Monthly Archives: September 2020

Podcast: Episode 14: Psoas: Sacred, Subtle, Powerful


EPISODE 14:

​Psoas: Sacred, Subtle, Powerful


"I believe the Psoas to be a sacred, powerful, and subtle muscle." In this episode of From Pain to Possibility, join Susi as she explores the Psoas muscle. 

So often the psoas gets blamed for issues, but really, it isn’t the psoas’ fault.  The psoas is responding to the forces in the body and how they are being absorbed and dissipated. 

Consider this idea of being grounded and light simultaneously, solid and stable, the ability to be agile. All of these characteristics apply to a psoas that is responsive, alive, and turned on. There is a whole new level of quiet power that can be experienced.


If this has gotten your interest and you want to dig in more and explore more about the psoas, Susi has an online course coming up on the psoas specifically. She would love for you to join her and learn more at https://www.functionalsynergy.com/product/power-of-pure-movement-the-psoas/.

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“The Psoas didn’t wake up one day to wreak havoc, it responds to the forces that are at play."  - Susi Hately


In This Episode:

[00:25] Welcome to the show!

[00:58] Susi speaks about the orientation of the psoas muscle.

[02:21] Susi shares that the psoas crosses three chakras points.

[03:25] The psoas didn't wake up one day to cause issues; it responds to the forces that are at play.

[05:36] Susi explains why the psoas can be so curious.

[06:08] Susi discusses how to help the client resolve the symptoms they are experiencing.

[07:46] When teaching people how to move again, they realize how well they have compensated.

[09:17] Susi says that when the tissue around the chakras start to function better, a lot of ourselves become online and function better.

[10:31] Susi discusses how the retraining moves into refinement to do the activity they want to do.

[12:22] Susi believes that it is interesting to teach people about the psoas and how it works and moves forces through our bodies.

[14:05] Thank you for listening and happy exploring.

“The way that the Psoas is experienced is very much a subjective event."  - Susi Hately

What You Will Learn In This Episode:

  • The orientation of the Psoas muscle.
  • How the Psoas cross three chakras points.
  • Why the Psoas can be so curious and discussing how to help the client resolve the symptoms they are experiencing.

“I have found that when people have a sustainability issue, it’s often related to other areas of their body that aren't online." - Susi Hately

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“I believe the Psoas to be a sacred, powerful and subtle muscle.”  - Susi Hately

Podcast: Episode 13: How I Do It


EPISODE 13:

​How I Do It


Are you having trouble doing it all, running a business, taking care of your family, dealing with the pandemic, and all the other things that come your way? In this episode of From Pain to Possibility, listen as Susi discusses some key principles that have worked for her over the past three and a half years and some that didn't. Listen and see if there is a takeaway you can use to make your life run a little smoother.

Susi shares the five principles that worked for her, clarity, conversations, support, calendar, and commitment. Clarity leads to conversation; the conversation opens the door to understanding; understanding support helps us get clearer on our calendar. Underline, it all is a commitment to do what we want. Susi discusses how each of these led to her and her husband's ability to handle anything that has been thrown at them, even COVID-19.

Susi also speaks about two books that she used to get her clarity from a perspective of what's important, how each book helped her, and what we can learn from them. She believes that you need to carve out time each day to focus on the one thing that is important and will keep things moving forward and keep the wheels on the bus.

Susi wishes for the listeners to have the courage to get clear, have conversations, seek the support you need for the outcome you want, and experiment with your calendar to see what works for you. She believes that when you do, some great things can happen.

If you want to dig into this process a little further, there are two ways we can connect. One is through the Yogi Business Program, where we place the planning, the Yogi in front of the business because we know that the idea of calm busyness of clarity is way more important than chaotic busyness. There is also my private three-month program. If you realize that some of what I've talked about may solve the symptoms you're experiencing, please reach out to us at [email protected]

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“When people have full plates, it’s really easy when things get hard to throw up their hands and say it’s not worth it."
 - Susi Hately


In This Episode:

[00:25] Welcome to the show!

[00:43] Susi shares what she wants you to learn from this episode.

[02:16] Susi believes there is no such thing as a work-life balance.

[02:55] Susi details the five principles that worked for her.

[03:25] She begins with a story about when she was pregnant with the twins.

[04:49] Listen as Susi speaks about finding reliable childcare.

[06:31] Susi discusses their cobbled-together solution to childcare.

[07:48] Susi shares two books that have helped her get a clear perspective.

[09:10] Susi speaks about what she needed to do to keep the wheels on the bus.

[10:22] "What is the one thing that when done makes all else easier or unnecessary."

[11:25] Susi discusses taking time each day to focus on the one thing that needed to be done that day.

[13:55] She speaks about having one full day with her children, and so Friday became her executive board day.

[14:48] Susi shares that even with COVID, they were able to transition well because of what they already had in place.

[17:11] Susi discusses the key thing about their commitment to each other: they both wanted to support the other to have success.

[18:16] It is absolutely possible, is the key thing that Susi wants the listeners to take away.

[19:29] Susi shares ways that you can connect with her, plus you can always reach them at [email protected]

[20:12] Thank you for listening to the show!

