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Physical Relaxation & Sleep Enhancement

Learning to bring deep relaxation to the physical body was one of the best investments I have ever made. Relaxing the body’s muscles, soft tissue webbing and organs (and I swear it feels like bones, too!) simply feels amazing.  There are a number of benefits associated with this, from increased sleep quality; to the whole cascade of rejuvenating processes associated the activation of the parasympathetic nervous system branch of the autonomic nervous system (relaxation response), to other neural and neuromuscular ...Read More

Shoshin

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there few.” Shunryu Suzuki (above). Shoshin, or Beginner’s Mind, is a phrase from Zen Buddhism to describe the state of child-like eagerness, wonderment and playfulness that comes when the mind is not labeling things and events (especially ones we are familiar with) – when we are just experiencing them, as if for the first time.   When I read the above quote from Zen Master Shunryu Suzuki, it struck ...Read More

Ode to Forearm Training

Being a massive Bruce Lee fan since I was 7, naturally I wanted epic, rippling forearms (especially the extensor bellies visible in the picture above!).  Nothing says you mean business like big, rippling forearms…just what business, exactly, is up for mass debate.    Forearm training seems to be quite the martial arts meme (somewhat independent of stylistic differences), perhaps because large, well-defined forearm muscles have a connotation of grip strength and power; hand dexterity (possibly subliminally extrapolated into skill with ...Read More