Written by: Bonnie Feldman, DDS, MBA, Ellen M. Martin, Kelsey O’Donoghue Imagine attending a workout class in which you warm up with stretching…seems pretty normal, right? Now imagine continuing to stretch for the whole class. Studios selling this concept are popping up around the nation - classes composed entirely of stretching are becoming more and… Continue reading Stretching: More than just a warm-up?
Written by: Bonnie Feldman, DDS, MBA, Ellen M. Martin, Kelsey O’Donoghue Many of us reminisce about our childhoods: The good ‘ol days when “everything was simple” and our main concerns were what game to play during recess and what Mom was making for dinner. Most of us took the luxuries of childhood for granted -… Continue reading Breathing: Sometimes the Simplest Things Make the Greatest Impact
Does this photograph look familiar to you? Chances are high that it may - it features Michael Phelps in his natural habitat, an olympic pool, at the Rio Olympics last year. What may be less familiar are the circular bruises on his right shoulder. These peculiar markings are the result of an alternative medical practice called… Continue reading Understanding Your Fascia and Its Connection to Your Chronic Pain
1. Finding courage to look for a community at Medx 2014 & 2015 Spurred by experiencing my own vague symptoms and watching autoimmune disease pop up in my network of family and friends, I found my passion and dreamed of reimagining research, diagnosis, and care for all my loved ones suffering from mysterious illnesses. Chasing… Continue reading The 5 Ways I Found My Personal Power: From Stanford MedicineX 2014 to 2017
Written by: Bonnie Feldman, DDS, MBA, Ellen M. Martin, Kelsey O’Donoghue For over a decade I consistently saw a physical therapist to help cope with my chronic pain, but never felt fully satisfied with my results. I thought I was doing everything within my power to alleviate my symptoms, but it was still not enough… Continue reading Is Kundalini Yoga the Movement Therapy You’ve Been Looking For?
After 10 years of exercising daily at The Bar Method, I began to explore other movement therapies. It wasn’t that I had become bored with my routine - rather, I had gone from being “super fit” for my age, to struggling with a repetitive motion injury in my hip. While I was able to figure… Continue reading Adding Pilates & Gyrotonic to the Movement Therapy Mix
“The only thing permanent about our behavior patterns, is our belief that they are so.” - Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais I have been going to various types of physical therapy weekly for thirty years. This “fearless experimenter” found that despite continually seeking new ways to improve my day-to-day health, I was striking out with my chronic… Continue reading The Feldenkrais Method: Finding Your Personal Power to Reduce Chronic Pain
Over the past several generations, stress levels and chronic disease levels have continued to rise. According to the American Psychology Association, On average, younger adults are more likely than older generations to report that their stress has increased in the past year. 47% of all Americans say they are concerned with the amounts of stress in… Continue reading Tai Chi & Qi Gong as Movement Therapy
As a teenager, I vividly remember my mother pacing the floors when she was unable to sleep. In fact, there she was, up and about, when I returned home late from a date. I never thought much about this at the time, until I reached the point in my own life where staying asleep seemed… Continue reading DIY – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Sleep – Sleepio
After going through many phases of information overload in from the sheer number of therapies available, these therapies no longer overwhelm me. Instead, I now have the opportunity to venture beyond my ten year comfort zone at The Bar Method, try new movement therapies, and find the right fit. In an ideal world, I would… Continue reading DIY Movement Therapy: Finding the Right Cocktail