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The Optimal Body

Jen Esquer & Dom Fraboni

21 episodes

Nov 23, 2020

52 | Tension Headaches | The Cause and Recommended Solutions 

Are headaches a constant nuisance in your life? Listen in as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom explains tension headaches and their root causes.  If you or a loved one experiences these types of headaches regularly, prevention techniques provided in this podcast may relieve symptoms at a higher rate than over the counter drugs.  After listening, you will walk away with the knowledge necessary to achieve a less tense, optimal body.

What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

00:53 – Studies behind the commonness of tension headaches, especially in women

02:05 – What tension headaches entail

04:16 – The root cause of tension headaches

05:22 – First recommendation to release stress or tension

08:02 – Why some techniques may help more with tension headaches than over the counter drugs

10:49 – How structure and posture can create tension headaches

14:40 – What the third diaphragm is and how it can create tension headaches

17:00 – Why neck retraction exercises are beneficial

17:58 – Why foundations, especially breathwork, are so important to have in your daily routine

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Research Citations:

Chowdhury, D. (2012). Tension type headache. Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology, 15(5), 83. doi:10.4103/0972-2327.100023

Harvard Publishing. (2018, December). Tension Headache. Retrieved from

Maistrello, L. F., Rafanelli, M., & Turolla, A. (2019). Manual Therapy and Quality of Life in People with Headache: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials. Current Pain and Headache Reports, 23(10). doi:10.1007/s11916-019-0815-8

MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. (2020). Tension headache. Retrieved from

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Nov 18, 2020

51 | How Do Emotions Play a Role in Physical Pain with Edan Harari 

Have a hard time showing emotion or being vulnerable? Feel like a lot of emotional walls are up and not sure how to break them down? Listen in as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom interview Edan Harari well known movement artist, high performance healing coach, and educator as he unravels body work and what it entails. Edan dives into how the body releases tension and the importance of finding the right practice for you.  Tune in as he guides you through different energy releasing techniques with the scientific and emotional benefits that follow.  You don’t want to miss out on this in depth and healing conversation, for it provides the tools necessary to start your own optimal body journey.

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Edan Harari: @kineticbodytherapy

00:57 – What Edan’s mission is

01:32 – How Edan incorporates mind, body relationships in his work

02:43 – What led Eden to bodywork

06:28 – How Eden unleashed his way of working on his client’s body

08:52 – How Eden approaches clients with resistance to energy work that comes with bodywork

17:34 – How Eden guides clients through fight, flight, freeze responses to the rest, digest space

21:14 – The environment Eden provides for his clients in their healing journey - Why the use of voice is important for break through

27:23 – How everything has a time and place - Simple exercise to release tension

30:56 – Dr. Jen’s experience with releasing energy

32:54 – Dr. Dom’s take on the physiological responses behind energy work

34:52 – Rib release technique led by Eden

38:11 – The effectiveness behind energy release - The courage that comes with vulnerability

About Edan Harari:

Before Edan Harari became a celebrity healer and educator for empowering people and sharing healing across the globe, he had his share of obstacles to overcome. From having a mental breakdown when he was 21, which led to a hospitalization and over 15 years of meds and then healing, to going through several surgeries as a child, to several sports injuries and suffering from various serious health challenges involving tremendous pain, Edan’s story is the perfect example of how anybody can overcome the obstacles in their life and then create massive impact by helping others do the same. Edan is the founder of Kinetic Body Therapy, his private practice based in NYC but he travels often to Miami, LA and his birthplace Israel for clients and trainings.  He is a movement artist, high performance healing coach and educator.

Edan has been featured on several podcasts such as Ancient Wisdom Today with Shaman Durek, Less Doing with Ari Meisel, SoulFeed with Shannon Algeo, as well as Sivana, Synchronicity, Beautifully Broken and more. He’s been featured alongside speakers such as Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Elena Brower, Thomas Myers and more.

