FundaMENTAL Science of Physiological Pain

Here it is folks! Semesters of science rolled up into a short synopsis.

What is pain? Pain is a neurological response caused by an external or internal stimuli.

Scientific process: Peripheral Nervous System senses stimuli, sends stimuli to Nociceptors for interpretation.

Philosophy of  Science of Pain: We interpret the pain. Correct interpretation leads to cause of pain allowing for a change to be made.

The rope that ties it all together is our ability to breathe properly. Understanding of lungs and diaphragm increases oxygen consumption increasing mental acuity and physical ability. 

Science is simple. Application is the challenge.

Saturday Morning Thoughts

We look. We listen. We speak. We eat. We feel.

These are our daily task we perform in search of happiness.

We look for the right answer.

We listen to the right people.

We speak to the right ears.

We eat the right food.

We feel the right way.

The search for happiness is endless, but I know where the search begins.

I am the right answer.

I am  the right person.

I am the right ears.

I am the right food.


I am the right way.

All I have is me. Why not search the depths of who I am to understand the capacity of who I can be?


Do not hire me as your personal trainer.

As the Resolutions role in, I would like to make a few things clear.


If you are ready to lose weight. Do not hire me.

If you are looking for that elusive 6-pack. Do not hire me.

If you are ready for the beach body you have always wanted. Do not hire me.

Asmatter of fact, if your Resolution is rooted in anything but pure, honest, willingness to change…


Call me a jerk. Fine. Call me a dueschebag. Even better.


I am not here to steal your money and play on your false hopes.

I am not here to pacify you and tell you that I can get you where you want to be.

I am not here to hold your hand and tell you it is okay.

It is not.

You are an adult, and only you can do what it takes to get where you want to be.

You have to be the change you wish to see you in your life.

You have to put in the work/sacrifice etc. to see the results you wish.

I am simply here to guide you. Tell you what is truth and what is lies.

I possess the tools you need to build the life you want.


You must utilize these tools.

If you are ready to change your life…

If you are ready to pursue true happiness and health….

If you are ready to hear truth….


Lastly, If any of this has offended you, I am speaking to you.

It is time for you to decide if you can handle the truth.


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BREATHE! It will save you some stress!

BREATHE!!! For the most part, we don't speak in all caps at Roots. However, We are obligated to every time we see someone resisting their breath. We are always told to breathe in high stress situations. Those unintentional and those intentional. We can easily pinpoint the unintentional. Deadlines, arguments, embarrassment, etc. What about the intentional?

I am referring to exercise. Exercise is an intentional state of physical stress and requires constant breath to sustain the state of stress. No breath equals passing out!


Let’s break it down. A few really cool things start to happen when we breathe properly during exercise. The simple act of turning our focus on breathing creates awareness by connecting our Central Nervous System (CNS), and our Peripheral Nervous System(PNS). Simply speaking, our CNS is the system that activates our muscles using electrical signals. Our PNS is the electrical system which registers our senses. Taste, touch, sound, etc… Because these 2 systems are both in our brain, they can communicate.

By focusing our thoughts on breath and expanding our lungs to allow as much oxygen as possible, we immediately begin to feel (PNS) oxygen move into our lungs. This signals our CNS to relax the muscles around the diaphragm to allow a larger capacity of air. More oxygen leads to less work for our cardiovascular system. Also, reducing unnecessary muscular contraction reduces oxygen demand, which leads to less work for our cardiovascular system and a more effortless movement. Nerdy but cool!


Not really new to anyone. Most folks have known this without the application of science. But I pose an interesting question. How can breath be used to heal both physical and emotional trauma? And Can breath be used to provide happiness?


This one is quite an interesting and deep topic, but I will try to keep it as surface level as possible. Let’s start by connecting the intentional stress of exercise with the unintentional stress of daily life. We know breathing helps us with intentional physical trauma (exercise). We also know breathing helps with unintentional emotional trauma (fear, sadness, etc.). What about unintentional physical trauma coupled with unintentional emotional trauma? Say a car accident or even physical abuse. Each time we recall the memory of the unintentional stress, we feel a tension within us. A very unhealthy tension within our muscles. The memory from our mind will elicit a response from our CNS causing contraction within our muscles. A memory held in our muscles. A muscle than can be relaxed using communication between our CNS and PNS. A muscle which can be taught through repetition to stop contracting when a traumatic memory is recalled. Effectively reducing our physical response, which reduces pain. The breath decreases the pain response to the memory reducing the intensity of the memory. All by focusing our minds on breath.

Some call it meditation. Some call it Zen. I call it healing. It starts with Breath.


Intrigued by the article? Feel free to practice this Spine Mapping exercise.

Lie on you back with arms by your side on a flat surface. Relax your throat and breathe deep. Be sure you are not breathing through your nasal cavity(nose). Close your eyes and Imagine you have 4 corners on your torso. 1 at each shoulder and 1 at each hip. Breathe deeply and attempt to fill all 4 corners with air. Take 15 deep breaths.





