Recently I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the inestimable Yasuko Kawamura of http://www.couplesmassageorangecounty.com. We had a great time! Subscribe to Yasuko’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJ195XiSW3c&t=196s Transcript below: “This week I am with Manny Aragon. He is an expert in Rolfing and Structural Integration. I wanted to learn more about Rolfing. That’s why I […]

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Download | Open In New Window In this episode I interview Chris Corrales, founder of MedicinEvolution and Gravity Meridians systems about his recent formation of the Gravity Meridians system of assessment models for bodywork and healing practitioners. Chris is a certified practitioner of Structural Integration, a classically trained Homeopath, and BJJ Practitioner. Join us while […]

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Download | Open In New Window In this episode I interview Isaac Osborne, Advanced Practitioner of Structural Integration, LMT, and creator and founder of imaging software Body Align Pro and inventor of the Sqr Shot device holder about his practice and his recent experience as an attendee and exhibitor at the 4th Fascial Research Congress in […]

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Download | Open In New Window   In this episode I interview Kevin Lucas, BCSI, LMT, about his many Structural Integration endevours- his school, teaching, his work with dogs, Healthy Paws Therapy, his work with athletes at Gonzaga University and elsewhere, and his innovative program for self care, Relief Through Rolling. A brief bio: Kevin […]

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#48 Does RockTape Really Work?

September 1, 2015

Download | Open in New Window Tons of athletes are using RockTape and KT tape these days- it looks great but what its all about? According to RockTape, there are three types of taping- for slightly different applications. Pain Taping- to reduce pain. A subset of this is drainage taping for swollen areas to facilitate […]

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Download | Open In New Window In this episode, I discuss and dissect the recent trending story about Esther Gokhale and her work with back pain- specifically comparing modern, first world, anatomy of the spine (she terms the “S- Shaped Spine) and the “J- Shaped Spine found in very old anatomy books in addition to […]

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Download | Open In New Window Drugs that gobble up vitamins- in this episode, I discuss common pharma drugs that people are taking and the nutritional deficiencies that they drive. I also talk a bit about how to address the deficiencies and natural alternatives to the pharma drugs. Download the pdf checklist HERE

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Download | Open In New Window In this episode, I discuss the following: Edema and spider veins what they mean and what to do about them. 1)Edema is a swelling (usually in the lower extremities) resulting from poor circulation caused by a variety of factors (sitting, poor diet, nutrient deficiency, injury, etc) It is a […]

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Download | Open In New Window In this episode I interview Rich Roll vegan ultra endurance athlete (bio below) about the benefits of a plant based diet, Rich’s tips for training and race fueling and recovery using whole, real foods, easy ways to incorporate more plant based food into one’s diet, and, the easy, inexpensive and stress-free […]

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Download | Open In New Window In this episode I explore and answer the age old questions that many seekers ponder- What most people don’t know about core strength and do incorrectly- this is related to the next topic… What is postural imbalance, why its important, and how to determine and resolve your postural imbalances […]

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#42 Can Coffee Enemas, Lymph Massage, RIFE, and Detoxing Make You Sicker?

April 2, 2015 Articles

Open New Window | Download In today’s episode, I discuss a recent case study of a person who put in enormous time, effort, and money into her healing process only to see it flounder after a few years. The foundation of healing processes is as follows: Eat the right foods for your body (foods, supplements, etc, […]

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#41 14 Super Critical Functions Of Your Most Important Organ

March 26, 2015 Articles

Open New Window | Download In this podcast, I discuss 14 super critical functions of arguably your most important organ (as if there is such a thing) and how to not only improve but supercharge your health, functionality and physical and mental performance. I speak about the single best way to improve the functionality of this […]

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How To Fix IT Band Syndrome With A Foam Roller Part 2 of 2

March 22, 2015 Articles

(0:00) In part two of this short series, I’m going to show you how to, (0:03) now, strengthen the opposing muscle – one method. (0:06) There are many methods for strengthening the opposing muscle group from the (0:10) iliotibial band. In this case, we’re going to look at the (0:14) ADDuctor – the adductor group […]

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How To Fix IT Band Syndrome With A Foam Roller Part 1 of 2

March 22, 2015 Articles

(0:00) I get a lot of questions about use of the foam roller (0:03) and helping to alleviate pain caused by (0:07) Iliotibial Band Syndrome and other uses, but (0:10) today we’re going to cover its use for (0:13) Iliotibial Band Syndrome. A lot of people use foam rollers (0:19) and get relief from them, […]

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How To Stop Ankle Pain With Rebalancing Exercise

March 21, 2015 Articles

(0:00) Here’s a really straightforward strengthening and (0:04) rebalancing exercise for people who are experiencing pain in the ankle, on the (0:09) outside of the ankle from running. This (0:14) will sometimes take care of the pain immediately. Usually, it’s more effective (0:18) in the long-term. They are two different ways to do it. (0:23) […]

