Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Spring Load your Knees this Spring

Nia is an artful combination of three martial arts, three dance arts and three healing arts.
Each of these contributing practices offers an important facet to the work of the Nia Technique.  
T’ai Chi is one of the martial arts.  We call it the ‘Slow Dance’ and it offers quite a bit to what we know as Nia.  If you’ve been practicing Nia for a while, you may be surprised to learn what aspects of it come from T’ai Chi.
In this playshop we’re going to explore the elements that T’ai Chi brings to Nia.  We’ll be mostly focused on the way that the concepts and practices of T’ai Chi helps to strengthen and support the knees and keep them safe from harm while we dance.  Once we embody the concepts of this playshop, our knees will be free to dance without fear.  T’ai Chi teaches us how to “Spring Load” our knees which unleashes all of the ease and power of the legs. 
We’ll also take the opportunity to learn and practice some very specific self-massage techniques that will help to release tension and reduce pain in the knees.
Say good bye to knee pain, say good bye to feeling weakness in the legs, and learn how to SPRING LOAD YOUR KNEES this Spring.
No experience is required in either T’ai Chi or in Nia to benefit from and enjoy this playshop.
Come play and dance with us as we unlock and release the pleasure of spring loaded knees.

  


Friday, April 15 
6:00pm - 8:00pm
Gina Gibney Dance Studio
890 Broadway (@19th St)
5th floor

Admission is $35 and includes a FREE Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Ball that you can use for ongoing care of your knees. (and for the rest of your body, too.)



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Friday, March 18, 2011

April Fools Day Nia Dance Party

FreeDance: The Celebration of Fools
We have two different Playshops planned for April.

On Friday night, April first, we’re celebrating April Fools Day with a Nia Dance Party. A Fool is a playful and silly person. So when you’re dancing to celebrate Fools, you really can’t do anything wrong. The same is true when it comes to Free Dance.  So what a perfect opportunity to celebrate the most foolish day of the year by dancing freely!

Come and boogie a little, (or a lot!) We’ll explore more and less and big and small and fast and slow and so many different free dancing techniques that your dancing will expand exponentially.
It will be inspired by Nia music and guided (loosely) by Jason, but it will be *your* exploration and totally free and totally foolish and totally fun. No expectations; just shenanigans. 
Friday April 1, 6pm - 8pm 

Gina Gibney Studios
890 Broadway, 5th Floor (@19th St.)

$30

or attend both Playshops in April for $50. 
with a Play-Pass.
(Spring-Load Your Knees Playshop is April 15.)



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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Jason Alan Griffin is NOT leaving!

There seems to be a rumor going around that I’m leaving the Big Apple. Turning my back on New York City and returning to the green hills of Seattle. Well let me reassure that this is simply not the case. 
I’m currently selling my apartment.  This is a long and drawn out process involving putting it on the market and waiting for offers to come in.  When offers do come in, we may negotiate back and forth a bit and then finally come to an agreement on price and terms, so then we’ll go into ‘escrow.’ 
Escrow is overseen by a disinterested third party. It’s a process where all the paperwork is put in order and all the I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed before the exchange of keys and money takes place.  It could take up to two months.
So this is all way off in the future.  
I mean, it was going to happen eventually. I never intended to settle down in New York. I was happy in Seattle. I really felt like I had found home when I lived there in the 90’s. But the oughts were going to be my New York experience decade. Did you think I was going to stay here forever?
To be honest, my original intention was to come to New York and spend seven years getting established as an actor so that I could move to L.A. with more clout; being a New York actor.  I was going to give myself another seven years to “make it” in L.A. and then, if nothing happened after that time, I’d return to Seattle. After a few years, I realized I liked New York, and preferred acting on the stage to acting on film, so I ditched the L.A. idea and stayed in New York.  
Eventually, I came to realize that I did not enjoy show business. I enjoyed performing. I loved being on stage and I liked being on set, shooting films, TV, commercials or even taking still photographs.  If that’s all there was to the business, I’d love it.  But it’s a lot of sales.  A lot of hustling. A lot of self-promoting. A lot of ego. A lot of competition. And a lot of rejection.  I didn’t enjoy it. I hated it.
So I now call myself an artist. I perform for the art of it.  I don’t need unions or agents or even to be paid. I want to do it for fun, not commerce. 
I also have a fitness business that I’m passionate about.  I enjoy doing it and it makes me enough money and gives me the satisfaction of helping lots of people. I can do this business anywhere I want; I don’t have to be in New York.
So, I decided to make the quality of life switch. 
In the meantime, please don’t write me off.  I’m still in New York. I’m still taking on new clients and teaching classes and workshops. I’m just not making any long term commitments.
Before I pack up and head out, we will all have plenty of advance notice.  I promise to make a big ordeal out of it when the apartment sells and we’re in the process of ‘escrow’
So, take advantage of me while I’m here.  Don’t mourn me until I’m actually gone. Don’t worry, you won’t miss the going away party.   

