Gaga Over Heels

A great article for sandal wearing weather. Check out this experiment about what heels do to our bodies…..

Gaga Over Heels:  Myoskeletal Alignment for Postural Problems

by Erik Dalton, Ph.D.

Article as seen in Massage Magazine September 2011

Creating a new dynamic equilibrium

The biomechanical effect of heels, in everything from running shoes to stilettos, has puzzled researchers and fired controversy for almost a century. In a highly functioning body, the neuro-myoskeletal system hangs in dynamic equilibrium, each part balancing the other. But when a woman wears high heels, a new dynamic equilibrium occurs. If one body part becomes fixed, the whole system must compensate with altered movement patterns, resulting in kinetic “chain” kinks.

Here is an interesting experiment that will help you get a feel for the biomechanical adjustments high-heel wearers deal with every day:

Stand barefoot with the back against a wall. Observe how your upright body column forms a perpendicular line, or 90-degree angle, with the floor (Fig. 1a). Slide a 2-inch wedge of some kind, such as a phone book, under both heels. Notice by keeping your body column rigid, you’re forced to tilt forward from90 to about 70 degrees (Fig. 1b).
Now replace the wedge with a 3-inch wedge and straighten up so you’re touching the wall again. Feel the dramatic myoskeletal adaptations that take place. Can you feel your ankles shift from dorsi- to plantar-flexion? In this standing posture, the knees buckle, hips flex, low back sways and shoulder girdle retracts (Fig. 1c).

The brain, guided by foot, ankle and visual proprioceptors, must instantaneously make a whole series of myofascial and joint adjustments to the ankle, knee, hip, spine and head to regain and retain erect stance and equilibrium.

But high-heeled, posturo-functional faults are not confined to the external milieu; they may also inflict compressional damage on the internal viscera, particularly the pelvic bowl contents. According to research conducted by Canadian physiotherapist Diane Lee, which she described in the article, “Biomechanical Effects of Wearing High Heel Shoes,” published in the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics, excessive lumbar lordosis causes the pelvic bowl to dip anteriorly, which raises the body’s center of gravity and leads to reduced proprioceptive stability. So not only are we more unstable on our feet when wearing heels, but the increased anterior pelvic tilt squashes our poor organs.

click here for the full article:

http://erikdalton.com/media/published-articles/gaga-over-heels/

Chakra Balancing Workshop with Katie Bohn

Presented by Katie Bohn, the Chakra Balancing Workshop will introduce the chakra system and how it is related to yoga.

This workshop is designed to to start your self exploration journey through the Chakra energy system. The word Chakra is Sanskrit for “wheel”. It is traditionally believed there are 7 energy “wheels” or vortex’s located along the spine of the body. Each Chakra is associated with particular physical, emotional or spiritual functions within the body. When Chakras become imbalanced they can affect our interactions with the world.

This two-hour workshop will cover the basic characteristics and functions of each chakra and which Asanas (physical yoga postures) pertain to stimulating and opening each energy center. There will be a combination of physical asana practice and meditation. Participants are encouraged to bring a small journal for reflective writing.

Happy Mardi Gras! No Yoga Saturday, 2/18.

In observance of this fabulous time of year, we will not be having yoga classes on Saturday, 2/18.

Enjoy the beautiful weather, great food, and better friends during this celebration. Be safe, be kind, and (most important) have FUN! We hope to see you Monday at 6:00pm, for Yoga for Everyone with Dianna Lucas!

A new session of Beginner’s Yoga with Kim Spearmon!

Beginning next Saturday, February 25, Indigo is proud to announce our next 6 week Beginner’s Yoga Series with Kim Spearmon!

2/25-3/31, Saturdays from 9:30-11:00am
$96 registration fee

In this beginner’s series, we’ll cover in philosophy and practice, the rise of Hatha yoga in the West. We’ll begin with an overview of the Yoga Sutras, or principles, as explained by the Hindu philosopher Patanjalin. Physically, we will focus on cultivating and practicing the asanas (postures) with the yogic breath (ujjayi). Many aspects of Iyengar, Ashtanga, Bikram and more will be discussed and practiced to form an enlightened and well rounded Hatha Yoga practice.

