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Liberated Body Podcast

by Brooke Thomas

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Every week we're gathering together the thought leaders and experts who are helping us all to more happily inhabit our bodies. Whether you're trying to sort out pain or injury in your own body, or are just a lovable body nerd, we're here for you.


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Ep 66: Breath, Inquiry, and Individuality with Leslie Kaminoff


Tue, Mar 21, 2017


Leslie Kaminoff has been a yoga educator for the last four decades and is an internationally recognized specialist in the fields of yoga and breath anatomy. He leads anatomy and yoga methodology workshops for many of the leading yoga associations, schools and training programs in the world. He is the co-author of the bestselling book Yoga Anatomy, and the founder of The Breathing Project, Leslie has also helped to organize international yoga conferences while serving as Vice-President of Unity in Yoga, and was part of the committee that established national standards for yoga teacher training. In today’s conversation we’re talking about what it was like to have a front row seat for the birth of the fitness and yoga industries in the United States, concepts related to breath and breath anatomy, the art of teaching and the importance of creating an atmosphere of inquiry in yoga classes and how that can honor students’ individuality and allow for deeper insights.



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Ep 65: Personal Agency, Movement, and Teaching with Amy Matthews


Tue, Mar 14, 2017


Today I’m talking with Amy Matthews. Amy Matthews, has been teaching movement since 1994. She is a Certified Laban Movement Analyst, a Body-Mind Centering® Teacher, an Infant Developmental Movement Educator, and a movement therapist and yoga teacher. Amy is also the co-author of the best-selling book Yoga Anatomy, and together Amy and Leslie teach The Breathing Project's Advanced Studies courses. I will also be moderating a symposium called Beyond Anatomy with Amy at The Breathing Project soon- the first weekend of April. In today’s conversation we’re talking about Laban Movement Analysis and body mind centering, developmental movement work, and what that means for infants- how they can get a solid foundation for personal agency and emotional regulation through movement, and how developmental movement work helps adults as well. We also talk about embodied teaching, how teaching is its own art form and how it can call forth student’s personal agency.



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Ep 64: Movement Matters with Katy Bowman


Tue, Mar 07, 2017


Katy Bowman is a biomechanist and the founder of Nutritious Movement. She is the author of several books including Move Your DNA, Whole Body Barefoot, and her most recent collection of essays, Movement Matters. In today’s conversation we’re talking about the ecology of movement. How does your movement affect not just your health but also humans everywhere, even ones you’ve never met, and how does it affect the health of the planet as a whole? We discuss the real impact of our sedentarism and our drive for convenience, and how movement can be a very profound and impactful form of activism.



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Ep 63: Embodied Living with Mark Walsh


Tue, Feb 28, 2017


Today I’m talking with Mark Walsh, an embodiment specialist who is the creator of the Embodied Facilitator training, Integration Training, Embodied Yoga Principles, and Purpose Blackbelt. His work in embodiment has taken him to a wide range of organizations and communities, from businesses in the UK, to the Middle East alongside the UN, the slums of Brazil, an HIV organization in East Africa, and many other places. In our conversation today we talk about what embodiment means, some of the ways embodiment is being misunderstood, how lives change with embodiment, what the consequences are of living in a disembodied time culturally, and, considering that the world is in a pretty inflamed place these days, we take on how those of us who work with the body can be activists- how our work makes the world a less traumatized and traumatizing place.



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Ep 62: Beyond Anatomy


Tue, Jan 17, 2017


I’m talking with Leslie Kaminoff, Amy Matthews, and Peter Blackaby about our upcoming somatic symposium in New York this April called Beyond Anatomy. There is a vast amount of information about the body out there (and in here within the show)- so how do we discern what's applicable and useful and not simply make ourselves crazy with information overload? And what is ""beyond anatomy"" to each of us? For me this is a fantastic way to kick off the whole of season 4 as I am dedicating that season to interviews related to what happens- what happens inside yourself, in your life, in your community- when you dive deeply into the body experientially, rather than simply intellectually. This doesn't mean we're chucking the importance of learning critical things like anatomy- but it does mean there's more to the story. Much, much more!



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Ep 61: How Liberated Body Changed Me with Brooke Thomas


Tue, Aug 16, 2016


Bo Forbes turns the tables and interviews host Brooke Thomas with her own and listener questions. Brooke's personal path with her own body, how learning through the podcast changed the way she sees the body, how she parents based on what she's learned, her current practices (particularly in natural movement and somatic meditation), and what the road ahead looks like are all covered in this closing conversation for season 3.



