Plank Story: The Critters at My Door

Matt was traveling for work.  I was home alone after dark sitting in the living room when I heard a noise.  A noise I can’t quite describe, but it is the sound of horror films—a metallic scratching and thudding.  My heart jumped to my throat because I knew I was going to die.  This was definitely the sound from the movies right before someone gets it, and I was hearing it in real life.  Who would do this to torture me?  Had I locked all the doors?  I was pretty sure I had.

I followed the noise, not knowing whether that was the right move.  I tiptoed through the house in a terror trance.  The noise pulled me through the kitchen […]

Plank Story: The Critters at My Door2018-01-13T15:48:05-04:00

Moby Dick was Filled with Fascia

Moby DickMoby Dick wasn’t on my high school reading list, and I’m grateful.  At seventeen I never could have appreciated the novel about revenge, obsession, life and whales.

Today, I loved it, though I can’t recommend it.  Whole sections were a slog, parts were dull, others I couldn’t put down, images were beautiful, comments were poignant and powerful, passages were constantly contradictory, at times I’d reread a section four times not sure what the point was, but positive if I could figure it out, the passage would be filled with meaning.  Melville created moments and pictures that I hope I’ll remember for years.

But one part may have stood out more to me than most Moby Dick readers. It may prove that I am overly obsessed with fascia—the connective tissue that runs through our bodies like sausage casings around every muscle and organ.  That description is merely the tip of the iceberg.   There is so much more to fascia. Call me fascia-fixated.

About halfway through I started reading with renewed vigor when I realized Melville was unknowingly describing the connective tissue and fascia of a whale.  Actually, it shouldn’t come as a surprise because […]

Moby Dick was Filled with Fascia2017-12-29T21:47:50-04:00

Learn A New Muscle: Soleus

This is another of my favorite muscles.  I like it because many of the muscles that have nicknames like pecs or lats are named from their original terminology.  Pecks for the pectoralis muscles.  Lats for the Latissimus Dorsi.  They sound like what they are called.  The calf is the exception.  Neither calf muscle sounds anything like the word calf.

The deepest muscle of the back of your lower leg is the soleus.  Its name comes from the Latin word for sandal.  It connects right below your knee to both bones in your lower leg.  It runs down the leg and connects to the Achilles tendon, which attaches to your heel. 

The soleus plantar flexes (like pointing the toes) the foot at the ankle.  It’s an important muscle in the human body because helps keep us upright.  When you stand up, […]

Learn A New Muscle: Soleus2017-09-12T19:34:30-04:00

Pilates & Animals

Let’s take a moment to remember one of the places Joe Pilates got his inspiration for his exercises: animals. He would watch animals, especially cats, move and observe how they stretched. They didn’t participate in exercise programs, but they new how to move their bodies in space.

Cat lying down, close-up (focus on cats face)

Our lives put us in positions our bodies weren’t intended to be in for eight-plus hours per day. Pilates tries to combat the toil life puts on our bodies.

If you have a cat or a dog or another animal, watch how they move. Mimic them and see if it feels good on your body.

Pilates & Animals2017-09-12T19:32:28-04:00