Posts Tagged ‘running form’


Matrix Energetics downloads 28 components for Effortless Running

January 8, 2011

I’ve found that using Matrix Energetics drops runners into the torsion field of the Heart.  What Qigong and Tai Chi talks about as having enormous energy and power.  I’ve found this actually pulls a runner up and forward.  Chi Running talks about using gravity to pull the runner forward, but I’ve found the East African Runners seem to be pulled forward by an invisible energy; the zero point field or chi or qi or grace?  By using Matrix Energetics we can help runners access this space to truly run from the heart.

You know it when you see a runner running from the heart; just picture Haile Gebrselassie running.

Running From the Hearth

What is pulling Haile Gebreselassie forward?


But how do you access it?  With Matrix Energetics I’ve been able to do that for runners.  I’ve noticed lighter running and more forefoot or midfoot striking after a session.

Sessions can be done in person, in classes or over the phone.  It’s energetic downloads.  Their fun and enjoyable and transforms running and lives!

Ralph Havens

Ralph Havens, 2:28 marathoner using Matrix Energetics to improve Running Form

Ralph Havens, 2:28 marathoner and Certified Matrix Energetics Practitioner


Transformational Download – Running For Free

January 7, 2011

Download the Components needed for effortless running using Matrix Energetics and Health Coaching by Ralph Havens, physical therapist, integrative manual therapist and certified matrix energetics practitioner.

Coming soon DVD and form drills/exercises and running biomechanics training.

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Improving Running Form, Efficiency, and Enjoyment with Matrix Energetics

October 30, 2010
hi everyone,


Jen, and I are having our next Matrix


Energetics session to help runners with form,


injury prevention and enjoyment.



Join us if you can.   Danielle may be with us


as well.  It’s fun and it’s stuff we’ve been


playing with for a while with our running.



Improving Running Form and Enjoyment


with Matrix Energetics



November 3rd wednesday


7:00 pm


at Mission Hills Physical Therapy


rsvp at 619.543.1470


Mission Hills Physical Therapy / Matrix Energetics


928 Ft. Stockton drive, suite 201, San Diego, 92103





Here’s the info on the running form and


matrix energetics talk / demo / session next




Even none runners can benefit from being in


the matrix energetics field.



rsvp at 619.543.1470 – 16 spots left







Running biomechanics: stride length or stride frequency?

June 25, 2008

Being a runner for the past 30+ years and treating runners for the past 20+ years, I’ve studied running biomechanics from both angles; both to improve my running and to figure it out for my clients. And, I’ve found some interesting things.

What I found was that stride frequency is the same for olympic level distance runners and for local fast guys. What I mean is that if you’ve been a local fast guy or gal, you can count the number of times your left foot hits the ground each minute and you’ll see that it is about 90 to 95 beats a minute. Well if you count the number of times the left foot hits the ground of the fastest men and women in the world, the olympic level runners you’ll see that they also have a frequency of 90 to 95 beats a minute. And this frequency is about the same whether or not both the local level runners or the olympic level runners are jogging or running all out.

So the only difference from a purely mechanical point of view is stride length. So my question then, why if stride length is the difference between the best in the world and the local fast runners; why is it that the best in the world are only 5’3″ to 5″8″ in general and if it’s a matter of strength then why is it that the best in the world are skinny and lack the muscle mass of other athletes?

What are these olympic level runners doing that the rest of us are not doing? What are they doing to generate that longer stride length? And why if stride length is the difference, why do coaches rightfully say don’t overstride?

Well what I’ve found is that the fastest runners are using a few principles so that they can generate stride length and do so without muscular effort. They get it by recoiling. If you slow motion them, and I have, you can see that each stride is like a bounding movement. They basically load up the forces as they hit the ground and then recoil off the ground in much the same way as a flexible but stiff reed might hit the ground and then bend and recoil.

The factors that allow them to do this are posture, the right balance of strength and flexibility, inner core strength, and deep pelvic floor strength and tension. Based on these principles, I’ve found effective ways to train runners to change their posture quickly so that when their foot hits the ground they can load up the forces and then recoil off the ground; and I’ve found that certain specific Pilates based core work can give the inner deep core muscles the right balance of strength and flexibility so that they have the right tension and balance to recoil off the ground. Lastly, I’ve found that the right Integrative Manual Therapy pelvic floor-urogenital exercises will do the same to balance and strengthen the pelvic floor and give the right tension to allow the body to recoil off the ground.

This work will allow the runner to hit the ground, store up the energy and recoil to generate powerful stride length without overstriding. We have a running workshop, where we show runners how to get these skills and change their running biomechanics; It’s exciting to see runners start to improve their form in a two hour workshop. If you want to see good running form, I recommend renting the movie “Endurance” which is the story of Ethiopian world record holder and olympic gold medalist Haile Gebrselassie. Look at his posture, his inner core strength, and pelvic control and see the stride length he generates and how each stride looks more like a bounding effect. You can see this when you slow motion his running.

Ralph Havens, PT, OCS, IMTC

2:28 marathoner; Cal International Marathon (Sacramento CA 1990)