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Endurance Guide Live Q & A Webinar Replay

March 19, 2015 Articles

In this webinar, I answer Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Endurance Athletes Guide To Holistic Healing And Recovery, along with questions that folks who couldn’t attend sent in ahead of time and live questions posted during the webinar. Additionally, I also offered a special gift to attendees at the end of the webinar. If you […]

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How To Stop Front Knee Pain With Calf Stretch

March 14, 2015 Articles

(0:00) This is a great easy and exercise to do (0:04) to help remove pain from your knee when you have pain in the front (0:07) side of your knee. This may also work for pain on the inside and the outside (0:12) of the knee, but more in the front region of the knee […]

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#40 Katy Bowman – Are You Living In A Human Zoo?

March 12, 2015 Articles

Open New Window | Download In this episode, I interview Katy Bowman, Biomechanist, about her latest book Move Your DNA. Katy and I talk about the effects of “living in a human zoo”, how to stop using exercise like vitamins, why sleeping surfaces matter, and how to determine an appropriate “movement diet” for your body. We […]

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Episode #39 Natural Healing Manifesto Part II (The 5 Pillars)

March 5, 2015 Articles

Open New Window | Download Part II of a two part series on the 5 essentials to holistic healing and how they work synergistically to produce a result greater than the sum of the parts. Download the guide for free here: Download The Guide

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Episode #38 An Interview With Jason Lewis – Human Powered World Adventurer

March 3, 2015 Articles

Open New Window | Download In this episode, I interview Jason Lewis, Author and the first person to circumnavigate the globe by human power. We discuss topics ranging from his ocean crossings, cycling through Europe, rollerblading through America, and Pedaling through the Pacific.   “Arguably, the most remarkable adventurer in the world today.”       […]

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How To Stop Knee and Low Back Pain For Runners, Cyclists, and Triathletes

March 1, 2015 Articles

(0:00) This is a great exercise. A very simple exercise (0:03) for pain in the knee that’s (0:07) to the outside or the inside of the knee and also for lower back pain. (0:12) It’s great for cyclists and for runners (0:16) or triathletes. I’m a triathlete and (0:19) this has been really successful for me and for many of my clients as well […]

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How To Stop Knee, Hip, and Back Pain and Tightness

March 1, 2015 Articles

(0:00) For knee pain – this is another exercise for knee pain. (0:03) Often times, I’ve already mentioned in another video that, with (0:07) knee pain, front of the knee pain, inevitably (0:10) the calf is incredibly tight usually (0:13) either from inactivity, complete activity and the (0:17) tissue is very hard and inelastic, or (0:20) from just over muscularization, […]

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How To Stop Back Pain With The Bird Dog Exercise

February 28, 2015 Articles

(0:00) This is another great exercise for (0:03) knee pain, mid-back pain, and (0:06) sometimes hip pain depending on the problem. I’m basically doing (0:13) I think what’s called like a bird dog or a leg extension, a very straightforward exercise. (0:18) I’m going to do it in a particular way. (0:22) I’ll go ahead and turn sideways […]

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Episode #37 Are Supplements Bogus and The 5 Pillars of Healthy Athletic Success

February 26, 2015 Articles

Open New Window | Download In today’s episode, I discuss two specific topics: On Feb 2, 2015 the NY Atty General Accused major retailers like Walgreens, GNC, Target, and Walmart of selling a number of store brand dietary supplements that were fraudulent and in many cases contained ingredients not listed on the labels. He demanded that […]

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Release Hips and Low Back Exercise

February 22, 2015 Articles

(0:00) Now I have a really easy and simple exercise. It’s very similar to another one that I showed earlier. (0:05) This one is actually for, (0:09) again, lower back pain and (0:12) tightness or pain in the hips or imbalance in the hips. (0:15) So if you’ve got some kind of higher hip or structural […]

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Episode #36 Can Meditation Practice Improve The Health and Athletic Performance of Your Entire Family?

February 19, 2015 Articles

Open New Window | Download In today’s episode, I discuss the various scientific studies that quantify the positive effects of a regular meditation practice. Remember meditation helps to balance out the nervous system response- in study speak, it induces the Relaxation Response (RR). In my own language, it down regulates the stress response (sympathetic nervous system […]

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Episode #35 Is Mindfulness Bogus New Age “Science”?

