Move outside the exercise box.
While we tend to measure our fitness routines in terms of steps, heart rate or caloric burn, it may be more valuable to think in terms of functionality.
Q: What could you do 10-15 years ago that you have trouble doing today?
And, what can you do NOW that you'd like keep doing 10, 15, 20 years from now?
The brilliant design of our bodies includes economy - what we use is strengthened, what we don’t isn’t supported as much. Simple. But it means that we are adapting to the shape of our environment in the form of a few repetitively overused parts, (including many workouts!) and a great many more weakened and underused parts.
We are also shaped by our interior - what we ingest in the form of food, toxins, information; what we can and cannot process; how we feel about the world and our place in it. Even how we breathe.
Our bodies adapt to what they are doing the most - over 24 hours, 7 days, 12 months… a lifetime.
It's not the age of your body, it's the age of your habits.
We develop habits of response, habits of strategy, until we become too locked down to fully express ourselves and engage joyfully with life.
It doesn't have to be this way!
Exercise routines can help us keep moving - but only in the same ways and with the same patterns that we do everything else.
As your 'restorative movement coach', Gina Loree Marks (of embodygrace) brings together the fluidity of Qigong with the biomechanical precision of restorative exercise to help you see where your body is moving, where it's not moving, and how you can bring more of your body to participate in all of your life's activities.
Join any of our classes/workshops by clicking on the calendar below.
Want private coaching? We have that, too!
Restorative Movement Labs
To move better, you have to know how you are moving (or not!), because those are the strategies you'll bring into everything you do.
In these labs, we use alignment and specific exercises to mobilize and strengthen specific areas or movement skills (like walking, squatting, or even just more active sitting!), and then explore how to bring these movements back into your daily life so you can draw on them all the time.
Labs are small to give more personalized attention (3-4 participants). Topics are offered at different times throughout the month for $20 per session (or, purchase a package of 4 for $65). All current offerings are listed on the calendar below - click the entry for a full description, and whether it's 'foundational' or 'proficient'.
New labs added all the time! You're also welcome to repeat labs if you want extra focus in an area!
The ‘foundational’ level labs are for those new to the R.E. work, as we reinforce your grasp of basic alignment points which will underpin all of the labs.
The ‘proficient’ level labs are for those more familiar with the alignment points, and how to observe themselves in the mirror. They will generally incorporate a number of joint mobilizations, whole body movements, and getting up and down off the floor.
NOTE: "ALIGNMENT BASICS" IS RECOMMENDED FOR ALL NEWBIES TO THE RESTORATIVE EXERCISE WORK, SO YOU GET FAMILIAR WITH THE 'LINGO' AND THE PROCESS. THERE WILL BE AT LEAST FOUR A.B. OPPORTUNITIES OFFERED A MONTH AT VARIOUS TIMES. QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS? ASK ME!
Purchase a Movement Lab Package here. (Good for Alignment Basics and all Movement Labs.)
Can you imagine a day where you were able to:
Perform simple tasks like bending, turning your head, walking barefoot without pain or discomfort ~ Respond to conflict as the calm, cool, grounded person you dream of being ~ Know how to move and massage your own body to get the kinks out ~ Possess the clarity to notice and avail yourself of nourishing opportunities ~ End the day with enough energy to do more than collapse on the couch ~ Enjoy a restful night's sleep?
Whether your tension is from 'poor posture', intense exercise, repetitive use, or emotional stress, the results are the same - restricted movement, restricted blood and oxygen flow, and discomfort.
Moving your body in gentle and specific ways is the one of the simplest and most natural ways to relieve tension, encourage joint mobilization and innervate muscles that are not often used. This class integrates the mindful, flowing movements of qigong with the precision of biomechanically-based Restorative Exercise.
Not only is this class appropriate for more sedentary people, seniors, those with chronic pain or stiffness, post-trauma or surgery, but will help those who work out and work hard regain flexibility, joint mobility and nourish the tissues.
Restorative Qigong classes are $15 - or purchase a package of 4 below for $48.