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Ep 60: How Mindful Body Awareness Heals with Cynthia Price


Tue, Aug 02, 2016


I’m talking with Cynthia Price. Cynthia describes herself as a bodywork researcher, and is an Associate Research Professor at the University of Washington in the Biobehavioral Nursing Department. Her clinical and research expertise is in the development of body awareness, or interoception, to improve health and well-being. She is the creator of an approach towards educating people in body awareness called Mindful Awareness in Body-Oriented Therapy or MABT for short, and is the founder of the Center for Mindful Body Awareness. Her research studies have focused on the use of MABT for multiple health conditions including Substance Dependency, PTSD, chronic pain, and HIV. Interested in the processes involved in learning mindful body awareness, Cynthia studies qualitative aspects and underlying mechanisms of the MABT approach. She is an author of two scales to measure interoceptive awareness: the Scale of Body Connection (SBC) and the Multidimensional Assessment of Interoceptive Awareness (MAIA). Committed to increasing health care access to underserved populations, Cynthia works with local and international programs to provide and improve complementary and integrative health care through her research, teaching, and service. Cynthia’s work is essentially getting at the heart of what I’m most excited about in approaches towards the body. Cynthia and I talk about what MABT’s components are and how it helps people with a diverse range of challenges in clinical settings, how and why she came to do this work, and, more broadly, why we disembody, how individual that is, and what we gain when we cultivate a relationship with our bodies.



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Ep 59: The Architecture of Living Tissue with Jean-Claude Guimberteau


Tue, Jul 19, 2016


Today I’m talking with Dr. Jean-Claude Guimberteau. Dr Guimberteau practiced for many years as a hand surgeon specializing in microsurgical replantation and transplantation. He is the co-founder and former scientific director of The Aquitany Hand Institute, and was the director of research at the French Society of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. Many of you know him best for his groundbreaking work exploring and defining the movement of tissues beneath the skin using an intraoperative endoscopic camera to record living tissues, and to develop concepts related to the new paradigm of biological structure in human beings. You can view some of those videos on YouTube, and the DVD and illustrated book, The Architecture of Human Living Fascia, explores the subject very deeply. In our conversation today we talk about how he transitioned out of performing surgery and into this discovery of form. We talk about the multimicrovacuolar collagenous absorbing system, or MVCAS for short, and what it has to do with form, how we are volumes, that the traditional anatomical view point of movment happening in 3 planes is incorrect, how each movement is unique, and that structurally we are an apparent, yet intelligent, chaos.



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Ep 58: Parkour with Julie Angel


Tue, Jul 05, 2016


Julie Angel received her doctorate researching Parkour, and she has a new book out, Breaking the Jump, which chronicles the birth of this movement. The book, and our conversation, wind up tackling the larger issues that have emerged out of Parkour- like how the origin and effects of this movement is about something so much bigger than athletics or physical training; Really how it was and is a way to evolve as a human. We also get into our cultural biases to, on the one hand, abuse ourselves with physical training, and on the other hand be so obsessively careful and terrified of movement or of leaning into the edges of one’s capabilities that we wind up without much middle ground. We also discuss Julie’s personal journey from a sedentary academic to someone who also does Parkour and how that has changed her and how she sees the world.



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Ep 57: Your Body Is Your Soul with Jaap van der Wal


Tue, Jun 14, 2016


Jaap van der Wal is a phenomenological embryologist who is looking for the soul via the embryo and teaches about this all over the world through his Embryo in Motion project. In our conversation today we talked about the dualistic time we are living in and how we make the brain and/or the genes the most important “parts” of the body- how we conceptually consider the body a machine that comes in parts, and the way we separate the soul from the body. Jaap discusses how the embryo challenges the notion that we are our brains, that genes do not cause what happens in a body, that motion is primary and form is secondary- or that we are always a present tense alive process that is performing, and hence creating, the body , what fascia has to do with all of this, and that the body does not have a soul, it IS a soul.



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Ep 56: Embodied Cognition and Its Effect on Health with Cathy Kerr


Tue, May 31, 2016


Cathy Kerr is the director of the Mind In Body Lab at Brown University. Her research focuses on whether brain rhythms underlying body awareness and movement are actively modulated by mindfulness and movement practices such as Tai Chi and Qigong. Her hope is that understanding how these therapies work will have a positive impact on conditions like aging and chronic pain or functional disorders where these approaches have shown the clearest therapeutic benefit.

She joined me today to talk about the focus of her research broadly, but also to discuss a specific research study that is in progress which is looking at the effects of qigong on distressed female cancer survivors, and tells us a great deal about qigong’s effect on inflammation.



