at the Women in Physical Therapy Summit in New York City as well as at several continuing education courses and professional conferences. She is a lover of soccer, running, heavy things, craft beer, and the great PNW. You can learn more about Dr. Somers on her website, or follow her on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Mar 22, 2018

In this episode, Janet and Nikki chat with Amanda Holt LeNaire, Balanced Body Master Instructor about her experience working with the Oklahoma City Ballet and training professional dancers to become Pilates teachers.

They cover:

  • The similarities and differences between teaching the general public and professional dancers
  • What it's like to work with the ballet as a Pilates studio owner and educator
  • Strategies to help dancers reduce the risk of injury and improve career longevity
  • Amanda and her business partner Lucky Jabara's experience watching the Pilates industry evolve over the past few decades

About Amanda Holt LeNaire

Amanda is the co-owner of The Pilates Body in Oklahoma, City. She is a PMA® Certified Pilates Instructor, a Balanced Body® Master Instructor in Comprehensive Pilates and MOTR® She is a graduate of the Balanced Body Pilates Comprehensive Training and the Polestar Pilates Comprehensive Training. To connect with Amanda, visit her website or say hello on Facebook. 

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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