The field of Yoga and Structural Integration are much closer than many are aware of. Dr. Rolf herself practiced Hatha Yoga extensively in the 1920’s and 1930’s. She studied with Pierre Bernard who was a Yoga teacher in Nyack, N.Y. Dr Rolf used her Yoga practice as a means to address back problems she had as a result of a scoliosis. Dr. Rolf used much of the knowledge she gained from her practice of Yoga, Osteopathy, and Homeopathy to formulate Structural Integration. Structural Integration shares the common value with Yoga in that when the body is lengthened and balanced, the individual will achieve balance and ease both in body and spirit.
“In Structural Integration, we expect to give a cycle of ten sessions. There is a reason for this. We are not dealing with local problems. We are not dealing with the kind of thing that you can say, “Well, I fixed that, that’s all.” We are dealing with an intent to make a body more secure, more adequate within the field of gravity. This requires that muscles be balanced, and need to be balanced around a vertical line. And, when I talk about balancing muscles, I’m talking about balancing the right side against the left side. About balancing the front of the body against the back of the body, and finally, about balancing the innermost muscles against the outermost, the inside against the outside, this is the most important of those balances, and we start from the outside working in, and it takes us ten hours before we can get to the place where we can really balance the outside against the inside.” -Ida P. Rolf, Ph.D.
For those unfamiliar with Structural Integration, Structural Integration as designed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf is a 10 session systematic process of deep bodywork that improves the structural and functional abilities of the human body in its relationship to the gravitational field. Through the systematic approach of reorganizing major joints, and body segments, while releasing the chronically held tension and torsion patterns we are able to achieve a rapid change in structural mechanics and correction of chronic musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction. Athletes perform better while stress is significantly reduced. Postural balance and flexibility are improved with each session. Professional athletes, dancers, and performance artists throughout the world have successfully utilized CORE Structural Integration. Business and professional leaders have found that the beneficial results have improved their focus and attention, their vitality, and their creative abilities. CORE Structural Bodywork can significantly balance the emotional and cognitive abilities of anyone who completes the 10-session series.
“This is the gospel of Rolfing (Structural Integration): When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through. Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself.”
– Ida P. Rolf
When you consider the underlying intentions of both Structural Integration and yoga – to promote heightened self-awareness and optimized human potential by working towards flexibility and balance in the body – it’s easy to see why so many people have found these two practices to be a natural fit.
Many of the issues I’ve discussed in earlier articles about the physical ramifications of poor alignment become exaggerated in an individual who practices yoga. Flexibility, range of motion, strength, and balance are critical components of an effective yoga practice – so when these things are out of kilter, a yogi’s practice is not up to its best possible level.
Structural Integration enhances yoga practice in many ways, including the development of deeper, fuller breathing; the increased range of motion and flexibility that comes from releasing bound fascia; and the enhanced consciousness of symmetry and movement that results from every body part being realigned to its proper place.
Conscious, controlled breathing (pranayama) is a primary focus in yoga. My work to free the diaphragm to allow fuller breathing starts in the very first session and continues throughout the series of ten. This is one aspect of Structural Integration that becomes an ongoing benefit for yogis, who find that the greater lung capacity helps in all areas of their practice.
Another benefit is seen in the way Structural Integration empowers the yogi to achieve and hold postures (asanas) that were beyond his or her capability prior to our sessions. This happens for several reasons.
“After our session on Saturday I felt 100x better. I noticed a dramatic improvement in various yoga postures as well. My hamstrings felt amazing; I can almost do a full split! Also, my neck and shoulders in Downward Facing Dog, felt phenomenal, I felt like there was no tension or pressure in those muscles and joints. You’re a miracle worker!”
The first, most obvious, reason is when a physical complaint prevents the yogi from performing asanas correctly. For instance, back problems or pain in the feet or hips may cause the yogi to avoid certain asanas, or, worse yet, attempt them and worsen the problem that is causing the pain. My work that addresses these ailments will consequently free the person to practice yoga without concern for this pain.
If you can imagine how it feels to have a fluid, light, balanced body, free of pain, stiffness & chronic stress, at ease with itself and in the gravitational field, then you will understand the goals of Structural Integration.
Dr. Ida P. Rolf, PhD
The second reason that Structural Integration results in improved yoga performance relates to flexibility and range of motion. Just as breathing is a focus of my work from the first session on, so is manipulating fascia that may be restricting regions of your body from working effectively. As muscles are freed to do their appropriate jobs, and body regions are realigned to their proper places in relationship with one another and in relation to gravity, you’ll find that the muscles become stronger, your body feels longer, and your flexibility increases. With these results comes an increased range of motion. For the practitioner of yoga, this means an ability to attain postures that are critical to growth and development in one’s practice.
