Ray's Physical Therapy

Ray offers services of physical therapy, The Feldenkrais Method®, osteopathic based manual therapy, and wellness activities.

Ray offers services of physical therapy using the teachings of the Feldenkrais Method®, osteopathic based manual therapy, craniosacral therapy, myofascial stretching, the Anat Baniel Method for Children(sm), and acupressure.

[11/15/19]   Increasing strength. I want to be stronger. Benefit 4 of attending the December workshop.
Strength can also be defined as the ability of a muscle to contract and RELEASE. The set point of releasing the muscle tension for work is key. And in reality how do we use this concept in changing positions like getting off the ground or rolling out of bed. Most of the general public view strength as the ability to generate force to lift objects or tone muscles. Which is all good.

[11/05/19]   3 of 6 benefits of attending the workshop. Improve your balance, become more sure-footed in gravity. A natural way to improve balance is learn to initiate weight shift near the center of the body and pelvis. In later time segments of life weight shift is initiated from the head and shoulders. This can startle you, cause excessive tension in the stomach muscle and anxiety if in excess.

[10/30/19]    2 of 6 benefits of attending the December 7 workshop. Stand taller and be lighter on your feet. The movement lessons elongate the spine, compared to squashing the spine. Longer spine =functionality, youthfulness. Squashed spine=brokenness. The benefits is a surprising to many who enter the process of movement awareness.

[10/27/19]   1 of 6 benefits of attending the workshop...breathe better, more fully and freely. This helps with improved balance. How so? A soft chest allows for better wobble balance. A stiff chest unknowingly creates instability, moving from the head, top heavy. Breathing easier helps with soothing our emotions. Breathing easier allows for a tall spine, better posture, compared to a spiral in the upper back.

[10/26/19]   A Healthy Backs workshop is being planned for Saturday, December 7 in Midland. Details unfolding.

[08/24/19]   Update on fall classes. Ray teaches a Wednesday Feldenkrais ATM class at 11:30. Sherri Gregory has retired and wish her well. Amanda Behrens teaches yoga Monday and Tuesday nights at 6, and Wednesdays at 12:30. Contact Amanda for space and availability at 989.714.4429. Matt Hutchinson offers massage in my office. Contact Matt at 989.400.8006 for more information.

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Feldenkrais Awareness Summit | May 1-10th | Dive in with more than 35 experts in the field

https://futurelifenow-online.com/feldenkrais-summit-2019/

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[03/15/19]   If anyone is at the Saginaw County Medical Society Health Fair Saturday March 15 stop by for a visit to booth 53!

[02/07/19]   Want resiliency and not just grind out life? One of the best way to deal with the element of surprise (ice, uneven terrain) is to join me in my group movement class. We actually teach you how fall in an easy way. An unknown choice of how to improve or handle the aging process.

[02/06/19]   A big surprise my clients comment on frequently. "you do small movements very gently and easy." Why gentle? to be more sensitive and aware of movement. Come join my group class Wednesday at noon!

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Adrenal Fatigue = Chronic Blood Sugar Imbalance - East West Healing

A great breath of fresh air. I talk about this to clients about creating energy balance with exercise time of the day and eating. Energy balance meaning energy in and expenditure (exercise)..https://eastwesthealing.com/adrenal-fatigue-chronic-blood-sugar-imbalance/

eastwesthealing.com Chronic imbalances in your blood sugar result in Adrenal Fatigue (AF). What causes blood sugar imbalances? Chasing your tail from one day to the next Missing meals Over exercising Under exercising Low calories diets and finally, Low carbohydrate diets How does this happen? Your body requires fuel to...

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A different way to relieve years of back pain

Nice article in the Washington Post https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/a-different-way-to-relieve-years-of-back-pain/2018/09/27/f3e663f4-b505-11e8-a2c5-3187f427e253_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.c3d33aa4c72a

washingtonpost.com The slow and subtle movements of the Feldenkrais Method aim to retrain the body and brain.

[07/27/18]   I think extraordinary outcomes or miracles happen when we focus a certain way. Our brains are built for expansion of thought and how we feel. My version of neuroplasticity. Expansion comes from sifting data. Dealing with what you want or don't want. Problems/solutions and questions/answers. When we ask the right question, and orientate around the solution, magic happens.

