EXPLORE MOVEMENT THERAPY

WHY ALIGNMENT AND MOVEMENT ALLOWS YOU TO THRIVE

When your body’s joint positions and muscles are aligned and balanced, you are strong and resilient. When they are not, tightness, weakness, pain and injuries develop due to the excess stress that is generated throughout your body systems.

How much we move is how we live. Movement is something our ancestors didn’t have a choice about. They had to move to hunt, gather, find shelter, etc. Today we go long periods of time without any substantial, beneficial kind of movement. We live in a progressively MOTION-LESS world. As we move less and less, our body adapts to this motion-less world by becoming FUNCTION-LESS. We are a motion machine – we were meant to move and thrive in our body.

How we move is also how we live. We weren’t meant to sit at desks all day or hunch over our phones. We weren’t meant to only stand up and sit down or to only do linear gym-style exercises. We are meant to move in many different ways. We aren’t moving our body in the way it was intended to be moved and by doing so, we are compromising our ability to live a happy, healthy, active life we love.

Prepare for life with movement
re-education

"First, put everything back where it belongs. Get balanced and realigned. Then introduce movement. If the pain goes away, that’s their tough luck.”

Dr. Ida P Rolf

WHAT IS MOVEMENT THERAPY

ALIGN the body with Postural Therapy and rediscover the foundation for pain free movement. Your load bearing joints (ankles, knees, hips and shoulders) are designed to line up both vertically and horizontally, so the forces of gravity are evenly distributed. This is the human body’s functional anatomical design. 

Deviations from this design are the results of daily lifestyle patterns, such as how we sit, stand and move that cause some muscles to over-work while others under-work. Muscular balance keeps the joints is correct position. Put simply, muscles tell the bones where to go. Muscular imbalances can pull a joint out of alignment. These imbalances stress the body and create what you feel as inflexibility, tightness, stiffness, and weakness that in time can lead to pain, joint degeneration, tissue breakdown, inflammation and injury. 

Postural Therapy treats the body as a unit and looks at the entire structure to identify misalignments from the body’s functional design such as feet turned outward, one hip higher, head forward, arched back. We look at position, not condition.

Misalignments and imbalances are discovered through a series of functional tests, gait analysis, posture photos and most importantly your own assessment of how you move and feel. You know your body better than anyone. We then use gentle corrective movements to target muscle groups that aren’t working properly in order to relieve the ones that are overworking (often the sight of your pain). The corrective movements gently stretch, engage and strengthen the deeper postural muscles to facilitate them to function properly and maintain the correct alignment of your joints.  This is more than just stretching exercises! This work is grounded in the science of biomechanics. It addresses the relationship between the structure, function and movement mechanics of the human body. The human body was made for movement and its design is sturdy and strong unless there are misalignments present. Addressing misalignments will allow the body to function correctly, efficiently, and ultimately pain free for life. MOVE the body with nourishing movement patterns. Once misalignments and symptoms are improved, we’ll work to undo the effects of today’s world by educating you on better ways to move through daily life. How to sit, stand, walk, workout, breathe properly, perform those daily life activities by introducing gentle, healthy, strengthening movement patterns that reinforce and support long term body alignment and resiliency. We’ll also address sport activities and ways to incorporate better movement patterns to prevent injury and support alignment.

HOW IS THIS THERAPY DIFFERENT?

WHO IT HELPS?

Movement Therapy can be used to reduce or eliminate pain, improve mobility and stability, improve function after surgery or an injury and as preventative care for your body by keeping joints aligned and functional through their full range of motion as you age. It is a tool that you can use on your own to undo the effects of today’s MOTION-LESS world.

If you experience any musculoskeletal pain such as foot, knee, hip, back, shoulder or neck, have discs herniations/bulges, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, arthritis, migraines, vertigo or TMJ, if you have had an accident, sports injury or surgery, improving joint positions and muscle balance can improve the symptom and restore function.

BENEFITS OF MOVEMENT THERAPY

All of these will have an impact on your general health and wellbeing. Whatever future you want to reclaim, from mornings without pain to sitting and playing cards with friends to golfing, tennis or gardening,
YOU CAN OWN YOUR OWN WELLNESS

"We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.”

-George Bernard Shaw