Exercises to relieve wrist pain

Do your wrists feel weak? Are you experiencing pain from overuse?

The nature of work today requires a lot of pressure to be placed upon our fingers and wrists.

How are repetitive wrist injuries caused?

We’re no longer getting the flexibility and mobility that writing with a pen or pencil would offer, and instead our wrists are immobilized as we type or text.

This repetitive movement places an excessive amount of pressure onto our wrists and the held positions can place stress all the way to our elbows, neck and shoulders if not regularly encouraged to move throughout it’s range capability.

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I work with a client who is a tradeswoman and so she is using a lot of power tools which sends a lot of force into her wrist’s and arms, in particular using tools like a nail gun.

The wrist is placed in a constant extension with a power needed to keep the tool in place a similar pressure is transferred back to the wrist and so the joint overtime has become weak, causing her a lot of pain.

When training she now struggles to place any force at all in that position, so from push ups to just kneeling in a quadruped/four point kneeling position.

Good news the wrist doesn’t have to work alone

In the exercises I will show you in this post you will see that the wrist does not have to take on the bulk of force for your movements. Wrist motion, stability and flexibility comes from the a net work of muscles that connect through the wrist extensors/flexors, crossing the elbow joint all the way to the back muscles. So when we’re performing an exercise that requires the wrist we need to keep in mind that we should also be activating these supporting muscles as well so that some of the pressure and load will be spread out.

Just like the lower body when we perform  jump, we don’t want all the force to be going through just our ankles and shocking our knees, we’re looking to spread that force out which teaches the body to soften rather than stiffen up to protect the joints.

For more about the anatomical functioning of the wrist, and forearm watch the video below.

 

4 exercises to relieve your wrist pain

These exercises I will share with you, I learnt whilst practicing with White Rose Aikido in Kyoto, Japan. The exercises are used in both a practical sense and in a therapeutic way to prepare the wrist. In practicing Aikido you learn to use the body in harmony, rather than in a forceful manner. You’re cultivating your whole strength as well as your opponent using their energy to weaken them but also to protect them as well. The ancient martial art is a powerful non violent but very effective technique of self defense.

Watch this instructional video to practice these key exercises

Key Points to remember:

  • Our wrists need mobility throughout the day
  • Relieve some load and pressure from the wrists by actively using the supporting muscles of the forearm and shoulders to spread the force out through the body.
  • Practice these 4 exercises throughout the day providing you with breaks and relief from repetitive stress placed on your wrists

 

 

 

12 adventures to do this June

  1. Mushroom foraging and huntinIMG_2447g. Observing the many species. Take photo’s and research what you find after. Mushrooms have been used as a source of nutrition and medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. Check out this link to find out more.
  2. Go for a bushwalk in the rain, smelling the air and plants and watching the raindrops (even try and catch some) as they dance in the light on the leaves
  3. Go out and chop wood to make a cozy fire.
  4. Cook some delicious damper on an open fire
  5. Go out foraging for lemon balm, rosehip and ginger to brew your own immunity blend of tea
  6. Go on a family bike ride, and enjoy a picnic and hot chocolates at the end
  7. Make art with the fallen autumn leaves and what you find in nature
  8. Go to a river or waterfall after a big downpour of rain to see the rapid water movement.IMG_2300.JPG
  9. Go fishing with a friend, bring a thermos of tea and enjoy the peace and each other’s company
  10. Explore the many kinds of soup to make and warm up your insides
  11. Practice the danish way to live well and connect using the principles of Hygge
  12. Take a trip to the beautiful Mt Donna Buang and join a winter Adventure Personal Training or just frolic in the white wonderland of snow.IMG_2603

Tea for health

Tea is not just about a calming delicious cup of goodness it has been used over thousands of years for medicinal, healing and calming purposes. On this page I will share with you many different types of tea and how you can cultivate their thousands of years worth of benefits to your own needs for better health and wellbeing.

“Tea is the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete.” Sentence from the book Kissa Yoyoki, (How to stay healthy by drinking tea) by zen priest Eisai.

Introduced across the world by China, tea is made from plants and have a profound amount of benefits and uses. A trend that can be seen across cultures is the use of tea for meditative purposes.

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Tea history in Japan

During the Kamakura period and 12th century Zen Buddhism traditions were spreading across Japan in the early ages of the 12th century with tea and its benefits for health growing with recognition.