February 17, 2015 Articles

Open New Window | Download Mindfulness is often described in terms of meditation protocols and in a somewhat mystical way. That is a misnomer perpetuated by folks in the media who would rather relabel meditation by calling it something different. Mindfulness is not meditation. The mindfulness I am going to talk about today is actually a […]

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How To Stop Back Pain Fast

February 15, 2015 Articles

(0:00) This is a very simple and straightforward exercise that (0:04) you can do for when you’re experiencing middle and upper back (0:09) compaction and pain either after a hard day at the office (0:14) or after a hard day in the saddle if you’re riding a bike (0:18) being in the aerobars. I’m a triathlete so (0:22) triathlon training can be, you know, […]

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How To Stop Middle and Upper Back Pain Quickly

February 15, 2015 Articles

(0:00) I’m going to show you a really short medley of (0:04) three exercises that I found to be extremely effective (0:07) for cyclists, runners, triathletes, and swimmers. And the examples would be (0:15) if you’re getting kind of a compression and pain in the upper back and neck region (0:20) after say doing a lot of pulling in the pool […]

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How To Tame Kyphosis and Upper Back Tightness

February 14, 2015 Articles

(0:01) Here’s another great exercise for (0:03) freeing up the shoulder girdle, (0:06) opening up the upper spine, and relieving stress and strain on the upper spine. (0:10) It’s actually really good one – very simple and straightforward. (0:14) I’m going to just show you now. So, you start out with your arms (0:18) perpendicular to the body, hands up. (0:22) I make a […]

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Is GERD, Reflux, or Hiatal Hernia the REAL Problem?

February 13, 2015 Articles

Download | Open In New Window In this episode I discuss how to tell if you have GERD, Reflux or Hiatal Hernia GERD has become somewhat of a catch all these days- but the real problem may, in fact, be Hiatal Hernia- a condition where your diaphragm becomes strained and the stomach or esophagus becomes […]

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How To Stop Lower Back Pain With Exercise

February 12, 2015 Articles

(0:00) First things first, you want to have your legs (0:04) at a right angle. So you’ve got your pelvis (0:07) and your thigh against the wall. The bottom (0:11) leg is directly straight out, the feet are hip width (0:14) distance apart, the knees are hip width distance apart. And you’re going to take (0:21) your pelvis and press it into […]

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How To Strengthen Your Core With Structural Integration

February 12, 2015 Articles

(0:00) This is a great exercise for freeing up your muscular imbalances of the (0:09) pelvic area into the legs and the trunk. What they’ll do (0:13) is they will free your lower spine up and give you a (0:17) more easy lumbar curve so that if you’re in pain (0:20) in the low back or even in the upper back it will (0:24) help to […]

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Episode #33 Do You Have The Symptoms Of A Hidden Digestive Problem?

February 5, 2015 Articles

Open New Window | Download In this episode I discuss the rampant, undiagnosed, malnutrition that permeates our society and some of the common ailments that people perceive as “normal” but that are actually red flags for poor digestion, poor diet, and malnutrition. These symptoms are usually the result of years, decades even, of malnutrition- the body’s […]

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Episode #32 What Is Fascial Fitness And Why Is It Imperative To Your Performance?

February 3, 2015 Articles

Open New Window | Download   Episode #32 Show Notes: In this episode I interview PJ O’Clair, Owner of ClubXcel and of Northeast Pilates- In this episode I speak with PJ about the emerging field of Fascial Fitness, what it is, why its imperative that any serious athlete incorporate it into their program and the logistics […]

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What Is The Fascial Organ And How Does It Affect Your Performance?

January 29, 2015 Articles

Download | Open In New Window Show Notes: In this episode I interview Myofascial Specialist, David Lesondak about the mysterious organ of structure called fascia and its relation to human performance. This is a must listen to interview for athletes: David talks about integrating fourth pillar into any, three pillar, sports science training program, for […]

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How To Do Dr. Rolf’s Famous Arm Rotations

January 24, 2015 Articles

(0:00) So now I’m going to show you Dr. Rolf’s arm rotations (0:04) which are a fabulous way to balance out the shoulder girdle, (0:07) For example, if you have a forward rolled shoulder or if (0:11) you have rotator cuff injuries or excessive tightness in the tripezius up (0:17) here into the neck, neck tightness, chest kind of forward, collapsed (0:24) situation, this […]

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How To Straighten Rounded Shoulders

January 24, 2015 Articles

(0:00) This is a great exercise for (0:03) repositioning the shoulder girdle, (0:06) resetting the neuromuscular pattern which is the (0:10) brain’s message to muscles in the body about which muscles (0:14) to tension and how much around the shoulder girdle itself. (0:17) I call this the snow angel exercise. It’s very easy. (0:21) You can do it on the floor. I’m […]

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Episode #30 Interview with Gray Graham- Author of Pottengers Prophecy

January 23, 2015 Articles

Download | Open In New Window Show Notes: In this episode I interview Gray Graham, Author of Pottengers Prophecy about the emerging understanding of the epigenetic effects of food, proper food quality, nutrition and physical degeneration and how to provide your body with the deep nutrition that it is yearning for- to improve your mental […]

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Episode #29 Enzymes – Do You Have Enough?

