Interview with Nancy Parker
Dr Paul – Thank you Nancy for joining us and sharing your years of experience with posture correction with a holistic approach. Let’s get right into. Tell us your story of how you got into posture correction.
Nancy – Originally I was interested in becoming a physical therapist. Working in college at both gyms and physical therapy clinics I realized a dividing line between the two that wasn’t serving anyone. That’s when I came across the Chek institute approach. They blend physical therapy type assessments with personal training moves fusing the two worlds together in a way that was creating lasting change for people. The gym was tending to keep the compensations in their bodies and the physical therapy was putting band-aids without a lasting shift. I started using a holistic approach and saw lasting changes that other trainers were not getting.
Dr. Paul – Your training through the Chek institute approaches working out at the gym very differently than people may think.
Nancy – When I work with clients we always start with a complete assessment. We look at posture and joints, see their positions and then with each individual body give them corrective exercises, stretches, release work and specific foundational core work – the core work we use is very different than what you would find googling “core work”. It looks from the observer that the movement is small but it really challenges the neuromuscular system and is an incredibly efficient way in building strength.
Dr Paul – Your DVD is a great tool for people to do at home. Tell us more about.
Nancy – I originally created it to support a class I was giving at Rancho La Puerta in Mexico. The class was called release and mobilize. The DVD was made so people taking the class could take it home with them and continue the benefits. The great thing about it is all you really need is two tennis balls. You can get a little sample of what is on the DVD on my site. You can expect to feel less tension more blood flow and in a simple format. The sample covers how to release neck pain.
Dr Paul – What is something people can do immediately to improve their posture?
Nancy – Awareness of how you are holding your body throughout the day. When you’re driving use the head rest. Lean back and let your head be carried over your shoulders. Holding your portable devices at eye level instead dropping them down towards your lap. One trick is to imagine eyes on the back of my head and I look out through those eyes. If you do that for a moment you notice your head shifts back over your shoulders. We haven’t talked a lot about this but getting your breath back into your belly takes you out of fight, flight or freeze system which is stress, contraction and forward curling up. The belly breathing will open you back up. If you want to know more about how to do that, there is a free video on my site.
Dr Paul – Thank you Nancy for sharing your knowledge and expertise in correcting posture. Where can someone go who is interesting in working with you or getting a sneak peak of your DVD ?
Nancy – Thank you for the opportunity. My website is balancedwell.com where you can see all my services and get a sample of Unwind & Align DVD.
You can hear the entire interview here. The interview covers more on posture, common problems associated with poor gym work and nutritional approaches, and how to bring Nancy Parker to your work.
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