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Nov 16, 2020

50 | Snapping Hip Syndrome with Mountain Climbers & Abs?! Find out why! 

Do your hips snap, crackle, and pop when performing a certain movement pattern? Not experiencing pain? Then join in as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom dive into the importance of understanding your snapping hips to prevent possible chronic pain down the road; pain or not.  They explain how important it is, no matter where you are as an athlete, to bring it back to the basics if experiencing snapping hip.  Although it may seem “easier” than what you’re used to, it will create a stronger foundation so you can progress even further without putting your body in harm's way.  So make sure to listen in and empower yourself to protect your body fully as you reach its optimal level.

What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

02:23 – What “snapping hip” actually means and the different types

03:45 – Snapping hip broken down and why they may have different diagnoses

08:05 – Percentage of people experiencing snapping hip versus those who are asymptomatic

09:05 – Condition that could occur if you ignore asymptomatic, or unpainful, snapping hip

10:22 – Dr. Dom’s personal experience with snapping hip and how he addressed it

11:11 – Why motor patterns need to be relearned if experiencing snapping hip; no matter the athletic level

14:48 – Why coming back to the breathe would be beneficial in relearning motor patterns

16:37 – Examples on how you can relearn motor patterns efficiently

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Research Citations:

Musick, S. (2020, August 26). Snapping Hip Syndrome. From

Stanford Healthcare. (2017, September 11). Snapping Hip Syndrome. Retrieved from

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Nov 11, 2020

49 | Break up with your food beliefs and learn to fuel the body with vegan chef, Hollan Hawaii 

Want to change your diet to a healthier one but don’t know how? Tune in as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom interview Hollan Hawaii expert in vegan, plant-based food and cleanses, liqueur dan bleu chef, health advocate, former restaurant owner, and mom of three as she explains the nutritional benefits of eating more plants; whether you are plant based or not.  Hate cooking? Hollan has some tips and tricks you can utilize in order to maintain a healthier diet while also staying out of the kitchen.  Listen in to have your whole perspective on food and their nutrition change; creating opportunity to begin and maintain a healthier diet and life.

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Hollan Hawaii: @hollanhawaii

02:08 – Hollan’s purpose or mission on this Earth

03:13 – Hollan’s advice to anyone who wants to begin to create change in their diet

05:15 – Hollan’s health journey and what brought her to become vegan

07:45 – Why starting where you’re at is so important - Avoiding drastic changes right away

09:51 – Advice to those who don’t like cooking but still want to change their diet

11:55 – How Hollan has been creative with food and how you can replace things in your diet

14:33 – Hollan’s WalkAbout Theory and how it restructures the way you look at food

17:38 – The importance of seeds and their nutrition value - What food is supposed to do

20:10 – Adequate protein sources in vegan diets - Why it shouldn’t be a main concern

22:09 – Why you should be your own science experiment

23:11 –  How Hollan’s health has shifted since becoming vegan

25:18 – Hollan’s experience with kids, their nutrition, and their different tastes - Creating their own relationships with food

29:13 – How to create yummy, comfort foods to healthier ones

About Hollan Hawaii:

Hollan Hawaii is an expert in vegan plant-based food and cleanses. As a Le  Cordon Bleu trained chef, health advocate, former restaurant owner, and mom  of three, she has worn many hats in this life, but she knows the one that matters  most is her relationship with herself and her body. When those two are aligned,  everything falls into place, and she can be a better mother and chef. Hollan has  been on her own health journey for 13 years and loves sharing her perspective  and experience with food that led her to be in charge of her own health.

Good Food Gratitude is Hollan’s plant-based lifestyle cookbook that also  encourages people to change the way to perceive healthy food. Hollan knows  how much work it is to make sure you and your family are eating healthy foods,  so her recipes are fast, affordable, easy, and healthy. True to her family-friendly  beach-inspired lifestyle and aesthetics, Hollan lives on the beautiful garden isle  of Kauai and enjoys spending time in the kitchen, with family and friends, and  in the rejuvenating waters of the Pacific Ocean.

