Do you (or does someone you love) suffer from chronic pain?
What if I told you there was a simple effective pain relief strategy that includes simple movements that you could do on your own in just minutes a day? Would you be willing to experiment with me for one month?
Now comes the hard part: the obstacles. “But I don’t have time” you say. Do you have five minutes a day? “I am traveling this month”. No problem, you can do these moves on the road. “I don’t have a gym membership”. No worries you don’t need a gym or any equipment to do these moves. “I don’t live in Portland”. No problem, You may do this challenge remotely, connecting with me via phone or skype when you have questions.
- Who: You!
- What: Simple, gentle exercises.
- When: Challenge starts September 6th and runs through October 4th.
- Where: Your home, office, my studio, in the woods, a hotel room… anywhere!
- Why: To regain mobility and decrease pain.
- How: Contact Anne to register. (503) 705-4762
Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She offers one on one training, group classes, and massage therapy. Anne encourages her clients to utilize the combination of movement + massage to relieve chronic pain, gain strength and mobility, and improve the quality of their lives.
Too hot to turn on the stove? Try this easy, Brussels sprout salad for dinner.
We camped on the Deschutes this week and I was lucky enough to be hanging out with some seriously prepared campers. There was a tent and air mattress waiting for me upon arrival. The adults took turns prepping and cooking meals. We swam, hiked, napped, played games and it was super relaxing. At one point we had 8 adults and 5 kids to feed so we had a big spaghetti dinner and this Brussels sprout salad (recipe below).
The flavor reminds me of Caesar salad, in fact you could add a little anchovy paste or some bacon if you are feeling indulgent. A mandoline will allow you to slice the sprouts paper thin. A sharp knife and a steady hand works as well. As with most of my favorite recipes, this one includes a short list of easy to find ingredients, and is a cinch to prepare. Chop your veggies, combine your ingredients, and allow your salad to sit for twenty minutes, then enjoy!
Lemony Brussels Sprout Salad
- 2 lbs of Brussels sprouts
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 shallot
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- 1/4 cup pecorino romano
- salt and pepper to taste
- Thinly slice sprouts and place in a large bowl.
- Mince the garlic and shallots and add to sprouts.
- Add lemon juice and olive oil.
- Grate cheese and add to sprout mixture.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper and mix everything together.
- Chill for twenty minutes. Taste and add salt or more cheese if you like.
Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She offers this recipe to tickle your taste buds. Please see your medical professional for specific dietary advice.
Have you heard me talk about Kim Cotrell’s weekly Feldenkrais classes? I have known Kim for years and popped in to her classes when my schedule allowed. For the past few months I have been regularly attending Kim’s Tuesday morning lessons and I can really feel a difference in my back. Since my back surgery in 2014 my view of “movement vs. exercise” has shifted dramatically. In my twenties if I had a break I was going for a run. Now if I have a break I do release work, somatics, undulation exercises, or myofascial release on the foam roller.
Feldenkrias is subtle, relaxing, frustrating, difficult to explain, and really good for my back. One of the goals of this work is to increase our movement options. I describe this as taking a machete and clearing a new path through the jungle (my brain being the jungle).
The official description is a little more eloquent – a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement to enhance function, increase ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement.
In August Kim is offering a pelvic floor focus. If you are available Tuesdays morning at 11 I highly recommend these classes.
Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist. She offers weekly classes and one on one sessions that incorporate her signature movement + massage concepts to aid in pain relief, stress reduction and improve strength.
Contact her today for your complimentary consultation. (503) 705-4762