Hello From Little Bird Therapies!
Spring is finally here, the birds are busy building nests and waking me up in the wee early hours (better than the alarm clock yes/no?).
Here are some recent events that will be taking place:
I’ve been invited to co-teach a “Posture and Yoga” class at Seattle Bouldering Project with Stephen Sherman DC, a pretty fantastic practitioner and athlete to boot! It will take place on April 20th from 5:45-7:45pm.
We’ll be looking at body mechanics and common injuries for climbers while utilizing yoga and western medicine to help tackle problem areas. (This may turn into an ongoing series, so stay tuned.)
Registration can be found here:
Also, I am attending another workshop with the world-renowned vertical dance company, Bandaloop. I must say that this company is breaking the boundaries of dance in so many ways! They also have workshops that are open to anyone, not just dancers. I highly recommend going to the Bay Area and having the time of your life! Or check out their shows which happen all around the world.
This will be the third time I have had the privilege of learning movement with them and it has become one of my favorite ways to dance in the past 2 years. Here is a fun video of some of their work:
So how does any of this apply to my practice and ultimately, how I treat you? Well vertical dance is just what it sounds like: we are attached to harnesses and ropes to then dance either along the floor, along the walls and in the air.
As I have become more familiar with this approach to movement, it has given me some keen insights into the challenges we have when it comes to this pesky business of gravity.
Now, contrary to how we might feel after a trying day, gravity is actually a beautiful phenomenon. There are many ways to experience gravity, whether you spill your coffee in the morning or whenever you jump into the air. This force will pull you back down and is a special relationship that we all have with the Earth’s mass and our own.
When you’re say, standing in a climbing harness or sitting in a chair, you have an opposite force that slows down this acceleration of movement towards the center of the earth. Our muscles and bones provide a response to gravity called ground reaction force (GRF). Basically, your body has an equal and opposite force from the ground called a reaction, which fulfills Newton’s Third Law stating that: if a force, called an action, acts upon a body, then another action, called a reaction, must act in equal and opposite force upon the other body.
Whenever I am treating you, I like to look at what your relationship to gravity is: how you stand or move and how your body negotiates its place in space.
Something that is very apparent to me from so many years of dancing and movement is how much our muscle tone and quality of movement can be shifted based just on our personal understanding of gravity in our bodies. It is quite helpful and satisfying to experience these insights as they become less conceptual and more physical and emotional. This information is available to you at all times and can open many doors when you start to explore movement. It’s all about looking at what gravity means to YOU.
In Good Health,
Photo: Courtesy of BANDALOOP