Well I've gone and done it! I've found something that I love, something that I can believe in. I've pursued it with passion and found a fantastic group of like-minded people who want to change the world one calf stretch and psoas release at a time.
This website, this blog, this business, this human - we are all works in progress. I hope that is what makes each of us appealing to you in some way. I hope to expose enough of my humanity to let you know that while I may not know exactly what you are going through, I do know what it is to struggle with uncertainty and to be afraid sometimes. I'll try to provide just enough of a glimpse of my ongoing metamorphosis to inspire some of your own courage and drive to continue to pursue your dreams (even when sometimes the dream is just to figure out what you're going to do next). I hope to create a dialogue so that you can return the favor.
I will talk about things that I learn and things that I know. I will talk about Restorative Exercise™, of course. I also hope to blog about life and laughter and the absurdity of living on this planet in a away that entertains, if not inspires.
My training at the Restorative Exercise™ Institute in Ventura was a wonderful experience. I learned a lot about my own physical limitations and the common thread that weaves through all of us discovering this new mode of moving. That common thread is this: we are all more disconnected from ourselves than we realize.
We are moving through the world doing the things that we know best. I mean hip flexion, falling (instead of walking with a posterior push-off), rib thrusting and pelvis tucking to be sure. We do those things because we have learned those habits from the people that we know and love. They are the result of the cultural and environmental influences of a lifetime.
We exist in a landscape of flat paved sidewalks & comfortable furniture and we wear shoes that keep us from feeling the few contours of the landscape that still exist. We have created an environment that keeps us from ever having to set ourselves down on the soft, wet, messy earth or to resist its gravity to pick ourselves up again.
However - when I say that we are moving through the world doing the things that we know best, I am referring to our minds as well as our bodies. We humans can also create a mental landscape that is flat and comfortable. We are adept at protecting our minds from the contours of life and the messiness of changes in the mental terrain. We resist setting ourselves down in the mud to play, or cry, or try something new; because, it may not be easy to fight the gravity of it and pick ourselves up from it again.
If you choose to join me in The Wellness Movement - it will likely rock some part of your world. I invite you to open your mind and stretch the boundaries of what you think you know about the way your body works just as I invite you to stretch your calves and open your hips. It will likely be uncomfortable at first. It may not be for everyone. My hope is that those of you who choose to stick it out will help me build a community of gravity resisting explorers. The Wellness Movement is going to be fantastic, because you're a part of it.
Thank you for helping me build!
In this first blog post, I must say thank you to my amazing family. Without the love, understanding, patience and support of my two beautiful children and my loving husband this journey would have been impossible. I also want to thank my Mom who has believed in me since the moment I was born and has supported this particular endeavor with her whole heart. Last, I have to give thanks to a wonderful father who, though he is no longer bound to this landscape by his terrestrial body, has given me the love, the courage and the fierce determination to believe in myself. I miss you, Daddy. I love you always.