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Nov 9, 2020

48 | Ergonomics: What is the ideal desk posture and set-up? 

When you think of ergonomics, do you think about those fancy office desks and chairs? If so, tune into this PT Pearl as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom fully explains what ergonomics is really about and how to obtain your optimal body in your work environment.  Listen in to be empowered with different methods you can apply at home or bring to your supervisor in order to create a healthy work environment for everyone.  This podcast is made to give you the power of setting an example, and hopefully a new norm, in your workplace; creating a healthy community instead of another dreaded work week full of bodily aches and pains.

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What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

01:05 – What is ergonomics really means and how it relates to your working environment

03:38 – Misnomers behind ergonomics - What really matters for your body in your work environment

06:23 – Percentages of office workers experiencing neck pain, their recurrence rates, and the three factors as to why it happens

10:49 – First simple tip to empower yourself and relieve your work stress

13:20 – What works in work environments to create better ergonomics

14:35 – Second simple tip to decrease neck pain - Creating a community

16:10 – Third simple tip to support your foundation

16:50 – Fourth simple tip to stay moving - The power in setting examples

19:48 – Desks and chairs recommended by Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom and why

27:29 – Why investing in your health is so important

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Research Citations:

Chen, X., Coombes, B. K., Sjøgaard, G., Jun, D., O’Leary, S., & Johnston, V. (2017). Workplace-Based Interventions for Neck Pain in Office Workers: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Physical Therapy, 98(1), 40-62. doi:10.1093/ptj/pzx101

Sowah, D., Boyko, R., Antle, D., Miller, L., Zakhary, M., & Straube, S. (2018). Occupational interventions for the prevention of back pain: Overview of systematic reviews. Journal of Safety Research, 66, 39-59. doi:10.1016/j.jsr.2018.05.007

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Nov 4, 2020

47 | Creation of Barefoot Shoes, Vivobarefoot, by Co-founder Galahad Clark 

Do you believe that you absolutely need that arch support in your shoes? Love that feeling when you come home and take your shoes off? Join Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom as they interview Galahad Clark CEO and co-founder of Vivobarefoot Shoes and uncover why barefoot shoes benefit everyone.  Galahad dives into the science behind barefoot shoes and how they have been shown to decrease pain throughout the body.  Not only are Vivobarefoot shoes beneficial to your health, but the environment as well.  Listen as Galahad reveals the sustainable mission he wishes to accomplish environmentally with Vivobarefoot shoes, as well as shoe production in general.

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What You Will Learn in This Interview with Galahad Clark: @vivobarefoot

01:42 – What Galahad’s mission is with Vivobarefoot shoes and his journey to that mission

05:21 – What brought Galahad’s friend to cut the sole off a shoe and put a tennis racket on it, instigating the idea of Vivobarefoot shoes

07:40 – Why Galahad created the specific shape of the Vivobarefoot shoes

10:10 – Galahad’s theory behind why shoes were created and marketed the way they are today

14:04 – Supporting facts to help ease your worries on transitioning to barefoot shoes

18:58 – How barefoot shoes addresses pain and why

20:47 – How Galahad implements sustainability and have a positive impact on the environment in producing Vivobarefoot shoes

25:14 – What a B Corp Certification is and why it's important to collaborate with other companies

About Galahad Clark:

Galahad is a 7th generation shoemaker. As a teenager, he spent summer holidays on various shoe production lines in Europe and Asia learning the family’s trade. After finishing school, he went to America on a Morehead scholarship to study Chinese and Anthropology. While there he founded Students 4 Students International an organisation created to help disadvantaged students in Africa go to the best secondary schools and onto university. In 2003, lured by the Wu Tang Clan wearing Wallabees, Galahad started his first shoe project: “Wu Shoes”. From there he went on to launch United Nude (high end architectural shoes), Worn Again (a closed loop green technology business) and Vivobarefoot (where he now focuses his energies)

About VivoBarefoot Shoes:

Vivobarefoot are the outsiders of the shoe industry. Rejecting this broken industry and fighting for a more natural future, by reconnecting people and planet.