A third reason for this enhanced performance is related to the first two, but can be less readily apparent. The house-on-faulty-foundation metaphor I’ve referred to in earlier articles applies here. When your body is out of proper alignment, the rest of the body compensates for the ill-aligned part’s inability to function correctly. In yoga, this can mean that a person is using incorrect posture by avoiding certain areas of the body, or by unintentionally using body parts incorrectly. A result of the work I do throughout the 10 series is to realign each part to its correct place and function, and this restores the correct relationship among all major segments of the body returning balance and symmetry to the structure of the body. In short, when all body parts are where they are supposed to be, they function in the manner they were intended to. In yoga, this translates into asanas that are performed correctly and often with greater depth and ease.
These benefits also relate to practitioners of Pilates, Dance, Martial Arts or any other individual whose performance depends on balance, strength, and flexibility.
Source by Joseph Ackerman
None of the information contained herein is meant to constitute legal advice.
The proliferation of nonprofit organizations in recent years, combined with the current economic climate, has impacted many charities and resulted in the elimination of vital programs or the closure of operations. Specifically, the current tough economic times have come after years of continued increase in the number of nonprofit organizations in the United States – according to the Urban Institute and the National Center for Charitable Statistics, as of 2006 there were over 2.3 million 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in the United States (this number is up over 36 percent from the data available in 1996).
Like for profit organizations and individuals, however, nonprofits must also adapt their functioning and thought-processes to survive in these hard economic times. In a December 2009 article, the Chronicle of Philanthropy (citing a recent Bridgespan Group report surveying approximately one hundred nonprofit leaders) noted that “54 percent of respondents are scaling back or eliminating some programs to free resources for other programs, up slightly from a year ago…[and that] [n]early two-thirds of the respondents (63 percent) said they were moving staff members to support core programs.” (Ben Gose, As the Economy’s Pain Continues, More Charities Abolish Programs, THE CHRONICLE OF PHILANTHROPY, Dec. 10, 2009)
While many organizations have decided to cut back on programming, there is another viable option for charities to continue to serve their constituents while meeting the bottom line – merger or integration. Once mainly thought of as transactions reserved for the for profit community, mergers and acquisitions in the nonprofit industry are not only possible, but can be a vital element of survival. In fact, another recent research report conducted by The Bridgespan Group champions the possibility of nonprofit integrations not only as a means of survival in a tough economic climate, but also as a strategic tool for success. In its report, The Bridgespan Group cited a recent poll of nonprofit executive directors that found that nonprofit leaders consider “mergers and acquisitions (M&A) reactively, a way to shore up finances, to make their organizations appear more attractive to funders or to address a succession vacuum [but that the time] is also ripe for leaders of healthy organizations to consider M&A proactively – as a way to strengthen effectiveness, spread best practices, expand reach and – yes -t o do all of this more cost-effectively, making best use of scarce resources.” (Alexander Cortex, William Foster and Katie Smith Milway, “Nonprofit M&A: More Than a Tool for Tough Times,” The Bridgespan Group, February 2009). As such, although this article discusses the benefits of mergers in light of this difficult economy, organizations can always consider integration as a valuable tool for success.
One of the first important precursors to considering a merger is the organization understanding and appreciating that no man is an island, and in order to better the continent, you have to build bridges. This may sound obvious; however, many small nonprofits are actually limited by core groups of leaders who are passionate about their cause and the constituency they serve. While this zeal and diligence can be a true asset to a charity, it can also be a hindrance as it can potentially limit the perspective of organizational leadership. This phenomena is sometimes referred to as “founder’s syndrome,” which Wikipedia defines as “a label normally used to refer to a pattern of behavior on the part of the founder(s) of an organization that, over time, becomes maladaptive to the successful accomplishment of the organizational mission.” Accordingly, a foremost hurdle for small organizations interested in integration is overcoming the dominant voice of leadership with tunnel vision. Once this is accomplished, the organization is better-suited to approach potential relationships with an open-mind.
Another important consideration for nonprofit mergers is the culture and environment within each organization as well as the governance structure associated therewith. Although two organizations may serve nearly identical purposes, they can diverge on many governance issues, such as number of board seats, board selection process, board performance evaluations and relationships with staff. For example, an organization with sub-par board participation and low meeting attendance will likely have a remarkably different management style from an organization with fifty active and engaged board members. This variable will not only affect the corporate governance of the respective organizations, but will also have an impact on the functioning of underlying staff and programs. Similarly, the organizations must evaluate and consider their respective corporate image, core values, work environment and leadership style in deciphering the feasibility of integrating the cultures of the two organizations.
Aside from the above internal factors, program services, facilities and equipment are also vital components to the proper evaluation of a merger. Examples of these variables include the number of individuals served by the program, the geographic coverage and “client” demographic, the utilization of technology, “competitors” in the market, service locations, real property arrangements, major equipment inventory, maintenance contracts and technology systems. Moreover, one of the remaining major factors that organizations should consider in light of a potential merger is human resources, including paid staff and volunteers. The subparts to this component include salaries, benefits, expense reimbursement, professional development, liability insurance, performance evaluation, volunteer program structure and training/orientation, recruitment and evaluation/recognition.