In the Edo period the Tokugawa shogunate was the most powerful and longest running government of Japan. This war class saw that Japan was isolated from the rest of the world, and Japan was conquered throughout.

With little need for fighting the samurai explored the arts, and in particular the tea ceremony, learning to train not just the body but to calm and strengthen the mind.

Drinking green tea at it’s most potent being matcha was what was used during these long ceremonies of tea drinking and meditation and it is still used and taught to this day.

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Seasonal living- Autumn

Welcome Autumn you divine season of beauty, and vibrant both in nature and within.

With Autumn you may feel like you energy is shifting more within, and you’re perhaps less motivated to be as aggressive in your training, instead you’re looking to more movements of grounding and a strong consciousness to your breath.

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Spend more time breathing

Our lungs are one of the most important organs of the body, if they’re not used properly we can build tension in the body causing you to feel sluggish, your movements will be affected and you could feel pain build in your muscles. Your immune system is also affected by poor breathing, unable to effectively remove toxins that can build up in the body.

Spending even just 5 minutes completely conscious in your breathing can have profound effects for your bodies functioning, your mindset and energy that carries you through the day.

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Take a walk

One of the best ways we can nourish our lungs after spending time in stillness to breathe is to take a walk outside. Breathing in the fresh cooling air of the season, filling our lungs and also preparing our immune system to be readily open to adapt to the change and avoid getting sick. Taking a walk before running or jumping into any other strenuous activity can assist to ground you both emotionally, mentally and physically.

Have a read of my latest blog offering some great places to walk around Melbourne whilst also observing the beautiful leaves changing colour.

Gathering what is essential for your functioning and removing what is not needed

Autumn is a harvesting month not just for delicious produce but also for your body. It is a great time to acknowledge all that is filling you up with greatness and removing all that does not serve your greatest self.

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Seasonal nourishment:

Eating with the seasons is another great way to ensure you’re body is receiving the best foods for this time of year.

Some of the foods that are in season include;

Chestnuts

Figs

Apples

Pears

Broccoli

Pumpkin

Asparagus

Mushrooms

Finishing touches:

Do not place judgment on yourself if you’re feeling the need to rest more, spend the time to store energy, to ground yourself and exploring within and all the offerings of nature that come with this season.

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Photography by Aaron Jansen- Follow on Instagram: @a.c.jansen_photography

Chasing the colours of Autumn

It is my favourite time of year! The sun is still shining bright, and the trees burst into colour!

Every year I look forward to exploring some of my favourite trails, gardens and places to view the beautiful colours. Offering not just beauty but an opportunity for play in the parks and some beautiful walks. No matter what age you are the adventure and wonder that autumn offers is something for all to enjoy!

Here are a few of my favourite family friendly places in the Melbourne area that in my opinion show case the colours at their best!

Sea Winds gardens

The perfect place to bring the family for a picnic or a light stroll.

The viewing points offer a picturesque outlook all the way across the Mornington Peninsula.

Walking trails:

Sea Winds is also a great point to join onto the Two Bays trail for to walk down to the McKellar Dam or you can do the whole 28kms through bushland, including coastal views and access points all the way to Cape Schank lighthouse.

Mountain biking:

If you’re into the your mountain biking the trails here are brilliant, access points can be found signed in the gardens.

Adventure PT:

To add to your experience in Sea Winds, why not book in for a guided training session connecting even deeper to the beautiful space and nourishing your body with movement.

Arthurs Seat chairlift:

The new chairlift is definitely an upgrade to the historic one I used to enjoy as a child, the views are phenomenal, and it’s a great way to access the gardens in style.

Autumn leaf viewing times:

Depending on the season, but usually from Easter on to May.

Accessibility:

Wheelchair accessible following the paths in the gardens.

Dog friendly?

Not here, due to the existing native wildlife, including many kangaroos!!

Extra information:

Plenty of extra information can be found on the Parks Vic website.

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Warburton

My incredible home town!

The walk along the river is buzzing with colours through out April into May.

You can choose the 2 km circuit or something longer but the stroll is easy and beautiful the whole way around, enjoying the ducks, sounds of the river and of course the beautiful colours.

The whole town is welcoming and will offer delicious fresh and seasonal produce to enjoy from any of the many wonderful cafes.