Sedentary & cushioned lifestyles are making people and planet sick. The short-term comfort of foam and air is having a long-term effect on our health – Vivobarefoot want to change this by making footwear that makes your feet stronger. Using wide, thin and flexible design principles that allow your feet to do their natural thing. They add less so you feel more.

All Vivobarefoot footwear is produced using sustainably sourced natural, bio and recycled materials. With the aim to protect the planet so you can run wild on it, forever. Created by two cousins from a long line of cobblers, Galahad and Asher goal is to create alternative footwear for those who want to feel.

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Nov 2, 2020

46 | Groin Pain and Inner Thigh Strain Explained 

Want to know how you can possibly decrease your groin pain or inner thigh strain today? Tune in as Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom explores different inner thigh injuries, what populations tend to obtain these injuries, and exercises you can start today to decrease your pain.  If you are an athlete of any kind, you have probably experienced one of these injuries and this podcast has the potential of increasing your performance while simultaneously decreasing your pain.  If athletics is not your thing, this podcast will empower you with exploration techniques you can use on your hips to avoid or reduce risk of injury, as well as increase mobility and functionality.

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What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

02:11 – What adductors muscles are, what they do, and how they’re related to groin injury

05:23 – Types of bone injuries, or fractures, that can occur on the pelvis and recovery time

08:15 – What pubis symphysis and osteitis pubis are and the populations they’re common in

10:15 – What epiphyseal plates are and the population this injury effects

10:58 – Snapping hip syndrome and how to identify it

12:14 – How to explore your hips to identify where your hip injury is taking place

13:05 – What an inguinal hernia is and what it might entail

13:44 – Simplified explanation as to why you may be having an injury - Why exploration is important

14:44 – Why mobility of the hips, and any part of your body, is so important

15:27 – Mobility exercise for tight hip rotators

16:32 – Minimum requirement of hip adductor mobility

17:52 – How adductor activation can decrease pain - Exercises that help activate these muscles

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Oct 28, 2020

45 | Birth Control and Women's Health with Dr. Jolene Brighten 

Feel like sex ed didn’t really teach you about your body? Need birth control for your irregular periods or chronic acne? Tune into this extremely informative interview with Dr. Jolene Brighten Naturopathic physician, author, and leader in women’s health as she reveals the truths behind women’s health and birth control.   Did you know that a woman has a fertility window of one day per month? Or what the difference is between an STI and an STD? Dr. Brighten dives into these topics head first in order to make sure you fully understand the concepts behind what birth control, contraceptives, and periods really mean to women and their health.

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Dr. Jolene Brighten: @drjolenebrighten

01:48 – Dr. Jolene’s mission or purpose on this earth - Why purpose is important

05:05 – Dr. Jolene’s recommendations on where to start in finding accurate information about young women’s developing bodies

06:27 – The truth behind a woman’s fertile window

09:22 – The truth behind sex education - The lack of effectiveness due to scare tactics

14:50 – Fertility awareness methods from Dr. Jolene

17:42 – Contraceptive facts from Dr. Jolene - The difference between STIs and STDs

19:08 – The unethical historical truth behind the pill and the research behind it

22:03 – How hormonal birth control actually works - What makes the pill effective

24:54 – The lack of information of long term effects associated with birth control

26:16 – The importance of nutrition intake while taking birth control and why

28:48 – Risk factors with taking birth control - Politics behind birth control information

32:30 – The truth behind why birth control can help with acne - Advice on how to get off birth control

36:11 – Dr. Jolene’s alternatives to birth control for healthy skin

40:12 – Dr. Jolene’s advice for those who have irregular periods - Facts behind your period

