Katy Bowman, biomechanist, is on a mission to educate us about our bodies, and teach us how to be healthily and happily embodied. Although her writing style is informal, this blog is rich with technical information on biomechanics, alignment, and other body nerdery. She also has a great podcast!
Align Integration & Movement
Physical therapist Susan McLoughlin writes to-the-point posts, that are chock-full of fantastic exercises and stretches. I refer people here often for homework.
Alignment Monkey / Nurturance
Portland's own Barbara Loomis (Restorative Exercise and Abdominal Therapies Specialist) focuses on natural movement, pelvic floor, reproductive, and digestive health. Also highly recommended as a care provider!
We share space with this group of awesome practitioners. If you can't get in to see me, please go to them!
Julianna Waters provides refreshing and creative mental health care. Conveniently located downtown.
Inviting downtown clinic - offering acupuncture, massage therapy, and mental health care.
Downtown Portland's most qi-full acupuncture practice.
Ridgeline Clinic // Organic Acupuncture
Located in SE Portland, and home to stellar providers of chiropractic care, massage therapy, and acupuncture.
Haven: A Skin Care Studio
Erin, Portland's maven of skin care, uses quality products and will have your skin healthy and glowing in no time.
Movement Practices and Products we LOVE
Nutritious Movement: Alignment Snacks
I can't recommend these 20-30 minute movement classes enough. They help keep me pain-free, and lead to a better understanding of our amazing bodies. Now offered in a discounted bundle of downloads, which is awesome! Get them now!
As someone who has personally battled chronic low back pain and sciatica, these exercises have helped me immensely. Start with the beginner exercises, and go slow!
"We are not meant to live in a confined environment. We are not meant to be disconnected from the natural world and our own true nature. Chronic pain, immobility, depression and lack of vitality, these are the symptoms of the zoo human syndrome. Modern society conditions us to consider this as normal and unavoidable. We don’t think so." Enough said.
Get all the balls, and The Roll Model book. You will not regret it.
Soft Foam Roller
Using a softer, grippier roller will leave your tissues crying tears of joy, instead of tears of pain. (MELT Method offers a nice roller too!)
Toe alignment-wear created by Portland podiatrist Ray McClanahan. They are strong and pliable, which sets them a world apart from many other toe spreaders. (PS - check out Dr. McClanahan's blog and the Restorative Exercise site for more info why you might want to give these a try.)
Yep, squatting aligns your bowels for optimal...um...movements. Revolutionize your bathroom time.
Move Your DNA: Restore Your Health Through Natural Movement by Katy Bowman
I heart Katy Bowman. This is a great starting place for those unfamiliar with her work.