No-Spring-Chicken Training

It’s been 18 months since my hip replacement, and I’ve noticed I’m entering a new phase.  For the first few weeks of my recovery, I was just so grateful to do ANYthing without pain, that walking down the street for coffee was the most exciting day of my new life. While re-building my strength and stamina over the next few months, I had plenty to keep me busy and interested in physical activity. But recently I became bored with my regimens, falling prey to the common practice of doing the same activities over and over – the things I like most, that I’ve gotten
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Hope for the seated

I wish you could’ve seen the Cheshire Cat grin I saw last week, flashing in my direction. It was a client who came in a few weeks ago with low back pain. She wasn’t smiling so much then. But on this day – her 4th visit to the studio – along with her shiny teeth she gave this gleaming report: 
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The Value of Slow

I could not have been more proud of my slow students.  You probably think that sounds derogatory.  In fact, slow is what we were aiming for in some of our small group sessions – slow, mindful movements that allow greater connection between body, mind – and for those who allowed it – spirit.   Slow, attentive movement gives us much more opportunity to notice where the body goes easily, versus where it might be struggling.
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Show some love, please

I’m pretty much a Valentine’s Day curmudgeon. I’m not so much celebrating it as using the opportunity to share this little fantasy of what your body might say if it could give you a Valentines’ Day card:
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Everything Ages

  All these things are aging …   And me!   …  celebrating my 50th birthday this coming weekend! Although my mom is trying hard to pretend this is not happening, I’m actually excited about it. I spend most of my time with people older than I am – both clients and friends – and some part of me feels like a legitimate member of the club now. I’ve always looked younger than my age, and I want my clients to know I really do understand a few things about aging. To them I’m still a baby, since they have 10,
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Little back muscles that should …

It was a fairly small move the client and I were doing – lying on the floor face-up with knees bent, gently arching and then curving our lower backs. My client was having some trouble, finding this awkward, even frustrating. Those of you who have been doing this “pelvic tilt” thing for a while might recall how elusive it was for you at the beginning. “Why am I doing this?” she asked, which in this case was code for “Not liking this, is it really necessary?” I gave a brief reply about how lots of little muscles connect your vertebrae,
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Resolution Shmezolution

The fact that it’s January doesn’t make the behavior change process any easier than it is in June, so let’s not fool ourselves into thinking there is some magic about New Year Resolutions. If you want to make real change this year, you’ll need to face some facts about the process.  (By the way if this sounds a bit curmudgeon-ly, it might help to know that I’m talking to myself and bringing you along, so I don’t have to do it alone.) We are not so different just because I have an (unbreakable) exercise habit and you don’t. I might
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Wait it out

I was going to write this week about New Year resolutions and how to make real, lasting change.  But yesterday I went to a local gym and was reminded there is a much more urgent topic at hand. If you recently joined a gym – or decided as part of your New Year resolutions to return to the gym you’ve been paying all year – beware! This is the worst time of year to be a health club member, as every gym in America swells with new enrollees full of great intentions. I’m not saying you shouldn’t go, just that you’ll
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Holiday Hazards

Help your body through hazards of the holiday season There’s a funny story in my family about the time a roasting turkey (so, just for clarity, NOT a live turkey), went streaking across the 
kitchen floor. The story goes that someone (of course no one claims to be the actual person) attempted to remove the not-so-well-secured turkey from the oven, and the next thing everyone remembers is the flying, slipping, sliding, twirling – but otherwise cooked – turkey zipping across the floor. Naturally, I have a theory that if the unidentified person had been using proper body mechanics and moving mindfully, well
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