Water Exercises Are Good For Muscles!

I never learned to swim when I was a kid.  In fact, I used to be kind of afraid of the water.  Every time I took swimming lessons, I ended up freezing and shivering and never got past Lesson #2.

But then I grew up and one day I was in the pool and said to my son, “Watch this!”

And he said, “What am I watching?”

And I said, “You are watching me not drown!”

I may never be a great swimmer but I taught myself not to drown and that’s a major improvement in my ‘swimming’ ability!

  • Water exercises or movements are great for bodies.  The water acts as resistance as your arms and legs swish through the water.  Resistance builds muscle.
  • You won’t sweat when you are exercising in the pool.  I think that’s a big plus!
  • Moving in the water lets the water massage your muscles.  Massage is a good thing!
  • Letting the water support you takes the weight of gravity off.  Your spine can lengthen when you bob or float.

You don’t have to know how to swim or even how to float to enjoy moving your muscles in water.

I’m a mermaid. A really slow mermaid.






Why Do You Have Knots In Your Back?

Are you wondering why you have muscle “knots” in your back?  It’s pretty simple when you understand how your body works.

I am always really, really happy when I can help people understand how their bodies work and the simple steps they can take to feel better.  Here’s an email that I just received from “Joe” who had knots in his back.  (Joe bought my Knots In Your Back program):

I have received everything just like you said. I have already viewed half of the entire program. The educational part is worth every penny, I am more educated as to why I am so knotty. I mostly worked the front side of my body which left my back just fighting to keep alignment and causing the knots. I will work on a more balanced strengthening program. Again thank you so much!!

You see, Joe understands now WHY his back hurt–WHY he is experiencing tight muscles and knots in his back–and he knows what steps to take to get rid of those miserable knots.

It always frustrates me when practioners blast away on areas of tightness that cannot relax–but they keep blasting and blasting–and then you end up sore and still have the knot!

Bodies are logical.  If something hurts there is most likely a logical reason but these reasons are not widely known or widely taught in medical school.  Here’s a clue for you:  If your back is tight and feels like it has a “knot” that is usually a symptom!  The actual reason is in front of your body.

The muscles in the front of your chest, abdomen and neck have become short and tight.  Even the fronts of your thighs!  They don’t complain but they do pull on your back and cause pain.

Having a strong back will help prevent back pain and muscle knots.  Having long muscles in front will also help prevent pain and knots.  Strengthen your back and lengthen your front side to help get rid of those miserable knots in your back.


How to Have Better Posture and a Flatter Stomach

How To Make Your Stomach Muscles Strong!  Why would you want to have a flatter stomach?

1.  You will look better.

2.  You will feel better in general.

3.  You will have less pain!  And that’s a big reason!

When your ‘stomach muscles–the muscles of your abdomen–are strong, they will help you have better posture.

But, we don’t want short, strong muscles; we want LONG, STRONG muscles.

And, here’s a video demonstration of these muscles.  You have these muscles, too!

Don’t let anyone tell you differently.  🙂


Motivational Post

Every time I run into this motivational quote I love it all over again.

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I have lived just the length of it.  I want to have lived the width of it as well.”  – Janet Ackerman

Why do I love this quote?

Because it encourages me to live fully.  To share good times and good stories; to help as many as I can much as I can; to eat as healthily as I can so I can live wide while feeling well and strong.

I want to leave a wide footprint.  In order to do that, I must be healthy and well and fully functional until it’s time to leave this life I love.

And I want to help you leave a wide footprint, too.

Let’s be healthy together.  🙂


Is Stress Killing You?

This guest post is from Janet Matthews, author of “Is Stress Your Silent Killer?”  I like the way Janet shares her personal story and its happy ending.  Listen as Janet speaks from personal experience about the stress that used to undermine her health and well-being.


Stress is an integral part of our lives. In fact, we can’t live without it. It motivates us to try harder, it motivates us to achieve and it motivates us to feel alive and vital.

However, the other side of the coin is that if it becomes a chronic condition it affects our health and well being and can actually deplete our immune systems resulting in chronic disease that may well cost us our lives.