“I am the central hub, I’m the one who’s consistent through all of it."  - Susi Hately

What You Will Learn In This Episode:

  • Key Principles that worked for Susi and some that didn’t 
  • The Five Key Principles and how they work
  • Two books that Susi used to get her clarity, how each book helped her, and what we can learn from them

“I figured out through this idea of less but better what could actually be exactly that and what I could put on the shelf."
- Susi Hately

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“A key piece in what enabled me to refine and really affirm was the importance of patience and not rushing forward.”  - Susi Hately

Podcast: Episode 12: The Significance of the Rotator Cuff


EPISODE 12:

​The Significance of the Rotator Cuff


Do you think it is possible to heal from a rotator cuff injury without paying attention to the shoulder girdle?  In this episode of From Pain to Possibility, listen as Susi digs into the rotator cuff and the shoulder girdle, and how necessary it is for both to work together in order to recover and heal from rotator cuff injuries.  

Susi shares how, "The shoulder girdle is an amazing part of our body.” She explores the relationship between the rotator cuff and the shoulder girdle, how the shoulder girdle is used in the practice of yoga and how it blends energetic flow between the shoulder girdle, the center of the body and to our hands. 

With this awareness, exploring your rotator cuff becomes one of presence and awareness and leads to greater mobility, stability and strength. By understanding the six ranges of the shoulder blade on the rib cage, and how each rotator cuff muscle attaches from the shoulder blade to arm bone, you’ll often have better results with your recovery program.

If this way of thinking resonates with you, and you are a teacher or a healthcare professional, and you want to integrate yoga into your practice, send me a note.  You might be interested in the Susi Resource Library, where she has two hundred hours of video and lots of extra courses for you to explore. You can reach us here.

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“So if we don't pay attention to the blade as part of the shoulder then we're not going to make the progress, I don't think that is actually possible."  - Susi Hately


In This Episode:

[00:28] Welcome to the show!

[01:13] Susi speaks about the relationship between the rotator cuff and the shoulder girdle.

[02:19] In the practice of yoga, the shoulder girdle transmits and transforms energy by impacting your ability to raise our arms overhead and side to side.

[03:39] Susi shares that the shoulder girdle blends energetic flow between the center of our body to our hands.

[06:22] Susi discusses the shoulder blade on the rib cage.

[07:15] Susi talks about the humerus because this is where the rotator cuff starts.

[09:20] When Susi patients are recovering from rotator cuff issues, she wants them to pay attention to the exercises they have been given.

[11:25] Susi speaks about the way she likes to work with people new to the process.

[13:33] Susi's takeaway from this episode is to explore your rotator cuff from a place of presence and awareness.

[14:51] Thank you for listening to the show and have a great time exploring!

“The shoulder girdle is an extraordinary part of our body."  - Susi Hately

What You Will Learn In This Episode:

  • The relationship between the rotator cuff and the shoulder girdle
  • How the shoulder girdle is used in the practice of yoga
  • The six ranges of the scapula and shoulder blade on the rib cage
  • How the rotator cuff can function in a way that serves you and your entire system​

“The shoulder girdle can express pain, depression, suppression, shock, openness, receptivity, willingness, and comfort with one's own personal power.”  - Susi Hately

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“It really blends in this nice, energetic flow between the center of the body through our hands.”  - Susi Hately

Podcast: Episode 11: Compensation


EPISODE 11:

​Compensation


"When I can clear up those extraneous patterns, I can help someone become more efficient in their movements." Today Susi discusses compensation patterns because either the body moves or it doesn't, it's actually doing the thing we want it to do, or it's not, it provides a very clear understanding of what's working and what isn't, so we are looking at what compensation is on this episode of From Pain to Possibility

Listen, as Susi discusses when compensation happens and how, when she can clear up those extraneous patterns, she can help them become more optimal in their movements. They have much more efficient biomechanical patterns, which also correlates to a reduction in pain.

Susi shares that breath-holding when you are doing movements, and hiking a hip instead of swinging the leg are common compensation patterns. When you can refine those patterns, you can become aware of how you are moving and then integrate it into your moving patterns. It's powerful to resolve a problem that exists rather than a problem you think exists.

If any of this resonates with you and you feel that your pain experience is related to compensatory patterning, you might not be aware of it, or maybe you are aware of it but aren't sure what to do. There are two options for you to explore. One is Susi's Resource Library, a membership site where Susi helps people improve their movement patterns and trains teachers and health professionals to recognize them and improve them in their own clientele. If you want more personal attention, you can reach Susi through her website and go to the contact us page to inquire about a private plan session.

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It's really powerful to be able to resolve a problem that actually exists rather than a problem that you think exists." 
-Susi Hately


In This Episode:

[00:28] Welcome to the show!

[01:07] Susi discusses what compensation is and why it's important to clear up the extraneous patterns.

[02:46] Is compensation always bad? Susi says no, it is not always bad; all of us compensate.

[03:46] Susi shares some examples of common compensation patterns.

[06:19] Susi believes its powerful for someone first to become aware of how they are moving.

[09:15] Susi speaks about another piece of compensation that is fascinating, which is where we blend the biomedical view with the whole person.

[11:49] Where the pain is, isn't the problem, the problem lies under the level of awareness.

[13:18] Susi shares the key pieces of this compensation conversation.

[14:15] Susi gives some takeaways for the listener.

[15:22] Thank you for listening and have a great time exploring.

Where the pain is, isn't the problem, the problem lies under the level of awareness.”
-Susi Hately

What You Will Learn In This Episode:

  • Understanding what really works and what doesn’t through compensation patterns
  • How compensation isn’t always bad
  • Becoming more aware of how you’re moving and how that affects your body

People with a lot of drive and ambition are really good at pushing aside symptoms." 
-Susi Hately

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We all compensate, let's say you are out for a run and you sprain your ankle and you have to get back home, you are going to hobble or limp your way back home." 
-Susi Hately