While eating healthy and exercising often can help you live a balanced life, there may be a missing piece to the puzzle. That piece has been credited for relieving stress and stimulating collagen production in the skin, and is, like any wellness craze worth its salt, endorsed by Gwyneth Paltrow. The latest craze in the health game is here: Meet the infrared sauna.Read More
DANCER DAVID HALLBERG winces as he lunges forward and thrusts the handgrips of two pulleys out in front of his chest. “Curl. Now, big yawn,” says Michelle Rodriguez, founder of Manhattan Physio Group, as he reverses the motion in her office space. “Up, up, up—stay there.” Hallberg exhales with the effort. “Good. And come back. Better?” “It’s all painful to me,” says Hallberg, smiling grimly.
Rodriguez, 39, began working with Hallberg, a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, after he dislocated his shoulder 10...Read More
When Jennifer Connelly steps through the door of her suite at the Greenwich Hotel on a recent Monday morning in New York, it is practically impossible not to notice her hair. Having sheared off nearly twelve inches earlier this spring for an upcoming film role, she is still getting used to its swingy, choppy, jaw-grazing proportions.Read More
If you were to take a poll of the world’s longest, most lithe bodies on their workout routines, you’d likely find that these women are equally divided among two categories: those deeply devoted to feeling the burn, or the ones who, maddeningly, never seem to put on gym clothes. So it makes sense that when you do your New Year’s check-in with your body, you might find yourself torn between aligning with the Gwyneth Paltrows of the world—those who emulate the womanRead More
After 55 minutes of high-intensity exercise, that last five minutes of stretch can feel insignificant and totally worth skipping to snag a few extra minutes in the shower. But while it doesn’t have the sweat-dripping velocity of cycling, boxing, or rock climbing, stretching, it turns out, just might be the secret to taking your workout to the next level.Read More
Michelle Rodriguez kicked off her career as a professional ballerina and scholarship student at The School of America Ballet, before throwing over her pointe shoes for the physical therapy program at Rutgers. But she hasn’t gone far from the world of flexibility, mobility, alignment, and performance. For more than a decade, she’s been rehabilitating professional dancers (Alvin Ailey School, New York City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Benjamin Millepied’s Danses Concertantes) and all of us wannabees (she worked intensively with Natalie Portman for Black Swan, and her practice, Manhattan Physio Group,Read More
With the New York City Marathon just two days away, runners who have been diligently training for months may be physically ready for the four-plus hours they will spend on the course. But when it comes to having a successful race day and seamless recovery, there are a few additional strategies worth putting into effect.Read More
In late October, Vogue.com Culture Editor Thessaly LaForce and I were reviewing images for a story about making moonshine, for which, as the writer, I had gamely posed alongside barrels of fermented grains. “You’re such a huncher!” she observed, pointing to my sloping back and droopy shoulders. This was hardly news to me. Over the past decade, I’ve tried everything from regular appointments with a chiropractor to Post-It note reminders in an attempt to correct my poor posture.Read More
This interview was originally broadcast on November 30, 2010. Natalie Portman is nominated for an Academy Award for her role in Black Swan.
Natalie Portman studied ballet from the ages 4 to 12, at which point she turned her focus to her acting career. That early training helped prepare her for her latest role, as a ballerina with a (very) dark side in Darren Aronofsky's psychological thriller Black Swan.
"As a child, I idealized [ballet] because, as a little girl, you just think of it as this pretty, light, delicate and feminine thing," she tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "You see how much darker the world is when you're immersed in it."Read More