What is the “DJ syndrome?”

What is the “DJ syndrome?”

This article is to bring awareness on a recurrent pain that DJs experience during their work, which I have coined the “DJ Syndrome.”

I’ve often worked with DJs that experience pain on one side of the neck, and often the shoulder on that same side, shooting sharp pain to the correspondent arm. DJ Syndrome is usually due to the action of bending the neck to the side and lifting the corresponding shoulder, in order to hold one side of the headphone closely to the ear while the other headphone is loose and off the opposite ear, so that the DJ can listen to two different music tracks in order to mix them.

If this action is performed repeatedly and the position described is kept for a long time, the DJ will experience tightness and pain in the neck, in the mid-back, in the shoulder and sometimes even tingling sensations and shooting pain in the correspondent arm. This is due to the increase in tension in the neck, shoulder and central back muscles. The excessive tension of these muscles can also lead to a disruption of the physiological sequence of the joints related to the vertebrae of the cervical spine and mid-back. In this case, the DJ’s spine is subject to compressions that can lead to bulging or herniated discs in these areas, and to related symptoms such as a sharp pain that travels through the arm known as “brachialgia.”

Obviously an accurate diagnosis and cause of the pain must be determined by a qualified physician.

Anyone suffering from DJ Syndrome can prevent or reduce the condition and its related symptoms by taking the following suggested preventive and corrective measures:

  • Any time during the DJ session that you don’t need to mix, just break from the “DJ position”: drop the shoulder and place the neck and head straight.
  • Before and after a session, release and stretch the muscles of the neck and mid-back through proprioceptive exercises and appropriate stretching exercises of those particular areas.
  • Establish a “ritual gesture” to break out of the position any time you don’t need to hold it, so in other words, to change the habit of maintaining that position even when it is not necessary. For example, place your headphones around your neck any time you are not mixing; this simple motion could be your “ritual gesture”, reminding you to break from the action of tilting and lifting the shoulder.
  • Change or alternate the “DJ position”: instead of tilting your head and lifting your shoulder in order to listen to the music track you want to mix, you can bend your forearm, maintaining the head in the center, while pressing the headphone against your ear with the hand corresponding to the bent forearm. Even when adopting this new position, please do not lift the shoulder corresponding to the bent forearm. Changing or alternating the “DJ position” will reduce the repetitive stress on your joints.

Ideally, some innovator will design a pair of DJ headphones that won’t fall from the head while they are mixing, so that DJs can keep one headphone to the ear and the other loose off the other ear without lifting and tilting their shoulder on the side.

For more info on The Godi Method® exercises for “DJ Syndrome” contact method@claudiagodi.com.

THE GODI METHOD® WORKSHOP at the Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences.

THE GODI METHOD® WORKSHOP at the Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences.

Few days left to register for The Godi Method® workshop “Optimizing Exercise Through Postural Alignment” at the Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences, New York City.

The workshop will take place on Thursday July 21, 2016 from 1pm to 5pm  and it is part of the Professional Continuing Education classes.  It is approved for 4 NCBTMB credits!

It is opened to everyone that would like to learn about postural alignment and how to use this new awareness on your posture to optimize exercise, reducing stress on your joints and muscle aches and pains. 

Check this link to register and find out more…

https://online.swedishinstitute.edu/all-classes/optimizing-exercise-through-postural-alignment-

Pre-registration is required and can be done online via the Continuing Education website, www.swedishce.com, as well as by phone, email or in person. Please contact the Continuing Education department at (212) 924-5900 x 146 or at ce@swedishinstitute.edu.

 

Planning Healthy Options at P.S.125: “Playing with Movement”

Planning Healthy Options at P.S.125: “Playing with Movement”

This Saturday, 6-21- 2016,  I will be at  the Public School, P.S. 125, to have the young students tumbling, jumping and playing with movement at their Spring Festival. The school is planning a variety of healthy options for their students in order to increase their Wellness. I am happy to be part of this project and attempt to improve the quality of living of the young students in Harlem, offering more occasions to enjoy movement.
P.S. 125 Spring Festival will be from 12 to 4 pm this Saturday at 123rd Street at Morningside Avenue.
Looking forward to seeing some of you there. It should be fun!

THE GODI METHOD® WORKSHOP at the Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences.

THE GODI METHOD® WORKSHOP at the Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences.

The Godi Method® workshop “Optimizing Exercise Through Postural Alignment” is at the Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences, New York City.

The workshop will take place on Thursday July 21, 2016 and it is part of the Professional Continuing Education classes.  It is approved for 4 NCBTMB credits!

Check this link to find out more…

https://online.swedishinstitute.edu/all-classes/optimizing-exercise-through-postural-alignment-

Pre-registration is required and can be done online via the Continuing Education website, www.swedishce.com, as well as by phone, email or in person. Please contact the Continuing Education department at (212) 924-5900 x 146 or at ce@swedishinstitute.edu.

