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Primal Walk Paperback – April 24, 2017
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Author Greg Shim, LAc, MEd, is someone who doesn’t know there ever existed a box outside of which to think. A husband and father, the licensed acupuncturist is also a woodworker, handyman, teacher, gourmet cook, and musician wannabe.
For demonstrations and lectures about primal walking, contact Greg at email@example.com.
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Also, there isn’t much discussion of anatomy in the book. There are a couple stretches included and a brief mention of the hip rotator muscles. I would have liked a breakdown of all the muscles used in heel walking verses forefoot walking. This is especially important for people who want to practice forefoot walking while treating muscle imbalance and postural disorders.
The author should also point out which postural disorders can make forefoot walking challenging. Without this information many people will give up practicing this walking method from frustration caused by muscle imbalance. After all most people have postural disorders.
I really liked the subject of this book but the content doesn’t do it justice. The book reads more like a blog with minimal editing. There are no professional quality pictures either, just personal snapshots with decent lighting and color.
For the price this book needs to be seriously expanded.
My story: I had been having unexplained and painful upper back and neck issues that went on for months. Tried PT for 3 months, spent a lot of money on co-pays and had nothing to show for it - still in pain. In ONE session Greg released my muscles, realigned me with cupping and needles, and the pain was gone. At that point he also introduced me to forefoot walking (along with other suggestions to prevent the pain from coming back). I haven't looked back. Forefront or Primal Walking doesn't just improve your posture, it strengthens your core, adds collagen, builds fascia - prevents the problems that eventually cause back/neck/joint problems, strengthens your immune system... too many benefits to list here. When I stick to it, I don't have neck or back problems. I am living proof it works. No more heel striking for me. You can also achieve forefront walking in heels, by the way, although the best way to do it is with little to no heel. It take a little while to get used to it, but once you are, heel striking will feel unnatural (as it is!). This book is 100% worth your time and will make a definite improvement in your life. I highly recommend it! I can't say enough great things about Greg.