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  1. @jaja. are you okay? We can phone you if you'd like to talk? Please send us your number. Cheers, Olivia
  2. Jak, I'm not offended by anything you wrote. And, you are welcome for the advice; no thanks is required. My reflection back to you is that rather than follow the advice, you continue to write back about why you can't, and more, how you've moved on to another system. Good luck with that; I hope it works for you. My observation about the child was about behaviour, which you, as an adult, can choose to change in yourself if you want to. I did in myself, a long time ago, and I have excellent flexibility, something you claim you want in your own body – I wish you well in that endeavour. Olivia
  3. Hi Jak I was in the supermarket yesterday and there was a little dude, probably four years old, having an epic tantrum – LOUD – because his mother wouldn't let him have a lolly he wanted. His mum and three siblings were trying to console him, but he was committed! Reading your posts in this thread brought that dude to my mind. You are committed to the *idea* that you want a pre-set structure. Above, I gave you the suggestion to start with the ABSS programs; your response ("How 'beginner' are we talking?") is, well, silly. You are a beginner, Jak, so begin, or don't – it's your choic
  4. Hi Jak. Another option is to use the Absolute Beginner's Stretching Series. These are all follow-along sessions. No thinking required (!), rather the focus is on pressing play and doing the exercises with the presenter. The series covers the whole body. There are 21 programs across the three Parts that comprise the series, and they are each between 15 and 25 minutes. You could do them all in three weeks, one per day. The 'program' you are looking for on is built in, with the focus on trying out exercises for the whole body, as compared to the Mastery programs which focus on a particular end po
  5. Hi to all. The two Monkey Gym Bodyline videos are now available free on Vimeo: links below. BodyLine circuit – 39 minutes: https://vimeo.com/399369743 BodyLine circuit – 39 minutes: https://vimeo.com/399374687 Cheers Liv
  6. Hi @mytype1collagenis2tight! It was lovely to meet you in Vancouver, and thank you for your comments about the workshop. See you next time ... perhaps in Portland ... Cheers Olivia
  7. A comment about the pancake/pike, and then some observations about working with children as compared to adults, most particularly in a gymnastics setting. I've long argued that being able to move the pelvis – particularly in anterior tilt, but not only in this direction – is the key to being able to do the pancake. I do think that all of the techniques canvassed above will help 'get you further down', but, what I observe when I see people doing them is that the pelvis does not move anteriorly. Yes, with each effort they can reach further or compress more. And, yes, with the force and/or s
  8. Hi saltosalto I second everything that Nathan and Craig have written. Further to Craig's recommendation to explore the piriformis exercises, work on the bolster piriformis (see YT clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wT4948tW2hw) and add pelvic movements. You'll need to be in a very gentle position in terms of overall stretch being experienced, otherwise no movement will be possible. Try circles in both directions, side-to-side shifts of the waist, pelvic tilting; any movements you can think of really! Myself, and a number of our teachers, have found that niggling hamstring problems ca
  9. Just saw the pic of Kenji with the ST top – awesome!
  10. Hi Chris Straight-kneed legs apart positions expose gracilis, the only adductor that crosses (inserts below) the knee joint. In everyone, gracilis and the inner hamstring need to lengthen at different rates to allow the straight-kneed legs apart movement. If there is any adhesion which inhibits this, a very uncomfortable pain can be experienced in this line. For many people it's felt right across the inside line of the knee, and for other people, somewhere mid-inner thigh. It doesn't feel 'muscular'; more like a "piano wire about to snap" – that's a common descriptor. If fascial adhesion
  11. @jaja for the partner HF stretch, if your partner slips down check that the fabrics you are both wearing aren't the culprit. Also, you could try the partner assist with knee behind your glute plus holding your front leg's hip. See image on FB at https://www.facebook.com/StretchTherapyKitLaughlin/photos/a.1480158905399929.1073741886.314219068660591/1480164218732731/?type=3&theater Sometimes when the stretchee is not able to go very deep into the lunge it's really hard for the stretch to sit on them and not slide.
  12. Re. North America, I will have an announcement in early 2018 about workshops in Canada (Vancouver, specifically). I got some good news from the Canadian Consulate in Sydney just last week about work visa requirements! Cheers Olivia
  13. Thanks Swiss Danny We have received some entries, and will leave it another 36 hours given the time difference between Aus and where many of our crew are located. Cheers and thanks Olivia
  14. Kit wrote above: WP sites take care of this aspect for you. To an extent, you still need to check your site in a variety of screen sizes. I do this for a laptop, iPad, and iPhone, for our website and our email newsletters.
  15. Ilia, Olivia here. I was copied in on the innumerable emails between you and Kit that pre-dated this forum thread. Kit has given you hours, and hours, and hours of his time to try to assist you. Let's be completely clear: you are the one with the back pain – it is your problem, not Kit's or anyone else who has taken the time to write to you in this thread. Kit's advice has been solely about trying to move you to the point where you will attempt the exercises he recommends and which have helped tens of thousands of individuals to overcome their back pain, including himself. In response, wh
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