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Ep 55: A New Paradigm of Anatomy with John Sharkey


Tue, May 17, 2016


In this episode I am talking with John Sharkey who is a Clinical Anatomist, Exercise Physiologist, and European Neuromuscular Therapist. He has developed the worlds only Masters Degree in Neuromuscular Therapy which is Accredited by the University of Chester, he is on the editorial board for the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, the International Journal of Osteopathy, and the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.. He is also a member of the Olympic Councils medical Team and a founding member of the B.I.G, otherwise known as the Biotensegrity Interest Group). He has also authored several books including the 3rd edition of The Concise Book of Muscles which we talk about in the interview.

John and I are talking here in great depth about the old paradigm of anatomy and biomechanics and what the new paradigm holds. This is critical stuff here. We are on the brink of a new understanding of the living human body and it’s time to look at the old models, look at where they come from, and to look at why they are outdated. So if you’re interested in living tissue vs. cadavers, biotensegrity vs. biomechanics, continuity of form vs. origin insertion, and how individual human anatomy is and what that changes about our often dogmatic approaches to the body this episode is for you.



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Ep 54: The End of the Structural Model with Eyal Lederman


Tue, May 03, 2016


Dr. Eyal Lederman joins me to talk in particular about his paper titled “A process approach in manual and physical therapies: beyond the structural model" and his controversial view that the structural model is outdated and needs to be replaced. We discuss what he sees it replaced with and how patients are treated at his clinic, and what the benefits are to people when we expand beyond structural explanations for things.



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Ep 53: Interoception in Practice with Bo Forbes


Tue, Apr 19, 2016


Bo Forbes is a clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, and Integrative Yoga Therapist. We’re following up on the last two episodes which are pretty interoception based- first with Will Johnson and then with Norm Farb. A central guiding theme of Bo’s work is with interoception, and she has put together the Interoception Tribal Council which is bringing together researchers, primarily neuroscientists, who are looking at interoception and its effect on the whole person’s health both physically and mentally. In this conversation we talk about some of the amazing research that is coming out these days, but we also talk about her own experience putting her interoceptive abilities to the test when she underwent hip surgery this year- which was her 4th hip surgery in 8 years. It’s a really beautiful story of living one’s practice.



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Ep 52: Interoception, Contemplative Practice and Health with Norm Farb


Tue, Mar 29, 2016


Neuroscientist Norm Farb's research focuses on the intersection between present moment awareness and well-being. Today we are discussing one of his papers, Interoception, Contemplative Practice, and Health. What are the benefits and risks of honing one's ability to feel what's going on in their body? And what do we appraise that input to mean based on our perceptions of the world?



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Ep 51: Discovering The Line with Will Johnson


Tue, Mar 15, 2016


Wil Johnson is the founder of the Institute for Embodiment Training. In today’s conversation we dove into what Dr. Rolf’s original concept of “The Line” was, and discuss its implications for both finding delicious support in our bodies and also for its ability to evoke our evolutionary potential.



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Ep 50: Stop Mindless Stretching with Steve Gangemi


Tue, Mar 01, 2016


Dr. Steve Gangemi, aka The Sock Doc, has ruffled more than a few feathers with his proclamations that stretching is for Bozos... these days he's tempered his statement to "stop mindless stretching". He joins me in this conversation to talk about what stretching even is, what flexibility is really a reflection of (hint: it's not your stretching regimen), why we might feel the need to stretch, and more.



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Ep 49: Inflammation and Connective Tissue with Helene Langevin


Tue, Feb 09, 2016


Dr. Helene Langevin of Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital, University of Vermont College of Medicine, and The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine talks about her research on acupuncture, stretching, connective tissue, cancer, inflammation resolution, and the bridges between all of those subjects.



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ep 48: Biotensegrity and Fascia Research Congress


Tue, Oct 06, 2015


I give my take on the 7th Biotensegrity Interest Group, the 1st Biotensegrity Summit, and the 4th Fascia Research Congress all of which recently took place in Reston, Virginia.



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ep 47: Born to Walk with James Earls


Tue, Sep 08, 2015


James Earls, author of Born to Walk, takes a very whole system approach to understanding walking.

We talk about how the whole body walks, different schools of thought that have looked at walking in “parts” instead, how we are seduced into seeing anatomy with the same eye that we look at the manmade world around us, his homage to Robert Hooke who was a contemporary of Newton’s,understanding ground reaction force, the essentialness of efficiency in our evolution, the debate about whether or not walking is controlled falling, fascial wrappings as hydraulic amplifiers and oh so much more. 