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Firedance: The Nia “Riverdance” routine.

This is the first appearance of a concept called Athletic Nia. This is meant to be an offshoot of traditional Nia for those who were athletically inclined or were familiar and confident enough with traditional Nia and wanted something more athletic.

I consider this an advanced routine for many reasons.

One is that the way it was presented shows very few Level 1 options. Many of the movements are plyometric in nature (jumping) and would need some modifying for someone who was less conditioned. That alone is a good reason to avoid the routine until having had some movement experience and are comfortable making your own adaptations without a lot of guidance.

The routine requires a great attention to detail, especially because of the repetition of a very quick movement involving stepping on the back foot on the ball of the foot and on the whole forward foot. This quick shuffling-like motion has a lot of pitfalls that a beginning student/teacher may fall into. I have to consistently caution students not to slide or drag their feet and not to pound their feet hard into the floor. It is also very important to use proper alignment in the ankles and feet, which is not something that comes easily to a beginner.

Another thing that contributes to my calling it an advanced routine is that the music is undeniably uplifting and inspirational. It fuels very grand and emotional movements at times and very quick, staccato footwork at other times. It is mostly quite energetic and celebratory so participants tend to match the energy and get lost in the celebration, which causes the less advanced students to lose focus on themselves at the very time when the focus is most crucial.

So it requires an approach that can override the raucous music and remain internally calm and centered. A beginner, or a less experienced dancer can easily become overwhelmed by the excitement and physical challenge that is offered by this wonderful routine, and hurt themselves.

I tend to save the routine for special occasions and workshops, or split the body of work up into small chunks and insert a few songs into a playlist I’m creating for class. And whenever I do have a piece of this work in a routine, I will make a point to discuss these points with my students (especially any new students) before the class begins.

St. Patrick's Day Sunscreen and Yoga Flow

Saint Patrick’s Day 2011 was a gorgeous spring like day in New York City.
I love to do my exercises outside when the weather permits, and today was a good day for that. I worked out yesterday, so today I just wanted to flow.  I needed to iron out my body after the abuse I gave it yesterday. I was just making up my flow as I went along.  I was more focused on enjoying the sun today than anything else.  

I am aware that we’re advised to get at least twenty to thirty minutes of unprotected sun rays on our skin each day to maximize the health of our blood and immune system. But if we’re exposed to the suns rays for longer than that, we should protect ourselves with a good sunscreen.
Read My Skin Cancer Story to see how well aware I am of this fact 
A good sunscreen is harder to find. Read here about my Search for a “Good” Sunscreen
But I did find a good one, so I’m going to wear it today. I only put it on my face and head and neck because I went out earlier today and was dressed, so those parts of my body already got sun.  The rest of my body needs its unprotected rays.  I put my sunscreen on thirty minutes before doing my flow because it takes that long to be fully absorbed and start working.
So, that’s how I celebrate the holiday. I hope you had a great St. Patrick’s Day as well!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Meet Shmuel Tatz Event

Dancers!  Athletes! Musicians!