Once the organization has determined these core issues, the remaining legal considerations concerning a merger or integration are governed by applicable state and federal law. Depending upon the structure of the transaction, i.e. a true merger versus an outsourcing of management re-composition of the board of directors or asset transfer, the organizations will likely be required to obtain certain governmental approvals before consummating the transaction. Further, in a true merger, it is advisable that the organizations engage in in-depth due diligence sufficient to satisfy themselves that they are aware of the other’s status (and in the case of the surviving corporation, that it is fully apprised of the assets and liabilities it is assuming through said merger).
In California, specifically, in order to engage in a statutory merger, the Attorney General must be notified and certain filings must be completed with the Secretary of State as further set forth in Sections 6010, et. seq. of the California Corporations Code. Under these sections, the legislature has set forth various logistical requirements that must be met in order for an organization to engage in such a transaction. Specifically, without first obtaining written consent from the California Attorney General, a public benefit corporation (which is generally how most non-religious 501(c)(3) organizations are organized in the State of California) is only permitted to merge with another public benefit or religious corporation with specific dedication of assets language in its charter. CAL. CORP. CODE §6010(a). Further, the Attorney General must be furnished with a copy of the proposed agreement of merger, which must contain specified terms and conditions, including but not limited to the general terms thereof, the amendments, if any, to the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the surviving corporation, and a detailed description of how memberships will be transferred from the disappearing corporation to the surviving entity. CAL. CORP. CODE §6010(b); CAL. CORP. CODE §6011. There are also many other provisions that should be clearly and accurately set forth in an agreement of merger between two organization, which include but are certainly not limited to the treatment of employees of the disappearing corporation (i.e. will they be hired on by the surviving corporation, and if so, what happens to accrued benefits, vacation, etc.), warranties and representations concerning the accuracy and completeness of documents provided by each respective organization during the due diligence process (for obvious reasons, this warranty will help protect an organization that is relying on documents provided to it by the other, such as financial statements and annual reports), and the obligations of the parties after the “closing” of the merger transaction. The merger agreement must then be approved by the board of each organization (as well as the members, if applicable) and the surviving corporation is required to file a copy of the agreement with an officer’s certificate.
As referenced above, with merger transactions, the amount of due diligence that is advisable to perform is increased, namely because the surviving corporation is not only acquiring the assets of the other organization, but also assuming its liabilities. It is well-established that “[w]hen a merger of nonprofit public benefit corporations becomes effective, ‘the separate existences of the disappearing parties to the merger cease and the surviving party to the merger shall succeed, without other transfer, to all the rights and property of each of the disappearing parties to the merger and shall be subject to all the debts and liabilities of each…” Catholic Healthcare West v. California Insurance Guarantee Associated, 178 Cal.App.4th 15, 28 (2009) (citing CAL. CORP. CODE §6020(a)). As such, documents and information that should be reviewed and analyzed in a merger transaction include organizational documents (e.g. articles of incorporation, bylaws, minutes, permits and list of current board members and terms), financials (e.g. balance sheets, budgetary projections, annual reports, copies of letters from auditors and list of accounts receivable and payable), tax matters (e.g. Forms 990 and 199, Attorney General registrations and renewals, copy of IRS Form 1023 and copy of IRS determination letter), donor and grant information (e.g. list of restricted donations and grants, list of pending grant applications, copies of donor materials and list of professional fundraisers), employee matters e.g. (list of all employees, documents relating to benefits, copies of personnel policies and handbooks and organizational chart), business contracts and commitments (e.g. copies of all material contracts such as leases, joint ventures, purchase agreements and equipment and merchandise contracts), insurance (e.g. list of all insurance policies with a description of risks, coverage limits and premiums and copy of directors and officers indemnity/liability insurance coverage), litigation (e.g. listing of all pending and possible litigation and contractual disputes and any memoranda of counsel with respect to pending or threatened litigation) and other information or details relating to any and all actual or possible liabilities of the dissolving entity. (Please note that this is meant to be exemplary of the documents that organizations should be reviewing and is by no means exhaustive)
In other types of integration transactions, such as an asset transfer, the assuming corporation can pick and choose the assets it is acquiring, while limiting exposure by choosing not to assume any liabilities. That being said, however, even in this type of transaction, the transferring organization is required to give written notice to the Attorney General at least twenty days before it “sells, leases, conveys, exchanges, transfers or otherwise disposes of all or substantially all of its assets unless the transaction is in the regular course of activities or unless the Attorney General has given the corporation a written waiver of this section as to the proposed transaction.” CAL. CORP. CODE §5913.
As such, care must be taken in such a transaction to ensure that each organization has a competent and knowledgeable tax and legal advisor available to answer questions and provide advice concerning the structure of the transaction and due diligence strategy and guidance, as well as counsel concerning the preparation of the necessary documents and filings with applicable state agencies.