So, you can see that stress is a two-edged sword. It can make you feel alive and energised on the one hand or it can devastate your life on the other.  What do we need to do to ensure that we use stress to our advantage and not to our detriment?

First of all, it is important to be aware of what the stresses are in our lives. We all have those occasions such as an event to organise, be it a party or a wedding, that cause us stress, but on the whole these occasions, though stressful, are positive and pleasant and they are also short lived. The stress is heightened before and during the occasion but afterwards the stress has gone.

However, there are other stresses such as those caused by work, domestic problems, financial worries and so forth that are far from positive and pleasant and are very often long term stresses that put a tremendous strain on our lives.

Without going into too much detail about how stress plays out in our bodies, it is important to understand that chronic stress, defined as stress that is with us day in day out, results in constant high levels of cortisol being pumped into the body and this, in turn, has a very negative effect on our immune systems.

A depleted immune system has a negative effect on our health. The immune system is responsible for keeping inflammation in check and inflammation is responsible for many of our common diseases. Inflammation causes pain, whether it is headaches, arthritis or muscular pain.  Inflammation causes havoc.

So, the million dollar question is, “How can we deal effectively with stress to lessen the devastating effects it can have on our bodies?”

Of course, the answer to this question will inevitably be multifaceted. There are numerous techniques that will help you to deal with stress:  Meditation techniques to yoga to massage therapy to finding a hobby and so forth. All of these techniques and therapies are an invaluable part of your stress-busting arsenal.

I would like to suggest that there is also a way of reducing your stress in the first place by understanding the way you respond to certain situations and how you handle them.

In my book “Is Stress Your Silent Killer?” I describe my own journey of realisation of how I was actually exacerbating my stress by the way I was dealing with it. In fact, I was making my stress far worse than it needed to be. By examining my behavior, I was able to find more appropriate ways of living my life that have helped me to decrease the amount of stress I have in my life.

I discovered primarily how my ego was sabotaging my life and how my ingrained belief system, that I had amassed throughout my life, was actually not helpful to the way I was dealing with the stresses of my life. Through constant awareness I was able to make the necessary subtle changes to simplify my life and ultimately lessen my stress.

So the question remains:  “Is Stress Your Silent Killer?”

Are you sabotaging your life because of your beliefs?  And, if so, what are you going to do about it?

I share my personal story in my book.  When you read it, see if it speaks to you in any way.  My hope for you is that you may be able to dig yourself out of the physical and mental ruts caused by your own stress.
Note from Kathryn:  You can order “Is Stress Your Silent Killer” through both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Here are the links:


Is Tooth Pain Caused By Muscles?

There are two great big strong muscles in your head that can actually cause pain in your teeth!  It might feel as though your teeth are the problem but surprise!  It’s muscles.

The muscles in your temples can cause tooth pain.  Here’s the link to an article:


Or it might be the strong strap of muscle that holds your jaws together:


When you feel pain in your teeth–especially if you also have a sensation of tightness, pain or tenderness on the sides of your head–and your dentist says, “Nothing is wrong,”  consider muscles.  And, these same muscles are responsible for a lot of TMJ pain!

While the roles of muscles are pretty much overlooked by most medical doctors they can be (and are!) responsible for most of our pain.  The good news is that muscles can be treated naturally. 🙂





How To Make Your Body Love You By Eating Real Food

Waaaay back when humans first came into being, there were no Froot Loops or Cool Whip.  Everything that our ancestors was real.

And their bodies knew what to do with that food.  They got the minerals and vitamins and other micro-nutrients they needed as well as the fiber.  Their bodies were supported by the food they ate.

But what the heck are we eating now?

Did you know there is a huge industry devoted to making people buy things to eat because the ‘taste’ or ‘smell’ good?  And these lovely tastes and smells are made from yummy things like petroleum.

Good for your car but not for you.

Better living through chemistry?  Nope.

What are we to do?  How can we make our bodies healthy and happy? 

