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Lessons from the Dead

Lynne Murray, Laurie, and Debbie say:

Kelly Bliss, famous for her size-positive exercise programs sent out an email with a link to Gil Hedley’s “Fuzz Speech” YouTube video. Bliss says:

Gil Hedley, Ph.D., gives a lesson on the importance of movement and stretching to maintain the sliding properties of tissues in the body, as well as the value of bodywork modalities and yoga when movement potential has become inhibited,

We never would have believed that a discussion of exercise and the properties of muscle tissue using human cadavers as examples would be so fascinating.

Lynne has to report that on watching the Fuzz Speech, she literally had to start stretching and moving around (and feeling better) before it was even over and it’s just a five-minute video demonstration.

However, this video is NOT for everyone. Hedley is a teacher of anatomy. Here’s the viewer advisory from his website :

Please be mindful of your own sensibilities regarding images of human cadaver forms, which can be challenging to view in many ways. Also, please adjust your computer screen away from others while you watch these previews, in order to prevent accidental viewing on the part of those for whom these images might be either disturbing or inappropriate. My intention in sharing these images is to cultivate an appreciation for the hidden and amazing aspects of human form, and to do so in a manner that respects both the viewer and the material.

(If you can tolerate it, however, it’s a fabulous way to really see what goes on inside your own body, to get the concept on a visceral, visual level. All three of us loved seeing it.)

Second, Hedley’s message (and Kelly Bliss’s) is about the value of exercise. Here at Body Impolitic, we know that’s not a message everyone wants to hear. Again, Hedley stands out from the crowd because he talks about exercise as something for everyone, and the choice not to exercise as a “personality expression.” He is astonishingly nonjudgmental, especially for a man with a mission to show people the benefits of exercise.

Still interested? Here you go.

These segments of human anatomy didn’t disturb any of the three of us because the message was SO respectful, the information was important, and the speaker is so expressive.

3 Responses to “Lessons from the Dead”

  1. Nif Says:

    That was cool! Going to go stretch now.

  2. Lisa Hirsch Says:

    Thank you so much – fantastic. Must visit his web site. I am sorry he doesn’t define “fuzz” anatomically in this particular segment, but I bet he does elsewhere.

  3. Lisa Hirsch Says:

    Interesting – his Ph.D. is in religion and ethics, and he learned anatomy via several years in massage school and dissection via a friend in medical school. Now I’m even more curious about the anatomical basis of his fuzz description.

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