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Deep Powder Turns & Structural Integration

Summer eased into fall and winter is upon us , well almost. I share many of my clients anticipation for making effortless turns in deep cold powder as my practice is informed by my passion for snowboarding or as the French aptly say ‘Surf La Neige!!!!’

I love riding in the mountains whether I earned my turns on Glory, hitched a lift on the tram or I’m putting in a day on patrol at Grand Targhee. To be truly ready for winter means putting in a lot of hard work to reap the rewards. I demand a lot from my body both at play and as a practitioner.

The years of having fun have taken their toll with a resurfaced left hip, an ACL repair and a shoulder surgery. My self care routine includes receiving Structural Integration bodywork, swimming , yoga and easing out the kinks with a foam roller.

I feel so alive and ready to meet the world when I keep on top of my routine with the benefits of Structural Integration bodywork being the foundation that keeps me moving and pain free. I understand how difficult it is to keep fit and meet the many physical challenges after injury so I  use that knowledge as a Structural Integration practitioner to help my client’s achieve their goals.

Structural Integration = Snowsports Success

Let me explain how Structural Integration can help you realize
your deep powder dreams.unnamed A twisted ankle will lead to imbalance in the knee and hip and therefore pelvis which in turn will throw off the torso leaving misalignment throughout your entire structure.

The sense of not being truly in your body can become more and more frustrating and affect your ability to cope with daily life revealing how vulnerable we can be. The thought of not being able to perform at the top of your game gives way to even more setbacks as you struggle to find balance and an acceptable level of fitness.

Structural Integration sessions will help restore your body to a more balanced alignment with greater flexibility, ease of movement and an enhanced ability to cope with stress. My ability to invite change in the human structure is based upon
25 years of studying the healing arts and utilizing the most effective techniques to help you live a pain free life.

I listen to your body with my hands asking permission of your nervous system so it can relax , not feel threatened, and able to be open and receptive to unwinding years of compensation and protective armouring. When your body enters into this safe environment healing the effects of old trauma , both physical and emotional, is truly attainable.

The layers of stress, pain and guarding fall away as you realize that you can breathe more deeply and move with an effortless grace. The series of sessions are taken in sequence each one building upon the last so there is a lasting core structure to work with as you then move into specific training for your sport.

To Book A Session With Jared call 530.386.8343 or visit http://www.jaredpower.com

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Why You Should Train Movement, Not Ego

Unless you plan on competing in a strong man competition, or at a crossfit event, why would you train as if you are?gymnastics-artistic-gymnastics-gymnast-gymnasts-silhouette-Hoodies

You most likely want to exercise so that you will feel better, perform better in your activities, have more energy, live pain free, reduce your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis, and looking better is a nice benefit as well.

Exercise as a whole will help reduce the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, weight training will reduce the risk of osteoporosis and make you look better.


What makes you feel better, perform better, have more energy, and live pain free? 



You see, humans are designed to move, we are the greatest machine ever created. Look at a gymnast, their athleticism and ability to move efficiently is incredible. 20110907-gsovhikg1-08

In order to move better, you must practice movement. I'm not just talking about walking around type movement. I'm talking about moving your body through all its ranges of motion with proper form.

When you train movement, such as yoga, you're in a constant state of re-training your brain to move efficiently in all activities.

When you weight train movement, you're applying yoga-esk movements under load. 

Think about a baseball player right before they go to bat. They are "on deck" and put a bunch of weights onto their baseball bat and swing it around.

Then, once they're up to the plate, the bat they are swinging feels effortless and light. 

Treat training your body for your activities the same way, practice movements that you are DESIGNED to perform under load. 

Then, in your sport, many of those same movements, or even surprise moments, will feel effortless and pain free.

How do you train movement?

There are many options. My personal favorites are kettlebells, the steel mace, battleropes, sandbags, steel clubs, and medicine balls.

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1: Yoga
2: Pilates

Why did I not chose barbells you may ask. Well, Barbells are incredible way to build strength, but not necessarily a way to train movement.

You are stuck in one plane of motion. You can get strong, yes. But will it help you move efficiently? No. 

So why not train strength and movement at the same time? Why would you not want to be strong AND move well?

Well you can, with those options I told you before.

The thing is, if you're not a well paid athlete that spends most of their day stretching, eating well, and exercising in all aspects, then you most likely have a few kinks or old injuries.

Think now about your body like a soda can. If you stand on a soda can when it's fully in-tact, it will accept quite a large amount of weight. Similar to a professional athlete who actually could use the benefits of heavy lifting.

But, if you maybe work a regular job, aren't taking at least 2 hrs a day to stretch, do fascial release, or any other number of body treatment practices, your body is more like a soda can with a couple dents in it.

So, what happens now? The soda can crushes. So if you aren't fully aligned to emphasis proper movement always, what are you doing by lifting so heavy? You are emphasising error!

Now, you may not feel the effects of this damage right away, but down the road, it's going to manifest in evil ways that could take many, many years to fix.

The problem with our society is everyone is living in such instant gratification that nobody thinks about the future.

Our bodies are no exception. Train your body for movement, look better, feel better, get ALL the benefits you're looking for that will last you a long time well into your later years.

If you're unsure of which modality is best for you. Stop by Medicine Wheel Wellness today or call 307-699-7480 to speak with one of our movement specialists! 

-By Adam Dowell

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