You want to be healthy, you want to move in a pain-free body. Yet, did you know that many of the ways in which we habitually move, including the exercise we do, puts strain on your joints and stress on your heart? On top of that, many of the aches and pains and diseases that we assume are a natural part of aging, are actually rooted in our postural habits.
So how can we move better to reduce and prevent pain? How can we restore health and vitality?
Restorative Movement is designed to restore health through optimal skeletal alignment. Many of our common diseases have mechanical causes, therefore, the way we move affects all aspects of our health. By focusing on building the foundation of health through biomechanics, Restorative Movement will help you to reawaken your muscles to their appropriate length, improve your circulation, minimize wear and tear on your joints, and repair damage to your entire body.
Using alignment points you will discover:
- What your body should be able to do.
- What your body is currently able to do.
- We then utilize specific movements and exercises to rebuild and restore total body health.
What is biomechanics?
Biomechanics brings anatomy, physiology, physics and geometry together in a comprehensive study of the human body. Biomechanics is the "nuts and bolts" of your human machine. It is the guidebook to better understanding how everything that we do (or don't do) will affect the whole system. In fact, biomechanics is the missing link in many different healing modalities. If you have tried 'everything' and only find short term relief, but not lasting change, realigning your body could be the key to feeling strong and healthy and pain free.
When you move your body the way it is designed to move, you will improve:
- Back pain, neck pain, knee pain, foot pain
- SI joint pain
- Pelvic floor disorders (prolapse, menstrual cramps, hemorrhoids, urinary incontinence, prostate issues)
- Digestion issues
- Cardiovascular disease
- Poor circulation
- Foot pain (bunions, plantarfasciitis, hammertoes)
Restorative Movement is not just about learning to move, sit, stand and play the way your body was designed to, but becoming more mindful in the big and small decisions you make daily and how it can impact your health and well-being. Even something that seems like a small decision like the shoes you wear, makes a big difference!
While workshops and group classes are a great way to start you on the path of whole body rebuilding, private sessions are specifically geared to your own unique needs.
Some people enjoy 1-3 initial sessions for an alignment assessment and a personalized program. Others enjoy on-going sessions to further refine, clarify and simply love that one-on-one feedback. Whatever you choose to do, you are choosing to take your health into your own hands.
- Alignment Assessments
- Personalized programs
- Specializing in pelvic floor issues for both women and men.
- Pre & Post Natal (preventing/rebuidling diastis recti, pelvic floor, v-bac, whole body strength and more)
Restorative Movement is a very practical exercise system combining yoga, qigong, and biomechanics. Its aim is to prevent illness and improve or maintain optimum physical, mental and emotional health – a sort of mental kung fu or moving meditation.
Combining standing and moving postures with more seated and reclined positions, this is a well balanced method that gives specific attention paid to the interior of the body as well as the external muscle groups. The aim is to cultivate awareness and mindfulness of things such as the breath, felt sensations in the body, posture, joints, organs, emotions and qi (also known as prana in Indian yogic traditions, life force and bioenergy) to improve health and wellbeing.
Some of the main benefits are:
- cultivation of and improvement in energy levels
- mindfulness through movement – building awareness of and increasing your mind and body connection
- relaxation and calming of the nervous system
- an increase in joint range of motion and a release of tension from muscles and tissue throughgentle articulation, stretching and mobilisation of the joints including the shoulders, hips and spine and the "forgotten" joints – the elbows, shoulder blades, wrists and ankles
- massaging and soft movement of the inside of the body (e.g. joints, organs)
- smoothing your breath and linking it with movement
- improvement of balance, coordination and proprioception
- clears 'stagnation' in the body and mind (e.g. sluggishness, fatigue, fuzzy headedness)
- low impact and adaptable to seated practice in the event of illness or injury
Therefore, it’s often used for:
- joint pain, injury, stiffness or RSI
- lack of energy, fatigue or sluggishness
- an overactive mind
- sleep issues
- health problems caused by stress
These mindful exercises are energising yet calming, strengthening yet relaxing, invigorating yet low impact.