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ep 46: The Spark in the Machine with Dan Keown


Tue, Aug 18, 2015


Dr. Dan Keown, who is both a Western medical doctor and a Chinese medicine doctor joins me for a conversation about his book The Spark in the Machine.

We talk about many of the crucial things that Western medicine ignores- things like fascia, extracellular fluid, how an embryo knows how to organize around a seeming blueprint, and how your spirit affects your health. We talk about how fascia explains chi, how and why jing and shen are better predictors of lifespan and health than a person’s genetics, what cancer has to do with fascia and chi, how we are all built like crystals and what that has to do with piezoelectricity, and so much more. 



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Ep 45: How We Form and Move with Joanne Avison


Tue, Aug 04, 2015


Joanne Avison, author of Yoga, Fascia, Anatomy, and Movement, talks with me about fascia and why it has been overlooked historically (which includes a fascinating tour through the history of anatomy and its relationship to the Catholic church), how we form embryologically and what implications that has for biomechanics vs. biotensegrity (or biomechanics vs. biomotion), what that changes when we think about movement and the language we use about movement and the body, 



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ep 44: Stand Up Kids with Juliet Starrett


Tue, Jul 21, 2015


Juliet Starrett talks about the non-profit she and her husband Kelly have founded, Stand Up Kids, which aims to spread movement rich classrooms throughout the nation. They've started with their children's public school in California, which this August aims to be the first chair-free school in the United States.

How can standing desks create a movement-rich classroom environment instead of just replacing old furniture with new furniture? Hear the key details that make that possible.

How is a movement rich classroom environment and equality issue for boys and/or children with ADHD?

How can you make this happen in your community? 



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ep 43: Making Classrooms Movement Friendly


Tue, Jul 07, 2015


I talk with Richard Brennan, originator of the School Chairs Campaign to make backward sloping chairs illegal, and Patricia Pyrka of Beyond Training about her week-long furniture-free experiment in her son's school.

What is (approximately) 15,000 hours spent sitting still in chairs throughout their educational years costing our children in terms of their physical and emotional health? 



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ep: 42 Physical Disempowerment of Infants and Children with Kathleen Porter


Tue, Jun 23, 2015


How have our "advances" physical disempowered infants and children?

What long terms costs does that have?

How might the epidemics related to poorly functioning nervous systems be linked to or influenced by this?

How do we send the message that what is "out there" is more important than what is "in here"?

What are some of the movement-related predictors and therapies for autism spectrum disorders? 



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ep 41: The Long Body with Frank Forencich


Tue, Jun 09, 2015


Frank Forencich and I talk about "the long body". A Native American term about how we are massively connected with the biological and social world around us.

Where does the human body begin and end?

Why is our perception of ourselves as isolated units dangerous?

Why do we have nervous systems?

Are we currently living in an alien environment?

What are some of the features of our culture that make is a "short culture"?

How is technology changing our nervous systems and our relationships?

How has stress changed since paleo times?



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Ep 40: Navigating Pain with Neil Pearson


Tue, May 26, 2015


What is pain? Neil Pearson helps to clarify the assumption that all pain is directly correlated to tissue damage, why your brain is messing with you by creating pain in the first place (if it’s not always telling the truth about what’s going on on the inside), and how you are likely to convince your brain that you need more oomph in order for it to be listened to.

Neil also discusses how pain isn’t just biological, biomechanical, or biomedical- and how better understanding how our lives and bodies are integrated can help us to address it more effectively than reducing this way and trying to put it into one “box” or another.

We also touch on the controversy about whether you can measure someone's pain with a brain scan, and get into how yoga, movement, and fitness teachers can educate themselves in order to help their clients better.   



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Ep 39: Natural Born Heroes with Christopher McDougall


Tue, May 12, 2015


Christopher McDougall is talking about his latest book, Natural Born Heroes. We talk about this remarkable story of a band of resistance fighters on Crete during World War II, how they contributed to toppling the Nazi occupation there, and the amazing local Cretans who taught them about their tradition of the hero.

Christopher doesn't stop at these remarkable people however, he asks what makes a hero and how can we all be heroes?

We talk fascia, Parkour, natural movement/MovNat, low heart rate training, burning fat for fuel, and how we can all rise to the occasion by studying the way of the hero. 



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Ep 38: The Bliss of Your Biology with Ged Sumner


Tue, May 05, 2015


Today's conversation is with Ged Sumner about his book Body Intelligence Meditation.

- Is traditional meditation treating the body like a machine to be broken?

