The SMRT Body Guide is a streaming video subscription site that costs $10 per month with no annual fee and no contract. Short videos, most between 3 and 10 minutes, will take you on a journey through the human body. We are massage therapists, anatomy instructors, personal trainers, yoga instructors, etc. and through these videos we will be sharing with you the knowledge we have accumulated through our careers.
Videos will include anatomy facts for individual muscles, bones, and joints; discussions on areas of pain and what might be causing that pain (for example, lower back pain can be caused by tension in posterior lower leg or back of the calf); and ways to help bring balance back to the body and alleviate pain.
In the anatomy videos we will explore each bone in the human body; how those bones come together or articulate to form joints and what each joint does; the origin, insertion, and action of each muscle; and how muscles relate to and effect other muscles, bones, and joints.
From a bodywork standpoint, videos will include basic massage therapy; how to locate and palpate a specific muscle; basic Spontaneous Muscle Release Technique (SMRT) positions to release each muscle; and basic SMRT releases to correct postural imbalances and alleviate compensation patterns. As we add videos, we will include videos in assessment and advanced SMRT positions.
Bodywork is only part of the equation, however, so subscribers will also have access to videos about how to strengthen and lengthen each muscle. Beginning very simply, we will provide videos that give you different exercises or stretches for each individual muscle. These videos can be used for you personally or on a professional level with clients. Next, we will add videos that show how to build muscle, how to use opposing muscles to gain more flexibility, and how to alleviate pain through strengthening and/or lengthening specific muscles. This enables balance in the actions performed at any given joint.
Effectively strengthening and lengthening muscles so that there is balance in opposing actions at a joint requires that you understand which muscles work together and which muscles work opposite one another. Staying with example above, if your lower back pain is caused by a shortening of your calf muscles there are several things that can be looked at. First, through bodywork the calf muscles can be balanced and loosened. But, the tension in your calf muscles may be coming from weakness in the muscles in the front of the lower leg. This weakness would allow an increase of plantar flexion (a pointing of the toes) at the ankle decreasing the amount of dorsiflexion (think toes toward the shin) available at the ankle. These videos will show you how to increase tone in the opposing muscles (in this case, the front of the lower leg) in order to decrease tone in the tight muscles.
As the SMRT Body Guide progresses we will add new and different categories of ways to work with the human body, all through 3 to 10 minute videos.
Click on the links below to see some sample sessions:
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