Adventure Personal Training:

If you’re looking for some guided adventure, and training then the Aqua Duct trail and Mt Donna Buang summit is one of the beautiful locations that you can train with me in adding to your time here in this beautiful town.

If you’re visiting on a Friday be sure to come along to my community fitness class at the Redwood Community centre.

Accessibility:

The route and town is wheelchair friendly

Dog friendly?

It sure is, many people enjoy taking their dogs around the river and in for swims.

More around the area:

Be sure to check out the walk happening April 22nd, through some of Noogee’s most beautiful and historic landmarks to enjoy 18kms of autumn beauty! Raising funds for the local CFA its a walk for a great cause.

Follow the link for more information:

Extra information:

You can can find a lot of helpful and great information on the warburton info website

 

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The National Rhododendron gardens

Located in the beautiful Dandenongs this garden is stunning! The perfect place for a picnic, Easter egg hunt, or simply a stroll to enjoy all the beauty.

Accessibility:

Wheelchair accessible throughout the whole park following the trail.

Dog friendly?

Not this one

Cost:

Donation that goes back to the maintenance and care of the gardens.

Extra info:

Go to the parks vic website.

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Photography by Aaron Jansen

 

 

 

 

Alfred Nicholas memorial gardens

I love this beautiful garden, it’s an amazing location for photographer, or art enthusiasts to let their inspiration run wild.

It’s amazing for picnics, and walks taking in the plants including the towering Mountain Ash trees that are native to Australia.

Accessibility:

It is wheelchair accessible but there are a few good slopes and it doesn’t include all of the trails.

Dog friendly?

Yes, i’ve often taken dogs here for a play but they have to stay on their leash.

Extra information:

Go to the Parks Victoria website.

 

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Photography by Aaron Jansen

 

 

Enjoy this picturesque season!!

 

 

Why Spend Winter Outdoors

When the sun is beaming and the temperature is warm we have no problem getting outdoors, there’s more light, our muscles feel looser in the heat, the world even seems happier when the sun is shining. So when the colder months arrive should we stop spending time in our outdoor environments? Definitely not, all of the immune boosting, physiological and mental health benefits are still there.

Muscular aches and pains in the colder months:

Do you feel like your body has become more tense or that you’re experiencing aches and pains in your joints? What could be influencing this increase in discomfort? Well have you noticed your posture change, as the shoulders roll in and we tense up, we shorten our range and reduce our mobility. Warmer muscles are more supple and lengthened, hence we warm up before exercising.

In winter we should give our muscles extra time to warm up, beginning slowly with movement and doing some dynamic stretching to assist the muscles to relax and lengthen.

Sleep:

The best medicine for your aches and pains will always be too keep moving and get enough rest to recover! During sleep Pathogen, fighters T-cells are produced which fight off infection and keep our immune system strong. We also give our bodies time to recover, learn new muscular patterns and to rejuvenate.

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You often hear the excuse to stay indoors so you don’t get sick, however this assumption is false, we do not catch infection from the cold, sickness is transferred via viruses. If our immune system is low then we are more susceptible to getting sick. It is interesting to note that Vitamin D or getting some sunlight will actually help our T cells to work effectively. Without Vitamin D in the bloodstream, these infection fighters will be inactive.

Senses

When we opIMG_7461.JPGen our eyes to sunlight our photo receptors capture the light and send messages to the brain to respond. Our brain then regulates our serotonin levels which control our circadian rhythm or body clock regulating our sleep and hunger cycles. When Serotonin levels rise we tend to feel more alert, energized and happy. If we do not get
nough light we tend to feel more fatigued, motivation levels decrease, we tend to eat and random, and we can actually feel more depressed. The best time to absorb light is first thing in the morning telling our brain and body to wake up. As the day goes on, we should try and limit our amount of light exposure which can trick our brain to think its day, resulting in our body feeling more alert then it needs to be, and our bodies not win
ding down to rest and sleep. Avoiding technology can be hard for most but if we can limit
the use at least an hour before bed your body would be very thankful for the sleep.

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Maintaining a regular movement routine can help our body to reduce joint stiffness as
circulation improves reducing aches and pains, the body strengthens both in the muscle and increasing bone density, also influenced by the amount of sun exposure we have, as Vitamin D helps to absorb calcium. Exercise will actually boost the functioning of those pathogen fighter T- cells to help them work faster and effectively increasing our immunity to illness and disease.