- Is it therefore anti-body and therefore leading to dissociative instead of enlightened states?

- Can deep shifts in our physiology happen simply by engaging in somatic meditation and inviting our deep intelligence to arise? And why does that sound so totally ludicrous to people?

- How the greatest miracle is that we seem solid at all.

- Have become too obsessed with pathology and not engaged enough with what feels good?

- Are we bliss-phobic as a culture and how do we get some of that yummy, juicy, waiting for us bliss back?



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Ep 37: Embodied Mindfulness with Jamie McHugh


Tue, Apr 21, 2015


Where are we teaching critical sensing skills (instead of just critical thinking skills)?

What is true physical education?

Are classical meditation forms incompatible with modern life and the modern mind?

How do we use the expressive capacity of our bodies to connect as communities of humans? 



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Episode 36: Barbara Loomis: Uterine Wisdom


Tue, Feb 10, 2015


Barbara Loomis talks about the surprising symptoms that can spring from uterine malpositioning- urinary incontinence, constipation, fertility issues, and even knee pain with ovulation. We also talk about the normal movement of the uterus, what we can do to keep it in as happy a position as possible, and some of the cultural things that contribute to a malpositioned uterus. Additionally we talk about the risks of hysterectomies, and the controversies that spring up around whether or not women should lift- if that affects uterine issues or contributes to problems in pregnancy. .



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Episode 35: Dr. Stephen Levin: Biotensegrity


Tue, Feb 03, 2015


 

I am talking with Dr. Stephen Levin about what biotensegrity is, the many ways that we are not like skyscrapers, how the difference between the bicycle wheel and the wagon wheel can illustrate the concept of how we are “pre-stressed”, what viscoelasticity is, the shoulder as a sesamoid bone, some examples of the many tensegrity structures we can find in nature if we know what we’re looking for, what the ichosahedron has going for it and why we should care, and more!



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Episode 34: Judith Aston: Our Relationship to our Bodies and Their Relationship to the World


Tue, Jan 27, 2015


 

I talk to somatic pioneer Judith Aston about the Aston Kinetics paradigm and how it integrates seamlessly with other paradigms like yoga, Pilates, and personal training, how seeing the body is taught in those disciplines and what seeing the body even means, our bodies not just as self-contained units but also about their interactions with the physical world, thoughts on the impact of product design on our bodies, what the early days of co-creating with Dr. Rolf and other pioneers was like, and the meaning behind her quote, “sometimes we just need help interpreting ourselves.”



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Episode 33: Eyal Lederman: The Myth of Core Stability


Tue, Jan 20, 2015


 

Dr. Eyal Lederman talks about his paper, The Myth of Core Stability. We get into the assumptions that were pulled out of the research which have lead to the core stability model, how dividing muscles into “core” and “global” groups is a reductionist fantasy, why the focus on the transversus abdominus is faulty, and the problems training for core stability can create.



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Episode 32: Steve Gangemi: Raising the Bar for What “Healthy” Means


Tue, Jan 13, 2015


 

Dr. Steve Gangemi, aka The Sock Doc, is a chiropractic physician and MovNat certified trainer who is merging functional neurology and nutritional biochemistry into mainstream natural healthcare. We talk about foot health as a gauge of a person’s overall health, the recent Vibrams 5 Fingers lawsuit, orthotics, the dangers of stretching, why you want to move your ass often but not quickly, long term effects of doing only high intensity workouts, and much more.



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Episode 31: Gil Hedley: Exploring Inner Space


Tue, Jan 06, 2015


Gil Hedley is an ethicist and anatomist who runs unique human dissection labsthat are much more about discovering the reality of our connectedness than about finding the separations between things. We talk about how our model of the body determines our relationship with it, the superficial fascia and what’s up with everyone ignoring it?, different tissue layers as different antennea of the body, insights into the famous “fuzz speech” and more.



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Episode 30: Carolyn McMakin: The Resonance of Repair


Tue, Dec 23, 2014


 

Dr. Carolyn McMakin talks about Frequency Specific Microcurrent, our bodies as electromagnetic systems, the history of electromagnetic medicine, and the dramatic results of Frequency Specific Microcurrent on a diverse range of things from inflammation to shingles. As an expert in Fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndromes she also talks about the range of causes of fibromyalgia, and how we must understand what prompted an individual to develop fibromyalgia in the first place if we ever hope to resolve it.



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Episode 29: Amanda Joyce: Parkinson’s Disease and Movement as Powerful Medicine


Tue, Dec 16, 2014


 

Amanda Joyce talks about her work as a Parkinson’s Disease Movement Disorder Specialist. We get into how powerful movement can be, even in progressive disease processes, and Amanda also talks about her own journey with scleroderma.