As can be seen, although there are clearly many variables involved in a successful merger or integration, the potential benefits can be invaluable to nonprofit organizations. Not only can entities achieve economies of scale while increasing their donor bases and geographic reach, but more importantly, perhaps, they can improve the quality and efficiency of programming while also tapping into the skills and talents of a greater pool of potential board members.
Source by Kent Seton
If you are working in an IT department and now you are facing eCommerce web application integration project with your Corporate ERP, we would like to offer you several options to consider with their pluses and minuses. This small article is based on Great Plains eCommerce integration technology, however we are trying to discuss such universal options, as real time versus quasi real time or batch mode eCommerce integration, so you may find it useful for other Small Business ERP applications, such as SAP Business One. eCommerce is reflecting your unique business processes, so you should not expect custom programming to be something unusual:
1. Product versus Solution. If you can find existing eCommerce extension for your accounting and logistic application – this is great news. Typically – this means that you have to redeploy your working eCommerce web application on the base of that new product. This approach may not look to encouraging to you, as you might be original eCommerce application developer or you simply want to preserve your company historical investments. Solution is generic term, meaning programming tools, connectors, or deployment of proven programming codes. Solutions allows you to keep existing eCommerce application and integrate it with Dynamics GP ERP in several phases. Both product and solution might be open to software bugs. Product might be more beta tested comparing to solution, however you should request references from your prospecting Dynamics GP ISV eCommerce partner
2. eCommerce integration specifications. Ideally you would like to see your eCommerce originated sales invoices in your accounting systems the same minute, if technology permits. However, the technology itself might be the place, where you would like to stop and review. Here we are reviewing Real Time, Quasi Real Time and Batch mode integration. In the frames of Microsoft Dynamics GP technology – real time eCommerce integration requires either eConnect or SQL Stored Procedures programming. Quasi real time (every five, ten, twenty minutes) could be realized via Integration Manger scheduled integration. And in turn, batch mode integration could be called on demand by Great Plains user – typically Integration Manager
3. eConnect eCommerce programming. This tool allows you to realize real time integration. eConnect is pretty friendly tool for Microsoft Visual Studio C# or VB.Net programmers. If you are part of the GP eCommerce development team in your organization, we recommend you to invest your time into eConnect training. The ground level of eConnect technology stack is the set of encrypted SQL Server Stored procedures, where most of the Great Plains master records, setups, and work transactions are exposed via eConnect methods. In the case of SAP B1 you have SDK which is similar in its capacity to eConnect
4. Integration Manager. Here you are about batch mode or quasi real time integration. If you are OK to export your eCommerce transactions to tab or coma delimited text files and then import them into Great Plains through Integration Manager – this method is very reliable (it validates business logic of Dynamics GP ERP), however it is not real time compliant. You may try to schedule Integration to run every twenty minutes by deploying Windows macros or third party Macro programs. For SAP Business One you should review Data Transfer Workbench as analog to Integration Manager
5. Master and Slave application. You should decide which application is master (where most of your cards or master records are originated: inventory Items, Prices). Dynamics GP or SB1 are better suited to be masters, as all the back office business logic is already there, versus custom eCommerce application, where you have to program all the cards from scratch. If Corporate ERP is chosen to be the master – Items, Prices and promotion campaigns are pushed to eCommerce from there. Typically you make one exception from this rule – customers are created in eCommerce and pushed back to your ERP system
Source by Andrew Karasev
SMS is a simple but extremely powerful messaging tool for businesses to communicate immediately with customers, clients, employees, and members. Since the first SMS for commercial use was sent in 1992 (Neil Papworth, a test engineer at Sema Group, sent the message, “Merry Christmas” to friend Richard Jarvis. It was sent from a computer to a handset device using the Vodafone GSM – Global System for Mobile communication network.), companies have used text messaging in a range of business applications for two-way communication within their organization as well as with their clients. Business applications include emergency alerts, automated appointment or payment reminders, voting, sending critical information to employees so they can take immediate action, paid services, enhanced customer support, and mobile employee support to name a few.
There are two options to send SMS messages: long numbers and short codes. Both long numbers (i.e. 757-544-9510) and short codes (i.e. 75195) are methods for receiving inbound and sending outbound SMS text messages. The key is to determine which method is best suited to your business’ needs.
Short code services are typically used by advertising agencies, media companies, radio stations, TV channels, and marketing companies to interact with consumers during campaigns and contests. For example, a consumer can send a text message to a radio station short code to request songs, enter a contest, vote on a talk show issue, or receive traffic and weather reports. Short codes in the U.S. are leased on a short term basis (three, six, or twelve month term), and are therefore suited to these types of marketing campaigns and messages.
The process to obtain and use a short code is two-fold. First, a business must apply for a short code with the Common Short Code Administration ( CSCA ). Ordering and leasing a short code costs $500 per month for a random number, and $1,000 per month for a vanity number. Second, the business must submit a campaign application, which the wireless carriers will review and either accept or reject. Even if they reject the application, the lease fees are non-refundable. This two-part process typically takes 6 – 10 weeks. So there is a considerable amount of expense and time up front.