Anyone using their body on a daily basis can benefit from regular body tuning.

BODY TUNING is the technique used by such dance legends as Fernando Bujones,  Alexandra Danilova, Vladimir Vasiliev, Natalia Makarova, Anna Sokolow and Tommy Tune; stars of today like JoaquĆ­n De Luz, Savion Glover and Diana Vishneva; and prominent instructors like David Harford, Finis Jhung and Irina 
Kolpakova.
After Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais’ work, comes Body Tuning.  After 
the physical therapist stretches you, your chiropractor adjusts you and Pilates strengthens your core, now is the time to experience the synergy of all of this. 
Body Tuning puts everything together and makes sure your body is running smoothly; or “in tune.”
I have put together an opportunity for you to meet the amazing Dr. Shmuel Tatz, who has created Body Tuning and has been practicing for 40 years.

In this workshop, you will receive 5-10 minutes of hands-on Body Tuning and learn methods for self-tuning that are specific to your body's needs. Enjoy longevity in your professional career without interruption by keeping your body tuned regularly. 
          

Please contact me to register for this event.  There is only room in the small office for eight people, and I already have three signed up.

DETAILS:

Cost: Only $10
Place: Dr. Tatz’ Body Tuning Studio
(near Columbus Circle)  exact address supplied upon registration
Day: Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Time: 6pm to 7pm
Attendance is limited to the first eight.
To Register: JasonAlanGriffin@gmail.com                                                                                        
Make pain a thing of the past.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Workout and Meditation

This is an example of how I use meditation after a workout.
Today's workout was about strength and alignment. I gave myself very little rest and moved through some of the most basic human movement exercises. My overall goal was to increase my heart rate in quick bursts of effort with timed rests.  I started with a warm up and ended with a cool down, as always. The workout itself lasted about 27 minutes.
Some days I like to meditate after a workout. Especially if the workout has gotten me particularly excited or tense.  Today was one of those days. I was really struggling at the end of my workout, but I put all of my energy into continuing to go through the exercises with strict form. Afterwards, as I was doing my finishing stretches, I noticed that I was a bit more “amped up” than I like to be, so I sat for a few minutes and meditated.


Maybe I should have recorded some voice over on this video describing what I was doing for my meditation, but instead I had music playing.  Had I known I was going to post this video on YouTube, I wouldn’t have used the music for copyright reasons.  
But anyway, I was basically focused on my breathing in the beginning. I was intentionally exhaling and letting the inhales happen reflexively by relaxing.  Once my heart calmed down I shifted my focus to my spine and rotated my awareness up the back of my spine and down the front. 

I didn’t notice this while I was meditating, but afterwards, when I watched the video I saw that at times it seems like my whole body is vibrating. It’s actually pretty scary looking.
Notice that the meditation is only about three minutes.  It wasn’t a deep meditation.  This wasn’t one of those meditations used for enlightenment or for reaching Nirvana. It was really just about relaxing my nervous system before going on with the rest of my day.

Used as a relaxation technique, if you’re skilled at relaxing you don’t need to do it for very long. As the saying goes, “Your Mileage May Vary.”  So if you sit for meditation, I always recommend sitting a bit longer than you think you can. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

