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  1. AshwinT


    Hello Phil, Good stuff. Some thoughts. Pike: Add the lunge hamstring stretch to your routine. It is fundamental to getting a pike. Bridge: Your photo shows a flat thoracic spine and less than 180 degrees shoulder flexion. You need to work on both. The thoracic spine has to bend and you need >180 degrees of shoulder flexion. The goal is to get your armpits in front of your hands. Here is a video to get you started. The "Master the Back Bend" program has more shoulder/thoracic stretches. Ashwin
  2. Hi Damian, 1. What strengthening exercises have you been doing? 2. Could you please post a picture of the position your arm was in when it dislocated? I am a rock climber myself and am very interested in the direction of pull your shoulder was undergoing when it dislocated. 3. Have you checked for imbalances of internal versus external rotation? Climbing should strengthen your external rotators more than normal people but if you're weak to start with then you might just put strains on the shoulder it cannot handle. 4. Rock climbing puts a tremendous stress on the shoulder joint in all directions and if you're not fully recovered and stabilised you're highly likely to reinjure it. Having a prior dislocation makes you very susceptible for e future dislocation (as you have observed). Best to lay off the intensity when climbing and not push the grade too hard. 5. I'm not a fan of surgery and try to avoid it if at all possible. However, if you do have a surgery it's not the end of the world. I dislocated my knee while ice climbing in 2014. Took me over 18 months to rehabilitate myself after the arthroscopic surgery to clean out the joint. Then I re-injured the knee on a hard boulder problem in Oct 2017. Luckily it was not a re-dislocation but just a medial strain. Since then my knee does not feel right. I am now on the slow path to rehabilitate it and restrengthen it. But, I will never push myself to the limit while climbing the same way again. The positive benefit of the injury is that I am now acutely aware of my body position while I climb and seek to climb as efficiently and effortlessly as possible (which should always have been the goal ). Please keep us posted. Cheers, Ashwin
  3. FB has an algorithm that assesses how high on your feed a particular post will be. You as a poster have a ranking. If you have made posts in the past that many people clicked on, then your future posts are more likely to be higher on peoples' feeds. The algorithm also assesses whether a particular user would like to see your post or not. Some way's to get scored higher by the algorithm are to tag people and to include video and images as well as text. The way to override the algorithm is to pay for a "promotion". Of course Facebook wants you to do this. They want as many people as possible to pay for promotions and advertisements. I have only used promotions on events and posts. That means that my event/post appears higher on people's feeds that I have targeted. I target on location and preference for health/fitness/yoga interests.
  4. Sorry Eskie, forgot the end of my post..... After you have a hinge mount, build a bed on the back of the wall bars :).
  5. Yes you have invented a new thing in your mind. Making it a reality is however very difficult. I had a set of double wall bars for 2 years in my last flat. They are heavy and need to be securely anchored into the wall with serious hardware in order to support the weight of a 75-100kg trainee. Folding beds are simply not built in a sturdy enough fashion to allow for the attachment of wall bars underneath. If you want a serious DIY project here are my tips 1. Make sure the wall is double brick width or real concrete. 2. Buy a quality set of wall bars. I did a lot of research and IMHO the best ones available in Europe are made by Artimex. http://www.artimexsportuk.co.uk/index.php 3. Get a strong set of hinges and create a wall mount for the bars (this is the difficult part that needs good design and planning) 4. Go nuts!!! Enjoy, Ashwin www.stretchtherapylondon.com
  6. It's called the valsalva manoeuvre in weightlifting circles. Here's a short video on breathing and bracing.
  7. Hi Chris, If you haven't done so already, please see a doctor about the hernia and let us know what they think. As for pike stretching, the ST approach is largely "bent legged" so you should not have a problem. The "Master the Pike" vimeo series is very good. In it you'll notice that the lunge hamstring and front split stretches are all demonstrated with a bent front leg. Elephant Walks, Advanced Piriformis, and Lunge Hamstring are three good exercises to focus on at the beginning. Cheers, Ashwin www.stretchtherapylondon.com
  8. Hello All, I've been following this thread or a while and realise that it's drifted into the technical aspects of the program. I reposted the original request to motivate my post which will step back and try to address the macro question posed above "How do we reach the millions of people who need our work but do not know about it?" 1. There was some discussion of Instagram (IG), Facebook (FB), and other social media. People build echo chambers around themselves in social media. That means that your social media circle only contains things you want it to contain and voices you want to hear. Adding new social media channels may get you a few new students but they are already part of the choir; they are already receptive to the message. They already know they need stretching. They are a minority in society. They are not the ones Kit is referring to above. 2. Let me rephrase Kit's question a bit differently: "How do we reach the millions of people who need our work but do not know they need it?" In other words "How do we expand the channels of distribution to the general population (those who do not have some exercise/movement/energetic practice)?" Here are a few ideas. a. Hospitals: Approach the management of a hospital and ask if you can start teaching there. Alternatively connect with the physiotherapy centre in a hospital. This will channel regular folks from their GPs to you. b. Chiropractic/Physio Clinics: same as a. c. Community Centres: Start teaching at the local community centre. Connect with people in your local town hall. d. Local activities clubs: Running, swimming, cycling, football. Offer to a do a sport-specific workshop for them. e. Schools: Start them young! Approach your local school or school district and advocate for more movement in the curriculum. Get all the teachers on board. f. Corporations: Wellness at work is a big thing now-a-days. All you have to do is sell your classes to the people in the HR/Corporate Wellness department. Note that all of the aforementioned ideas involve teaching in-person classes. Most of the general population simply do not have the energy and motivation to follow any kind of online learning/app. They need the regular guidance and encouragement of a teacher (80% of my regular students do not stretch at home even though I repeatedly encourage them to do so !!!). I think the Absolute Beginners Stretch Series (ABSS) will be a success at the expense of the Mastery Series (which is not a bad thing). I have a lot of students who bought the mastery series and cannot use it because it's too encyclopaedic. They need more direction. I think ABSS will get a few more irregular stretchers to stretch more often. BUT, I'm confident it will not reach the people who really need it most - those who just do not have the ability or motivation to follow a program. Those people have to be reached one at a time in class. As a side note: One of my entrepreneurial projects is a healthcare consultancy where I'm trying to solve the macro problem posed above: How can we nudge the general population to live healthier lives?.... it's hard :(. Still in the infancy phase but I'm doing a lot of research. Trying to save our National Health Service... Cheers, Ashwin www.stretchtherapylondon.com
  9. AshwinT