Short Code Advantages
• Easier to remember a short number
• Single number across all wireless networks
• Ability to charge the end-user
• TV Shows and voting
• Radio Ads (Text ‘I WANT ONE’ to 667756)
• Advertising campaigns that generate money from messaging
Not all business communication needs fall within the realm of marketing messages, and require text messaging capabilities without a huge investment in time and money. A low-cost and easy to implement alternative is the long number method, which can be used to send and receive text messages through an SMS gateway.
Long number text messaging is available through an SMS service provider, which is a business that provides a gateway to send and receive text messages. Some service providers offer out of the box solutions for specific industries. Other service providers offer technical connectivity that allows a business to build customized logic to support their business needs. For example, a text messaging Web Service which allows a business IT department to implement text messaging capabilities programmatically within their existing systems.
Account set up and integration with an SMS service provider is much quicker than leasing a short code, and typically takes 1 – 2 business days.
Long Number Advantages
• Minimal setup time and cost
• Not restricted to national borders
• Less likely to get shut off from abuse
• No need to set up keywords to get responses
• Still works in roaming situations
• Public Services (Warnings, etc)
• Business Applications (Website verification, track your package, etc)
• Dating Services (Anonymous Messaging)
• Double Opt-in Advertising campaigns without the objective of generating revenue from wireless networks.
Source by Nicole Fesette
Structural Integration as designed by Dr. Ida P. Rolf is a 10 session systematic process of deep bodywork that improves the Structural and Functional abilities of the human body in its relationship to the gravitational field. Through the systematic approach of reorganizing major joints, and body segments, while releasing the chronically held tension and torsion patterns we are able to achieve a rapid change in structural mechanics and correction of chronic musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction.
Athletes perform better while stress is significantly reduced. Postural balance and flexibility are improved with each session. Professional athletes, dancers, and performance artists throughout the world have successfully utilized CORE Structural Integration. Business and professional leaders have found that the beneficial results have improved their focus and attention, their vitality, and their creative abilities. CORE Structural Bodywork can significantly balance the emotional and cognitive abilities of anyone who completes the 10-session series.
“Some individuals may perceive their losing fight with gravity as a sharp pain in their back, others as the unflattering contour of their body, others as a constant fatigue, yet others as an unrelentingly threatening environment. Those over forty may call it old age. And yet all these signals may be pointing to a single problem so prominent in their own structure, as well as others, that it has been ignored: They are off balance. They are at war with gravity.” – Ida P. Rolf
Perhaps more than any other group of people, athletes demand a tremendous amount from their bodies when it comes to intensity, frequency, and performance. It’s no wonder that a growing number of athletes ranging from recreational sports enthusiasts and weekend competitors to professional players and Olympic contenders are choosing to incorporate Structural Integration into their ongoing healthcare regimen as a way to condition and repair their bodies. Top athletes such as Professional Football Running Back Emmit Smith, Michelle Kwan Olympic Figure Skater, Mario Lemieux, Edwin Moses, Joe Greene, Ivan Lend former tennis champion utilized Structural Integration to remain at the top of their sport, in addition, the 1996 British Olympic team specifically chose CORE Structural bodywork in there preparation for the Olympic games.
The high level of physical agility, strength, stamina, and endurance required of these individuals on a regular basis makes them perfect candidates for the strengthening and restorative benefits of Structural Integration.We can apply what we know about the foundation of Structural Integration that a body in proper alignment functions properly to come up with its logical opposite: a body out of proper alignment does not function properly. This physiological reality is the basis of the many different ways in which Structural Integration addresses athletic-specific needs.
Tim Thackery, the 2000, US National Taekwondo champion (flyweight division) started receiving Structural Integration sessions at the age of 13. Now at age 21 he still receives regular “maintenance sessions,” and the “ten-series” every other year. Tim states, “Structural Integration has given me a better presence than my competition. My posture has dramatically improved. My stance is firm. Not only has Structural Integration given me a mental advantage, it has increased my breathing capacity, improved my range of motion and I am more flexible. These are all qualities critical to becoming a winner in the Taekwondo sport.”
One of the first things that athletes who use Structural Integration will tell you is that it enhances their performance. This occurs for several reasons. For one thing, a properly aligned body requires less energy to do the same amount of work; this results in an athlete who does not experience fatigue as quickly, which in turn increases his endurance. For another thing, muscles that have been freed from overcompensating for one another (as they tend to do when the body is out of alignment) can become stronger as they perform their intended tasks; this results in optimum muscle performance, and ultimately in increased strength.