[05/24/18]   This week I've been talking in class about momentum and awareness. It is much easier to become aware of a movement at the beginning of the movement than at the end. It like a car that is left in neutral and rolls down a hill. Easier to stop the momentum on the top of a hill.

[05/16/18]   Spirals and scoliosis can impact movement. The good news is movement can impact spirals and scoliosis. This week we are focusing on hands and knees, all 4's. We open up the hips, which are a ball joint built for agility and significant freedom to move.

[05/09/18]   The theme this week: the head-pelvis connection! That is the head and pelvis demonstrate spontaneous inclination to move together. For most of us, the head in space has incomplete awareness, and we think make it right with posture To move well, there is less muscular effort, and our body weight is carried by the bones. Most of us think muscles do everything. The group lesson will be a chair lesson. Come join us!

[05/02/18]   Today I'm going to continue in class twisting the spine in an effortless way. I'm going to focus on freeing up the belly to allow the back and spine to join the party. I teach clarity and focus-easy vs. difficult movement. I will work in the context of a 1/2 bridge position. Come join us!

[04/23/18]   This week in class I'm going to do an asymmetrical lesson. In other words, on one side of the body, not the other. When you have a spiral, curve, or scoliosis, you would have corrected it early on. If you do a lesson on both sides, the spine tends to stay the same. An imbalance lesson will create balance. Crazy? The magic of Feldenkrais.... "but Ray, I want to do the other side of the body!!"

[04/18/18]   I'm aiming my Wednesday Feldenkrais class for a few weeks at scoliosis. Most of us have slight scoliosis. Certain muscles work, certain muscles don't. Over the years this can impact the structure. What the class offers is the ability and potential to move in all directions. Twisting movements-effortless twisting- can be very potent at mobilizing and straightening the spine within limitations of structure. Come join us!

[04/13/18]   Spring schedule: Feldenkrais Awareness through Movement classes are offered on Wednesdays, at Noon-1. There are some openings, contact Ray for more information.

[03/09/18]   What surprises many of my clients is is the movement of the RIBS impacts weight shifting of the pelvis and hips. Pelvis and hip weight shifting impacts balance, vital for wellness. Lack of rib motion=impossible hip/pelvis weight shifting.

[02/24/18]   2 goals I teach clients is to move with a minimal expenditure of energy and maximal efficiency. Not wrestling alligators to the ground. These goals of reducing entropy to the lowest possible level appeal to a physicist working to minimize the effects of the second law of thermodynamics.

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Lifestyle Affects Omega 3-6 Balance - efaeducation.org

An excellent wellness concept by Bill Lands and Etienne Lamoreax, understanding the “arachidonate cascade”. http://efaeducation.org/lifestyle/

efaeducation.org Wellness information on lifestyle, HUFA Balance plus Essential Fatty Acids in food on apps: Omega Foods, Omega Meals, Nix6, Eat3, Omega 3-6 Balance Scores.

[02/17/18]   Going from brokenness to freedom of the shoulder to move with ease requires shoulder blade (scapula) and rib motion. Inhibition of overactive muscles (usually biceps) is needed.

[02/15/18]   These 3 Feldenkrais teachings are interesting... 1. Babies learn to use their belly on their back, 2. Rolling is asymmetrical contraction of abdomen, and 3. you inhibit movement with power in muscles.

The Role of Glycine in Regulating Inflammation

This collagen glycine topic is interesting wellness topic-used with workout drinks, help for sleep, blood sugar regulation. Dr. Joel Brind has a few you tube videos introducing you to the topic.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVHZZuTwxQ4

Watch and listen as Dr. Brind teaches his biology class about the natural purpose of inflammation and the role of glycine in regulating it. See how supplemen...

[01/31/18]   New hope for the re-injury riddle. The context of changes in gravity offer different ways to line up the solution with the problem. Typically I see more flexor muscle dominance (front of the body overuse) with extensor muscles on snooze button.

[01/28/18]   "Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change"-Dr Wayne Dyer

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The role of dairy foods in weight management. - PubMed - NCBI

I'm a milk and cheese lover. Dairy I think needs more love, and I'm giving it more. There is in fact research out there like this below...https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16373953

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov J Am Coll Nutr. 2005 Dec;24(6 Suppl):537S-46S. Review

[01/26/18]   A new definition of fitness. Able to twist, fold, bend, turn, look up, down, reach, etc. in sitting or standing, or walking with EASE-the absence or hardship or effort. Hmmm.....

