January 29 Finding Inspiration

January 29 Finding Inspiration

This time of the year I find I am hungry for inspiration.   In my massage practice, I am wanting to support people’s healing. How we hold our bodies and how we move our bodies in space has a lot to do with how and why we hurt.  So I am always looking for ways can we move that help us stay healthy and out of pain.  When I am massaging I notice that the tight and overworked muscles always seem to have loose and under-worked muscles in the nearby vicinity. One of the long term solutions for  reducing pain patterns is to create more muscle balance and joint stability. A lack of muscle balance and joint instability leads to mobility restrictions.  Basically, we can’t move.  Not well. Not without pain. Luckily, I have found some movement resources that really got me excited about moving more,and moving with greater mobility,ease, and grace.  First we have been checking out the dynamic and energetic Lauren Brooks whose website www.ontheedgefitness.com  and her youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/kbellqueen are full of excellent resources for kettlebell training.  I have been studying the book, Becoming A Supple Leopard by Kelly Starrett which is packed full of information about how to move safely, efficiently, and in a way that allows you  to live pain free and reach your full potential.  He has a channel on youtube in which one of the people, he features, Jagroop, is offering free mobility classes on line.  Tonight I did one on the shoulder and elbow mobility, and wow it really released some tension for me. But the website that blew me away was Katy Bowman’s Nutritious Movement http://nutritiousmovement.com/.  If you have been reading this blog you know how I want to talk about movement and not exercise… and she knew exactly what I was trying to say, and says it a thousand better, with more clarity, and with all the science directives to back it up.  Her basic theory is that the bending and squishing that happens to our cells when we move is  a form of mechanical input that the cells respond to just as they respond to the nutrients in our foods. When we don’t get enough movement or the right kinds of movement it is hard to fully thrive and not be in constant pain.  She offers both “micronutrients” in the form of corrective exercises and “macronutrients” in the form of showing you how to do the lifting, walking, squatting, carrying of everyday work in a way the will be the most nutritious for your body.  She is a master of the dynamic work station. Do a search on youtube with her name or nutritious movement and be prepared to be blown away, in a good way.  My brain has been spinning trying to take all this useful information and integrate it in my work and my life. Be on the look out for my attempts to share some of the great clues I am getting from all of these movers and shakers. If you have time, check them out yourself.  You won’t be sorry.  I will offer a little movement moment today in the form of a tabata of planks and superman pose, 4 sets each, 8 sets total, each set is 20 seconds work and 10 seconds rest.

 

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