“If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.”  Hippocrates.

When it’s cold it’s harder to motivate our selves, but the best thing you can do is:

  1. Wake up and get outside for even just 10 minutes to give your body and brain some sunlight to start the day. Feel the cold and give your skin enough time to pass messages to the brain to regulate your temperature and warm you up.
  2. Get active with friends. Your friends or social group will help to motivate and encourage you, this social interaction will also help to improve your mood, helping you to feel happier.
  3. Layer up– Be prepared and wear layers to begin, as you begin to move and adapt to the temperature you can always delayer. This includes when it’s raining, simply wear a raincoat or take an umbrella, rain is only water…
  4. Do things you enjoy! Take yourself to places that inspire you! We have so much natural beauty at our door steps, so get out and see it!

Adventure PT runs weekly classes to engage you both physically, sensory and socially check out what’s on offer on our facebook page, Meet up or the Training and Events link on the website.

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Mother’s Day Tribute

I was so lucky to have spent a morning with such divine mothers and their amazing bright eyed and wonderful children for a special Mother’s Day Nature Healing family class. I had to share the experience as I was left feeling so touched by how this class evolved that I had to write it down to share.

What was created this morning was something special. A place for mother and child to reconnect, a space completely available for them to take from it whatever they chose, a space for free thought and free movement full of all kinds of beauty, and a space close to home.

No matter the age we found ourselves walking a path hand in hand with our loved ones shaded by trees of colour.IMG_7222

A study done in the Biology of psychiatry, outlines the importance of mother to child contact at birth. That first contact is a child’s first lesson in development, physically and psychologically. To feel our mothers skin, to hear her familiar heartbeat is an automatic comfort to calm a child through the transition of womb to a new world.

We sat together in a circle our back’s to our mother and all held hands, once again we could feel the beat of our loved ones heart, the sweetest sound of life. Eyes closed the sound of the children’s breath was an automatic reliever of stress to us as adults. For their safety and health is one of the most important things. Still even though we’re not babies anymore to touch and to feel our mother or for a mother to feel their child, or even experience the feeling of a kind person can heal and relax us to the soul.

Opening our eyes, this sense of sight could now be heightened, to observe, to search and to find. Before technology grew and grew, childhood play could be to imagine, and to make that dream a reality. Fun did not have to be purchased it would be found and created, children would develop fine motor skills, brain functioning, creativity. Sourcing and discovering skills, children could build entire worlds.

One hundred and fifty years ago a man named Herbert Spencer espoused the “surplus energy theory,” explaining that the main reason for children’s play is to get rid of surplus energy, or to burn off steam. From this point playgrounds and outdoor environments have been designed around trying to tire children out. Completely disregarding the many physical, and mental lessons gained and life skills we take from experiencing a changing natural world and the benefits to engage in unstructured play.

We looked at how autumn had changed these gardens, with the many toadstools and mushrooms we would learn today the dangers, but be curious of the beauty and natural growth of such fungi.

A patch of leaves would soon become the greatest piece of play equipment in the world. Everyone let go here, they let go of self judgement, and physical restrictions and simply played. Crunching through leaves, rolling around and throwing arm fulls of leaves at strangers. In this environment social bonding was triggered. Adult to adult, child to child, children to adult and parent to child we witnessed joy, and we witnessed vulnerability.

Wondering how to get a great workout? Play in a pile of leaves. Squat, run, roll, twist and laugh, completely connected with yourself physically without needing to overthink the pattern it could just flows.

Tree climbing is something we should never grow old of, it is a great way for us to explore, to learn how to assess risks, observe our own capabilities and strength, acknowledge our fears, connect our contralateral systems, build physical strength, learn to problem solve and have a whole lot of fun. How high can you go? Can you make it all the way around? Observe your body and assess nature. Doing it together we feel safer to go further, to challenge perhaps, but always connected with ourselves to know how high is too high. As we age we move away from being so in the moment we over analyze, we overthink, stress and fear build and our decisions and bodies are affected. To be together in a social environment we are able to encourage one another, moving away from self doubt and finding inner strength.

Accessing not just our physical selves but our creative selves. Relaxing our breath and once again observing our surroundings. “Look up.” the world continues to spin and the clouds continue to change shape as we change and grow as well. Take a moment to view the shapes, what can you see? Are they telling you a story? Ground yourself by sinking into the earth, and allowing yourself to soften up to the sky.

