Improve your Golf game Atlanta, with Ki-Hara Master Trainer Estelle Harford

Don’t you want to be a better Golfer?

I haven’t ever met a golfer that wasn’t interested in improving their game. Golf is a sport that is extremely intricate, and always presents new challenges. It can be the course, the weather or YOU! I am here to introduce you to an incredible, secret tool that can help you immeasurably.

Ki-Hara Master Trainer Estelle Harford has recently relocated to Atlanta, and can help you accomplish your game goals.

Ki-Hara is a unique method of eccentric flexibility, strength training, and core stabilization that is used to help athletes improve. It also corrects muscular substitution, which might be significantly impacting your game.

With the help of a Ki-Hara Master Trainer, you will decrease pain, eliminate painful muscular substitution, increase range of motion, flexibility, strength and core capability. All of these advance your game.

In golf, one needs the ability to quickly access muscles and rotate powerfully through specific joint rotations. If you can’t use these muscles properly you will have a lot of unnecessary frustration. You should be able to quickly execute these movements to get the most torque, control and precision in your swing. If not corrected this will translate into fault in your swing as well as other problems.

Aside from being strong; to be a successful golfer it is imperative that one has FLEXIBILITY! You need chest, shoulder, lattissimus dorsi (lats) and back range of motion and flexibility. Your arm must be able to fully cross far enough in front of your body to allow for a proper backswing. Range of motion is extremely important to be able to get your body into good positioning. You have to be strong enough to have the power behind your backswing to make the ball travel a far distance.

Hip mobility and glute strength are often overlooked. There are many people that have extremely tight and restricted hip flexor and psoas muscles. One of the things these muscles do is, allow your hips to properly rotate internally and externally. This contributes to the ability to control sway and early extension. You have to be able to rotate your body in all planes of motion. If you can’t, you run the risk of injuring yourself because you are forcing other areas of your body to take unnecessary torque and joint stress.

You might be frustrated and feel like you are doing “everything correctly” and still not getting what you want out of your game. It is extremely likely you have muscular compensations occurring in your body, which are inhibiting your improvement. If these are not corrected they will impair performance and can lead to injury. Ki-Hara can be the missing link to perfecting your game. Working with a Master Trainer is the best way to determine what is happening in your own body and to create a program for correcting these issues.

Estelle Harford of Stellar Strength and Wellness is a Movement Therapist and a nationally recognized Ki-Hara Master Trainer. She has recently relocated to the Atlanta area from Chicago. She is the only Ki-Hara Master Trainer in Georgia. Please call to set up an appointment at 630-730-1410. She offers in-home sessions as well as studio sessions. www.stellarstrength.com, Estelle@stellarstrength.com

 

Stellar Strength is now based in Atlanta, Georgia!

Estelle Harford of Stellar Strength and Wellness has recently relocated to the Atlanta area from Chicago. She is a Movement Therapist and helps her clients eliminate pain, increase flexibility, range of motion, muscle tone and strength. Estelle is a Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching Master Trainer and a John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Therapist. Estelle is the only Ki-Hara Master in the entire state of Georgia.
She works closely with clients on a one on one basis and helps those with acute as well as chronic injuries. She has the ability to determine which muscles are not firing properly due to injury, stress or weakness; and neuromuscularly reconnects the pathways so your body is able to work as a whole again. Each session is completely customized for you, as every body is different. Resistance flexibility is a wonderful tool Estelle utilizes that works with the eccentric motion of your body. She is able to release painful tension and limitations in your body. Estelle can help you be more active and get more out of the activities you already love to do. She helps clients improve many activities including; tennis, golf, pilates, and yoga.

Estelle helps clients with a range of symptoms, including back, neck, shoulder and knee pain. Please visit www.stellarstrength.com for a more detailed list.
Estelle also offers John F. Barnes Myofascial Release to aid in her clients healing. Fascia is best explained as a 3-dimensional web that interpenetrates everything in your entire body. A high percentage of people experiencing pain or limited range of motion may also be experiencing fascial restrictions or adhesions. If not properly released, the fascia continues to tighten and constrict, eventually affecting many other parts of the body. Bound fascia has the ability to produce 2,000 lbs of pressure per square inch. Releasing this system is extremely important to restore balance and eliminate pain and dysfunction everywhere in the body.

Some of the Benefits of working with Estelle:

  • gains in flexibility, range of motion, strength, muscular tone and aerobic capacity
  • improved athletic performance and recovery
  • creates more powerful, explosive muscles, with core stable movements
  • more balanced body
  • removes chronic joint stress and injuries
  • prevents injury from overstretching
  • targets specific areas of existing or potential injury
  • removes painful and sometimes debilitating fascial and muscle tension
  • realigns the body to improve posture
  • eliminates both chronic and acute pain
  • eliminates muscular substitution
  • greatly increases core stability
  • great for circulation and inflammation problems
  • helps flush toxins
  • eliminates muscular substitution
  • greater lung capacity
  • less tension headaches
  • feels great

Please visit www.stellarstrength.com to learn more or contact Estelle Harford at 630-730-1410Stellar Strength and Wellness is an Atlanta, GA. based business.  Sessions are offered in studio or in the comfort of your own home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How can Myofascial Release help you?