  • Eat real.
  • If your grandmother couldn’t grow it or harvest it, don’t eat it.
  • Eat lots of color–fruits & veggies.
  • Shop the perimeter of the supermarket where the raw and fresh foods are.
  • Only go to inside aisles for canned tomatoes, fish, whole grains and beans.
  • Take a good mineral supplement and vitamin supplement from a health food store.  Clay is a mineral supplement that you might find in a health food store.  I haven’t tried it yet but will.  Mix just a little with water.
  • Toss sugar, flour, fake fats and diet sweeteners.  Really.  Toss them.  It won’t hurt your pocketbook as much as it will hurt your body to keep them.
  • Sea salt has more minerals than table salt.
  • Real butter is real.  There are good fats like olive, coconut and avocado.
  • Eggs are health food.  Soy isn’t.

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What’s The Difference Between Pain Relief and Pain Management?

Is there a difference between pain management and pain relief?

You often hear about “pain management clinics.”  When do you hear about “pain relief clinics?”

Sometimes people have a pain issue which can only be managed; it is not going to go away.  Instances might be cancer or a nerve which is entangled in a cyst.  There is pain.  It won’t be going away.  But it can be managed with drugs so the person can feel more comfortable.

But lots of times people have a type of pain which is caused by muscles or other soft tissue and which can be treated successfully.  Those people can truly have pain relief.

The problem is that most doctors don’t learn about the roles of soft tissues and muscles when they are in medical school or afterward.  And muscles are to blame for a huge proportion of our pain.

And muscles are treatable with pressure, touch or manual manipulations.  Massage therapy incorporates all of those.

But can all massage therapists provide pain relief?


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Natural Back Pain Relief

I just got my hands on a brand new book written by medical doctor Norman J. Marcus.  His treatment of back pain is somewhat different than my usual recommendations for therapeutic massage because he uses electrical devices BUT he treats back pain the very same way I recommend:  He looks to the muscles!

Muscles are responsible for most of our pain.  But most doctors don’t know this.  That makes it really hard for you to get a good diagnosis when you have pain.

Please don’t get me wrong–I love doctors and surgeons!  I wouldn’t be here writing today if not for their skill and talent and training.

But if your doctor doesn’t understand the true cause of your pain he or she will probably suggest medications or surgery.  Maybe physical therapy first.  That’s good.  But then the physical therapist also has to understand the true cause of your pain and treat you as an individual with a unique body.

Tight muscles and trigger points cause a lot of grief.  That’s why I recommend the self-help Trigger Point Books on the right hand side of this page.

That’s why I created programs to help you get rid of the Knots In Your Back and your Carpal Tunnel Pain. And that’s why I promote other good programs that will help you get rid of your pain naturally.

That’s why I write and write, sharing what I know so you can feel better.

Anyway, here’s the link to a review of the good doctor’s book.  End Your Back Pain Forever.


Breathing Makes Your Life Much Easier!

Of course, breathing will make your life much easier!  We won’t be around long if we can’t breathe.  But if you have trouble breathing, there are steps you can take to breathe more easily.

Breathing exercises your lungs.

1.  Practice using your lungs.  When they are not so inflammed that you can barely breathe, try this:  Long, slow, deep breathing.  Most of us only use the upper, small, top portion of our lungs to breath.  Breathe deeply, all the way into your belly.  Let your whole chest and abdomen rise and fall.

2.  When you take a nice, slow deep breath, hold it.  Count to 6 or 8 on the inhale; hold for a count of 6 or 8; and as you exhale, count again.  Over time, see if you can hold your breath for a longer time.

Massage moves your lungs.

When a massage therapist (or partner) massages, presses and squeezes your ribs gently they are also massaging your lungs and all of the muscles that surround your lungs.  This massage can take place on both the back and front sides of your chest.  It does not involve breast tissue–it works around breast tissue.

Water dilutes thick fluids in your lungs.

When we don’t drink enough water or eat plenty of watery foods, our body fluids thicken.   When they thicken in our lungs it makes it harder to breathe.

Tea relaxes your lungs.

I read that there is a substance in tea called aminophylline.  This is what I was given by injection when I was a teenager who could not breathe.  The alternative doctor (MD) who wrote about tea suggested drinking two strong cups a day–one in the morning and one later in the afternoon.  He said to make them strong by using three tea bags each time.

Note:  Tea also has caffeine and caffeine is used in many asthma medications.

These steps may help you start breathing more easily.  🙂