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Episode 28: Mary Bond: Posture is an Exploration


Tue, Dec 09, 2014


Mary Bond, author of The New Rules of Posture, talks about how and why the word “posture” is problematic, how poor posture becomes chronic, what muscular armoring is and how it interferes with our functioning, the distinction between support and stabilization, the relationship between facial and spinal tension, and what it means to be a tongue gripper and how that affects people.



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Episode 27: Michol Dalcourt: What Training the Whole Body Really Means


Tue, Dec 02, 2014


Michol Dalcourt is the director of the Institute of Motion. He and I talk about what “farm kid fit” means and why it matters,  how are we are upright if our bones don’t touch?, how fascia moves the body- not just muscles- our body as a fluid organism and why we need to pay attention to its fluid dynamics, tensegrity! (one of my favorite subjects...), what he means when he says the body is a lever-less system and other concepts in the “new” biomechanics, why we need to zoom out and not just focus on the nervous system’s effect on muscles, and how the fitness industry’s go to approach of training for speed via more strength is actually slowing people down.



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Episode 26: Self-Care, Movement Scavenger Hunt, Holiday Giveaway Spectacular!


Tue, Nov 25, 2014


This being the week of Thanksgiving in the US, I am talking about Liberated Body’s self-care, movement scavenger hunt, holiday giveaway spectacular which kicks off on the facebook group (www.facebook.com/liberatedbody) on Friday the 28th. For 9 days I am giving away my favorite self-care gifts for 2014. Each day we will have a different movement to “find” as many times as possible throughout our day, and whoever uploads the best photo or video will win the self-care goodies of the day! In this episode I explain how it works and what will be given away.



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Episode 25: Todd Hargrove: Pain Science and How to be a Happy Mover


Tue, Nov 18, 2014


Todd Hargrove is talking about what happy movers have in common, how learning better movement is more like sculpture than painting, the feather-ruffling information that posture does not predict pain levels- and how posture still matters and why. We also dig into motor control, cortical maps, the neuromatrix model, and all kinds of wild things about how perceptual tricks affect our brain and our perception of our body which gets us asking, “What is pain really?”. Of course we also discuss what our nervous system wants from us in order to keep it from creating pain and dysfunction in the first place so that we can all be happier in our bodies.



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Episode 24: Jill Miller: The Roll Model


Tue, Nov 11, 2014


 

I talk with Jill Miller, co-founder of Tune Up Fitness Worldwide and creator of the corrective exercise formats Yoga Tune Up and The Roll Model Method about her recent book by the same name (The Roll Model), the current pain epidemic in our culture, why self-care is health care, the difference between good pain and bad pain, and what it takes to remodel your “fascia suit”. We also talk about many of the profound and touching stories of people who recovered themselves through this method, including Jill’s own journey.



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Episode 23: Gary Ward: What the Foot?


Tue, Nov 04, 2014


I’m talking with Gary Ward who is the founder of Anatomy in Motion, and the author of the book What the Foot?. He talks about how Anatomy in Motion is based on understanding how the body moves- or what the body does and when it does it, why change can happen in minutes instead of months, why Gary is not a fan of stretching, redefining “neutral” as “center”, how we need to learn how to have better posture in a subconscious way, what nobody-ever-moved-me-itis is, and of course, plenty about the feet as the gateway to appropriate movement everywhere else.



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Episode 22: Anne Tierney: Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching


Tue, Oct 28, 2014


 

Anne Tierney and I talk about Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching,what the advantages are of this kind of eccentric training, why alleviating global imbalances is the name of the game, how all of this can lead to a pain-free life, the dangers of overstretching, and why the results of this kind of work are more lasting.



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Episode 21: Sayonara Short Hamstrings


Tue, Oct 21, 2014


This episode includes outtakes from interviews I did with Jules Mitchell, Dr. Dawn McCrory, Jillian Nichols, and Rachel Bernsen for the Liberated Body Guide to Short Hamstrings. We get into the what and the why behind persistently unyielding hamstrings including why they feel like an emergency brake, how your nervous system is the limiter, why strength training is more effective than static stretching, what posture and alignment have to do with it, what some of the important things are to rule out, and how more global patterns- including but not limited to butt gripping and knee locking- create a heavier workload for your poor, put upon hamstrings.



