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You experience the world through your physical body, and in return, you convey your soul’s purpose through this same remarkable and complex vehicle.
However, like with almost all of us in this culture, your body has been shaped over a lifetime by an environment that is not always respectful of its design and needs, resulting in tension, discomfort, misalignment and sometimes illness and injury.
Less obvious is how this shape may affect how you perceive the world, as well as how aligned your actions and relationships are with your intentions and desires.
Bodywork, mindful movement and awareness of alignment can help restore mobility and ’flow’: of circulation (blood and lymph), information (nervous and proprioceptive systems), qi (life force energy), creativity and so much more.
…the integration of western and eastern approaches to bodywork and movement - the wedding of alignment, body mechanics, and harmonious relationship - between all of your parts, and between your parts as a whole with your environment.
Restorative bodywork and mindful movement coaching and classes to help you move better and move more, no matter where you are in your life.
These approaches work really well together, and can be integrated to meet your needs. Ask me how!
Restorative bodywork is rooted in shiatsu (shee-ah'-tsoo - a Japanese word which means, 'finger pressure') and myoskeletal alignment techniques.
These sessions help to facilitate and restore 'flow': of blood, lymph, sensation, information, and 'ki' (or bioelectric current), within the receiver's body, and can also facilitate:
~ Deep relaxation and stress relief
~ Feeling centered and grounded
~ Experience of openness and clarity
~ Release of muscular and fascial tension
~ Greater joint mobility
~ Body awareness and coordination
~ Support of your body’s own healing capacity
Integrating the precision of biomechanics with the ancient Chinese exercise practice of qigong (chee-kung), mindful movement practices help you hone in on releasing the areas of the body that have become adapted to our modern lifestyle that reinforces chronic tension and non-moving.
Where bodywork encourages flow and movement from the outside in, these movement practices will engage you actively, helping you to move more freely and with more awareness throughout your daily life, and can also help with:
- Greater joint mobility
- Relief from muscular tension
- Balance, coordination, and wider adaptability to ‘hazards’
- Holistic and functional development of strength and flexibility
- Cultivation of body awareness and mindful movement
- More harmonious and nourishing relationships with your own body, and with your environment
- Mastery of your qi (or life force), for your own healing, and managing your energetic ‘budget’… :)
- Real life application toward reclaiming basic human movement skills.
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I'm Gina Loree Marks...
… shiatsu practitioner and movement coach.
Since 2005, I’ve been helping people relieve their stress, and feel better through bodywork.
During that time, I began to notice an increase in ‘posturally-related’ issues, which is why, when I discovered the work of biomechanist Katy Bowman in 2014, I also decided to become a Restorative Exercise Specialist.
But, also, in these last 13 years, I’ve seen an increase in what I would call an ‘adversarial relationship’ many of my clients have with their bodies.
We’ve come to believe that the body must be subdued in the name of health, and that pain within a bodywork session or exercise routine is a sign of its effectiveness. There’s great benefit and growth in challenging comfort zones and pushing boundaries, but this is most effective when the body and mind are engaged, relaxed and receptive - not disconnected and recoiling from discomfort.
We live in a time where the prevailing messages keep us in a constant state of dissatisfaction with our looks, and a resignation to ‘getting old’ and breaking down.
I agree, as poet John O’Donohue once wrote, that the body is our only home in the universe, a house of belonging here in the world, and a sacred temple.
My goal for my fellow humans is to encourage movement, respect boundaries and find joy in our clay forms again, at any age.
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On the calendar
Wednesdays - 6:30pm-7:15pm - Restorative Qigong II
Fridays - 11:00am - 11:45am - Restorative Qigong I