First, methods I use (or have used in the past) and found them helpful:
- The MELT Method – Sue Hitzmann
Soft foam roller, fascia release, pain relief
I have her e-book and want to get a DVD. Trying to get Jeremy to get it for me next time he’s in Toronto.
- Yoga Tune Up – Jill Miller
fascia release, yoga balls, pain relief
She’s actually my favourite one, and here balls are super effective.
I have the balls and two of her DVDs (body and knees).
- Mobility W.O.D. – Kelly Starrett
workout of the day, CrossFit training, running, “be your own physiotherapist”
This guy is interesting. He’s a bit too much of a bro for my taste, but he has loads of free exercises on YouTube, and he often collaborates with Jill Miller (the Yoga Tune-Up lady) which I like – bringing yoga to crossfitters and showing them that it’s not just about ripping, but also gentle touch.
- Chi Running – Danny Dreyer
injury free running, tai chi
I have his e-book and audio book, and I saw a book at your office actually.
I love this guy’s gentle approach to running. I don’t think I can run anymore because I feel like my knees are shot, but when I used to run I was trying to implement his technique.
- Liberated Body
fascia, integrating movement into everyday activities, furniture is evil
Methods I would definitely pay for if I had the means (recommended by dancer friends):
- Rolfing Structural Integration
bopywork, deep tissue massage
This thing, I would SO DO IT. I heard wonders from people who experienced it.
- The Feldenkreis method
somatic education, pain relief
Hard to explain, worth checking out.
- The Alexander Technique
similar as above
- The Gokhale Method
posture, pain relief
I hear they are good but didn’t really test them.
And now for the more mystical approach:
- The Klein Technique
- Core Awareness – Liz Koch
psoas, somatic awareness
I have her audio book on scoliosis (because that’s what I have) and there was a lot of spiritual hippy stuff there but I also found valuable insights.
Also, this exercise:
– no matter how strange it looks, it works.
I really like her idea of not working a muscle directly and purposefully but letting it unfold and unravel (talking of psoas). It really appeals to my imagination.
- Continuum Movement – Emily Conrad
dance, fluid movement, water
This is a total trip, so fascinating, but you have to shut down skepticism to read even a few paragraphs. Watch the videos, they’re mind exploding.
Enjoy and let me know what you think!