Our outdoor environment can provide us with so much experience. We as humans are always growing, always adapting and forever changing just like nature. We were once a child, influenced by our the person our mother is and upbringing we were given. We learnt from those experiences and evolved into our next self, becoming parents one day ourselves continuing the spiral.

My mother is my greatest hero, she is the most kind, loving and beautiful person inside and out. The decisions I make are influenced by what she may think, or how I can make her proud.

We love our parents unconditionally as they love us in return, it is their love that teaches us what love is, and so determines how we will love another but most importantly ourselves.

Happy Mothers day xx

Nature Healing is a meditative experience through natural surrounds.

Weekly classes are available  at Sea Winds Gardens, Arthur’s Seat.

Thursday’s 9 30 am- 10 30 am

and Friday’s 9 30 am- 10 30 am

Contact Jade on 0431302634 to book your spot

Nature Healing

What is Nature Healing?

It is to immerse yourself in wild places full of natural wonder. To connect with yourself and your surrounds on a deeper sensory level. Inviting the sounds of the birds, or the waves lapping the sand. Inviting the smells of rain to come or flowers blooming. Welcoming all there is to see, to expand your view as far as it can stretch or to narrow it as far back to simply where you stand. To feel your body completely internally and externally, noticing how your musculature works.

By opening our senses, we can slow our minds down to the present, without a care of what’s to come you can simply just be where you are in that moment. Feeding our mental health, we can lower our stress levels, reduce anxiety. We become more fulfilled and happy when we are in the present, finding gratitude in the simplest of things, these can then be seen as miracles.

 Adventure Personal Training is now taking group Nature Healing sessions each week for an hour in the beautiful Waterfall Gully on the Mornington Peninsula. You will be guided through both standing, walking and sensory meditations, as well invited to embark on your own journey in silence.

Follow this link for more details.

These sessions are designed to suit all levels of fitness, and for anyone looking to learn how to be mindful and present. Who are looking to add more time to their day by nurturing their entire body and mind back to health.

A Personal Experience:

I stepped out from the car park to see a mountain in the distance and gateway of trees affected by their elements, the trees were bent and created an opening I stepped through. The trees here were protected, they were  tall stretching far to reach the sunlight, their mother of growth. The air was fresh and cold in here, sheltered by the shade of the leaves, the light had dimmed. I stood still wanting to find stability like one of these tree roots. Feeling centered through my feet, I expanded my breath so my knees could soften and my hips could let go, my breath expanded my chest and my arms lay gently by my side as I felt myself almost grow taller. I chose what I wanted to hear first listening to the many different calls of bird species in this one place and then I listened to my breath, hearing thoughts come and go, my head felt clear. As I began to welcome in the external life once again it was as though my ears could now stretch further, I heard that soft yet invigorating sound of water running. I took off feeling the harsh shells of bark that hold these trees so strong, the rough, yet delicate brush of ferns touching my face, I moved forward. The creek was flowing fast, hitting the rocks to make falls that would run off, gently moving the smaller stones beneath. I felt the energy of the water and drank from it, tasting the fresh, cold moisture enter my body, it would feed the land here and now it would feed my body as well.

Moving with the Trails

Trail running is learning to get out of your head and into your body. Your body becomes your map directing you where to go, guiding you with feeling. Move faster, change direction, breathe deeply.

We listen and we engage all of our senses and physical form.

There is no time, no obligations you are just “being” with nature… Connecting.

The more we connect, the stronger we become. At first you may feel like your feet are dragging, like your diaphragm is stuck, this when I stop, when I close my eyes and become steady, I move with the wind, I move with my breath and allow it to release the tension and fear within. My muscles and then deeper, my fascia feels like an anchored boat in the ocean, I’m not restricting any motion, simply being steady and moving ever so gently with the breath. Find out more about standing meditation from my mentor The Movement Monk here.
After this I’m united once again, I’m no longer labored, I can move with ease, I can move playfully. I run as though skipping or gliding through the trees, my senses are heightened after freeing my mind, I’m unplugged, unwired, the birds are my tune and the wind is my motivation, I am free. I can move faster anticipating the roots to launch from, the branches to duck or even jump onto and through testing their strength, I build my own, whilst releasing my back, wrists and shoulders, hanging from above.
The hills are not a threat but a waiting energy my body yearns, I can move to the side, stepping out from this linear habit, spreading my toes ready to grasp the ground beneath me, I push off igniting the sides of my legs, my glutes fire and my knees bend as the earth catches the energy back from me before returning it so I can fly once again. Up hill is the same, I lift my head, open my chest and I know where I need to be, driving forward I’m like a kangaroo leaping softly and strongly.
Trail running for me will never be an obligation it is a gift to my well-being, my mind and my body.
If you’re looking to feel as you move and learn to build a relationship with nature and the trails, then contact me for private guidance and training, find out more here. If you would like to meet more like-minded trail runners of all levels and join the community then join our Meet Up page to jump on to one of the running group workshops.