All six weeks result in a deeper understanding of the term yoga and the physical practice that surrounds it resulting in a more supple, subtle Mind, Body & Spirit

Kim began the philosophical practice of yoga in 1990 while working on her undergraduate degree at DePaul Univesity. After developing her own practice in the Iyengar and Ashtanga styles, she completed her teacher training with YogaWorks in 2003. Kim then began teaching Vinyasa system classes at mark Whitwell’s Heart of Yoga and Ashtanga based classes at UCLA’s John Wooden Center. Kim offers strong, rhythmic and fun classes. While emphasizing breathing and core alignment, students are encouraged to practice according to their individual needs.

 

Please, call or email us to register!
Phone: (314) 276-9882
Email: info@indigomassagetherapy.com

A Valentine’s Day Escape!

Indigo Massage & Wellnesss is the location for your Valentine’s Destination!

To celebrate this holiday of togetherness, we are transforming our studio into a Couple’s Massage Destination, offering massages by reservation at a special price that you cannot miss…..

$50 reserves your appointment
and you pay only $50 when you arrive!
(add hot towels for both of you for $20)

Connect this Valentines in an unique way!

10 Reasons It Helps St. Louis When You Buy from Local Independent Businesses

from BUILD St. Louis

1. A Stronger Local Economy
Compared to non-local chains here, local independents and homegrown chains reinvest about THREE TIMES more of their revenue and profits back into our local economy. And dollars you spend at locals have a “multiplier effect” – much more of your money cycles back through other St. Louis-based businesses, enriching our community.

2. Appealing Local Character
Local character gives St. Louis an economic advantage over generic “Anytown” communities. In an increasingly homogenized, large chain- and franchise-dominated world, preserving our unique local businesses and distinctive character will keep St. Louis city and county appealing destinations – and better places to live and work.

3. More Local Jobs
Local indies create more jobs in their own communities, and buy more goods and services from other locally owned independent businesses, helping sustain even more St. Louis-area jobs.

4. Utilizing Local Tax Dollars
Shopping and dining more at local indies in local business districts (and less at malls and big box stores) means less infrastructure, less maintenance, and more money available to beautify our neighborhoods. Also, buying locally instead of online at non-locals ensures that your sales taxes are reinvested where they belong: St. Louis.

5. A Larger Middle Class

Local entrepreneurship fuels economic innovation and prosperity, and serves as a key way for St. Louis-area families to move out of low-wage jobs and into the middle class.

6. More Responsible Decision-Making
Local ownership ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in our area and will feel the direct impacts of major decisions that affect St. Louis.

7. A Greener Environment
Local independent businesses better utilize land and existing buildings in the St. Louis area, helping to sustain vibrant, compact, walkable neighborhoods and town centers – while reducing sprawl, car use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.

8. Community Well-Being
St. Louis-based businesses build strong communities by sustaining our neighborhoods, linking neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships, and contributing to St. Louis-area causes at a higher rate than non-locals here.

9. Unique Choices at Good Prices
Local indies aren’t stuck with national-chain formulas. They use their own creativity, passion, and knowledge to provide great selections and services tailored to their St. Louis-area customers.

10. Better Service
Local owners and employees really know their businesses and their customers, and offer more personalized service and relevant advice. You’re important to them, and it shows!

Toy Drive for the Children at Cornerstone

Founded in 1969, Cornerstone Center for Early Learning is an early childhood center located in the Shaw Neighborhood that serves children, ages 6 weeks to 6 years, from primarily lower income backgrounds. Of the 150 children served daily, one-third reside in families with a household income of under $10,000.

YOU CAN BRING A SMILE TO A CORNERSTONE CHILD!

Please bring your new toy with you. It does not have to be wrapped. If you wish to wrap it, please attach a card with the type of gift as well as the recommended age and gender. Cornerstone will make sure to get your gift in the hands of a very appreciative child.
THANK YOU!

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Holiday Handmade Gifts at Indigo Massage & Wellness

December 17, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Please join us for handcrafted cupcakes and wine and an opportunity to purchase beautiful handmade gifts from Angelina Accoutrements cashmere accessories, Skif sweaters, Carmelita Nunez- Shown ceramics, Narcisse yoga inspired jewelery, Nita Turnage ceramics, Deborah Katon glassware and jewelery, CD’s from local kirtan leader Bradford Smith, soaps and body care from Kind, gift certificates from Indigo, and much more. One stop holiday shopping, all local and all handmade so that you may even want to treat yourself.

Support Local this Holiday Season!