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Upcoming talk at Great Oak School!

 

All of you local folks (that would be people in The Woodlands, Magnolia, Tomball, Spring, Conroe, North Houston…. etc….) I’m going to be giving a free talk about Restorative Exercise™ on Saturday, March 2nd. It is hosted by Great Oak School as a part of their First Saturday Mindful Living lecture series. (The series is donation-based.) Click HERE to see their information site. There will be talking and exercising and question-answering. Please come if you’re curious. Also, please come if you have young kids and are interested in a just lovely little Waldorf-inspired school!logo 2011more greensmall

So, for those of you who are not familiar with Restorative Exercise™, perhaps if you’ve clicked over here via Great Oak or a friend’s link, here’s a little overview of the program and the sort of stuff I’ll be talking about. I’d love to see you there!

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Many people would like to return to a more natural lifestyle: eating whole foods, moving more, and using natural materials. It is a worthy goal, and a healthy direction to take ourselves and our families. However, although humans are natural beings, we have created for ourselves a world in which we move in unnatural ways. Our bodies have adapted to these movements (and lack of movement) and need some help to get back to truly natural. Most of what we consider normal, with regard to our bodies, is not actually natural.

 

This idea is the basis for a movement program called Restorative Exercise™, designed by biomechanist Katy Bowman. Katy has studied the human body, viewing it through the lenses of geometry, physics, and engineering, and determined the optimal movement patterns for our joints and muscles. Comparing that with the way most of us use our bodies, it is clear that optimal is very different from normal. She has then gone on to create exercises for stretching and stabilizing, to allow bodies to begin to return to a more natural way of moving.

 

A large part of the program is learning what movements we are now doing that are impacting our ability to move naturally. That knowledge will allow us to stop working against ourselves, make some changes in our behaviors, and therefore progress more quickly towards a healthier body. Breaking habits is hard work and often meets with resistance; Restorative Exercise™ is as much a program of “not doing” as it is a program of incorporating new things to do. Releasing your muscle tension goes hand in hand with releasing mental tension.

 

Restorative Exercise™ is truly good for any and every body. Many of the aches and pains that we take for granted as part of aging are actually the result of improper movement patterns. Syndromes and disorders that are diagnosed as genetic are also frequently correctable with stretching and strengthening. Restorative Exercise™ is a powerful tool and one that will hopefully gain popularity as a first line of defense- or even as a preventative- rather than medicines and surgeries.

 

I became certified to teach Restorative Exercise™ because I was so amazed at the things I was learning and wanted to share them with people. I am excited to be presenting this work, and introducing some of the exercises and stretches, at a school that encourages interaction with our natural environment. I hope to see you there!

 

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