“Joe, I have been meaning to thank you for the 10 Sessions I went through with you 6 months ago. I cannot thank you enough for the freedom, stability and flexibility that you have helped me achieve. I feel more athletic now than I did when I was an athlete. My strength and conditioning coach was amazed the last time we trained at my form during shuttle runs and wind sprints. He had never seen me drive my knees so high – something that I am not used to hearing as a 300+ pound former athlete. But I have to tell you, I was running without resistance, I felt free. This is something that I had never felt before. Simply just walking down the street is a fun experience. I glide, I bounce in my step. Maybe this is what movement is like for some people, but it was never the case for me. From a movement, balance, even strength and endurance perspective I feel like a new person. The combination of the sessions with you and incorporating your “homework” into my lifestyle has made all the difference. Thanks so much for working with me and helping me to achieve my goals.”
Similarly, many of the other results of Structural Integration that we’ve discussed in previous articles translate directly into athletic benefits. Deeper, more expansive breathing becomes increased breathing capacity. Increased flexibility, balance, and coordination are obvious boons to any athlete, but they also translate into an improved range of motion. Increasingly upright posture can translate into a stronger stance. And all of these benefits can result in increased grace and agility.
“Joe, Thank you for taking me through all 10 sessions of Structural Integration. The combination of bodywork, awareness training, and flexibility exercises has led to exceptional results. I would have never completed the 2006 San Diego Marathon without your help.” Dave Cobb
A second category of athletic benefits from Structural Integration involves injury. Prevention and recovery are two sides of the same coin. When the body is in appropriate alignment, it is less likely to move in an inappropriate way that may result in an injury. If the athlete does become injured – through impact or from a fall, for instance – correct alignment will allow the body to heal more quickly and efficiently, because each region of the body will be doing its job appropriately.
Some benefits and hazards are sports-specific, and, by focusing on a particular body part or region, I can assist the athlete in optimizing his performance and in preventing injuries that are more likely to occur in his sport. For instance, the work I do in the fourth session results in runners having increased stride length and balanced arches of their feet; this results in increased speed and a more comfortable, less injury-prone gait. In another example, a third of all golfers will experience injury as the result of repetitive swinging, bending, and stooping; I can help the golfer prevent this type of injury by ensuring a correct relationship between pelvis and spine, and by optimizing his range of motion.
“Joe started working with me about 24 months ago to help me deal with adverse effects of surgery and radiation treatment that I had received in the summer of 2004 to address cancer in my neck and right shoulder . Initially Joe and I focused on therapy that would improve the elasticity, flexibility and strength of only the effected areas. Last year I told Joe that I was interested in getting back on the golf course (I was a 9-handicap before my cancer treatment) and Joe indicated that he thought that we could significantly improve my overall posture, flexibility and breathing (all of which are essential elements of a good golf game) by participating in a 10-session Core Structural Therapy Program. We started the program in the Winter of 2006 in preparation for the upcoming 2007 golf season. I have to admit the program was more comprehensive and rigorous than I expected. My involvement included not only participating in the therapy sessions, but also spending the intervening days re-educating my body to improve simple things like sitting, walking and breathing properly. Although my golf game has improved as a result of the work Joe and I did during the Core Structural Therapy program, (last week I shot my best round of the year, an 82). Dave Noke
A third, less obvious, category in which athletes experience benefits from Structural Integration is mental advantage. As I’ve mentioned in earlier articles, one of the advantages of Structural Integration is decreased stress and anxiety. For an athlete, this can be a huge advantage in competition. Add to that the knowledge that his body is functioning at its best, and the athlete is more likely to approach any activity or competition with confidence.
Through enhanced performance, prevention of and recovery from injury, and an increased mental advantage, Structural Integration provides athletes with a broad range of benefits.
Source by Joseph Ackerman
Constructivism – The Concept
Constructivism is an art style, reflecting optimism. It is focused on art as a medium of social purpose. Artists working on this style were not impressed by abstract ideas. On the contrary, they made efforts through their creativity to portray concrete concepts. Graham Potter has defined Constructivism as a “type of totally abstract (non-representational) relief construction, sculpture, kinetics and painting. The work is ordered and often minimal, geometric, spatial, architectonic and experimental in the use of industrial material.”
Origin and Spread
Constructivism originated in the Soviet Union and was not a wholly artistic movement. Overall, the term Constructivism came to represent a trend, wherein arts, such as sculpture and painting, associated closely with manufacturing, applied arts, as well as architecture. It is said that Kazimir Malevich used the term Construction Art, for the first time, in a contemptuous sense to refer to Alexander Rodchenko’s works, in 1917. The concept of Constructivist Art had a profound influence, much beyond the Soviet Union. It spread into other artistic hubs, including London, Paris, Germany, and even the United States.
Constructivism – History
Before the First World War, Futurism and Cubism influenced the Russian avant-garde more. However, following the 1917 Russian Revolution, they began looking for ways to express the Soviet dreams of those times that included the displacement of capitalism with a different type of system for production as well as distribution. A style of art thereby developed that was closely associated with industrial production. Artists, including Alexander Rodchenko, Vladimir Tatlin, and Wasily Kandinsky, promoted this style.