 

A snippet of my run Monday January 18, 7:30 pm. 

#Fitspo

“What inspires YOU to look and feel your healthiest self?  What is health to YOU?

What is the purpose of being active and eating healthy for YOU?”

Injury:

From a horse accident, car accident, rolled ankle and surfing accident I was injured for almost 5 months of 2015. Although challenging I learnt to acknowledging what it feels like to heal and need rest, and the change in movement patterns to protect my injured areas. The tensions that can build within the body from emotional trauma and the influence this has on recovery time. All of these things I had never really thought about in depth until this year. 

The role of our emotions in movement freedom:

Before injury my view of movement was to explore it, no matter the risk involved I wanted to try everything, to test my capabilities. I jumped ahead forgetting what makes me me. The foundations of movement, the simple practices of articulation and integrated movement, to not isolate or move for ego but to move for freedom. To experience movement freedom however you have to be connected. Not just physically but mentally and emotionally. Every experience we have is another influence on our body. Our emotions can set us free, or they can create blockages of tension. Suppressing emotion can suppress your level of mobility and access to movements.

Learning to unite:

For real health you have to find wholeness and balance within your psyche, physical and mental chain. All of this which connects to your internal chain of the fascia and meridians. It is through work with Benny Fergusson the Movement Monk that I have really been able to understand and work through this tension release. I highly recommend getting in touch and seeing and feeling for yourself the power behind his instruction and the new Tension Release Technique. IMG_1767

Mirror mirror?

Of course we’re all wanting to achieve that physically good looking body, but to have your goal purely at this section you’re missing the link and connection with yourself and what it needs to feel healthy.

Stories to inspire:

Working for Mornington Peninsula Surf School we had a group who were had never surfed before and were there to celebrate their friends 50th birthday. What a brilliant idea I thought, they were so adorable, like watching kids experience surfing for the first time. They were silly, they were nervous, they wanted so much to have that feeling of standing on a board.

A few months ago I watched as a couple in their 70’s carried their beach chairs to the sand and walked out through the wind chop waves in the bay. They balanced with ease, they laughed, relaxing their diaphragms and whole body, they let their bodies ignite it’s inner heat to withstand the cold and refreshing temperature. They moved with ease and joy. These two stories are my “fitspiration.” No matter what my age I want my entire self to feel connected and at ease. I want to always have curiosity and excitement around trying new things and experiences. To be present in all that I do so I can feel everything, emotionally, physically and mentally, to prevent tension build up from holding things in and “just be.”

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Tune in and let go.

You’re never too old, or too injured to feel that childlike freedom within your body, we can access in all kinds of ways.

If you’re looking to unite your body, to go back to the foundations that make us mobile humans. Join me at Beach Lane for group classes starting May 31st Tuesday’s 10 am and Thursday’s 4pm.

For more information I will also be hosting a special evening in The Wholesome Nest at Beach Lane to share with you a few fundamental exercises for mobility, as well as goal setting at some delicious herbal tea and treats. Follow this link for more details.

To finish this post I’ll leave with an observation from 1953 by existential psychologist Rollo May which to this day I feel is still valid.

 

“As a result of centuries of suppressing the body into an inanimate machine,subordinated to the purposes of modern industrialization, people are proud of paying no attention to the body. They treat i as an object for manipulation, as though it were a truck to be driven till it runs out of gas. The only concern they give it is a thought each week as perfunctory as a phone call to a relative to ask how he/she is, but with really no intention of taking the answer seriously. Nature then comes along, if we speak metaphorically, and knocks the person down with a cold or the flu or more severe illness, as though she were saying. “When will you learn to listen to your body.” 

 

 

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