January 20, 2015 Articles

Open New Window | Download Now Show Notes: “Discovered in the late 1930’s- 80 initially identified- today we have discovered over 5,000 different enzymes. Enzymes are complex proteins that act as catalysts in almost every biochemical process that takes place in the body. Their activity is dependent on the presence of adequate vitamins and minerals, […]

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Episode #28 A Brief Primer On Minerals And Where To Find Them In Food

January 15, 2015 Articles

Open New Window | Download Show Notes: • Minerals are just as important as vitamins to the proper function of the human body. • There are 7 Macro minerals (major minerals) and at least 27 trace minerals (30 total) currently recognized as critical to human functionality. • An insufficient supply of any one of these 30 minerals […]

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Episode #27 The Roll Model With Jill Miller

January 12, 2015 Articles

Open New Window | Download Show Notes: In this episode I interview Jill Miller, founder of Yoga Tune Up , Coregeus, and The Roll Model, about her new book: “The Roll Model: A Step by Step Guide to Erase Pain, Improve Mobility, and Live Better in Your Body.” Here’s a brief bio: Jill Miller is the co-founder of […]

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Episode #26 A Brief Primer On Vitamins And Where To Find Them in Food

January 8, 2015 Articles

Open New Window | Download Show Notes: Vitamins were discovered in the early 1900s’ and began the era of modern interest in diet and nutrition. Early chemists found that certain “unknown substances” in foods were essential to life. Vitamins such as vitamin D and B were necessary to prevent diseases such as rickets, beriberi, and pellagra […]

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How To Stop Back Pain With Rolfing Structural Integration

January 5, 2015 Articles

(0:00) In the first video, I’m going talk about structural integration and how it works (0:04) well for back pain. (0:05) One of the primary reasons why people come into my (0:09) office is for back pain (0:10) and for most people, they’re experiencing (0:13) lower back pains somewhere in this lumbar region, (0:17) sacroiliac pain down here possibly with radiating sciatica, […]

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How To Stop Knee Pain With Rolfing Structural Integration

January 5, 2015 Articles

(0:00) In this second video in the series, I want to talk about knee pain (0:03) and how rolfing and structural integration work to help resolve different kinds of knee (0:08) pain. Just like with back pain, (0:12) in knee pain you’ve got to determine what type of knee pain is it. (0:15) Is it an outer knee pain? (0:19) Is […]

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How To Stop Shoulder Pain With Rolfing Structural Integration

January 3, 2015 Articles

(0:00) In today’s video, I’m going to talk about shoulder pain: (0:03) different types of shoulder pain – a very common reason why people would come into (0:07) my office – and how structural integration addresses (0:11) shoulder pain,specifically, what we can do for it, (0:14) and what are some of the causes of shoulder […]

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How To Stop Hip Pain With Rolfing Structural Integration

January 3, 2015 Articles

(0:00) In today’s video we’re going to talk about hip pain – (0:04) different types of hip pain, how to tell which type you have, (0:07) and how structural integration (0:11) addresses hip pain and how can resolve hip pain. (0:14) So as we’ve been talking about before (0:17) most of the pain issues that […]

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Episode #25 Scrambled Brains… For Breakfast?!

December 31, 2014 Articles

Download | Open in a new window Show Notes: In this episode I discuss the health benefits of organ meats like brains, liver, kidney, heart, and similar foods. Organ meats (from pastured animals- not from conventionally grown animals) are exquisitely nutrient dense- they pack a powerful punch of minerals, fat soluble vitamins, protein, enzymes and […]

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Episode #24 The Mysterious Power of Qi Gong and Nei Gong with Bob Metzler

December 24, 2014 Articles

Download | Open In New Window Show Notes: In this episode of the Structural Performance Podcast, I interview Bob Metzler, Long time Iyengar Yoga teacher, Chinese martial artist, and Certified Foundation Training instructor. Bob and I discuss the various aspects of both yoga and the internal martial arts and their applications for both athletes as […]

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Episode #23 Breathing Right For Improved Sleep, Health, And Energy

December 21, 2014 Articles

Open New Window | Download In this episode, I explore a little noticed topic of breathing efficiency and its effect on overall brain function, health, and physical performance. Although there are various ways to improve cellular energy production and explosive peak energy production, the untapped element in this equation is structural impediments to actually getting air into your lungs. […]

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Episode #22 They Key To Happy Living With Corey Beasley

December 16, 2014 Articles

Open New Window | Download In today’s episode, I interview Corey Beasley- Co-Owner of Innovative Results – Orange County’s Best Indoor Playground Corey has been a coach for over 16 years. He has studied extensively in holistic nutrition, corrective exercise, performance training and  works with a variety of clients, including corporate executives, combat athletes, Olympic/collegiate wrestlers, professional […]

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How To Stop Neck Pain With Rolfing Structural Integration

December 11, 2014 Articles

(0:00) In today’s video, I’m going to talk about neck pain – (0:03) how to differentiate the different types of neck pain that you might have (0:07) and how to tell if structural integration (0:10) is going be a good match for your type of neck pain. So (0:16) if you are experiencing debilitating (0:19) […]

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Episode #21 Does Eating Cooked Food Doom You And Your Future Generations To Poor Health?