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Episode 20: Katy Bowman: Move Your DNA


Tue, Oct 14, 2014


Katy Bowman, biomechanist and founder of Restorative Exercise talks with us about her most recent book. Move Your DNA. We get into what diseases of mechanotransduction are, the profound ways our environment shapes us, why exercise and movement are not synonymous, how cardio can be harmful in our sedentary times, and how we are animals who have put ourselves in our own cages. Plus much, much more.



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Episode 19: Constance Clare-Newman: Alexander Technique


Tue, Oct 07, 2014


Constance Clare-Newman and I talk Alexander Technique, the difference between un-doing vs. doing (or relaxing into expansive support vs. propping oneself up), tensegrity concepts, the support relationships within our body, and (hey, why not!) what makes for good sex vs. “meh” sex.



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Episode 18: Jonathan Fitzgordon: Psoas Release Party!


Tue, Sep 30, 2014


 

Jonathan Fitzgordon, creator of the CoreWalking Method, talks about the uniqueness of the psoas muscle, how its connected to trauma and uprightness, and how and why to release it. He also gets into gait patterns, what the most common dysfunctional gait patterns are these days, and how changing your walk can actually resolve your pain and discomfort issues (and more). Last but not least we also get into one of my favorite topics- why we all need to stick our butts out more and what that means.



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Episode 17: Bo Forbes: Mindfulness Expressed in the Body


Tue, Sep 23, 2014


Bo Forbes, clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, and integrative yoga therapist talks about what Integrative Yoga Therapy is, interoception, relaxing rather than corralling into expansion, why vinyasa and restorative yoga fit together on a continuum, and how using momentum when we get uncomfortable can get us onto some pretty slippery slopes.



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Episode 16: Darryl Edwards: Primal Play


Tue, Sep 16, 2014


 

Darryl Edwards, founder of the Primal Play methodology and author of Paleo Fitness, talks about some of the research on inactivity, the subtle yet proliferating messages in our environment that warn us that movement might be dangerous, how his acronym PRIMALity spells out a thoughtful take on what our movement programs should address, and what a play-based lifestyle looks like.



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Episode 15: Steve Haines: Body Maps and Interoception


Tue, Sep 09, 2014


Steve Haines talks about Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy, body maps and how they become strange or distorted, interoception and why there is more pain in areas that we have less interoception about- or are more poorly mapped, and the huge role the vagal nerve plays in our bodies and our sense of well-being.



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Episode 14: Judith Hanson Lasater: The Power of Restoration


Tue, Sep 02, 2014


 

Judith Hanson Lasater talks about being one of BKS Iyengar’s first students and, especially in light of his recent passing, some of his teachings that have stayed with her the most through the years. We also discuss why she has become one of Restorative Yoga’s biggest proponents, what her take is on the explosion of yoga today and how it differs from the yoga she first studied, the how and the why of anger, anxiety, and depression being our most pervasive cultural issues, and, last but not least, why we all need to stop tucking our tailbones!



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Episode 13: David Weinstock: Neurokinetic Therapy and Motor Control Theory


Tue, Aug 26, 2014


 

David Weinstock, founder of Neurokinetic Therapy, talks about motor control theory, how we create healthy and dysfunctional patterns, what our scars can tell us about ourselves, how eye movements facilitate muscle movements throughout the body, and TMJD including the hips/pelvis/jaw connection.



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Episode 12: Valerie Berg: Structural Aging At Any Age


Tue, Aug 19, 2014


Picture the standard old-person shuffle that we have come to assume is the norm. Why do we assume this is what happens to a body over time? What are the beginnings of these patterns and how can we catch them in their early stages? And, of course, how can we avoid them? Valerie Berg talks about the precursor signs, symptoms, and outcomes of structural aging, and how it can begin to happen at any age (and more and more is happening at young ages). We get into how a gradually increasing fear of movement contributes to this, what the most common symptoms are to show up first as the structure begins to age, how visual perception affects everything, and how we can get more multi-planar movement into our daily lives.



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Episode 11: Tom Myers: Mapping the Anatomy of Connection


Tue, Aug 12, 2014


 

Tom Myers, founder of Anatomy Trains and Kinesis Myofascial Integration, talks about the history of Anatomy Trains and how he came to chart connections through the fascial fabric, where Newtonian biomechanics fall short, fascia as the 3rd big autoregulatory system,  what Kinesthetic IQ is and why it matters, common misconceptions about fascia, and more. Phew! Lots of good stuff!