What is Fascia?

Fascia is best described as a three dimensional web that runs throughout your entire body. Fascia covers and interpenetrates every muscle, bone, nerve, artery and vein. It also surrounds all of your internal organs including the heart, lungs brain and spinal cord. Think of the segments of an orange, this best illustrates how your fascial system works and separates everything.

Trauma, environmental stress, repetitive motions, inflammation and injury can all impact how tight and restricted your fascia becomes. Any abnormal tightness binds down your body, making it unable to function the way it was designed to with extremely limited ranges of motion. This creates imbalances, postural compensations, limited range of motion and pain patterns that are seemingly unexplainable. Restricted fascia does NOT show up in typical medical tests.

A high percentage of people experiencing these symptoms may be experiencing fascial restrictions or adhesions. If not released, the fascia continues constrict eventually affecting other parts of the body.

John F. Barnes Myofascial Release (JFBMFR) is a soft tissue mobilization technique designed to eliminate tension and restrictions causing pain or trauma within the fascial system.  It is a hands-on approach done by a qualified JFBMFR therapist by using gentle, sustained, specific pressure. Stellar Strength offers this highly skilled method to clients.

Some of the problems John F. Barnes Myofascial Release helps:

  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Neck pain
  • Jaw pain (TMJ)
  • Sports injuries
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Scoliosis
  • Sciatica
  • Migraines
  • Scar Tissue
  • Knee pain
  • IT Band issues
Stellar Strength will design an in-home program specifically for you.  Reduce stress while increasing flexibility and range of motion. Eliminate tension and stiffness while balancing your body from the inside out. Call to set up a session.
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Try Oprah’s Favorite Workout with Master Trainer Estelle Harford

Resistance Flexibility is Oprah’s Favorite Workout

The January 2016 issue of “O” Magazine, was released and showcases Resistance Flexibility as Oprah’s new favorite workout.

Resistance Flexibility (also known as Resistance Stretching) is a dynamic hands on technique that helps increase true flexibility, increase strength and muscle tone, increase range of motion, eliminate pain, and balance the body.Resistance Flexibility is completely customizable and is based upon your needs and goals. Every session is different because every person is different. Come and try a session in Chicago with Estelle. Flexibility training is gaining popularity and press because it helps people in unlimited ways.

Whether you are a Weekend Warrior, or just have the desire to live a life with less stress, aches and limitations. I can work with you to get you back to your best self. I can help you “Stretch Your Potential.”

If you have been unsure or feeling a bit intimidated about trying something new, now is a great time! I will design a session for you and it can be a very challenging workout, or therapeutic and help balance your body.

I am a Ki-Hara Resistance Stretching Master Trainer as well as a John F. Barnes Myofascial Release Therapist.

Please visit www.stellarstrength.com for more information and to book an Assisted Session with Estelle.  estelle@stellarstrength.com

The Importance of Physical Activity for Gastrointestinal Health

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Estelle Harford is a Stretch Therapist and owner of Stellar Strength and Wellness. She is one of 25 global Ki-Hara Master trainers, and currently resides in Chicago. She sees clients nationally. Contact her at Estelle@stellarstrength.com.

Throughout my years in the professional world of fitness, I have consistently been amazed by those that don’t think to treat the body as a whole. As a Stretch Therapist and Ki-Hara Master Trainer, I have clients that are extremely surprised when I tell them I want to work on their shoulder in order to release tensions or imbalances in their elbow or wrist. The same is true, for the relationship between your physical activity in relation to your gastrointestinal health. They work together, just as the body does, as an entire system.

When I talk about exercise in regards to physical activity, I am not talking about excessive training. I am talking about movement that engages you; that gets your heart pumping and that might, but not always, make you sweat (just a little).

I believe that anything that interests you and gets you moving helps get your bodily functions moving as well. One of the most important aspects about any voluntary movement is the production and release of endorphins. Endorphins are natural hormones produced in the hypothalamus section of your brain. They are released when you engage in certain activities. They naturally combat stress and pain. Endorphins give us a light, high feeling. In short they make us happy.

The number one trigger for GI problems is stress and anxiety. They both tend to make people more likely have to lower immune responses and therefore they get sick or feel sick more often. Stress seems to typically create more stress. Which over time can wreak havoc on a GI system. Creating and releasing endorphins fights to work against the stress and anxiety GI problems create.  Exercise induced happiness does improve the immune system, and has been known to lessen the effects or symptoms of GI problems.

If strenuous exercise isn’t something you are capable of engaging in at this time, you will be happy to know that there are other activities that help in the release of endorphins. You can engage in Stretch Therapy, or another form of Bodywork. It can be modified so it is not as physically exerting as other forms of exercise. Believe it or not, laughing helps, how many times have you laughed really hard and felt it in your abs.  Feel free to try acupuncture or meditation as well.

Personally, I know that when I exercise, it makes me happy, and I like feeling happy so I keep an exercise routine. Even if you fall off the wagon once in a while, it’s ok, just get back on.  I promise you’ll feel great. I would be willing to bet your Gastrointestinal Tract will thank you and will feel better as well.