Constructivism – The Intricacies
Artists working with this art style were of the idea that the finest creations were not those depicting Fine Art, but those of the practical kind, which portrayed man and machines together, that too aesthetically. Several artworks, designed during the early part of the movement, were reflective of the period of revolution and fused political ideology with art. The themes in Constructivist Art are depicted using geometric forms and are not usually emotional and overall the style is minimalistic. Most geometrically shaped figures and objects were made from glass, wood, and sheet metal, things generally used as part of industrial design.
The creative outlook of the artists of Constructivism was integrating materialism with spirituality. One of the most famous Constructivist pieces by Vladimir Tatlin is ‘Monument to the Third International’ (1919-20), an iron frame 22 feet tall, with a cube, cone, and a revolving cylinder, all made out of glass, resting on it. Another excellent example of Constructivism is Naum Gabo’s ‘Head no 2’ (1916). However, in the recent times the influence of Constructivism has been more in architecture.
Source by Annette Labedzki
Typical example would be when you need your ecommerce web site be powered by ERP application with sales order execution login: inventory item allocation and shipping to the customer. In some cases you would like automatic invoice posting (in SAP B1 terminology adding) to General Ledger and so automatic order execution – when your items are downloadable applications or media files. In other cases you would start with Sales Order and entrust order execution login, with potentially light production/manufacturing or bill of material assembly to backend MRP – SAP BO.
o Technology. From SAP B1 connector side – it is realized as SOAP web service. From your legacy ecommerce or other application side you can deploy either staging SQL tables approach, or direct SQL data pulling with transactions marking as being send for integration to SAP Business One.
o Web Service. SOAP XML web service with inbound (from ecommerce, EDI or your business partners extranet) data stream to create or update SAP B1 customer object and then create sales document. Outbound XML stream reports you the success of the action and if required gives you created object parameters.
o SAP Business One SDK – this is the heart of the connector, it logins to SAP BO company with the credentials provided (completely validating SBO business application logic), then it initializes new customer and sales order/invoice or updates existing business partner/customer information.
o Fields of application. Connector if this type proved to be on demand for other ERP applications, Microsoft Dynamics GP Great Plains for example, where it is mostly used in e-commerce and business partner automatic ordering spheres. If can be successfully deployed for the service business, when you need to log technician daily time logs and bill out your customers. Very nice combination for service business is Microsoft Dynamics CRM Service module with time logging logic against contract line budget and then sending resolved cases time to SAP B1 in the form of sales orders.
Source by Andrew Karasev
Progressive momentum in business sectors has brought about the need for information technology. As a result, information technology applications like customer relationship management systems are increasingly being integrate into businesses practices in order have a better understanding of customers’ behaviors and needs. By acquiring the necessary information about your customers, it will be much easier to achieve business intelligence. Business intelligence can be defined as advanced knowledge about the customers, competitors, business partners, competitive business environment, and the internal operations that can provide you with the ability to make strategic business decisions.
Enterprise resource planning systems may also assist any company or organization in achieving business intelligence. This is because ERP normally integrate the internal and external business management information across the entire company or organization. This can be automatically done by the use of an integrated program. The main purpose of ERP system is to enhance the flow of information about customer relationship inside the business while still managing all the business connections to the outside stakeholders.
As a business owner, you should understand that your new clients deserve the highest priority, considering all the money you may have spent advertising in order to get them. Also, making them become repeat customers by providing with the best services is crucial, bearing in mind that repeat customers offer the best returns. So, if these customers can keep returning to you may be to check out your products, services or even your information, it’s quite clear that you have built a relationship with your clients. That means you have established the much needed trust and credibility.
Once you gain more customers, you will want to collect the accurate information about each one of them. To avoid making expensive mistakes during this process, you may want to apply a series of integrated systems in your business. An integrated system will eliminate double entry of your client details. It can also offer key financial information when needed, allowing those customers who may be facing difficulties get immediate info on their credit status. A customer is also able to complete a transaction through a single customer relationship management (CRM) system.
What are the benefits of integrating ERP and CRM Systems in your business?
1. Eliminating Duplicate Data
Businesses that integrate CRM systems with back-office solutions are likely to experience several benefits. The most obvious, but important, benefit is single entry of client data. Once entered, the data is then updated across the management and accounting systems automatically. CRM systems delete or add the omitted data by updating the CRM database automatically. Therefore, these systems not only save time, but also ensure accuracy.
2. Sales Advantages
Sales executives must have flexibility in accounts management and should respond quickly to their customer requests, regardless of whether they are working remotely or in the office. Integration between customer relation management and enterprise resource planning systems will offer sales professionals with quick access to relevant information on sales and customer activities. They can be able to view customer data such as account balance, credit status, order history and payment due dates, without having to leave their computer screen.