How To Become a Body Tuner

I recently got an email that I wanted to share with you.  It read:
I'm thinking about expanding my field beyond yoga and YTU and going into the physical therapy world, and I was wondering if you had a moment to let me know your experience working with Shmuel. Do you think it's worthwhile/necessary to have any massage background as well? I would love to hear your thoughts and what your plans are with this training -
My experience working with Shmuel has been incredible.  Read here about how I first met him.
I started my apprenticeship in September of 2010.  I would just go into the office and stand in the corner and watch him work.  It was fascinating.  Everything from the first interview he’d do with a new patient, to the way his work was always different and always seemed to be right on the money. 
I had been a massage therapist in a previous life.  I was licensed and practiced in Seattle for about eight years.  I gave up massage because I was frustrated by the way people would come to me week after week and expect me to fix their bodies, when it was obvious that they were doing no self-care.  I felt like I was fighting a losing battle and was getting no support. Since I also worked as a personal trainer, I could really compare the difference between working with people who were doing something and people who were just laying there. So, when I moved to New York, I never bothered to have my license transferred to New York State.
But once I started watching Shmuel Tatz and learning Body Tuning, I started practicing Body Tuning on anyone who would let me.  At first I could feel myself tempted to massage them. It really pointed out to me the big difference between massage and Body Tuning. (There is also a big difference between physical therapy and Body Tuning.)  As a Body Tuner, I seem to have made a fundamental shift from paying attention to muscles as a massage therapist, to paying attention to bones and joints.
It didn’t take long to me to start approaching the work like a Body Tuner.  Here is a blog post I published about a week after starting to observe him. And now, five months later, I’m getting results like I can hardly believe.  It is so simple that it doesn’t seem like a technique.  But it is. Body Tuning is a blend of many bodywork modalities.  And yet it is loyal to none.  It is a grab bag of techniques and the application of only what is perfectly appropriate to the body on the table at the moment.  It is largely intuitive and broad in knowledge.  It’s mainly about listening and responding.
The question about whether it is useful or necessary to have a background in massage is a good one.  I’d say, YES, it is very useful to have that background.  But I’d also say it’s probably not necessary.  
What is necessary is an unquenchable thirst for learning more and more modalities and techniques for reducing pain and returning the body to its natural state.  A Body Tuner should be a master of kinesiology and anatomy and should be highly skilled at movement education.  We must know what we can expect the body to do.  For example. we must know how much movement should be happening in the big toe, and in which directions, so that if we see a big toe that isn’t moving properly, we can make it a priority to return it to free movement. 
The basic theory of Body Tuning is that movement is health.  In most cases, pain is a result of (or at least accompanies) some deviation from the natural flow of joint movement.  A Body Tuner must listen to the body with his/her hands.  Knowing what feels right and what feels wrong will guide a Body Tuner to help the body return to what is right.
I originally wanted to study with Shmuel Tatz because of his approach to health and wellness.  I came from an exercise science background and most of my work was involved around fitness.  There is a difference between health and fitness, and I knew that studying with Dr Tatz would strengthen my knowledge of and ability to teach and master the world of physical health.  
His knowledge has been very grounding and enlightening to me.  He makes me define and evaluate everything I thought I knew.  For example, whenever I show him an exercise that I’m doing or that I’m having my client do, the hardest question he asks me is “Why would you want to do that?”
I had been involved in the fitness industry for so long that I have stopped asking that question.  I realized that I had been assuming that everyone wanted to be in top shape and was willing to do whatever it takes to get there.
When I decided to study his work, I didn’t intend to become a Body Tuner.  I really just wanted to hang out with him and absorb his fascinating perspective on body care.  My thinking was that being around him and his work would be such a great facet to mine.  And I figured I'd learn something unexpected from this man, and I was right.  His down-to-earth approach to health, wellness and body care has become a filter through which I view all of my work. Asking “What would Shmuel think?” is a powerful litmus test for any of the exercises I bring to my classes or my clients. Shmuel Tatz will always be with me now.
I was working with him for half a year before I finally put together what he was really looking for in an apprentice.  I’m not his ideal protege because I'm going to be moving out of the state.  He’s looking for a colleague.  Someone who is well-versed in his approach and who he can trust enough to say, “I’m going to leave early today, can you take care of my afternoon patients?”
He has been giving me patients of my very own.  Mostly people who don't have insurance and can't afford his rates. And I’m working on them in the office.  In stead of paying Dr Tatz for the training, its more like I have a part-time job in which I’m learning great skills and earning money. 
Now that I know what he’s after, I want to help him.  I’m going to be moving away to Seattle and can’t continue to train with him.  But I would love to find someone who’s interested in learning from him and becoming his colleague.
It is really a great opportunity for anyone interested in working on bodies to learn a technique that blows away any other approach I’ve seen.  And in my nearly 20 years in the fitness industry, including eight years as a massage therapist, I’ve seen, and experienced many different types of body work. 
Please consider working with Dr Tatz and learning Body Tuning.  He wants his legacy to continue, and it would be a true loss to the world of health and fitness and dance and music and art if his work ended when he retired. He’s in his 60’s now, so that day might not be too far off.
Contact me if you want to get started in a new adventure.  I hope to hear from you.
Read my other blog posts about some of my observations during my apprenticeship.





