In today’s fast-paced world with so many distractions, a regular body scan is all the more important. A body scan is about interoception, sensing signals from the body. The more we connect with our physical bodies, the more we feel what is good for us. Everything we suppress will sooner or later show up in our physical bodies. That’s why body awareness is so critical to our health. Don’t neglect it, it speaks volumes!

This week I decided to start running again after so many setbacks the last couple of years. That means I’m gonna try run faster, longer and better – stay tuned for the second half of 2024!

Your energy is not just in your voice but everywhere in your body. So why should you focus your energy on verbal communication alone when you have so much more to offer? Your body has the power to show your energy level in a much more impactful way than words alone. Verbal communication can be enhanced by non-verbal cues, such as tone of voice and facial expressions. But to really level up our body language, we should make our message more impactful by looking at our body as a landscape of communication. Your body is an expression of your personal communication style. When we are involved and play more with our non-verbal body parts, such as gestures and posture, we reveal the most powerful communication tool. That’s why being mindful of the message as well as the messenger who sends it out can change our lives.

Hip impingement, also known as femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), is a condition where there is abnormal contact between the bones of the hip joint. This can cause pain, stiffness, and reduced range of motion in the hip. There are two main types of hip impingement: cam impingement, where the head of the femur is not round and cannot rotate smoothly in the hip socket, and pincer impingement, where there is too much coverage of the hip socket, causing the labrum to be pinched. In addition, there is the mixed impingement, which is a combination of both.

Treatment options may include physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication, and in severe cases, surgery. As you may know, there are no guarantees in life, and so far I have tried to “overcome” it with physical exercise and a cortisone injection (which brings temporary relief but not really root cause improvement). Maybe I will opt for surgery in the future to counteract the mechanical situation…Only time will tell.

I had so many disappointing and regretful moments in the past. But there is always a learning in it, right? Thanks to this painful diagnosis, I have discovered so many new things. My conscious field of movement has increased enormously, and I feel my body more deeply. I’m not just rushing through an exercise but try many different approaches to enhance my experience. There were so many new adventures to welcome and I’m deeply thankful for everything! When we open our lens and see it more as an opportunity, we gain so much. And since the doctor makes the diagnosis and God makes the prognosis, there is always hope😊!

What happens if I don’t move my body for a day?
I feel less alive, unbalanced, stressed and my natural clock gets messed up. When we only use our brain, or overuse our control tower, we feel more burnt out than when we have a good mix of physical and mental exercises. Find time and space for a physical activity that gives you so much. For me it’s almost always excitement and pleasure – before, during and after the activity.

Our bodies know that they belong to this Earth. It is our mind that always drifts away. Give your body the attention it deserve!

Often underestimated and overlooked, although often seen. Our skin obviously seems to be overlooked! For me, it is one of the most fascinating organs of our bodies – a masterpiece of the universe. It is one of the most important boundaries and thresholds between the inside and outside body, between the individual and society. However, it is not a fixed, hard boundary, but an adaptable and permeable one. The skin is not only the largest organ of the human body, but also the heaviest. It breathes air and absorbs and releases moisture.

The skin with its different skin layers is simply a miracle!

Switzerland is WONDER-full – where in the world can you find so many wonderful things in such a small space (not so small, if you flatten the relief)? Switzerland is a unique country with many different facets that contribute to its overall charm and character. Where else in the world can you find so much water diversity (the blue gold of Switzerland or the water castle of Europe) in an area of around 41,000 km2? Rivers and lakes characterize Switzerland, as do mountains and hills. The two triple watersheds of Europe are unparalleled. One lies on the border between the three cantons of Uri, Valais, and Ticino, the other on the Lunghin Pass in the canton of Graubünden. They give birth to long European rivers, namely the Reuss → Rhine, the Ticino → Po, the Inn → Danube, and the Rhone.

The geographical diversity of Switzerland is impressive. The Central Plateau is bordered from southwest to northeast by the Jura range of hills and the main Alpine ridge. Only the northernmost area, Basel-Stadt, and the southernmost area in Switzerland, southern Ticino, lie outside these two striking rock formations. There is everything from glaciers (I call it the white gold of Switzerland) with their perceived northern temperatures to a southern Mediterranean climate feeling. Even in a relatively small canton, like the canton of Uri, there are countless lakes, mountains, and valleys that will make your heart beat faster.

48 of the 82 4,000-metre peaks in the Alps are in Switzerland (an Alpine record), more than 40 of them in the canton of Valais, with the Dufourspitze in the Monte Rosa massif being the highest peak at 4,634 m – WoW!

The linguistic diversity is also impressive. With four main languages and numerous dialects, there is something for everyone. The four seasons each show their impressive side and let the Swiss landscape to blossom. Yes Switzerland, you are so BEAUTY-full!

There are many things an employer / employee can do to create a more pleasant working environment. A standing desk is one of the best ways to support employee health and wellbeing in the workplace. In my opinion, it is absolutely key for a good work environment, particularly if you work mostly in a sitting position at a desk. Although there may be some debate about the exact health benefits, I believe that regular use of a standing desk definitely has a positive impact on overall health and productivity.

For me, the main benefits of a standing desk are the following:

  • Opens up the whole body and improves posture.
  • Helps strengthen particularly core, leg (especially anterior and posterior thigh muscles), ankle and foot muscles.
  • Reduces back pain.
  • Helps with wrist position.
  • Keeps circulation going.
  • Boosts focus and mood.
  • Incentivizes other movements and provides help for full body rotation.

If you are thinking of making a change in the office, good standing desks are a simple way forward! For me, a standing desk is one of the key tools – indispensable!

I’m a passionate runner and hiker. For me, my feet are sacred. They are an integral part of my body, connecting me to the earth. I had given them special attention since I started running, especially since I began wearing barefoot shoes throughout the day in 2019.
Vivo barefoot shoes are my preferred shoes, as they give me several benefits, which include:

  • Better control of foot position when it strikes the ground, improved foot mechanics, and better mechanics of the hips, knees, and core thanks to sensory feedback
  • Improvements in balance, proprioception, and body awareness –> sensitisation of the body
  • Maintaining appropriate range of motion in foot and ankle joints and providing adequate strength and stability within muscles and ligaments, which support the lower back region
  • Thanks to the extra space they offer relief from improperly fitting shoes, which may cause bunions, hammertoes, or other foot deformities
  • Stronger foot and leg muscles, which support the lower back region

It can be broken down to four main specifications of the shoe:

  1. Thin sole of approximately 3mm
  2. No heel lift
  3. Extra space for the toes
  4. Flexibility and lightness

Through the help of calisthenics, which is so natural and essential to us human beings, we develop stronger muscles.

But as life reminds us, nothing comes easy. Though it may seem simple, it is never easy, and we have to take daily action on the simple things too, which seem so obvious that we often need to remember to do it, yet they are so central to our health.

Paying attention to your feet (shoes!) is one of the major steps towards a more balanced and healthier life.
Happy feet indeed! 👣

29.10.2023 – Another trail – another highlight between alpine lakes and some of the highest alpine mountains such as Eiger, Mönch, and Jungfrau. In other words, in-between 500m asl and around 4’000m asl. The atmosphere was, as so often, special on the Gantrisch. Autumn showed itself in its full bloom.

The trail started on the Wasserscheidi of the Gantrisch Nature Park and ended after a short detour on the Stockhorn at the middle station Chrindi. Some of the prominent points along the trail were: BürgleGantrisch – Nüeneflue – Homad, and Stockhorn. A distinctive alpine mountain range.

I can only recommend the trail. It is a good trail for half a day – enJOY!