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April 12, 2017

Royce Gracie Teaching Seminar At Scranton MMA in May!

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Royce Gracie will be at Scranton MMA on Monday, May 8 to teach a jiu jitsu seminar for adults and children. The children’s class will go from 5 to 5:30 p.m. and the adult seminar will go from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $20 for children and $60 for adults. Affiliates and non-affiliates are welcome to attend this event. It should be just as beneficial for the beginner student as it is for the advanced student! We ask that each participant wear a white or royal blue gi to the seminar.

We are asking that each participant register and pay online. You can do so by clicking the “Buy Now” buttons below for the adult or kids seminar. Please note that if you are new to our school, you will have to sign a liability form before training!

Great way to relieve neck and upper back pain

Quick video showing a great way to relieve upper back and neck pain.  Please take a look and let me know what you think.  I really hope this helps you out.

I have definitely had my share of neck pain over the years.  I also stand all day while working and at times my posture really gets bad and makes my neck hurt.  Doing ‘this’ has helped a ton.  First it reminds me to keep good posture and to stay loose.  As soon as I start to hunch or slouch I can adjust.

Also it is a really nice stretch and after just a few minutes I notice a lot of the tension and tightness easing up.

 

So if you need help putting that little belt system together just let me know send me and email or message me or whatever is easiest but Ill try to walk you through it again.

  • First take the middle of the belt and place it in the center of the small of your back.
  • Then bring it around in front of your stomach and then both straps go over your shoulder just like a backpack.
  • Once the straps are over your shoulder cross them over each other and let them fall towards your hips.
  • Pull them in front of you.
  • Now you can pull them forward to start to get a good stretch.
  • Adjust them as needed so its nice and comfortable.

 

You can tie it off if you want to wear it like that for a bit or you can just do some nice stretches while your shoulders are pulled back.

 

I really like wearing it for a bit.  Its great to wear while responding to emails because as I am typing I can do some light stretching and really loosen up my back, traps and neck.

 

So give it a shot and let me know what you think!

7 Ways to Reduce Stress in College

As a recent college graduate, you can be assured that I have experience in dealing with the stress that comes with it. Between going to classes, keeping up on homework, balancing internships and finding time for friends, the stress can become overwhelming. Throughout my four years of classes at The University of Scranton, these are the 7 ways I have been able to reduce stress in my own life. I hope you find them helpful!

Go outside.

Classes, internships and jobs can leave you cooped up inside all day. The fluorescent lights and lack of fresh air can make you feel confined and uncomfortable. Try finding time to sit outside throughout the day. Doing homework at a picnic table, studying on a bench or just reclining on an open green can refresh your mind and leave you ready for the next task at hand vent to someone you trust.

It can be a close friend, your mom, or even a professor you feel comfortable with. Sometimes getting things out of your mind and into the air can help you feel better about tackling all the things you have to do this week. It might even help you realize that it’s totally doable and you’re stressing out over nothing!

Eat well

In times of stress we tend to make bad food choices. We turn to caffeine products, sugary sweets, and carb-filled snacks to hold us over until the next meal. Unfortunately, these kinds of foods can you leave you groggy and falling asleep during classes. If hunger hits and you need something quick before class, grab a piece of fruit or string cheese from the POD. These snacks will leave you energized and ready to take on your busy schedule!

Drink WATER!

This goes along with my previous point. A cup or two of coffee is great in the morning to get you going, but the real secret to staying alert and energized is water. When your body is hydrated, it performs at its best and you will be able to think more clearly. Next time you feel drowned in school work, put down the energy drink can and reach for the water!

Take a fitness class

One of the best ways to reduce stress is taking a fitness class. Exercise release happy hormones in your brain that can let you escape your problems even if it’s just for an hour. Exercise can also help you feel more energized and excited to get back to your work AND it’ll help you sleep at night. So, whether it’s dancing, lifting weights, basketball, or kickboxing, get your butt out there and sweat the stress away!

Get enough sleep

We all hear it, and we all refuse to believe it applies to us, but sleep is SO important. Without sleep you can become irritable and sluggish, leaving you feeling too tired to get anything done. It may seem like a good idea to stay up late and get those extra hours of studying in, but that time would be better spent sleeping. Try to get your 6-8 hours per day and schedule your homework for a better time.

Use a planner

Now you might be thinking, “How am I supposed to exercise, sleep enough, AND get all my school work done?” Well, you’ve asked the right person. I am a firm believer in using an agenda, planner, schedule, or whatever you like. I find writing everything in a planner keeps my to-do’s organized in one place and keeps me accountable for finishing them. Crossing off things as I finished them was a surprisingly awesome feeling that motivated to get my work done!

And there you have it. Those are just seven ways you reduce stress throughout your college experience. Keep your mind and body healthy and get organized. You’ll be surprised at how much better you feel after trying just a few of these tactics. Good luck and have a great semester!

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