Source by Irfan Sherazi Uddin
Is your child with autism over responsive to sensation which shows by withdrawing from touch, or getting upset by loud noises? Or is your child under responsive to sensations which shows by hyperactivity, unawareness of touch or pain, and likes loud sounds? Your child may have sensory integration dysfunction, which could be affecting their education and life. This article will discuss what sensory integration disorder is, and also about diagnosis.
Sensory integration refers to our ability to take in information through our senses (touch, movement, smell, taste, vision, and hearing), interpret that information, and respond to it. Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID) is the inability of the brain, to correctly process information brought in by the senses. People with SID may misinterpret everyday sensory information such as touch, sound and movement.
Below are a few symptoms of SID:
1. Loves to spin, swing, jump-this may calm them down,
2.Complains that some clothing feels scratchy, or doesn’t like tags,
3. Picky eaters-doesn’t like how some foods feel in their mouth,
4.Over sensitive to smells or sounds-may sniff people or food-will frequently cover ears to sounds,
5. May have high pain tolerance,
6. Can be impulsive or distractible.
The Star Center puts out a checklist for Sensory Integration Dysfunction. The Star Center calls it Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Below are a few items on the checklist:
1. Difficulty eating,
2.Resists cuddling or holding,
4.Over sensitive to stimulation,
5.Difficulty learning new motor tasks,
7.Overreacts to touch noise or smell,
8.Appears clumsy and stumbles a lot, and
9.Avoids visually stimulating environments.
SID could be affecting your child in many different ways. There are two separate types of SID: Sensory Avoiding and Sensory Seeking. Children with sensory avoiding do not like to be touched or cuddled, they are fearful of fast movement, are cautious and unwilling to take risks or try new things, are very pick eaters and do not like to be in loud or busy environments. Children with sensory seeking can have hyperactivity, unawareness of touch or pain, take part in unsafe activities, enjoy sounds that are too loud.
Children with Sensory Integration Dysfunction may also have motor skill problems. These children may have: 1.Poor fine motor skills, 2.Poor gross motor skills, 3.Difficulty imitating movements, 4.Trouble with balance, and 5.A preference for seating activities, such as video games.
To determine if your child has SID, they should be evaluation by a SIPT qualified occupational therapist (OT). Many school districts hire occupational therapists, but may not be SIPT qualified, and therefore not qualified to test in this area. You may need to advocate for your child to have them tested by a SIPT qualified OT.
Treatment for SID is occupational therapy, by a qualified therapist. Check with your school district to see if there OT has experience with Sensory Integration Disorder. If they do not, consider getting an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) with a SIPT qualified OT. Make sure that the evaluator makes specific recommendations on amount of therapy needed, goals and objectives.
By understanding what Sensory Integration Dysfunction is, how it is diagnosed and treated you may help your child. SID can negatively affect your child’s life, but with proper treatment you child can reach their potential.
Source by JoAnn Collins
If you are a driver or a coach here is a simple technique that you should know to help you get the best results possible!
1) Brain Integration Technique For Massive Performance Improvement!
This article is going to demonstrate one way that will help your driving immediately – low impact, super easy exercise that focuses totally on the mind and integration of your brain.
Firstly, what’s the basic idea behind brain integration?
Just like we have a dominant hand (either left or right handed) we also have a dominant side of our brain (either left or right hemisphere) and although we can function at a very high level operating from one half of our brain it does not give us the full picture.
That is where brain integration comes into play. If we can activate both the right and left hemispheres of our brain it helps us to get into the zone so that we are able to drive the car at the unconscious level.
Driving the car at the unconscious level is super important for slashing seconds off your lap times. There are several ways to train your brain to react at the unconscious level however today we are going to focus on brain integration.
Below is an activity that will begin to integrate your brain, help you to relax and ultimately reduce your lap times.
Easy Activity 1: Cross Crawls This first exercise for brain integration is very simple and can be practiced anywhere (do it often – a couple of times a day). Especially do it just before you jump in your car for practice or the race.
While standing, raise your right leg, bending it at the knee, and bring your left arm over and touch the right knee. Return to standing. Then raise your left leg and touch the knee with your right hand. Return to standing, and then continue, alternating sides. You will find yourself marching in one place while alternately touching your knees with your opposite hand.
With the exercise you can alternate the pace that you do it at to achieve different results. If you slow it down you will find it puts more stress on your sense of balance, improving it over time. If you speed it up (until you are almost running on the spot), it can be used as a pre-race warm up as well as the all important brain integration exercise.
Brain integration is an essential part of development and co-ordination, it is integral when babies are first learning to crawl as they are also integrating their brain with the cross crawl movement!
Now if you practice these brain integration activities for a minimum of 2 minutes each morning. 2 minutes each evening and definitely for 2 minutes before you jump into the race car, I promise you you will see some astonishing results.
Alright how simple is that? But it is also super powerful!
Practice this exercise – get into the habit of doing it and start noticing the difference!
Like with anything you are only going to get good at this if you practice. So get to it. If you have any questions or need me to clarify anything please do not hesitate to get in contact.
All the best,
Source by Jason R Grant