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restorative bodywork + movement

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401 a gordon drive | exton pa 19341 | 610.304.5120


You want to feel stronger, healthier, more resilient and flexible in a way that honors your body and meets you where you are in your life.

Improving your health doesn’t have to be a battle of wills between you and your body (or your schedule).

There’s a place for commitment and challenging boundaries, but this can be done in a way that works with your body’s natural rhythms and tendencies, allowing for greater awareness, adaptability, energy, and empowerment (while leading to fewer injuries).

embodygrace is 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.

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Shiatsu and Restorative Movement classes to help you move better and move more, no matter where you are in your life.

bodywork

Rooted in shiatsu (shee-ah'-tsoo) - a Japanese word which means, 'finger pressure' - these bodywork sessions help to facilitate and restore 'flow': of blood, lymph, sensation, information, and 'ki' (or bioelectric current), within the receiver's body.

It is the smoothness of this flow that underlies all of your body's life processes: circulation, respiration, digestion, detoxification, reproduction,  balance, coordination, and the connection between mind and body.

movement

Integrating the precision of biomechanics with the ancient Chinese exercise practice of qigong (chee-kung), Restorative Movement helps you hone in on releasing the areas of the body that have become adapted to our modern lifestyle that cultivates chronic tension and non-moving.

Where bodywork facilitates 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.


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encouragement +inspiration delivered

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I'm Gina Loree Marks...

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… 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.


On the calendar

Ongoing

Wednesdays - 6:30pm-7:15pm - Restorative Qigong II

Fridays - 11:00am - 11:45am - Restorative Qigong I

Move Your Lymph!

Saturday, March 9 - 1:00 - 2:20pm

Tuesday, March 26 - 6:30 - 8:00pm

Basics of Gait (2 Days)

Wednesdays, March 13&20, 12-1:00pm

Saturdays, March 23&30, 12-1:00pm