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Sukie B.

California
Health is much more than the absence of pain and dis-ease in the body. Health is living life in a body that is free to do anything that you choose; it's living a life that is in alignment with your deepest dreams and greatest desires. Physical well being is the first step in creating a life that... Full Bio
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It’s Okay to Want. Really, It Is. by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living From the moment you’re born, you long. You take your first breath, and then the whole world is brand new, full of color and light and shapes and sounds and sensations. ... Read on »
It’s Time to Declare Your Body a No Judgement Zone by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living What do you see when you look in the mirror? I mean really look, not with the glazed over eyes you use to make sure there’s no coffee stains and only an acceptable am ... Read on »
Quitting Doesn’t Mean You’re Weak, It Means You’re Smart. by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living A quitter never wins and a winner never quits. Pain is temporary but quitting is forever. No pain, no gain. Our language is rife with axioms about quitting, or ra ... Read on »
Is Stress Taking Over Your Life? Savvy Strategies for Turning Today’s Biggest Epidemic into... by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Stress! It’s on everybody’s mind (and in their bodies). In a culture that’s constantly on the move, it’s tough to outrun the stress demons. In fact, it’s hard to make ... Read on »
Preparing for a Performance? Use these unconventional strategies to bewitch your audience by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living No matter how prepared you are for your performance, or if your audience is two people or two hundred (or two hundred thousand), it’s easy to succumb to nerves at the last ... Read on »
What If There Was Nothing You Needed to Escape From in Your Life? by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living My mom was not a lackadaisical person when I was a little kid. She had opted to stay home with her two children, but that meant we didn’t have much in the way of extra mon ... Read on »
What’s the difference between fixing and changing your posture? by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living I didn’t think I was much for video games, until some cruel individual introduced me to Civilization 5. Said individual shall remain unnamed. Basically, Civ 5 is ... Read on »
What Else Do You Need to Let Go of to Be Pain Free? by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living I was standing in a twelve foot square box watching 1,000 lbs of horse circle around me, eyes wide in bewilderment, while I gently pressed into her shoulder. She’ ... Read on »
Excuse Me, Your Cage Is Showing. by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Apparently, smarty-pants scientists have figured out that if you’re focusing really hard on something in your head, you don’t see the things that are right in front of you ... Read on »
Try This Unconventional Tip To Relieve Your Neck Pain by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living There are some things you just take for granted, until you no longer have them.  Like being able to turn your head and look over your shoulder before you back your car int ... Read on »
The Great Lie About Genetics – Believe It at Your Own Risk by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Going off the rails in life usually pretty much feels like exactly that.  You’re ho-humming along just fine, waking up day after day and hustling along, progressing your p ... Read on »
What’s Your Body Telling the World? by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living What is posture, exactly, and why is it important? Posture is typically referred to as “good” or “bad,” and most people think they need to do something to improve ... Read on »
10,000 Kettlebell Swings Project – Week #3 by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Setbacks. Introducing what happens when things don’t go exactly as you planned.  Which is most of the time. The week started out well.  I backe ... Read on »
10,000 Kettlebell Swings Project – Week #2 by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Enter the breath ladder. If you don’t know what a breath ladder is, it’s a tough way to structure your kettlebell workouts (or any workout, really) that ... Read on »
10,000 Kettlebell Swings Project – Week #1 by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living What motivates you to exercise? I exercise because it makes me feel good.  It makes my muscles strong, my joints limber.  I do it because I want to ... Read on »
The Single Most Important Key to Feeling Younger and More Flexible by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living When I was younger and felt trapped in a stiff, tight body, I’d spend hours sitting in front of the television, yanking on my muscles and trying to manually ... Read on »
Head Forward Posture, Overcoming Injury and What’s the Best Organ to Detox First? by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Q. Hello Sukie, Thank you for your efforts in trying to make us more flexible and relieve us from our backaches. For my part, I’ve been suffering fr ... Read on »
Simple Exercise to Decompress Your Spine by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living

Are you stuck at a desk job, sitting all day long?  That’s probably THE biggest complaint I hear on a daily basis.  You go to work and sit for eight hours, getting up just long enough to fetch lunch (if you’re lucky) and then right back to sitting again.  And at the end of the day, you’re so tired from sitting, you collapse on the couch and sit some more!

Believe it or not, sitting still is exhausting, especially if you’re doing it wrong .  I definitely know all about this.  Before I went off to Rolfing School, I pretty much worked exclusively in offices, answering phones and managing a never ending tornado of paper.  My back has never hurt so much as it did daily when I was working in front of a computer all the time.

Of course, you should have a good strength and stretching program in place to make sure all your muscles are getting worked on a regular basis, but if you need a little quick relief for your aching back, try this simple stretch.

Sidenote: the brilliance in this stretch (called Child’s Pose in yoga) is not in flopping down into it, limp as a noodle.  Reach out behind you with your tailbone while at the same time stretching your fingertips further in front of you on the mat.  This gives your spine a gentle traction and creates space between each of the vertebra.

And for an extra bonus, I show you how you can get some very gentle spinal traction just using the ground and nothing else.  Basically, you start from a seated position and roll your back down on to the floor, imagining that you’re setting down one vertebra at a time and then stretching as much as you can before setting the next one down.  By the time you’ve got your back all laid out on the floor, you’re getting a gentle stretch down the length of your spine that you can hold for five to ten minutes, or longer if you like!

Of course, if you have spinal injuries of any sort, check with your doctor before doing any type of exercise, including these.  You don’t want to put yourself in danger of further damaging your back!

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Posture Exercise to Fix a Hunched Back by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living I’m lucky.  Despite all the stiffness I had my whole life in my legs and hips, I’ve always been fairly flexible in the shoulders and upper back.  But a lot ... Read on »
Neck Pain Relief with a Simple Stretch by Sukie B. Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthy Living Do you ever wake up and just feel like you slept wrong?  Like your neck was in some crazy unnatural position all night, or maybe the cat was dancing on your ... Read on »