What you do between appointments matters. Especially if what you’re experiencing in your body has built up over many hours or days, weeks, months and even years. For maximum progress, at the end of the appointment I will demonstrate ways you can deepen and extend the work we do together on your own time based on your assessment and treatment outcomes.
Not all home care is equally effective or accessible, which is why I sought unique training in restorative movement that gives me the best results, and why I allow time to make sure you can do the movements safely.
We are ultimately either working with gravity, or it is working against us. Time will tell, but why wait when we can improve our relationship with gravity in every moment by how we chose to occupy space with and inside of our bodies.
Also known as pandiculation (like when cats stretch!) or Pendotion™ – I tend to assign closed chain exercises in which we use our own body weight and resistance for strengthening. This means we are stretching our anatomical limits in a supported and proportionate way. While I am often injured in yoga classes and with weights, I am able to do these exercises with no injury, and I feel instantly stronger. My trainer in facilitating this style of movement is a former physiotherapist and pioneer in movement who bases her work on research from embryology and microbiology and other domains in addition to movement-specific research. Her name is Charlene Sullivan, and you can find her at http://pendostudios.com/. I’ve coached seniors and athletes alike using her methods because they use anatomy in ways that are safe and effective instead of strenuous or risky.
Katy Bowman’s “Move Your DNA” influenced me to take restorative movement onto natural surfaces and everyday life whenever possible. I highly recommend these approaches for learning to move with less risk of injury and more strength.
Sometimes a series of regular massages from a professional can resolve discomforts and conditions on their own. However more chronic or persistent challenges require more massage than most people can get; in these cases, daily self massage is an easy way to make tangible progress with body issues that took years of daily, habitual behaviour to create.
I teach people how to use various types of balls and dowels for self-massage when elbows and reinforced thumbs are not enough. I also incorporate them in treatments if called for. Some people like using squash or lacrosse balls. I do not recommend tennis balls as they break too easily under body weight. I’ve found excellent self-massage balls in pet stores as well!
My favourite self massage tools are the Acuball and Acuball Mini (www.Acuball.com) as well as the Acuback Roller. These were developed by a chiropractor (Dr. Michael Cohen), and they changed my life so much that I rarely leave home without them. I’m also fond of using a dowel or rolling pin, especially on my neck.