Nutrition and Healing

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Dates are up for the next N. Virginia workshop!

APRIL Northern VA Lose Your Mummy Tummy workshop.
 (includes all three days of class)
Class 1: Saturday April 27th 2013 (9:00am - 11:30am)
Class 2: Saturday May 11th 2013 (9:00am - 11:00am)
Class 3: Saturday June 1st 2013 (9:00am - 11:00am)    

Held in Chantilly, VA 
Nova Natural Birth Center
4200A Technology Ct

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Check yourself for diastasis

Am I a good candidate for the Tupler Technique?
          Many Many people have diastasis of the rectus abdominal muscles and don't know it and would benefit from the Tupler Technique!
  •  Postpartum women (no matter if pregnancy was days ago or 30 years ago)
  •  Pregnant women (to minimize diastasis, strengthen for labor, quicker recover) 
  •  Men :  may have it from exercise, genetics, abdominal surgery
  •  Women who have not had children (same reasons as above)
  •  Children - muscles usually come together on their own but not for all children
  • Anyone: who wants to strengthen their core  in a functional way, improve their posture, and body mechanics, and reduce back pain.
  • Anyone pre or post abdominal surgery, to better chances of surgery success and regain abdominal strength  

How do I know if I have diastasis? Can I check for this myself?
 watch this video from minute to check! (you can skip the first 3 minutes or so) 

How do I know if my diastasis is closed? 

Closing the gap, is all about bringing the two halves of the rectus abdominal muscles together through exercise ( the elevators and contracting) done with the transverse brought all the way back towards the spine. You can bring the muscles even closer together by splinting. Doing the exercises 3 times a day will help ensure you are continually bringing your muscles closer together and bringing blood flow to the area.  Wearing the splint to approximate the muscles, making them easier to strengthen and will help take pressure off of the stretched out connective tissue ( the linea alba) so that it can heal.

As your gap heals, the connective tissue separation will feel shallower when you put your fingers in the gap to measure. As the connective tissue becomes shallower, the muscles will come closer together. 
Your diastasis is closed when the connective tissue at the belly button is shallow and the two muscle bellies are close together, maybe a finger width.  By clinical definition one to two fingerwidths and shallow is not significant, but I find my clients with two fingerwidths can still greatly benefit in both waistline and strength by bringing it closer together.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Featured in BALTIMORE's CHILD Magazine March 2013 edition!!

 Check out this month's edition in Baltimore Child featuring an article on what I do!!!   It gives the background story of how I came about to find the Tupler Technique and how it became such a big part of what I do.   Check out the article
and get the story!