[01/19/18]   Want well-being or move around much easier? Another reason to come to Feldenkrais class..."An organized body is one that can move in any direction, at any time, without hesitation or prior preparation."-quote from Moshe Feldenkrais

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Running with the Whole Body: A 30-Day Program to Running Faster with Less Effort

A gift idea for a runner https://www.amazon.com/Running-Whole-Body-30-Day-Program/dp/1556432267

amazon.com In Running with the Whole Body, Heggie proposes a thirty-day exercise program that will not only prevent you from injuring yourself in a new way, but enable you to become a smoother, and more powerful runner. The exercises presented isolate the workings of the various parts of the body to show ho...

The Greatest Brain Exercise Ever - Kyle Cease Presents

Imagination, pre-paving, kylego exercise, etc., said by many... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uHNdfin-Gzk

See Kyle Cease Live at Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, CA June 23rd & 24th, 2018. https://kylecease.com/june-dolby/ for tickets. Order Kyle's new book, I Hope I ...

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Skiing with the Whole Body: Your Ticket to the Expert Slopes

Gift idea for an avid skier looking to improve the ease of performance https://www.amazon.com/Skiing-Whole-Body-Ticket-Expert/dp/1556431406

amazon.com Discover the key to expert skiing by learning how to use your whole body when you ski! In Skiing with the Whole Body you'll learn how to let your ankles work together with your knees to achieve easy knee flexion; find the balance point for easy turning; speed up your learning by a factor of ten; ...

Stand up without effort- a Feldenkrais movement

Destination: happier knees. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDURAYq15CI

Standing to sitting; sitting to standing. Safe and easy.

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Why I Meditate - Dr. Mark Hyman

15 minutes a day http://drhyman.com/blog/2017/09/08/why-i-meditate/

drhyman.com I’ve done a lot of meditation over the years. In fact, I used to be really passionate about meditation, and then the stress of trying to do it all interfered with my time for self-care. “I don’t have enough time to meditate,” I would say to my coach, and myself. The truth is that meditation ...

[11/26/17]   Get the most out of a stretching routine https://www.huffingtonpost.com/anat-baniel/fitness-myths_b_2537770.html

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Scoliosis: Go With the Curve -- How You Can Increase Your Flexibility and Strength and Reduce Pain Through Brain Change

An innovative approach to unraveling the twist to the spine I use. Scoliosis in middle age, not just with teenagers.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/anat-baniel/scoliosis_b_3516736.html

huffingtonpost.com Saturday, June 29, 2013, was the first Internat...

Blog | The Balanced Runner™

A runner pointed out this website to me https://www.balancedrunner.com/blog/

balancedrunner.com Nov 10 0 Jae Gruenke’s Elite Running Form Analyses–what you need to know By Jae Gruenke | Running Form Analysis Years ago, when I wrote my first few running form analysis blog posts of elite runners, I was careful to make a few clarifications about the Continue reading

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Trying the Feldenkrais Method for Chronic Pain

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/well/trying-the-feldenkrais-method-for-chronic-pain.html

nytimes.com Therapists show patients how their posture and behavior contribute to their pain and physical limitations.

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My stroke of insight

Interesting video. Read her book years ago. Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is joining my teacher Anat Baniel's training later this month.
https://www.ted.com/talks/jill_bolte_taylor_s_powerful_stroke_of_insight

ted.com Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions -- motion, speech, self-awareness -- shut down one by one. An astonishing story.

The BEST shoulder and chest exercise! Part 1

A great intro to movement lessons for the shoulder, thanks Charlie in NH
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBMgXJZQ9jE

REMINDER ATM18 The candle holder (Chanukia) Part 1-The original ATM broken into two parts to extend and refine the movements to make them powerful and clear.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQIeeTTtjWg Neuroplasticity in Stroke Rehabilitation: Breakthrough Outcomes and Recovery Through Anat Baniel Method Neuromovement

Dr. Michael Merzenich on Neuroscience, Learning and the FELDENKRAIS METHOD(R)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rupZ-wlRdA0

Dr. Merzenich, Professor Emeritus at the University of San Francisco, and co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at Posit Science, is the 2012 Keynote Speak...

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