December 11, 2014 Articles

Open New Window | Download   Control Food Group A) Raw meat, viscera, bones, raw milk, cod liver oil (run of the pen cats) Experimental Diet Foods) a. Raw Meat b. Cooked Meat c. Raw Milk d. Pasteurized Milk e. Evaporated Milk f. Sweetened Condensed Milk Once assigned, the animals food group was held constant. Two […]

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How To Stop Ankle Pain With Rolfing Structural Integration

December 6, 2014 Articles

(0:00) In today’s video, I’m going to talk about ankle pain – (0:03) different types of ankle pain, how to tell which type you have, (0:06) and how structural integration would address ankle pain. (0:10) Now there are many different kinds of ankle pain, but they’re (0:13) I’d say, three predominate ones. The first one […]

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Episode #20 How To Naturally Improve Your Vision And Throw Your Glasses In The Trash

December 6, 2014 Articles

Open New Window | Download In episode #20, I discuss the possible causes of myopia (nearsightedness) and one method for improvement. Myopia can be genetic (inherited) but expression is enhanced by epigenetic (environmental and lifestyle) factors. Additionally, Myopia can be non genetic but induced by epigenetic (environmental and lifestyle factors) Epigenetic factors include close work such […]

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Episode #19 Can Google Glass Make You An Endurance Beast?

December 4, 2014 Articles

Open New Window | Download In episode #19, I discuss the possibility that the using a device such as Google Glass to display subliminal visual cues during endurance exercise can improve your mental and physical performance. In two recent studies by Dr. Samuele Marcora Director of Research at the University of Kent School of Sport and […]

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Episode #18 Are You Eating Your Way To Insomnia?

December 1, 2014 Articles

Open in new window | Download Show Notes: In episode #18, I discuss the possibility that the foods you are eating are disrupting your gut biome, thereby driving patterns of insomnia. Additionally, I explore the how the common use of stimulants and other common foods disrupt the stability of your blood sugar, hormones, and sleep. […]

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Episode #17 Does Body Symmetry Predict Your Health, Emotional, And Performance Potential?

November 25, 2014 Articles

Open New Window | Download Now   In today’s podcast I explore the effects of body symmetry on athletic performance, health, and emotion. Are you stuck with what you were born with? What stressors can drive assymetrical body development How you can change your body symmetry and thereby your athletic efficiency and performance. Structural Integration drives […]

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How To Stop Body Tightness With Rolfing Structural Integration

November 24, 2014 Articles

  Transcript Below (0:00) In today’s video, I’m going to talk about general over all body tightness, (0:04) muscular tightness and how structural integration helps resolve that. (0:08) Periodically, (0:12) people will come into my office with overall body tightness (0:15) or you might have a range of motion limitation where you can’t raise an arm or […]

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How To Activate Inner Outer Hip Part 3 of 3 – Integrative Exercise For Core Integrity and Back Pain

November 23, 2014 Articles

Transcript Below (0:00) So once you can do that, then you can do the third one. (0:03) It requires neither of these tools because you’ve mastered (0:06) the first two. (0:09) Stand hip-width distance apart just like you did before when you were using the brick and the strap. (0:15) You take your arms straight up into […]

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Episode #16 Does Bad Posture Make You Slow, Tired, And Fat?

November 21, 2014 Articles

Open New Window | Download Show Notes: Head forward posture is at epidemic levels due to laptop, tablet and smartphone use. Sitting for more than a few minutes at a time results in slouching, and, over time, vertical postural misalignment. Postural misalignment literally takes more energy to do day to day tasks- less efficient- an […]

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Episode #15 Should I Eat Breakfast Or Should I Skip It?

November 18, 2014 Articles

Open New Window | Download Today’s question of the week: I’ve heard of this idea called “intermittent fasting”. Should you skip breakfast, lunch, or dinner? Good question. The easiest way is to skip breakfast. But not if you’re hungry. This may take a bit of getting used to if you are habituated to eating in the […]

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How To Activate Inner Outer Hip Part 2 of 3 – Integrative Exercise For Core Integrity and Back Pain

November 14, 2014 Articles

Transcript Below (0:00) The second one is the exact opposite of (0:03) that. And I’m going to use a strap to simulate that so you can see (0:08) what you can do to feel that action before you actually try it without these tools (0:12) because I’m going to ask you do the exercise without […]

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Episode #14 Does Drinking Coffee Make You Fat?