Monday, March 7, 2011

Patenting Life

A company once put a patent on a gene responsible for creating breast cancer.  This prevented any scientist who didn’t hold the rights to that patent from legally owning it.  Therefore they were forced to end research on that particular gene.  This is one of the many dangers of allowing U.S. Patents on living things. 
Until 1978, It was never legal to get a patent on a living thing in this country.  A scientist had discovered a genetic mutation that caused a certain microbe to eat oil. It was fought all the way to the Supreme Court, until finally the first patent was granted on this microbe and that opened the floodgates.
People used to farm a lot more, but now, most people don’t know what it takes to grow food.  And, in fact, what it takes to grow food has been changing in recent times.
Around World War Two, we started to experiment with using the same biological technology we were using to create weapons to create new pesticides.  A whole new approach to agriculture was born.
A company called Monsanto was a particularly aggressive seeker of patents on seeds. Not only did this company create a weed-killer called RoundUp that pretty much killed anything green. But this same company genetically engineers seeds that were resistant to this poison. They systematically started buying up seed companies until they had a virtual monopoly on the seed industry. 
Then they starting going after farmers for not buying their seeds. Farmers used to be able to save and trade seeds amongst each other, but now they live in fear of being sued for having the RoundUp ready crops in their field. 

The frustrating thing is that the court is saying that it doesn’t matter how the Monsanto seed got in the crops.  It could be a bird, the wind, or intentional theft, but if Monsanto’s genetically altered seeds made their way into your crop, Monsanto then owned your crop.
They began to aggressively pursue farmers for breach of patent.
It wasn’t until 2001 that the general public first learned about genetically modified foods, when a certain crop of corn was making lots of people very sick. The media got a hold of the story and soon the whole world knew about the dangers of gene splicing. 
Farmers are also starting to notice that these RoundUp ready soybeans are acting funny. In years of drought, for example, they reduce their root depth by 25%.  This is a big impact on a full crop of soy.
To this date, the United States is one of very few developed countries that don’t require genetically altered foods to be labeled. The wheat, the corn, the soy that you eat could be genetically modified, and no one has to tell you. Maybe you’re not allergic to wheat, but you’re having an adverse reaction to the genetic modification.  Without labeling, we can’t know if you’re eating real wheat or not. 
Dan Quayle was instrumental in getting regulations put in place that said that the US was officially NOT regulating genetically modified foods.  Despite the strong protestations of the FDA, who was saying that these products needed to be tested, especially because all the evidence was pointing to very real dangers presented by this type of engineered foods. 
The genetically modified foods industry is entirely self-regulated and is growing in size. 
There is a potential problem in the future of our food.  And that is the fact that if any genetically modified seed gets mixed in with the crops, the entire crop starts to adapt the genetic modification and crowds out natural biodiversity. 
The future health of our food is endangered unless we change the direction of these currently unfolding events. 
The rest of the world is starting to boycott our imported materials. Indonesia protested and burned some Monsanto cotton.  Japan is watching us. Knowing that this is untested waters, they say they are watching the development of American children over the next ten to twenty years to watch for signs of damage being done by genetically modified foods.
Don’t panic.  At this time, the vast majority of your food is not genetically engineered. However, one distinct exception is wheat. There is a lot of experimental GM corn crops in farming communities.  So cross-pollination, intentional or not, is eventually inevitable. 
There is plenty of evidence that these foods are unsafe. In one study, 40% of the caterpillars that ate from genetically modified plants died mysteriously. A doctor in Scotland was dismissed two days after announcing his new research showing a strong connection to mice dying after being fed genetically modified potatoes.  All of this research was being not only squelched, but buried in a litany of industry funded research skewed towards the results they wanted to see, and public service announcements by universities paid by the biotech industry, touting the health and importance of biotech. 
