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How do other bodywork paradigms fit with the movement you teach?

Do you use massage therapy, chiropractic, acupuncture or other methods to help maintain your health? While all of these can have huge benefits to you (and I recommend any that appeal to you), the difference between these modalities and nutritious movement is that bodywork is passive, while the stretches, exercises and lifestyle choices you’ll learn here are active— ie., you are doing the the maintenance yourself.  Continuing to use these methods can certainly help manage symptoms, but it’s helpful to start working on the root cause by changing the way you move throughout your day.

Who benefits from this kind of movement?

Anyone can benefit! We all have habits that aren’t the best for our bodies, and finding alignment will bring improved overall wellness to everyone. But there are plenty of specific issues that can be addressed through proper alignment. Most pain and diseases associated with aging have some mechanical cause. Discomfort during pregnancy is alignment-related. Diseases of the immune system, including cancer, will benefit by a stronger lymphatic system. Osteoporosis, osteopenia, pelvic floor disorder, incontinence, osteoarthritis, joint pain, back pain, migraines and headaches, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, bedwetting in children, flat feet, bunions and hammertoes, prenatal-related pain and issues, digestive problems, athletic injuries, all can be helped. Please note: I am not a medical professional and I do not make diagnoses nor prescriptions.

What is a class or session like?

A Positively Aligned class looks a bit like a yoga or Pilates class, each student with a few props, following the instructions of the instructor. It could also be compared to a physical therapy session. It is not high-intensity cardiovascular work, but rather very slow and careful movement, emphasizing the use of the correct musculature within proper ranges of motion. It is appropriate for anyone of any fitness level.  All classes are one hour unless otherwise specified.

Why so much discussion about gait in your classes?

As my mom is fond of saying, “I don’t understand why I should have to be taught how to walk. It’s a natural process.” It’s true that we don’t need to be taught. We figure it out all on our own as children. We do, however, learn from the people around us and how they are walking. Our learning process is also impacted by our environment, such as the surfaces we walk on, or the shoes or socks on our feet. So it’s entirely possible (and quite probable) that as we are learning, we are incorporating movement patterns that are not actually part of a natural walk. Quite normal for our society, but not natural for our body. And a natural gait is the foundation for all the other natural processes in your body, so it’s something worth working on!

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