You don't need to be a mechanic to be able to drive your car.
But, having some knowledge of what the various knobs, buttons and warning lights indicate will help you get more out of it, and possibly prevent a breakdown on the side of the road.
Likewise, you don't have to study anatomy to keep your body healthy.
And, while you may believe that this knowledge is best left to the 'experts' who have time to learn all this stuff, the truth is, you're getting an education about what is best for your body all the time.
If you've visited a doctor, a chiropractor, a physical therapist, a fitness trainer; if you've been to a gym, a yoga or a Zumba class; if you've watched commercials, Facebook videos, Dr. Oz, or opened a magazine, the likelihood is that you've received some advice, theories, suggestions or ideas about what you 'should be doing' to avoid disease states, and what you can expect from your body as it ages.
Think about it. How do you know what you know about 'posture'? 'Stretching'? 'Exercise'? 'Stress'?
Where did you learn what these terms mean and how you think about them, or why these things matter for your health?
Why does knowing how you think about health matter?
We absorb a lot of ideas about health (well, really about everything) from the sources mentioned above, and often with the unquestioned assumption that we know what they mean.
For example, you would probably agree that 'good posture' is a desirable state and that yours is most likely less than stellar. But, based on what? How it's supposed to look (which feels like a futile pursuit to attain), or what your body is presenting geometrically? Can you see how the results might differ?
Or, you've probably been told that stretching s a good thing to do. So, do you know what you're supposed to be stretching, and how, and why, and if you're even stretching what you're wanting to stretch? Or, if stretching in this particular case is appropriate?
We're not trying to tell you how much you don't know (and how much we do. :)
We've simply been working for a long time with people - those truly trying to participate in their own healing or maintenance - wrestling with ideas or instructions that are ineffective at best, and potentially injurious at worst.
We are by no means the final authority, or the experts.
We are learning all the time from others who are learning all the time about the science of human movement (which is relatively early in its development, actually).
Our mission is to give you - our clients and readers - a simple, practical, and yet firm enough grounding in some basic concepts about what your body needs to stay healthy, vital and self-sufficient in a culture that is becoming increasingly sedentary; to arm you with more informed questions for your health care sources (including us!), and to think more critically about the mainstream messages regarding health, exercise and even aging.
There is SO much ground to cover! We get that.
We appreciate that your time and attention are at a premium. And, we're guessing you currently don't have the inclination to study anatomy or biomechanics.
Fortunately for you, we eat, sleep and breathe this stuff. (Seriously. We talk about it for fun!)
Like an "Owner's Manual" for your body, delivered in bite-sized portions.
We've wrestled with how to lay a firm enough groundwork for you, our clients and readers, without expecting you to devote a lifetime to learning it all, or overwhelming you with all our wisdom and brilliance. :)
We'd love to deliver to your inbox a power-packed, and sometimes entertaining, weekly snack covering topics such as:
- "Stretching: we don't think that word means what you think it means",
- "What's the difference between 'movement' and 'exercise'?"
- "Why you would really choose 'stressful' over 'easy'",
- "Weight, heart rate, cholesterol count and other numbers that are distracting you from the real goal",
- "Why didn't my doctor ever tell me (insert what your doctor never told you)?" and...
- "So, you consider yourself 'active'. How active are you really?"
Interspersed with these articles will be videos teaching you portable exercises, self-massage and stress relief techniques you can do almost everywhere ... including in your workplace or your car.
All this explanation just to sign up for a newsletter?
Yep. Because, we're giving you more than just a newsletter.
We're giving you a whole new way of thinking about your body, so that you can move more and feel better.
The content you'll receive is the culmination (thus far) of 28 years of shared experience and training that we want to deliver to you, one bite-sized portion a week. It's the groundwork for you to answer your most frequently asked questions about 'How, then, shall I move?', as well as put those ideas into practice right away, so you can see for yourself how effective movement can be.
And, should you choose to dive deeper, this will be an introduction to every other course that we offer.
- You'll be the first to know when our classes and courses (live and online) are up, with the chance for early-bird pricing.
- We'll periodically shower other gifts of appreciation on you, that we think might help your understanding.
- Each email will be referenced in a library, so you can peruse by topic or theme, if that's easier for you.
- You can easily unsubscribe at any time, using the link at the bottom of each email.