Genetic Modification was sold to us, the consumer, as a way to end world hunger.  “We could grow so much more food,” was what they were telling us.  But that logic is specious. There is already enough food to feed the world.  We throw away enough food to feed the world.  The problem is not quantity of food, but the problem is distribution. 
The United States government is a co-owner of a number of patents on a particular type of gene called a ‘suicide’ or a ‘terminator’ gene.  This causes a plant’s seed to become sterile after one usage, and forces the farmers to buy seeds year after year.  A dirty trick, for sure.  But now, let’s think about this.  What is going to happen once these types of seeds start to cross-pollinate with crops all over the world?  It’s going to be devastating. 
I hate to paint a bleak future, but I see a vast blank canvas of empty green where nutritious vegetables used to be.  And I see our population getting sicker and sicker without realizing what the cause is. 
The revolution needs to happen. I don't know how much the data has changed since this graphic was created in 2005, but according to this chart, it looks like the public is coming around. I'd still like to see a lot more blue in the bar graph than the red. 

One thing to do is to be vocal about exercising your right to safe and healthy foods.  Not only should you refuse to buy genetically modified foods, but you should make it known that that’s the reason you’re not buying it.  What you choose to eat is one of the biggest contributors to your health.  Fight for your right to continue to choose. 

When you do choose, choose organically grown foods whenever possible. 


Another very important thing we need is a return to fresh, locally grown produce and foods raised naturally. I am encouraged to learn that the numbers of farmers markets in the United States has risen almost 80% in the past fifteen years.  I hope it is a sign that people are aware of how important it is to eat naturally grown food.  

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Staying Healthy - the Diabetic Way

Adversity is often the spark for innovation.
For example, when I injured my shoulder in 2009, it was my struggle to regain comfort, range of motion and strength that led me to meet Shmuel Tatz and started me on a whole new path of study into Body Tuning.  

You can read some of my blog posts about my adventures with Body Tuning here:



There are many more if you want to browse through the blog. I've been studying and writing about it since September 2010. 

Another example of adversity sparking innovation is the way that that same shoulder injury was also the catalyst for my exploration into new forms of exercise and body healing.  Without that injury, I wouldn’t have been inspired to create my Energy Flow class and my Human Movement and Postural Restructuring classes. 
But, the main reason for my writing this particular blog post is another example of finding the lesson through adversity. The fact is that we can learn so much from diabetics. A diabetic is someone who has either lost or was born without the ability to produce proper amounts of insulin, which is a hormone responsible for regulating the level of sugar in our blood.  Without a very specific blood/sugar level, we can die.  
So diabetics who are concerned with being healthy and alive must make a concerted effort to regulate their blood/sugar levels through diet and other lifestyle choices.  When your life is at stake it becomes much more easy to stay motivated to watch what and when you eat.
The upside to all of this is that those of us who are NOT diabetic can also reap the rewards of keeping our blood/sugar regulated.  It turns out that following the diabetic lifestyle is a good healthy, habit.  It is one of the best diets you can follow if you want to keep healthy and keep your body at its natural weight.  It also will help stabilize and regulate your energy level so that you’ll have the most energy throughout the day.
I have been advising for years that my clients who are interested in having a normal body weight and having plenty of energy throughout the day, get a book written for diabetics and make it a priority to keep tabs on controlling their blood/sugar levels by following the diabetic lifestyle; especially the part about the diet.
I was recently alerted to a website created by one of my students.  It is designed as a resource for people living with type 2 diabetes, but I wanted to share it with you because, as I have always said, the recommendations for a healthy diabetes lifestyle is exactly like the recommendations for my JAG Healthy Lifestyle. I have looked the site over and I can say that it gets the JAG seal of approval.  This is not something I give out lightly. 
So go check out this site and absorb its message. You will be familiar with a lot of it if you have been reading my stuff.  Incorporate a few things from this site into your life and it will serve you well towards your long-term health.
Enjoy. And stay healthy.

