How long has it been since you've felt freedom in your body?
Pleasure? Playfulness? Joy? Grace?
How long has it been since you've felt the freedom to say 'yes!' to life, without worrying about your physical limitations?
You have things you want and need to do:
Keep up with the kids (or grandkids). Take care of the garden. Practice yoga. Walk barefoot on the beach. Bike twenty miles. Or, just get through a normal day without aches, pains and injuries.
Instead of concluding that your lack of energy, resiliency, strength and flexibility is because 'you're just getting old', consider instead that the modern environment we all live in has been shaping your body in a way that doesn't allow it to move freely, or utilize the ranges of motion your were born with.
Research is telling us that each generation is less active as a whole than the previous one.
It's not that we're getting lazier, but with more technology and effort-saving conveniences, our lifestyles require us to move less. And the less we move, the less we are able to move when we do want to.
One way we try to make up for this lack of movement is intense, intermittent and often unforgiving bouts of exercise (or, beat ourselves up for not getting around to doing that). But like with 'enriched bread' or taking supplements to offset a poor diet, this rarely yields the results we truly desire. Or, is what your body actually needs.
These classes are not (necessarily) a replacement for other forms of exercise.
Or, meant to be the total of your movement diet. They are a means to help you move better through all of your life - to help you bring more of your self to everything you do.
=> Note: Class sizes are currently small. Other than the Movement Labs, the classes are offered in 'sessions' (rather than as 'walk-in's') to allow for continuity and consistency. You can reserve your spot online, and if the class is filled, contact me to be placed a waiting list, and notified if a spot opens up. For a paid class, you are welcome, but not required, to pay in advance; payments in cash, check or credit card can be accepted when you arrive. Full refund for cancellations made before 24 hours before class time will be given; within 24 hours, to be determined by me.
When you reserve your spot, you will receive some paperwork in PDF form: Tips on how to prepare, what to expect, and a waiver agreeing that you are in good enough physical condition for exercise. Please read and if possible, print and sign. (I will have copies handy, as well...)
Restorative Movement (with Qigong)
Tuesdays - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Drop in: $15 - Package of 4: $48
Class size is limited. Reserve your spot (as many as you want) here:
Can you imagine a day where you were able to:
Perform simple tasks like bending, turning your head, walking barefoot without pain or discomfort~ respond to conflict as the calm, cool, grounded person you dream of being ~ know how to move and massage your own body to get the kinks out ~ possess the clarity to notice and avail yourself of nourishing opportunities ~ end the day with enough energy to do more than collapse on the couch ~ enjoy a restful night's sleep?
Whether your tension is from 'poor posture', intense exercise, repetitive use, or emotional stress, the results are the same - restricted movement, restricted blood and oxygen flow, and discomfort.
Moving your body in gentle and specific ways is the one of the simplest and most natural ways to relieve tension, encourage joint mobilization and innervate muscles that are not often used. This class integrates the mindful, flowing movements of qigong with the precision of biomechanically-based Restorative Exercise.
Not only is this class appropriate for more sedentary people, seniors, those with chronic pain or stiffness, post-trauma or surgery, but will help those who work out and work hard regain flexibility, joint mobility and nourish the tissues.
Movement for Life (Beyond the Gym)
Saturdays - 10:30 - 11:30 am
Single class: $15 - Package of 4: $48
Class size is limited. Please RSVP.
NEW WEEKLY CLASS! Beginning February 3rd, 2018
While we tend to measure the worth of our fitness routines in terms of steps, heart rate or caloric burn, it may be more valuable for the long haul to think in terms of functionality.
Q: What could you do 10-15 years ago that you have trouble doing today? And, what you can do now and would like to keep doing 10,15, 20 years from now?
The brilliant design of our bodies includes economy - what we use is strengthened, what we don’t isn’t supported as much. Simple. But it means that we are adapting to the shape of our environment in the form of a few repetitively overused parts, (including many workouts!) and a great many more weakened and underused parts.
We are also shaped by our interior - what we ingest in the form of food, toxins, information; what we can and cannot process; how we feel about the world and our place in it. Even how we breathe.
Our bodies adapt to what they are doing the most - over 24 hours, 7 days, 12 months… a lifetime.
We develop habits of response, habits of strategy, until we become too locked down to fully express ourselves and engage joyfully with life.
Movement for Life deconstructs the most basic human “whole foods” movements - walking, sitting/squatting, lifting/carrying and hanging/climbing/swinging - into specific exercises that address your potential limitations in each of these areas. Then, we help you work those movements back into your daily life so you can retain them or even reclaim them.
Any ability level is welcome - this is all about starting where you are and expanding your range.
Weather allowing, walks will be included! :)
Movement Multivitamin Workshop
4 Week Session - Wednesdays 6:30 - 7:30 pm
January 31st, February 7, 14, 21- $60
(Make-ups available in the event of inclement weather)
Class size is limited. Reserve your spot below.
Are you getting your recommended daily allowance of movement?
Biomechanist Katy Bowman makes the compelling case that - to the 7 trillion or so cells of our bodies - movement is much an essential input for their survival as the nutrients in our food.
As such, attempting to replenish the nutritional deficiencies we suffer from lifestyles that don't require much movement with intense bouts of periodic exercises, is similar to eating fast food all day with the hopes of offsetting the effects with dietary supplements.
Meaning, we have to bring varied and novel movement back into how we "do life" throughout every day.
But, for many us, this is difficult. Tight hips, backs, shoulders and necks; sore feet, knees, and hands; loss of strength, range of motion and balance prohibit us from being as physically active within our environments as we used to be.
Based on Bowman's DVD, "Daily Movement Multivitamin", this four week class will introduce 18 basic exercises, covering some of the most common areas of restriction from head to toes, and then working them into a flow routine you can practice every day.
All abilities are welcome. Please note, however, some exercises are practiced on the floor, though modifications can be made if you have limitations.