November 4, 2014 Articles

Open New Window | Download In this episode, I address the age old question: Does drinking coffee make you fat? Many factors: Black coffee vs coffee with cream “manufactured drinks” better known as “sugar delivery systems”(coffee “drinks”) “Research” Caffeine and coffee: their influence on metabolic rate and substrate utilization in normal weight and obese individuals. […]

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Episode #13 Are you breathing correctly?

October 27, 2014 Articles

Open New Window | Download In this episode I interview Chris Corrales- Owner of Medicinevolution in Dublin, CA. Chris is a lifetime martial artist, Practitioner of Structural Integration, Certified Homeopath. A powerful natural healer spiritual deep thinker, Chris discusses how he cured himself of severe asthma and the insights he had along the way that have […]

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How To Activate Inner Outer Hip Part 1 of 3 – Integrative Exercise For Core Integrity and Back Pain

October 21, 2014 Articles

Transcript Below (0:00) Hi there. My name is Manny Aragon with The Rolf Workshop Center for Structural Performance (0:04) and today I’m going to show you a very simple exercise (0:08) that I’ve put together from a series (0:11) other exercise that I’ve done, if you’ve watched some of my videos before, (0:14) that provides fabulous relief […]

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Episode #12 Are you breaking these “off season rules”?

October 21, 2014 Articles

Open New Window | Download In this episode I am joined by my wife, the lovely Christabel Tabbada, LAc., An acupuncturist and herbalist by trade, Christabel is a former collegiate (volleyball, crew) and lifetime athlete. She practices in a Sports Medicine clinic in Costa Mesa-with additional specialties in Pediatrics, Womens Health, and Fertility. Christabel and I […]

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Episode # 11 What The Heck Is A Human Cashew?

October 14, 2014 Articles

Open New Window | Download In this episode I interview Aaron Guyett, owner of Innovative-Results – a functional fitness center located in Costa Mesa, CA. Aaron’s Bio: http://www.innovative-results.com/aaron-guyett-personal-trainer-and-co-owner-of-innovative-results-gym-in-orange-county/ Aaron and I discuss some of the fundamental structural, postural, and strength challenges that everyday people face- the same ones faced by athletes and especially endurance athletes. We […]

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Episode #10 Is endurance exercise destroying your teeth? Does coffee make you pee your bones out? What is estrogen dominance and why is it important? Are burpees the perfect endurance exercise? Muscle cramping at night/day/during exercise.

October 7, 2014 Articles

Open New Window | Download   1) Is Endurance Exercise destroying your teeth? Blog linking to different chronological studies showing that endurance athletes have greater tooth decay- linked primarily to exercise: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/09/24/is-exercise-bad-for-your-teeth/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0 Pre Study blog: http://www.atrailrunnersblog.com/2009/02/decaying-teeth-of-endurance-athletes.html   2) Does Coffee make you pee your bones out? Here’s how the pH of Coffee measures out: pH 5 […]

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Episode #9 How To Recover Like A Beast

September 30, 2014 Articles

Open Podcast in New Window | Download Question from a listener: My ankles and feet swell up after a hard training session/race and I get hip and low back pain. What can I do to recover better before the next workout? Injury/Exercise recovery are similar and also a bit different. Depends on the type of […]

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Episode #8 What is muscle testing and is it bogus? What kinds of things can be assessed using muscle testing? How to tell if your liver is congested. How to tell if you are at risk for stroke. How can you resolve IT band syndrome? Is there a cure for dandruff? What causes dandruff?

September 23, 2014 Articles

Open in new window | Download Podcast Here Show notes SP Podcast #8 What is muscle testing and is it bogus? A very effective assessment method used by practitioners to get a more complete picture of the imbalances present in clients/patients. Simple way of communicating with the body Assess the nervous system and apply challenges selectively […]

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Episode #7 How to tell if scars are getting in the way of your healing process, The little known way to unleash your body’s healing potential, How to tell if hidden food sensitivities are driving disease in your body, Are beets the best food for boosting endurance?

September 17, 2014 Articles

Download Podcast Here Show Notes How to tell if scars are getting in the way of your healing process Healing is slowed Many methods have “failed” to heal the injury/sickness You’ve done “all of the right things” and still your body can’t seem to get better Progress in healing is unusually slow. You have visible […]

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Episode #6 Cure for athletes foot, How to build blood oxygen capacity,What fingernail moons represent, Libido boosting foods, What is adrenal fatigue?

