Welcome to your February Newsletter!
The year started off with some milestones for our organization, here are just a few:
- In addition to launching the 6-week progression program for our streaming site, we filmed HOURS of new content that we’ll be releasing over the next few months as members get a chance to experience all our current offerings.
- Our work with the LA County Fire Department Academy continues to yield amazing results for these first responders and has allowed us to develop a clinical testing protocol that will help us reach more and more communities.
- We spent the last month traveling
- We’re finalizing the publishing dates for our next book AND we’ve worked hard with our Foundation Training medical team to produce new workshops, certifications, and continuing education programs to ensure you receive the best that we can offer!
- Our social media continues to grow and fill with free content so that everyone has access to the self-care tools they need!
We’re sure our excitement is evident and we hope that inspires you to take on new challenges too!
– The Foundation Training Team
New on FT Streaming
New workouts, programs, or educational lectures every month!
Your February Monthly Workout
Core Educator and First Responder for the LA County Fire department, Evan Halquist, guides you through a workout designed to incorporate exercises from all of our Baseline Programming! If you’ve completed the first few weeks of the program, go ahead and give this one a go!
Dr. Goodman and Dr. English Prop Tutorial
This video shares some important tips on helping your body learn Foundation Training regardless of where you’re beginning. Follow through a simple series of prop assisted FT movements. We’ve also uploaded this to our YouTube Channel!
A Note on the 8-Week Baseline and the new 6-Week Progression!
We designed our 8-week Baseline Program to give the best possible path to take yourself from pain to performance. With that said, take your time. If you feel like you’re not ready to move to Week 2, or even Day 2, then stay with initial stages until you feel secure and confident. Engage at your own speed, rather than feeling the need to follow ours.
Then when you’re ready, the next 6 weeks will be there for you, or any of the other hours of options!
Tips, Tricks, and Coaching Cues
Find this Decompression Video on YouTube!
The most common question, or issue we see, is the flaring of the front of the rib cage when inhaling. Our primary solution is to put more emphasis on breathing into the back of the rib cage, the thoracic spine. When we only breathe big into the front of the body, it can result in the retracting of our scapula, making the back of the body smaller. The pushing out of the chest out ultimately limits our ability to take a full breath.
A proper Decompression Breath means your entire rib cage is uniformly expanding, in all 360 degrees.
The next time you practice, start by laying nice and flat on your back in a Supine Decompression. Maintain your spines’ natural curves and lengthen your neck. Attempt to take the first breath through your nose with a nice slow inhale and work to direct the breath into the back of your rib cage. You want to feel as much of your rib cage expanding across the floor as possible. Try to work a handful of breaths over a span of 5 mins. If you’re doing them correctly, after 3 or 4 breaths, things start getting challenging in a great way.
Remember, Expand (360 degrees), Elevate (rib cage away from your hips), Engage (support from your abdomen)
– Jessie Salas
Level 1 and Level 2 Certifications
There’s still time AND limited room to join us for our upcoming Level 1 and Level 2 Certifications in San Diego! These will be our only west coast certs this year, and our only Level 2.
Level 1 – San Diego, CA – February 21 – 23, 2020
Level 2 – San Diego, CA – February 28 – March 1, 2020
During the Foundation Training Certification course, you’ll…
DISCOVER why efficient movement is an integral part of our health and how to effectively incorporate that knowledge into your life and work.
IMPROVE how you sit, stand and move so that you are able to finally address the root cause of many pains and ailments.
LEARN how to effectively teach these philosophies and movements to friends, family, patients, clients and your community.
Benefits of the Certification Program
- Tools & Resources – Upon completing the certification program you’ll gain access to our private Instructor Support portal where you’ll have access to customizable marketing materials, client handouts, educational information and business building tools.
- Community – Join our private Facebook Instructor community where you can connect with our team and Foundation Training instructors around the world to share ideas and best practices.
- Exposure – Become listed on the ‘Find a Trainer’ page of the Foundation Training website which has thousands of visitors each month.
- Educational Support – Receive ongoing educational content via newsletter and webinar as well as access to virtual training with our team of Core Educators.
Already certified and interested in taking it your skill set to a NEW level?