    L2A-B Wide Leg Limbers

    In your picture there's a chair in the room. If you do your elephant walk with your hands/elbows/head on the chair, it'll give you more support and help you relax more.
  10. Hello Vilgefortz, What loaded stretches are you doing exactly? In my opinion, since "tailor pose, pancake and pike are all >90 degree angle" you should not be doing any loaded stretching. I teach ST and I only introduce loaded stretching to advanced students in my gymnastics stretching class (where the prerequisite is being <<90 degrees in pike/pancake/tailor pose). Focus on the fundamentals. Stick to elephant walks, wide elephant walks, bent leg cossack squats, calves, piriformis, and hip flexor. Be patient and diligent and you'll eventually see progress. Daily limbering and twice a week more intense sessions are sufficient for now.
  11. Thanks @dannyg for involving me in the discussion. I read all the posts in this thread. Interesting indeed. I have some macro thoughts on the topic of finding your purpose. I’ll give you a brief bio so those of you who don’t know me have a better sense of my perspective on finding purpose and direction in your life. I have a BS and MS degree in mathematics, an an MS in financial engineering. I worked as a banker in New York and London for 17 years. At various times I did quant trading, quant work and trading. The last 10 years have been trading commodities. For most of my career (14 out of 17 years) I was unhappy with my choice of occupation. I had a deep sense that I was not having an impact, I was not making the world a better place, I was not learning and growing, I was not self-actualising. Over the years I expressed my angst to my friends many times. But talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words. Finally in 2014 I cracked….. I finally decided that I needed to act. I realised that I was a ship, rudderless and adrift in the sea. I had no direction; no purpose. But how to leave? What to do? What was I qualified to do? I had degrees from some of the best universities in the world, I had worked at top investment banks, and I still felt useless and unqualified to do anything but what I was doing. I felt like a failure even though my friends all thought I was a success. I started writing all my thoughts down. I gave myself permission to write whatever came to mind in an MS word document. Ideas ranged from outlines for a novel to outlines of a plan to achieve world peace. I organised my file and continued to add to it over the years. I started reading books about career change. I signed up for a career change course. I started trying new things. Around that time I started teaching ST. I formalised my participation in a US university alumni club, became the COO, and subsequently launched it as a private limited company. I started to reach out to friends to tell them that I was looking for meaningful work and to see if they could introduce me to interesting contacts. Finally in September 2016, after assisting Kit and Olivia on the ITS workshop, I woke up one morning and decided that I was going to quit by mid 2017. It had taken me over 2 years of personal work to overcome the fear and embrace the change. In Jan17 I spoke to my bosses about leaving and they agreed to phase me out by the end of April. April 28, 2017 was the end of my old life and the beginning of my new one :). What do I do now? Many things. Here are a few of my projects 1. ST Teacher: I run Stretch Therapy London and teach weekly classes in London. I’m an apprentice of K&O and assist teaching their workshops. I will be teaching my own workshops in 2018. I am writing articles about ST and recording videos. Very excited to be building my expertise and making a difference. I’m very interested in healthcare and how the government can nudge people to move more and lead healthier lives. I’m brainstorming with several people on the best way to do this. 2. COO of US Alumni Club - a company that works on development, training, and social engagement for alumni of US universities. 3. Mentor in a Charities Accelerator trying to bring better business practices to the small/medium charity sector in the UK. 4. I have a deep interest in conscious capitalism so am researching ways to have impact in this space. What is my final destination? I have no idea. There is no final destination; it is a journey with many stops on the way. I will never be stuck again. I will always be evolving, learning, and growing. ————— Now here are some thoughts and words of advice in no particular order. 