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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 choice. Kit has given you extensive advice about how to use the MTS program; follow his advice, or don't – this is also your choice. Finally, consider this: Kit is 67 years old and moves and functions better than many many people in their 20s, and he started with very poor flexibility coupled with crippling lower back pain – he is the testament to the advice he has given you. It's your choice now: you can get started, or like the child* in the supermarket, you can choose* to put your energy into just making lots of noise. [* Big difference, of course; you are an adult.] Cheers Olivia
  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 position. Just a thought. Cheers Olivia
  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 speed of the movements involved there is very likely a momentary pelvic movement, but I don't think this is sufficient for the feeling of the pelvic movement to be experienced. Even with maximum reaching effort to hold your end reach, if the pelvis didn't move then mostly (all?) you're doing is working hard to hold your reach. Practising pelvic movements well out of a stretch position, so that movement is possible, is gold, and once available, the pelvic movement can be used in conjunction with all the excellent techniques canvassed above. Next topic! Kit has written extensively on the these forums and elsewhere about the differences in working with children's versus adults' bodies in the pursuit of increasing flexibility, all of which I agree with fully. A few years ago we spent a bunch of time working closely with a now well-known gymnastics coach who argued to us strongly that no-one needs to stretch because doing mobility training is all you need to become flexible. This has not been our experience in ST, hence the ensuing discussion about differences between children and adults (this coach worked with gymnasts from when they were young children; our experience in ST was working with adults). I spent 10 years, from age 5 1/2, training as a gymnast, and many years coaching. Broadly speaking, we did not do a lot of 'stretching'. What we did do was high-volume/low-intensity conditioning, at the end of every training session. An example session would include, 4 x 20 chin ups, plus 4 x 20 hanging leg raises, plus many other exercises with similar number of sets/repetitions. As a child, there were no physical ROM restrictions to completing these full-ROM movements, and at those numbers; fatigue was what stopped us. As well, there were no mental restrictions: what I mean here is that whilst we all whinged about the conditioning work because it's incredibly boring compared to the fun training on apparatus, we could all do it – we didn't think about how our shoulders or hamstrings were too tight or our hip flexors too weak, we just did the work and if there were any 'deficits' they usually sorted themselves out over time. Adults coming to work with their body have many ROM restrictions, typically, and many ideas about why they can't do X, and probably past injuries, too. These things combined, I believe, are one reason why just doing mobility work does not overcome ROM deficits in adults. A key feature of Stretch Therapy is to give the individual the direct experience of the part of their body that is stuck letting go, in particular using the Contract–Relax technique, but many others can be employed if necessary. Mobility training alone does not have this affect in adults, in my experience, or at the very least not efficiently: that is it takes a long time, like gymnasts spend when they start as a young child. Mobility can, however, help incorporate new movement as unlocked into the adult body so that it becomes embodied.
  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 can be – excuse the wording, but it works – ground out by doing this, whereas stretching the hamstrings directly does not seem to help with overcoming adhesions from an injury. [Kit will likely jump in here at some point and talk about the process he went through to overcome his own hamstring injury.] As well, incorporate single-leg balancing exercises of a great variety: often, a lack of activation of some of the pelvic stabilisers is involved, I've found, plus single-leg work is brilliant generally! Cheers Olivia
  9. oliviaa

    Nathan's Nook

    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 is in play, it must be released: you can't do this to yourself – too intense, you won't be able to 'get in deep enough' on yourself. See Kit's YT clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLewsx9rL_8 Pretty sure we did this in the workshop in New York in Oct 2014, too ... Cheers Olivia
  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, what you have done is explain why you can't do this, and why other practitioners you are seeing – who I presume you are paying for their time and expertise – suggest you shouldn't do the exercises either. Everything you have written demonstrates a mental fixation with the ideas in your mind, which, unfortunately for you, are all stopping you from helping yourself. You wrote: Kit, myself, and everyone on this forum writing about their experiences have spent time doing the exercises – this is how we learned what our body is telling us, through sensations, not thoughts. This process takes time – a length of time unique to each individual. In the case of someone in pain, the body (and mind) have a strong vested interest in not feeling the parts that have previously caused them pain: this is probably the reason you don't feel an exercise where you think you are 'supposed to'. Forget about these ideas: simply do the exercises and feel what you do feel, and, ask yourself does this feeling change and/or move as you breathe in the position? You also wrote: You've done this Ilia, and written about it at length. Now, act on the advice, or don't, but please don't keep writing back here about why you think you can't attempt the recommended exercises. Cheers Olivia
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