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Episode 10: Matthew Lacoste: Journeying Through the History of Massage


Tue, Aug 05, 2014


www.liberatedbody.com/matthew-lacoste-lbp-010 Matthew Lacoste of www.thetouchtrail.com talks about the epic journey that he is kicking off next month. He’ll be traveling the world following the history of massage. On a bike. That converts into a massage chair. Using massage as his primary currency. Wow! He’s sure to get an up close view into how massage affects many different kinds of people’s lives, as well as charting how touch has influenced society throughout history.



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Episode 9: Jules Mitchell: The Science of Stretching


Tue, Jul 29, 2014


http://www.liberatedbody.com/jules-mitchell-lbp-009  I get a chance to talk with Jules Mitchell right after she turned in her Master’s thesis in the science of stretching. Jules’ work blends biomechanics with the tradition of yoga to help people move better, and while looking into the research on stretching she discovered some pretty eye-opening things! For example, the idea that we can persistently stretch a muscle and have it grow longer, it turns out, is not exactly true. We get into many other myths of stretching- and it seems there are plenty- what really works, what’s really risky, and what a better model of viewing the body might be when we put aside the “stretch tight bits to make them looser” paradigm.



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Episode 8: Nancy DeLucrezia: How Bodies Change


Tue, Jul 22, 2014


 

Nancy DeLucrezia, founder of Neuro-Structural Bodywork and of The Kali Institute, talks about the importance of connecting fascial release with neuro-muscular re-education, or how to address both the hardware and the software of our bodies. She also talks about breathwork and somato-emotional release, and her own process of becoming embodied and of healing.



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Episode 7: Britt Johnson: Thriving From a Chronic Patient’s Perspective


Tue, Jul 15, 2014


Britt Johnson of The Hurt Blogger  talks about life with autoimmune arthritis, how movement helped her to rehabilitate her body, her work to facilitate more patient-centered care as a bio-consultant and e-patient scholar, and her ambitious training to meet her mountaineering goal of one day climbing Denali.



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Episode 6: Matthew Remski: What Are We Actually Doing In Asana?


Tue, Jul 08, 2014


www.liberatedbody.com/matthew-remski-lbp-006 Matthew Remski discusses his WAWADIA (What Are We Actually Doing In Asana) Project. We get into if yoga was ever really intended as a physically therapeutic practice, what the Hatha yogis may have actually been after, injury rates in asana practice, the bias towards flexibility, and what a yoga practice can offer us.



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Episode 5: Erwan LeCorre: Evolutionary Fitness


Tue, Jul 01, 2014


 

www.liberatedbody.com/erwan-lecorre-lbp-005 Erwan LeCorre, founder of MovNat, explains what natural movement really means: it is the movements our ancestors have been doing throughout the history of our species, but which are now often voluntary and not required for daily life. He explains how we’ve become a lot like Chihuahuas, why only doing as much as you can do well trumps brutalizing yourself in your fitness regimen, and how natural movement heals.



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Episode 4: Eric Goodman: Resolving Back Pain


Tue, Jun 24, 2014


Eric Goodman talks about the major back surgery that was recommended to him at the young age of 25 when he was, to the outside eye, the picture of strength. He discusses how he rehabilitated his way out of pain and dysfunction by developing the Foundation Training. We get into how the notion of the “core” is outdated, why the spine should not be the prime mover of the body, how a functionally integrated posterior chain is crucial, and much more.



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Episode 03: Esther Gokhale: Primal Posture


Tue, Jun 17, 2014


 

Esther Gokhale dives deep into her anthropological view into human posture and how it affects the pain epidemic in this interview. We talk about the influence of the fashion industry, why sitting really isn’t the enemy, an S shape vs. a J shape spine, what we’re missing in a culture that doesn’t partake in head carrying, and much more.



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Episode 2: Wendy Powell: Let’s Stop Spot-Treating Postpartum Issues


Tue, Jun 10, 2014


http://www.liberatedbody.com/wendy-powell-lbp002 I interview Wendy Powell of MuTu System about why spot-treating postpartum issues like diastasis recti and pelvic floor dysfunction (or really any issue)  doesn’t work, her own less than perfect birth stories, why pushing ourselves into “getting our body back” is not only the least compassionate, but also potentially the least effective route, and the magic of plain old walking.



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Episode 1: Original Strength: Getting back to the beginning of movement


Tue, Jun 03, 2014


 

http://www.liberatedbody.com/original-strength-lbp001 I interview Tim Anderson and Geoff Neupert of Original Strength about why it’s a good idea for your body and your brain to return to some of the rocking, rolling, and crawling movements of infancy, why traditional ab exercises won’t get you a strong core, the downfall of the mobility-stability approach, and why no one should have to settle for aging as a miserable experience.



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