The Level 2 course is a detailed view into the future of Foundation Training. It is a real chance to learn to perform and teach some incredible movements in detail. The Level 2 course movements are all born out of necessity from different patients and personal experiences over the past 6 years. We have them to a place of reproducible results, and like the rest of our FT exercises we have an expected outcome of strength and legitimate relief.
FT Anatomy with Dr. Goodman
Take a deeper read into our work!
The lungs are huge.
The lungs can either have a negative or positive affect on functioning beyond breathing. The inhalation and exhalation directly influences the organs underneath them and the cage that surrounds them. Every aspect of our body needs “room to breathe.” It’s our job to offer accuracy and space with each breath to ensure proper physiological functioning.
When we look inside the lungs we find surface area enhancers called alveoli. Alveoli inflate with each inhale and deflate with each exhale. This is the initial location of our most vital chemical exchange, Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide.
Notice the remarkable amount of organs edging each other out for room below the rib cage. This space occupation is the rationale for our Measuring Sticks during Decompression Breathing. More space below the lungs and diaphragm will equal more space for the lungs and diaphragm to fill and contract respectively.
The lungs love when room is made at the posterior (backside) edges of the rib cage, and lucky for us we have the perfect muscular set up to create this space. This is where our Decompression Breathing comes into play. With every breath you’ll be actively teaching your rib cage to expand larger and use the surrounding musculature to maintain that expansion, followed by a more powerful contraction!
We’d like to thank the Visible Body app for the amazing images it allows us to create!
Feel free to look into our True to Form book for a more in-depth discussion of the anatomy behind our work!
– Dr. Eric Goodman
Each month we’ll be bringing attention to an individual from our incredible Certified Instructor community. Each of our Instructors bring something different to our work and we want to share that with you!
Meet Certified Level 2 Instructor, Dr. Kevin English (Santa Barbara, CA)
“While I was growing up in a desert community, I spent a lot of time riding horses and dirt bikes. Unfortunately, these fun activities resulted in numerous injuries, which is how I became interested in becoming a chiropractor.
The treatment I received in those days always helped relieve my pain. Last year I celebrated having been a chiropractor in private practice for 40 years.
It has always been my goal to provide my patients with self-care tools to help them get well and once well, to remain well. Over the years I have studied numerous movement practices that could and would be integrated into my chiropractic practice.
In 2013, I completed the Advanced Clinical Integration course for Selective Functional Movement Assessment. This work looks at abnormal movement patterns and breaks it down to help diagnose the cause. Issues of strength, mobility, and motor control are the three main components contributing to abnormal movement patterns. This has been a powerful diagnostic tool in my practice. However, the application of corrective exercises was often hit and miss. Patient compliance with personal homework has always been a challenge.
In 2014, I completed the Foundation Training 4 day certification course. This training was implemented immediately into my practice. Most patients began to show improvement in movement patterns and experienced pain relief right away by simply practicing basic decompression breathing, anchoring, and hinging. With such immediate and noticeable changes, most patients have become far more willing to do their homework. When we feel better, we are more motivated to do the work it takes to make sustainable changes.
As this body of work continues to evolve, I completed the Level 2 Foundation Training course in 2018. I feel fortunate to live in a community where there are several master level instructors who are willing to collaborate on patient care. It is a privilege to coordinate patient care with these like-minded folks, which results in providing superior care for my patients. I am also grateful for the large community of practitioners involved who share their experience via social media. We continue to expand this body of knowledge, as we learn and grow together.
Foundation Training has seamlessly become a part of every patient’s care. With one on one teaching, utilizing Foundation Training flash cards, and Foundation Training Streaming, we are able to provide patients the tools necessary to help them with their self-care. Personally, Foundation Training has also been a great tool to keep me able to do the things I love. Surfing and riding a bicycle have replaced riding horses and dirt bikes.
I encourage you all to keep hinging, keep expanding, keep anchoring, and sharing this work.”
More about Dr. English and his practice can be found out here: https://www.englishchiropractic.com/
AND take a look at the YouTube tutorial we produced with Kevin this past month, linked in the above video section.
NEW DATES! Certifications
Level 1 – Austin, TX – Sept 18-20, 2020 (The Onnit Academy)