Regular Lunges Versus The Godi Method® Lunges

Regular Lunges Versus The Godi Method® Lunges

What’s the difference between regular lunges and The Godi Method® lunges?

Watching this picture you could think that there is no difference between a regular lunge performed with a correct form and The Godi Method® lunge.

In reality the difference exists, but you can’t see it in this picture, as The Godi Method® lunge is based on an inner work. In fact, what you can’t see in this photo, is the work the client is doing, through proper breathing and correct postural alignment, in breaking the patterns of tension, so that the leg muscles work more efficiently and to an higher degree. The result is that you will need to perform fewer lunges and just one series to feel the work, and you won’t need to add extra-weight ( for ex. dumbbells).

This process  will strengthen your leg muscles reducing the interference of other muscles and the stress on your joints.

Claudia Godi on “La Voce di New York”

Claudia Godi on “La Voce di New York”

Below is the link for the article “L’ italiana che vuole allenare New York ” published on La Voce di New York, written by Chiara Barbo with photos taken by Marina Massaro.

This article is a portrait about my life, my studies, experiences and carrier as the Creator of  The Godi Method® and as a Personal Trainer specialized in Postural Alignment.

It  highlights that The Godi Method® is founded on correct breathing, repetition and exact execution of customized exercises.  It underlines that The Godi Method® teaches you how to optimize exercise through postural alignment,so to reduce muscle pains and aches. The Godi Method® gives you tools on how to be aware of your body, not only in your daily activities,  but also and especially while you are exercising.

http://www.lavocedinewyork.com/people/nuovo-mondo/2015/12/09/litaliana-che-vuole-allenare-new-york/

How Do Shoes Affect Your Posture?

How Do Shoes Affect Your Posture?

A new video has been published in the The Godi Method® YouTube Channel!

If you are curious to discover how shoes affect your posture, check this out:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXrbQ05m-58

This video raises your awareness of the impact your shoes make your posture. It may change the way you choose the shoes you are going to wear. It will give you the elements needed to identify how each pair of shoes modifies your posture, so you can be more mindful of your choice of shoes.

In this Godi Method® video, the postural alignment expert Claudia Godi compares a client posture when barefoot with her posture when wearing 3 different types of shoes. Claudia Godi identifies the modifications on the frontal plane taking into consideration the back of the body. Then from the side view, Claudia Godi identifies the postural modifications on the sagittal plane. In her analysis, Claudia considers muscle tension (increasing or decreasing  muscle tension in the body) and posture (changes to the client’s posture, such as anteversion or retroversion of the pelvis, rotation of the knees, shoulder elevation, etc).

THE GODI METHOD® WORKSHOP at the Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences.

THE GODI METHOD® WORKSHOP at the Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences.

The Godi Method® workshop “Optimizing Exercise Through Postural Alignment” is now at the Swedish Institute, College of Health Sciences, New York City.

The workshop will take place on December 12th, 2015 and it is part of the Professional Continuing Education classes. Check this link to find out more…

https://online.swedishinstitute.edu/all-classes/optimizing-exercise-through-postural-alignment;jsessionid=8A9141A777FB8C8F5AF8CA468E3373A7.jvm1
Pre-registration is required and can be done online via the Continuing Education website, www.swedishce.com, as well as by phone, email or in person. Please contact the Continuing Education department at (212) 924-5900 x 146 or at ce@swedishinstitute.edu.

The Mézières Method

The Mézières Method

About the Mézières Method

The Mézières method is based on the understanding that most individuals with back pain and other alignment issues (except those that are congenital or caused by fracture) are actually the victims of excess muscle tone in groups of muscles, which Mézières called “muscular chains”. These muscles are banded together in a chain-like manner in which they overlap like tiles on a roof, and therefore each muscle chain behaves as a single unit.
There are four muscular chains in our bodies, the main one being the posterior chain situated at the back, running from head to feet. Although made of several muscles, muscular chains always behave like a single unit. They typically end up becoming too tight and too short, which means they harbor too much muscle tone. The shortening and stiffening of the muscular chains distorts and twist us in any number of different ways. Our bodies attempt to resist this shortening through compensations, which provoke sideways bending and rotations of the spine and unnatural rotations of the limbs. These compensations inevitably cause pain and malfunction and inhibit natural movement.
The Mézières method addresses the primary cause of our muscular-skeletal problems and is among the most efficient and lasting approaches for treating back pain and other muscular-skeletal pain.

About Françoise Mézières

Françoise Mézières (1909-1991) was a French physiotherapist and teacher of anatomy who developed the Mézières method. Ms. Mézières was teaching and practicing classical physiotherapy until 1947 when, while treating a patient crippled by pain and distortions, she made the empirical discoveries that were to completely change her understanding of body mechanics. The Mézières method is used by certified physical therapists and personal trainers around the world.