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Friday, March 4, 2011

What is Body Tuning?


The goal of Body Tuning is to return the body to its natural state of well-being. It uses movement as a guide. When the body is moving correctly is it pain-free.  The purpose of Body Tuning is to find that easy place free of pain and restriction.
First, we use any of a wide variety of body work practices in order to feel, listen to and assess the way the joints and tendons and ligaments are moving.  How easily and how quietly it is able to move, and how close to normal range of motion it has.  A Body Tuner listens so intently that he can hear where the body is not moving freely.  In this way, the body directs the tuner to what needs to be done.
A session of Body Tuning is usually around thirty minutes of hands on manual therapy.  When you go to see doctors, chiropractors, acupuncturists or surgeons, who touches you for a full half hour?  If you are complaining of an issue in your body, how can anyone expect to assess or treat the body without touching the body? Only massage therapists really do that.  But Body Tuning isn’t massage, it feels very specific and is confident in being just the right thing for your body.  It may use massage techniques, but it goes beyond into physical therapy, cranial-sacral, trigger point, deep tissue and many other modalities.
Another important aspect of Body Tuning is client education.  A Body Tuner will give a patient specific exercises that are intended to address the specific issue.  Usually one to three different exercises that are simple and meant to be done daily to give the client the ability to tune their own bodies and speed up their progress towards being pain-free and moving without restriction.
Acute injuries, chronic conditions and even the most horrific disfigurations can usually be treated with Body Tuning. The results may not be as immediate as surgery, but because of the nature of the work, co-operating with the body rather than cutting it open and forcing it into the desired shape, the results are permanent and free of negative side-effects. Read my blog post on the comparison of surgery v. body tuning here

Nude Stretching

I never thought I’d do something like this.
But over the years many people have suggested that I make a Nude Stretching Video.  I guess the fact that I’m comfortable with nudity and with my body and that I’m a fitness pro with a passion for helping people made it seem like a no-brainer that I create something like this.  But I’ve been resistant to doing it for a long time; for fear (I guess) of what the more conservative people might think. 
Now, finally, I’ve succumbed to the requests and put something together.  You conservative people will just have to look the other way. :)
Now, I haven’t made an X-rated video here; I'm just nude and I'm stretching.  It's completely natural. This video blends a smart, educational stretching session with  “Warhol-like” video interludes accentuating an eroticized appreciation of the male form.  My intention was that it could be enjoyed on two levels. The free-style, hand-held segments demonstrate the positions from all angles and create an intimacy with the body as I demonstrate the stretches. And the instructional sections will help you get the most out of your own stretching routine.



You can use this 43 minute video over and over again. It demonstrates a full-body stretching sequence with specific guidelines and tips for making sure you stretch effectively and safely. There is also plenty of skin. 


Please use the Buy Now button below to purchase.  Once you’ve completed your transaction you will be immediately directed to your video and you could be watching it within a few minutes.
Enjoy,
Jason Alan Griffin


JAG Video