September 3, 2017

Want to see something simultaneously SO GROSS and also SO COOL??

This isn’t for the dainty, because the video I’m linking you to includes the use of a cadaver to see how muscles work. It’s icky… except that it’s really fascinating. (But don’t look if the idea of a dead body gives you the heebies.)

Gwynn the therapeutic masseuse guru at Body Dynamics sent me the link. She was telling me about how she could feel that muscles in my legs weren’t sliding across each other as they should.

That made my eager little ears prick up, like my dog when he thinks something tasty might be dropped on the kitchen floor.

“But my legs feel fine… don’t they?”

Gwynn (and Barbara) (and Grace) (and Chad) (and Chip) (and Jorge) (it’s a cluster of concern)  have noted my “turn-out.” This is a very gracious way of saying that I’m a duck-foot; my feet splay out to the side. If I lie on my back, it’s the sides of my feet that touch the ground, not the heels.

For the uninitiated, it’s something that makes me look like I waddle a little when I walk – but for anyone who has studied ballet (and at Body Dynamics we’ve got a jag of ‘em, son), the turn-out is a source of envy. I did a frog-pose sort of exercise with Grace once and she actually called excitedly across the room to Chip, working with another client. “Did you SEE that TURN-OUT?!”

“No – do it again!”

I’m not used to the admiration of athletic ballet dancers, I can promise you, and I basked in their surprising regard for all of ten seconds until it turned out my pelvic alignment was off again; story of my life. Back to work.

But it turns out that ballet dancers (and massage gurus and physical therapists, etc.) want that turn-out to be voluntary; I’m supposed to be able to walk with my toes pointing more or less forward. So Gwynn’s been working on loosening up muscles that haven’t had to move against each other because I am ALWAYS splay-foot. And those muscle groups were proving obstinate; they didn’t think they needed to move against each other and they dug in their stubborn little muscle feet and tried to resist Gwynn’s ministrations.

Of course, that’s like a peewee football team attempting to hold back the starting line of the New England Patriots, so eventually she got the movement she was looking for.

“But you’ll have to move them, or they’ll fuzz up again.”

“I’m sorry – they’ll what?”

“Ooh – have you seen the fuzz video?”


“I’ll send you the link. You’ll never again stretch in the morning without thinking of fuzz. You’ll love it.”

And she was right – I LOVE this video. It’s just over five minutes long. The guy is a bit of a nutter, but only because he seems eccentric; he certainly seems to know what he’s talking about. (And the video is all the more entertaining because he seems to have come back later and edited in a lot of commentary.)

So here you go.  Gross, but very, very cool. Tell me what you think.

2 thoughts on “Fuzz

  1. Hi Pru! This is fascinating. Yes. In the morning it is sometimes hard to move! Now I know why. And now it makes sense that as the day goes on and I’m moving more I start to feel pretty good! Thanks for sharing this. I must say about that cadaver: I didn’t realize how similar the human body and a chicken breast look! Yuck!


    1. Kate, you and me both! I thought my own muscles were red and a chicken’s were yellow – it never occurred to me that it’s essentially the same tissue without all that blood! Gross… and really, really interesting! I’ma tell Gwynn you liked her link. Me, too!


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