September 9, 2014 Articles

; Click to download the podcast Show notes: Athletes foot cure What is athletes foot? – 1) fungus 2) Autoimmune response to stress/food If fungus- use antifungal cream (toxic and only work temporarily) Better solution is to use Herbal Detox Bath and/or Whole Skin Ointment first If not fungus and autoimmune then changing diet- removing […]

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Recipe: Crunchy Mayo Free Cole Slaw

September 3, 2014 Articles

by: Manny Aragon This makes for a delicious crunchy accompaniment to your meal in place of grains or starches. I like this with fish, beef, chicken- just about anything! 2 bags shredded cabbage (about 1 whole cabbage) 2-3 shredded carrots 1 medium size red bell pepper julienned 1 red onion thinly sliced/chopped Put all of […]

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Episode #5 Are These Common Swimming Errors Slowing You Down?

August 19, 2014 Articles

In this episode, I interview Coach Stephanie Havelka of The Surge Method of Swimming (https://www.facebook.com/surgeswimmethod) to uncover some of the most common fundamental errors and missing elements of water skills, swimming form and mindset that hold age group and elite level swimmers and triathletes back from performing to their potential. Most swimmers and coaches focus […]

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Delicious Grilled Shrimp Salad For Recovery

August 11, 2014 Articles

By: Manny Aragon One of the most delicious healthy, healing, and recovery foods I have eaten, nothing refreshes and satisfies like the juicy crunch of a grilled shrimp salad at the end of a hot summer day of training. In this version, we use all organic ingredients and make our own mayo and aioli sauces- […]

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Are Breathing Restrictions Affecting Your Brain Performance?

August 1, 2014 Articles

by: Manny Aragon   One of the most basic movements that we all perform is the simple act of breathing and we do it 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from the moment we are born until the moment when we take our last and final breath. In fact, we breathe roughly once […]

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Is Pain Really All In Your Head?

May 15, 2014 Articles

by: Manny Aragon A number of studies have been coming out lately that ask one of the questions that few everyday folks ponder but which have been intriguing healthcare professionals for eons: What is pain?  This has certainly been a focus of my practice for some years as folks will come in, having been to various doctors, […]

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Reader Question: How Does “Fighting Gravity” Impact My Health?

April 29, 2014 Articles

by: Manny Aragon Question from a listener of my recent Adrenal Summit interview: “I would have never thought of what Manny described as fighting gravity as an issue for my health. Can you expand on this in any way?” On its surface, this question appears to be an inquiry about the role that gravity plays […]

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2014 Ironman California 70.3 Race Report

April 3, 2014 Articles

by: Manny Aragon 2014 hasn’t been a very consistent triathlon training year for me. Although I have been running fairly regularly and had two ½ marathons early in the season (January in Irvine and Feb at Surf City) I haven’t been in the pool in months and bike rides have been few and far between. […]

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What do heart attack, stroke, neuroma and neuropathy have in common?

March 20, 2014 Articles

by Manny Aragon We often hear the words “heart attack” and “stroke” in the same sentence but neuroma and neuropathy? What are they and why am I including them in the same sentence? The proximal causes of heart attack and ischemic stroke are blood vessel blockages to the heart and part(s) of the brain respectively […]

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Does Sugar Cause Cardiovascular Disease And Heart Attack?

March 5, 2014 Articles

  by: Manny Aragon The ongoing dis-information campaign by the big food/medical industrial/governmental complex has left folks confused and determined. Folks are confused about who to listen to, who to trust, and who has legitimate information not tainted by corporate, moneyed interests. Folks then pick who they believe, generally going with the big names (m […]

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Will Squatting Help You Poop More Easily?

February 11, 2014 Articles

by: Manny Aragon And, more importantly, are there health benefits to squatting as opposed to sitting to poop? Babies instinctively squat when they poop. The vast majority of the non western world use squat toilets to poop.  Why is it that western toilets are designed to put the legs at roughly a 90degree angle?- an […]

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Does Stretching Really Work?

February 4, 2014 Articles

by: Manny Aragon Over the years there has been some debate over the effectiveness of stretching to improve flexibility, prevent injury, and more importantly, physical performance. In fact, its become quite a touchy subject amongst various researchers, health professionals, and athletic professionals. Ask any one of them and you’re sure to get an opinionated answer. […]

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Will Eating More Fat Make You Fit?

January 28, 2014 Articles

by: Manny Aragon I can only imagine the recoil that some of you had when you read  the title to this article. REALLY?!! How could eating fat make you fit? In short, eating fat cannot make your cardiovascular endurance increase or make you stronger if you do nothing else. However, in the context of a […]

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Is This The Fastest Way To Get Fit?

January 22, 2014 Articles

by: Manny Aragon   Last week I wrote about the metabolic and hormonal benefits of a properly executed IF (intermittent fasting) regimen and its ability to help transition your body to a more active, fat burning, model (with the correct diet of course). There are all kinds of tips and tricks to this process but […]

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Is Intermittent Fasting The Best Way To Lose Weight?

