What is Restorative Exercise™??
Restorative Exercise™ is young.
We're still waiting for that hundredth monkey to catch on to it!
Sometimes it is easier to begin with what it is NOT.
It is NOT restorative yoga (which is wonderful and can play an important role in one's wellness; BUT, that is not what we do). So if you had visions of eye pillows, bolsters, incense and soft music - set them aside.
It is not yoga of any kind (I am also a HUGE fan of yoga, by the way).
Restorative Exercise™ is a bio-mechanics based educational program
that includes corrective exercise.
Your body is ENGINEERED to work most efficiently in alignment. We begin by identifying your objective alignment markers (NOT analyzing your posture).
Each class will target specific regions of your body that are drawn out of alignment by muscle imbalances that result from a life of modern convenience (chairs, toilets, counters, cars, SHOES, pavement).
Not sure if it is anything you could benefit from? Go back to the home page and see if you see yourself in ANY of those descriptions.
Peruse Katy's Blog for a while - there is a wealth of information on just about every subject. Use the search box when you get there.
Read my blog post on alignment and affluent disease (osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.).
Listen to Katy's guest appearance on the Balanced Bites podcast.
REALLY want to geek out about it?
Watch this cool 6 minute animation and order Katy Bowman's new book!
It is easy to see the parts of Restorative Exercise™ and miss the whole.
It is in this way that RE reminds me of the parable of the elephant and the blind men.
You can see RE for it's parts (like the blind men did the elephant).
You can look at it and say:
"You talked about women, and how it can help with pelvic floor disorder.
I don't have PFD (and I'm not a woman) - so I don't need it."
"You talked about athletes, it is challenging exercise.
I'm not an athlete - so I am not up to it and I don't need it."
"RE is great for prenatal & postpartum women - that's NOT me!"
"RE is gentle enough for seniors.
I'm hardcore - that's not going to challenge me!"
"RE is for people in pain. I'm not in pain."
"RE is for (FILL IN THE BLANK). I'm NOT (BLANK)."
Or you can come and experience Restorative Exercise in it's entirety (see and feel the whole elephant at once). Don't knock it 'til you try it!
You are a HUMAN - with a HUMAN BODY.
Restorative Exercise™ has something for you.
It's not a fan, or a wall, or a rope, or a snake!
It's an elephant!
And I mean, really... who doesn't need an elephant?
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John Godfrey Saxe (1816-1887)
version of the famous Indian legend
It was six men of Indostan
To learning much inclined,
Who went to see the Elephant
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.
The First approach'd the Elephant,
And happening to fall
Against his broad and sturdy side,
At once began to bawl:
"God bless me! but the Elephant
Is very like a wall!"
The Second, feeling of the tusk,
Cried, -"Ho! what have we here
So very round and smooth and sharp?
To me 'tis mighty clear
This wonder of an Elephant
Is very like a spear!"
The Third approached the animal,
And happening to take
The squirming trunk within his hands,
Thus boldly up and spake:
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
Is very like a snake!"
The Fourth reached out his eager hand,
And felt about the knee.
"What most this wondrous beast is like
Is mighty plain," quoth he,
"'Tis clear enough the Elephant
Is very like a tree!"
The Fifth, who chanced to touch the ear,
Said: "E'en the blindest man
Can tell what this resembles most;
Deny the fact who can,
This marvel of an Elephant
Is very like a fan!"
The Sixth no sooner had begun
About the beast to grope,
Then, seizing on the swinging tail
That fell within his scope,
"I see," quoth he, "the Elephant
Is very like a rope!"
And so these men of Indostan
Disputed loud and long,
Each in his own opinion
Exceeding stiff and strong,
Though each was partly in the right,
And all were in the wrong!
So oft in theologic wars,
The disputants, I ween,
Rail on in utter ignorance
Of what each other mean,
And prate about an Elephant
Not one of them has seen!