A fall is a risk factor for frail elderly, old-old, or people who do not combine exercise with joint mobility, balance training and proprioceptive stimulation. For frail elders, it is often the trigger for a steep decline, since pain impedes movement, decreases circulation and appetite. A fall that is accompanied by hip fracture or compression fractures of the spine can be the beginning of the end for the 75% of older adults who do not recover completely.… Read the rest
I listen to your body metaphors as you tell me the issues you want me to address before a session: what do they say about your tension patterns? Where do I see you restrict movement as you speak? Where do you need bodywork?
Stiff upper lip—If you are hiding your feelings in a situation you don’t like, I work on rigid facial muscles.… Read the rest
Myths of aging such as belief in inevitable stiffness, inevitable loss of bodily functions, or inevitable cognitive decline activate a feed forward system. Our bodies manifest what we fear the most. We can instead recognize how aging brings wisdom and grace, and awaken postural ease. We can become more resilient.
When we live in a state of chronic stress, we hold chronic contractions.… Read the rest
When we have an incorrect map of where our body parts fit together, and where they live in space, we move according to the body map, not according to our true size, structure and function. We are the only animals that can distort our bodies based on what we believe. Just as imagining a perfect gymnastic routine is a rehearsal that helps Olympic gymnasts win, incorrect beliefs about our body can rehearse our posture into painful distortions.… Read the rest
It’s for anyone!
You don’t have to be special to reap the benefits of massage. You can be old, young, out of shape, in shape, in pain, working too hard, stressed about your job, or just needing to relax. It is becoming popular for sports, pre-natal, overall well-being, and as a great addition to self-care.
The health benefits of massage cannot be emphasized enough.… Read the rest
“Senior Moments”, or a new lease on life?
Did you resign yourself to inevitable decline, “I’m having these senior moments?”
Do you find yourself saying, “it’s getting hard to pick up my grandchildren”, “I have this pain that won’t go away,” “I can’t reach up”, or “I feel stuck”?
Are you only in your 40’s or 50’s and already have mobility issues, digestive problems, or your spouse is complaining you aren’t remembering things the way you used to?… Read the rest
Dis-ease of posture can come from long hours at the computer or desk, standing on cement floors, heavy lifting, bracing to protect old injuries or unconscious habits. They can come when you override signals from your body to change position, relieve pain, or find ease. They can come from old beliefs about yourself, and reactions from childhood.
We have body metaphors that we manifest quite literally: chip on the shoulder; pain in the neck; stabbed in the back; don’t have a leg to stand on; bending backwards to please.… Read the rest
If you are a gardener, you probably know you need to use your legs to lift, keep a straight back to dig or rake, balance your weight to shovel. However, you may not know the hazards of crouching forward for a long time. You may not even associate subsequent pain in walking or standing with the gardening you love.
As a dedicated gardener, you might not change position often.… Read the rest
How we show up: power to influence for the common good
When we live with integrity and authenticity, it is obvious from our posture and attitude: how we show up to family, friends, and colleagues, and our resiliency to stresses. We can change our bodies, heal from within. As another Ortho-Bionomy blogger says, “If you observe how your body functions when you are feeling happy, in control and safe, then you have the basis for changing when you are feeling sad and insecure.”… Read the rest
Posture Power is a class in mindful awareness with movement and awakening to the effects of our self-talk to improve posture. It developed from the works of Barbara Conable, Marion Rosen, Stanley Keleman, and Thomas Hanna.
Posture Power teaches awareness of your body’s unique structure and function. When your body is stuck in an old pattern, your shape may reflect your beliefs as a child.… Read the rest