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April 15- 18, Yoga Retreat, Seville, Spain with Chris James. Trasierra is a privately owned beautiful hotel set high in the Sierra Morena hills, 80km of Seville. Discover this carfully designed calming place. Experience energizing Yoga sessions with Chris James, lections and discussions on Diet and Nuritrition, Ayurveda, theories and philosophies that underpin yoga. Enjoy a wide variety of home grown vegetables accompany carefully selected and simply cooked meat and fish. Take advantage of a 10% discount vouchers with Wellicious if you book before 21 March 2010.
Jessica Medros, our Roman Ambassador is currently doing her doctorate in physical therapy in California has sent us this interesting Blog entry. If you enjoy hiking then please do read this interesting article to learn which muscles are crucial to hiking so that you can become more mindful of your body while enjoying the outdoors pain-free.
For those, like me, who love to explore nature, there are important biomechanical principles to be aware of while hiking. Biomechanics is the science concerned with effects of forces acting on objects. Kinematics give the description of motion and kinetics are the forces that cause change in motion. Both kinematics and kinetics are relevant to the task of hiking.
When hiking, there is an internal force — a force that acts within an object or system. This internal force is both passive and active. The active component is generated by muscle. The passive component is tensile (the internal pulling force of tendons, ligaments, and joint capsules) and compressive (internal pushing forces). External forces are those that come from the interaction with the environment. Non-contact external forces include objects not in contact with such as gravity, electrical and magnetic forces. Contact external forces are those one touches, like air, water, and ground.
While hiking, the 3 basic dimensions in mechanics acting on and in the body are: the length-space in which the movement occurs, the time-duration of the movement, and the inertia/mass property of an object to resist changes in motion. There are also stresses that occur during the hiking movement. If we consider hiking a series of gait cycles then, there is a compressive stress during heel strike, a tensile stress during stance, and another compressive stress during push-off.
Longevity in hiking is essential. The seasoned hiker must become aware of the direction in which he/she is loading his/her muscles. The direction of load is when the contraction of muscles (compressive force) counteracts the tensile forces. Exercise with improper loading can increase muscle fatigue reduces the protective capability of muscles. The hiker can use the techniques learned in Yoga, Pilates and GYROTONIC to ameliorate his/her skeletal alignment. Using these kinesthetic experiences, the practitioner can transfer his/her skills to alter his/her hiking technique, which results in normal loading and places bone at a decreased risk for failure.
Below is a list of muscles that are crucial to the hiking task. I recommend the practitioner/hiker to become better aware of this list of muscles. Overtime, you will see that understanding the biomechanics behind hiking makes it much easier to learn how to adjust your technique to keep hiking fun and pain-free.
|Tibialis anterior (anterior compartment)||Dorsiflex, inverts subtalar joint, adducts and inverts the talonavicular joint, and supports medial longitudinal arch.|
|Extensor Hallucis Longus||Dorsiflexes and extends 1st toe|
|Extensor digitorum longus||Evert|
|Fibularis longus (lateral compartment)||Pronator of forefoot, primary evertor of foot, slight plantar flex, abduct the subtalar and transverse tarsal joints.Uses lateral malleolus as pulleyLarge moment arm
Help decelerate supination of foot during mid to late stance
Opposes tibialis posterior
|Fibularis Brevis||primary evertor of foot, slight plantar flex, abduct the subtalar and transverse tarsal joints.Large moment armHelp decelerate supination of foot during mid to late stance
Opposes tibialis posterior
|Gastrocnemius||Platar flex and supinateProduce 80% of total plantar flexion due to X sectional area and moment arm.|
|Solous||Plantar flex and supinateProduce 80% of total plantar flexion due to X sectional area and moment arm.|
|Tibialis Posterior||Plantar flex and supinateCreates greatest supinator torque|
|Flexor Digitorum Longus||Plantar flex and supinateHold toes flat on surface in late stance|
|Flexor Hallucis Longus||Plantar flex and supinateHold toes flat on surface in late stance|
|Intrinsics||Active in stance to increase WB surfaces of toes|
|Layer 1: FDB, ABD H, ABD dig min||Flex and abduct 1st and 5th digit|
|Layer 2: Quadratus Plantae and lumbricals||QP keeps alignment of FDL, lumbricals originate from FDL-flex at MTP and extend at IP|
|Layer 3: Add Hall, Flx hal Brev (two sesamoid bones to increase flexion torque), Flx Dig Min||intrinsics|
|Layer 4: Plantar (add)/ Dorsal (aBd) interossei||intrinsics|
Our retail customer Catrin Rudling, a certified teamaster, loves matcha tea and sent us this superhealthy and supersimple recipe.
Super simple shot with matcha, one shot:
- 1 tsk matcha (mix with a spoon, a little water or juice, to form a paste)
- Use a whisk or a blender and add 1 dl freshly pressed orange juice.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Matcha is used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony "Cha No Yu". It is a very special and elegant tea in powder form, which is the original way to drink tea, both in China and Japan. Nice and early harvested matcha (the matcha in Aichi harvested from the end of May and during the summer) has as our a bright green color and can both be enjoyed as a tea or as a flavoring and utility-enhancing ingredient in ice cream, smoothies, lattes, chocolate and pastries.
An authentic Japanese tea ceremony is a meditative journey, and Cha-No-Yu is the most comprehensive tea ceremony and a very sophisticated and fully developed way to manage, present and consume tea. A tea ceremony in Japan can take several hours and the tea master will guide the guests through the ceremony of various, carefully planned steps that are influenced by Zen Buddhism and its philosophy. Becoming a tea master require years of philosophical and spiritual work and covers many areas such as art, literature, calligraphy and more. During the tea ceremony two types of matcha are prepared that’s severed to the guests, the thick tea (koicha) and thin tea (usucha). Small dishes and pastries of soybeans are served and depending of the season and guests preferences. The tea is served from a special, flat-bottomed ceramic bowl (called chawan) and stirred with a whisk of bamboo into a frothy drink.
There are many different recipes, where matcha is used in desserts and beverages, sauces, ice cream, smoothies, lattes. So this is a tea with a lot of interesting possibilities. Important when you prepare matcha is that the water temperature does not exceed 70 degrees C.
On Catrin Rudling's website www.mightyleaf.se at the page “pairing tea and food” you will - at the bottom of the page - find several recipes with matcha.
With an offset spatula, spread the mixture across as many dehydrator teflex sheets as necessary to get your desired cracker thickness and dehydrate until the top is completely dry. Flip over onto the mesh sheet only and dehydrate again until crunchy.