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“Butt Amnesia” No Laughing Matter

September 17, 2014 | By | No Comments

I heard the term recently  “Butt Amnesia.” Okay so I was more then a bit curious. What the heck is butt amnesia anyway?
The Signs and Symptoms:
 1. Chronic tight/cramping calf muscles. Regular stretching, massage and or rolling out of the calves provides short term relief but they simply get tight again.
2. Chronic tight/cramping hamstring muscles. Regular stretching, massage and or rolling out of the hamstrings provides short term relief but they simply get tight again.
3. Chronic hip/low back pain that chiropractic adjustments and massage treatments haven’t resolved. 
4. The Stand Up Shimmy: To come up to standing from the floor you have to walk your hands up your thighs to get completely upright.
5. No matter how many squats or lunges you do your butt is as flat as a pancake.
If you find yourself in one or more of the above scenarios, you may have a case of  “butt amnesia” otherwise referred to as inhibited gluteal muscles. When the gluteal muscles are inhibited (not functioning properly) for whatever reason, the brain finds a substitute muscle(s) to perform their function. If this pattern is allowed to remain in the motor control center, dysfunction and pain result.
Yoga Therapy, Specialized Movement Therapy, Massage, Chiropractic or Physiotherapy can correct the problem. More than 3-5 treatments without significant improvement of symptoms the pattern is likely deeply held in the motor control centre of the brain. Proper assessment and treatment is required to find out which muscles are working that shouldn’t be, quiet them so the gluteal muscles come back online to do the job they were designed to do.
Every person I see who’s had inhibited gluteal muscles presents differently, adopts a different dysfunctional motor control pattern and each experienced feeling the gluteal muscles come back online and their symptoms greatly improved in 1 hour. Change happens quick when the right stimulus is applied.  
This post was taken from my September Newsletter. If you found the content useful and aren’t currently receiving  my monthly newsletter click the Home page , scroll down, click sign up for the monthly newsletter to start receiving it.
“With ease change is always possible and life changing.”
Certified Yoga Therapist  & ERYT 200 Yoga Instructor

Rhythmic Movement (™)/ Primitive Reflex Integration 
Certified AFLCA Land, Water and Mind/Body Instructor


17 Mar


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Principle #5 Move Joints In Their Optimum Range Of Motion

March 17, 2014 | By | No Comments

Each joint has an optimum range of motion, by design some have a wee bit of movement – intervertebral discs. Others have free and easy movement – shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees and ankles. Factors like lifestyle, medical conditions and past injury impact each joints optimum range of motion. Someone with healthy joints who hasn’t had an injury will likely have greater range of motion than someone who has broken an ankle or swollen/stiff joints due to a medical condition. The key, no matter what your situation, is to move each joint in its optimum range of motion.

How do you know you’re moving joints in their optimum range of motion?

  • You can breathe easy.
  • You are moving the joint in the direction it is designed to move in.
  • You feel no strain or pain.


The larger joints – hips and shoulders are designed to take more load. When the hips or shoulders become stuck, limited or lack stability the load gets pushed out to the smaller joints – elbows, wrists, knees, ankles and intervertebral discs. I have seen pain at these smaller joints reduce or go away by improving the function and accentuating movement in the hip and shoulder joints.

I offer workshops and classes under “Work With Me” that teach how to move joints in their optimum range of motion. Under “Grow Your Practice” you’ll find a collection of free 5 minute videos to support you in moving your joints optimally.

If you have pain there is a problem. Listen to your body’s “whispers” and you won’t have to hear it “scream”.