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Looking Back – Thinking Forward

These days between Christmas and the New Year allow us a unique perspective into both the year behind and the one ahead. It is a wonderful time to look back at our successes, and failures, our joys and sorrows and our relationships, both good and not-so-good, and...

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A Fix for Turf Toe

I continue to receive many emails from high school, college and professional athletes asking for help with turf toe. Early detection and treatment make a big difference in these cases and it can completely change the course of the injury. Utilizing an effective...

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Relax Your Nervous System

The nervous system (NS) is the most sensitive of all the body’s physiological functions. It is also the least understood. Comprised of the brain and spinal chord, along with all the peripheral nerves and neurons that originate in the spine, the nervous system is...

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Talking shop with Brian Dorfman

A Kinesiologist who's certified in yoga and craniosacral therapies, Chinese herbal medicine, and massage, Brian Dorfman embodies the term "holistic healer." At his kinesiology clinic located in Solana Beach, California, he's logged some 25,000 hours of hands-on work,...

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Taking care of your spine

Running clears the mind and compresses the spine. The spinal cord is the brain's messenger. It lives in the center of your vertebra and finds peace when given just the right amount of twist and torque. With long term stress, problems of the spine can range from...

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Start the season in rhythm

Want to get the most from your season? Make sure to maintain flexibility in your pelvic girdle, this will allow you to get the most out of your training and peak race performance. Use these stretches when you need some rhythm or as a pre-run warm up and notice the difference.

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Override the stress response

In our culture of high output and high stress we tend to rely on our fight or flight system to keep us going. The nervous system, however, can also be the answer to help us destress. This network has a mass of 4.5 pounds/2kg and accounts for 3% of our body weight. It...

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Number Crunching

Yoga teachers Rodney Yee and Brian Dorfman compare notes on the ideal size for a yoga class. As Yoga's popularity expands, so do class rosters. This bodes well for yoga's continued longevity, but when does popularity become overpopulation? Can too many students dilute...

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Make a Good Race Great

The difference between a good race and a great race is in the subtle preparation. After working with 6 different Ironman world champions, I realized that their preparation was similar: Everything was measured to fit one intention, they wanted to peak, on one day to be...

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Lifetime Fitness

Getting athletes to stretch is harder then stretching itself. However, it should be clear that stretching is an integral part of long term heath and fitness. Effort to train will be balanced by ease of stretching. Therefore, stretching is a way to increase your chance...

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