I’ve been pondering lately why I love what I do so much. I truly believe our bodies do not have to get weaker, stiffer and more sore as we age, as long as we put in the conscious work to take care of them. By doing what we need to do to refill our tanks, by listening to what is really available, by asking for the support that we need and ensuring we continue to believe in ourselves, I am seeing over and over again that we are able to stay strong, mobile, fluid and graceful as we mature.
So often we tolerate pain and tension until we really begin to notice how it is limiting our lives. Noticing how it is preventing us from fully engaging with our kids, or going on the adventures we want, or embracing all our social lives have to offer, and where I think it shows up the most for people is how pain and tension impacts our mood and mental well being.
We can get stronger, more mobile, more connected and happier as we age.
Over the last couple of years, between babies, I’ve been steadily teaching a lot of private movement therapy and group therapeutic classes. I’m kind of obsessed with teaching people how to feel what’s happening in their body and helping them move better, so they can get out of pain, and improve their performance. How I teach has changed and how I move my body has changed. I assumed pregnancy, childbirth and the demands of parenting young children would have left me slower, weaker and with more tension, but I actually find myself feeling stronger and more connected than ever before.
As I’ve done the work to slow down, listen to what my body needs, stop pushing, develop my feeling sense, then rebuild stability and mobility from this place of internal connection, I feel like I’ve come out on top. And the best part, I know this can continue as I age, as long as I continue to follow these principles of awareness. My personal ‘yoga’ practice looks nothing like it used to. I’m not sure I’d even call it yoga anymore. Out with the rules, and in with feeling what’s happening in my body as it’s happening. I’ve been drawn in by infant developmental movement patterns, bio-mechanics, neuro-biology, pain science, reflex integration, responsive resilience and building ground up stability.
“There is lots of rolling around on the floor, crawling, getting up getting down, and looking at all the ways I can integrate function and feeling movement into my daily life.”
I’ve also witnessed some mind blowing progress with clients as they’ve followed these same principles. An increase in stability and strength, disappearance of 20 year old symptoms they assumed were with them for life, back pain disappeared, an ability to get back to adventures they thought they were past, and my favourite; seeing them stand up, present, strong, connected, and confident as they walk out into the world. This brings me so much joy.
So the question for me now is, how can I share this work with as many people as possible, so we can all work towards less pain, less tension, more connection, more strength and increased happiness? Then we can make the most of every minute on this earth, making the world a better place.
I am working on a run of upcoming workshops, as I continue to create content to put into a course on movement therapeutics for reducing pain and tension, increasing power and strength, living a life of meaning that I will be releasing later in the year.
If you have a sec to do me one favour, hit reply or send me an email and let me know what your biggest struggle with your body is, where are you feeling limited. That way I can make sure I am creating content that answers your questions.