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3 Reasons Your Diet Sucks and Isn't Working

I will keep this short and simple. Lets get to it

1. Deprivation
We believe we must take away all “bad” foods when we eat healthy and this is foolish. Treats do amazing things for our psychology. Hence why we eat treats when we feel emotionally down. When we crave treats, we crave a pick me up. A pick me up brings positive thoughts into our minds which reduce stress. Stress reduces cortisol; therefore preventing excess fat storage. When you want a damn treat, eat a damn treat. Trick, eat just a few bites and wait 3 minutes. Craving should pass. If it does not. Repeat one time and than get some discipline or help.

2. Starvation
Food is measured in Calories. Calories are a measure of energy. The average human requires 2,000 calories of energy each day. The measure of energy in electronics is volts. A flashlight requires 9 volts of electrical energy from a battery to work. This all makes since. Without the voltage(energy), the flashlight wont work. Guess what? Without calories(energy), the human body will not work. This is science, not an opinion. Do not DEPRIVE yourself of calories.

3. Education
This aspect is the most obvious yet most overlooked. We will only be as smart as our teachers. Have many, but question all. Get help folks. And be smart about it. 3 signs of a reliable teacher: 1. Diligently practices what they preach. 2. Can effectively explain hard to understand terms and concepts. 3. Is what you believe to be the epitome of health.
Your mind will need to trust this person. Any lack of trust will lead to confusion, and failure.

Final point. This short article is entirely geared towards the Psychology of Nutrition. We live in a tangible body, housing a tangible brain. All of which is controlled by an intangible mind. A certain something that makes you who you are. Without this being, we are a vegetable. When seeking success, do not discount the very thing that makes us who we are.

Thanks for the read folks! Hit us up below for more information or to start your journey to success!


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I can fix your health, life, stress, relatioship etc...

I can fix your relationship, stress, health, life, or (insert your problem here).

It's simple.

Cost less then a $1000.

And all you need is a map.

From here; you will need to follow a few simple steps.

1. Pack your stuff.

- Not a whole lot; 10-14 days worth. Clothes and toiletries. Camping gear of you would like to camp(my favorite).

2. Pick a destination.

- Where do you want to go? We chose Colorado for our last fixer.

3. Go!

- just go...

A few key points:

1. Take no superhighways. Only back roads that run north, south, east, or west.
- the sights you will see are amazing. Old oil towns, cow towns, cotton towns, and many others.

2. Stop at everything that peeks your interest. Their are stories upon stories hidden in the most amazing places!

3. Use a paper map!
- the "old school" map will show you so many cool things you will never see on super highways. Towns with amazing history. People who single handed lay built a town and the town died with them! All the way to old destination sites for Roadtrippers fro, the 40s- 80,s(before the super highways).

4. Make it a throwback vacation!

- I'm talking about vacationing like your parents. No technology! Of course an iPhone in airplane mode for music and safety purposes is fine. But nothing to distract you from the company in your vehicle!

- The points above are vital and notably simple. The points below require attention, intention, and purpose.

The purpose of this trip is to disconnect yourself from everything. Using maps keeps emails, texts, and social media, which are really just stress, out of our minds.
We connect with ourselves again. Old folks seem happier for a damn good reason. Their is less shit cluttering their lives. They know who they are.
We connect with our loved ones again. A crazy thing happens when you aren't distracted. It's called conversation. Hours in a car is a wonderful time to reconnect with our spouse, child, self, etc..
We learn to not give a shit. My favorite! Without a schedule, agenda, plan, etc; We allow room for our minds to stop caring about what is not important and focus on the important. Our immediate surroundings.
We learn to love. The more time we spend with something, the more we learn about it; which leads to understanding, appreciation, and acceptance. All aspects of love.

The steps are simple for a reason. No need to complicate them or worry about the what ifs. The what ifs can happen to anyone, and if they do; such is life.

Take these directions and just go. The first few days will be hard, but with in 4 days, you will be having the time of your life and be on the road to fixing all of your problem.

Sappy stuff and the Why behind the article.

I was moved to write this article based on my current travels to Colorado with my only Lady Lindsey and our pups, Laila, and Zeus. Lindsey and I were doing great, but felt it could be better. We were spot on! We followed these points and learn so many things. We learned strengths and weaknesses and how we can use our strength to trump the others weakness making us stronger together and weaker apart. Love. We learned that arguing is just us refusing to listen to the other person. By actually listening and seeking understanding of each other; we learned to communicate. Love. We learned to appreciate the past. The small towns that are empty but full of old relics, showed us the hard times it took to build the country we have the privilege of thriving in. Our past is full of stories that taught us lessons; by remembering all we have learned together, we prevent future mistakes and build a tighter bond. Love.

I don't know truly how to express the experience we had. I do know that it is unique to us and is therefore a beautiful thing. It is sacred.... Love.

Whatever your problem is. Wherever you are lost. The answer is in you. Look at your map, and just Go.


Television Debut on Great Day SA

We recently had the opportunity to appear on the KENS-TV show "Great Day S.A.", so we wanted to post the clip. Thanks to Andy Travis for connecting us and Systema San Antonio with the television station. Be sure to check out the Roots clip as well as the Systema segment.