45:57 – Differences in physician credentials and the understanding behind the medications being prescribed

About Dr. Jolene Brighten:

Dr. Jolene Brighten is a prominent leader in women’s medicine and the emerging science of Post-Birth Control Syndrome — studying the effects of hormonal birth control on female health. A fierce patient advocate and completely dedicated to uncovering the root cause of hormonal imbalances, Dr. Brighten empowers women worldwide to take control of their health and their hormones. She is an international speaker, clinical educator, medical advisor within the tech community, and considered a leading authority on women’s health.

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Oct 26, 2020

44 | Losing Balance? Challenging Your Balance Systems 

Think balance exercises are only for the elderly? Join Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom as they explain how balance is important for everyone and why.  Listen in to hear some balance tests, targeting three main systems of balance, to see if you can pass. How was it? Struggling? Find out how you can strengthen these skills and create a more sustainable future for your body.

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What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:

02:04 – Why balance is so important

04:08 – Why it is important to try and understand different balance tests

06:04 – The three systems of balance

08:09 – How to address problems with vestibular system - Doc Jen’s personal story with BPPV

13:13 – System number three explained

14:18 – The goal behind these tests - Understanding how these systems work within your body

16:04 – How to practically explore what system you rely on the most

19:48 – How a soft tissue injury can come into play for balance training

20:41 – Strategies PTs use to target hip muscles, avoid falling injuries, and uncover what you’re relying on

23:20 – Why a variety of exercises are needed, not just strength training, in your weekly routine

24:21 – How to challenge the vestibular system

25:00 – How to integrate all of these tests - How they have the potential of decreasing your pain

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Balance System Tests:

Research Citations:

Gordon, L. (2017, February 01). Understanding the 3 Balance Systems. From

The Human Balance System. (2020, September 02). From

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Oct 21, 2020

43 | Using Respiration and Breath to Explore Your Movement Restrictions with Katie St. Clair 

Are you a woman in the professional world but suffer from imposter syndrome? Join Dr. Dom and Dr. Jen as they interview Katie St. Clair certified CSCS and CPT trainer about her journey of finding her voice in her career.  Listen to this inspiring interview as Katie uncovers her experience with wanting to learn more in her field and gaining back the confidence to go after what she really wants in her career. If you feel as if you have been stagnant in your breath work, or just don’t know how to go about a breath work routine, tune in as Katie explains ways you can strengthen your respiratory system, as well as improve your overall movement quality; as well as the benefits from those routines.

What You Will Learn in This Interview with Katie St. Clair:

02:39 – What Katie’s mission is as a mom, or even a woman, in the fitness industry

05:48 – How relevant imposter syndrome is for women in our society

07:57 – What motherhood has taught Katie about time and opportunities

09:05 – What drove Katie to want to keep learning and educating others on fitness

11:59 – The courses that reignited Katie’s passion for fitness and connected the dots for her

17:44 – How Katie explains respiration, or breath work, to her clients

20:08 – Different positions you can try to strengthen your breath work and why they work

24:10 – How our body is connected and the benefits of working up the chain

28:02 – Katie’s basic assessment of Dr. Dom and his fitness background and individual physique

33:54 – Why it's so important to explore your body and strengthen internal cues

About Katie St. Clair

Katie is a certified strength and conditioning coach, certified personal trainer and owner of Katie St.Clair Fitness. During her over 20 years in the industry, she has worked with collegiate and amateur athletes and general population clients, in private and corporate settings. She is the creator of The Empowered Performance Program, a 12 week online educational seminar for movement professionals. As a lifelong athlete, she values the ability to move well at every stage of life and it is her passion to teach others how to optimize their life through quality movement. She takes an all encompassing approach that utilizes principles from many different systems, along with her own lens as a competitive multi sport athlete to create programming that supports an active lifestyle.

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