January 16, 2014 Articles

by: Manny Aragon As many of you know, I have long been a proponent of intermittent fasting or a structured “skipping of meals’, so to speak, as a means to keep the body in fat burning mode. Here’s why: Our ancestors didn’t have food available 24/7 like we do. Based on this logic, it makes […]

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Is Inflexibility Holding Your Performance Back?

December 3, 2013 Articles

by: Manny Aragon If you are an athlete and you have reached a plateau in your performance then you already know that you must either need to train harder, smarter, or take a break in order to break through to the next level- or so goes the conventional wisdom. As athletes, we come to know […]

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My Thanksgiving Tradition

November 27, 2013 Articles

by: Manny Aragon  Ahhh. Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas and New Years too. July 4th is fun, and the other holidays have their place. But there is nothing quite as satisfying as the run up to Thanksgiving and the day itself. One of my long […]

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The Best Chicken Soup Ever- Filipino Style

November 7, 2013 Articles

by Manny Aragon This is comfort food in my family and a very healthy meal to boot. I am partial to soups, broths, and stews in the winter months as I am outside a good part of the day training or sitting on a freezing pool deck while my kids swim, play soccer, basketball, etc. […]

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14 Unusual Reasons To Detox Your Liver

October 22, 2013 Articles

by Manny Aragon If you’ve been paying attention to any of my social media posts and newsletter articles lately you probably know that I am a big fan of periodic metabolic body detoxification. And I have been just as guilty as most of the other authors out there in dumbing down the reasons why -honestly, […]

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What I Eat To Detox My Body

October 16, 2013 Articles

by Manny Aragon Detox is as natural a process as eating. In a general sense, when health experts talk about detox they are generally referring to a gut cleansing process and a stage I/II liver detox. They go together after all. So, when I speak about the detoxification process, I too am speaking about cleaning […]

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21 Ways To Tell If Your Mitochondria Are Damaged

October 1, 2013 Articles

by: Manny Aragon Mitochondria are the literal “powerhouses” of located in each and every cell in our bodies. As such, they bear a huge effect on our body’s ability to produce just about every aspect of energy we produce (from heat to movement to vitality in general). When mitochondria aren’t operating optimally, funny things start […]

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Men/Women: Is Estrogen Dominance Wrecking Your Health?

September 24, 2013 Articles

By: Manny Aragon We are surrounded by estrogens. We ingest estrogens. We make estrogens.  Men and Women both make and need a certain balance of estrogenic hormones inside of our bodies in order to keep things copacetic. When things go out of balance, life gets pretty wacky in a hurry. Some of the most prevalent […]

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20 Ways To Tell If You Suffer From Chronic Inflammation

September 19, 2013 Articles

by: Manny Aragon If you suffer from one or more of the following conditions: arthritis fibromyalgia chronic fatigue sinusitis, allergies acne asthma digestive conditions flu symptoms dysmenorrheal endometriosis Alzheimer’s Parkinson’s multiple sclerosis cancer heart disease osteoporosis hypertension depression Insulin resistance (pre diabetes) diabetes the root of your disease state may be caused, in large part, […]

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Are You Toxic? Take Our Survey To Find Out!

September 12, 2013 Articles

by: Manny Aragon “Toxicity” seems to be a jargon word these days in the wellness world. Everyone and their brother seems to be into “cleansing” and there is a booming business in juice cleansing, detox cleansing, and even folks who use the master cleanse, and colonics on a regular basis. But for all this cleansing, […]

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The Basic 10 Session Series of Dr. Rolfs’ Method Of Structural Integration Part 2

September 3, 2013 Articles

by: Manny Aragon Session 6: Mobilize The Sacrum In this session, you will be lying on the front of your body and we will focus on the back of the body from the heel to the mid back. Particular emphasis will be paid to the hamstrings, gluteals, deep rotators of the hip, stabilizing muscles of […]

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The Basic 10 Session Series of Dr. Rolfs’ Method Of Structural Integration Part 1

August 27, 2013 Articles

by: Manny Aragon Session 1 of 10: Welcome: Horizontalize the Pelvis, prepare the body to receive the following sessions in the series with efficiency. This session makes the remaining sessions more effective. The first session is an introductory session and is a longer session than the rest of the sessions in the series. This is […]

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Warnings and Resolutions to Problems That Might Arise After Particular Sessions in the Rolfing Series

August 22, 2013 Articles

by: Manny Aragon This is an excerpt from my recently completed Client Manual for the Basic 10 Session Series of Structural Integration in which I explain what to expect and, in this case, common problems that may arise and time tested resolutions to these problems. General advice: 1)Sometimes clients report lingering muscular soreness for a […]

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How Stress Made My Back Hurt

August 13, 2013 Articles

by: Manny Aragon   A couple of weeks ago my wife announced to me that she was taking the whole week of her birthday (august 14th) off and that she would like to take a vacation. After rejecting her initial suggestion of San Diego (we have been there a few times recently) we settled on […]

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