1. Write more: Sitting around daydreaming is great but for the most part leads to nowhere. I’ve spent countless hours daydreaming but it’s the 0.01% of thoughts that I wrote down that were seeds that allowed me to evolve and grow. Buy a cheap notebook and scribble down random thoughts when they occur. Type them up and organise them on your computer. Look over this every day and see how it proves a fertile ground for more thoughts and actions. 2. Try new things: The key change in 2014 was that I started to DO. DOING is key. Talking and dreaming gets you nowhere. You have to take the first step and DO SOMETHING, ANYTHING. It doesn’t have to change the world, it doesn’t have to change your life, it doesn’t have to be the final answer. I find that too many people (myself included) hang around for years waiting for the final answer without doing anything. Action begets change begets more action and you start a virtuous cycle of evolution to a new you. 3. Be diligent. Do one little task every day: This follows up on the previous point. It may not be a grand, sexy task. It may just be paying a few bills or reading an article, or reorganising your notes. Doesn’t matter. Accomplishing a little task gives you a sense of satisfaction that feeds your overall mental state and puts you in a good frame of mind to do bigger tasks. 4. Surround yourself with supportive people: There will always be naysayers. Some will not support you because they project their fears onto you. Some will not support you because they’re jealous they don’t have the same amount of courage. Some will not support you because they dislike change or the unknown. Talk to people that care about you and demonstrate to them that you’re making an informed decision about the direction of your life. They will become your greatest cheerleaders. Let them question you and challenge you in a positive way. 5. Remove the Ego: Your friends or family may have expectations of you in terms of your status and career. You may have built up an ego based on your current career - i.e. I am an accountant or I am an academic, etc. You need to dissolve this. Let it go. Remove the labels. Become “tabula rasa” ; a clean slate. This is difficult and may take years to do. 6. Become comfortable with being uncomfortable. Become unafraid of being afraid: Finding your purpose is tough. Forging a new, unconventional path is tough. If you’re totally comfortable 100% of the time then you ‘re probably not pushing your limits enough. Being a little uncomfortable forces you to constantly evolve and leads to positive growth. 7. Change comes through EVOLUTION not REVOLUTION: Rome wasn’t built in a day. It’s good to think of macro timelines to focus your goals, but they should be more like months and years rather than weeks and months. 8. Have faith: Know that you cannot see the whole path. When you’re driving in the fog you can only see 20 meters in front of you but you trust that you’ll get there in the end. Have faith in yourself and in the journey you have embarked upon. Sorry this note is a bit rough; just thought I’d jot down a few thoughts for the forum. Of course, if anyone would like to discuss their particular situation feel free to email me or PM me on this channel. Would be happy to be a sounding board for you to bounce your ideas off. Ashwin
  12. AshwinT

    Active stretching

    Hello Mark, Most martial arts systems use the Horse Stance. It is a strength flexibility exercise. Other good strength flexibility exercises are Standing Hip Flexor Skandasana and Cossack Squat Front and Back Scales Ashwin
  13. I think the restlessness in your left side limbs may have to do with some nerve entrapment high up along your spine. Find a good chiropracter to check it out and give you an adjustment. I started to do some research and read up about your condition. This post describes it quite accurately. http://www.markpieciak.com/2013/09/snapping-triceps-syndrome/ Have you seen it and followed his advice? I think you should buy his e-book and see if it helps. Will read up more over the weekend and see if I can find more stuff. Very interesting topic. Ashwin
  14. AshwinT

    Grappling with Physical Cultivation

    I climb/boulder twice a week for several hours and have been doing so for years. I've only ever had one minor tendon injury. Most university students at the climbing wall however are always covered in finger tape. That's mainly driven by ego and the feeling of immortality all young people have. Awareness is the key. I've developed a very acute awareness of the sensations in my fingers. I know just how hard to push them and am very dialed in to how they feel. Now if I could only develop that kind of awareness in other parts of my body... What's the famous quote? "There are no bad exercises. Just exercises done badly"
  15. AshwinT

    Swiss Danny Workout Log

    Not you too Danny ! Been infected by the GUOTWA virus (Gratuitous use of the word auspicious)