Thursday, August 10, 2017

Party Trick or Life Skill


Is this a party trick, or a life skill?

Do it at your next party and everyone will marvel at your flexibility...then watch them all get down on the ground and try it!  

Chances are, most will fail  because according to dictionary.com, only a mere 1 in 2,000 humans can do this:


This action is called interdigitate. 

It's a verb which means to interlock the fingers of both hands.  A feat (pun intended), according to dictionary.com, that humans cannot do with their toes.

So why, besides becoming the life of the party, would you want to do this?

My answer is: what could soft, responsive toes do for you?

Think about that for a moment.  Plantar fasciitis and painful feet are epidemic in baby boomers.  We have neglected our feet for most of our lives, taking them for granted.  We spent years wearing uncomfortable shoes with pointed toes and high heels. Now we exercise and have learned to hold ourselves our "center," over-using our hips, knees, and feet. Many of us clench our toes!  

Without realizing it, we hold our stress in our feet.  

In order to interlace your toes, you must know what you are doing with your hips, your spine, and your belly.

Having hips that are stable (yet movable) is key at any age.  Stable hips mean you can maintain a posture that works no matter what activity you choose to do.  Do you like to dance? Play tennis? Having a flexible, competent spine along with those stable hips will allow you to bend, squat, and lift.  And we must know when to contract our abdominal muscles and when to relax them because, contrary to current theory, our core muscles are not meant to be held tightly at all times. Odd as it sounds, when we are constantly clenching our abdominals, we have a tendency to overuse our feet; especially when walking.

Learning to interlace (or interdigitate) our toes is a complete exercise.  You will be surprised at the knowledge of yourself you gain as you learn to do this.  You will learn how to pay attention to parts of yourself that you may not have known were related.

I know the burning question that you are having right now:  Can I actually do this? Yes you can. You can learn to have the soft, flexible feet that you once had! 

You can learn to do this and more.  You will be amazed to discover that all it takes is learning (or re-learning) through paying attention to how your body works. (NOTE:  it's not about strength, or even flexibility.  You'll struggle if  you try too hard!)

For now it might be enough to know that you could be able to do this if you wanted to.  

Keep and open mind and keep moving.

Class starts Tuesday, September 5th. 10:30 to 11:30 for 6 weeks. Come learn something new. See how your life improves.  Feel your blind spots disappear.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Time to Declutter ?


Hello
Spring will be here in a minute.  Are you like me? Are you thinking about “spring cleaning?”
Don’t get confused. I said “thinking” about it. Actually, I can live in clutter. I like my "stuff." What I don't like is having a cluttered brain or body. Many people have spotless homes and offices, but their brain and bodies are still in disarray. In fact, they are even beyond cluttered. They are overloaded.
I have a question for you. Does clutter cause stress? Or does stress cause clutter?
Does a cluttered home cause your brain to be stressed, or does a stressful situation cause you mind, body, and home to be cluttered?
What is stress any way? It is a reaction to anything that disturbs our equilibrium, our balance, either physically or emotionally.  In other words, it's forever a  part of life. A stressful event can trigger the “fight-or-flight” response, causing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to surge through the body. However, stress is not always a bad thing. Life’s pressures cause us to get out of bed in the morning. They allow us to go to work or to get our children to school.
stress
Sometimes, we just can’t balance our life. We rush around trying to accomplish everything and nothing. We are in such a hurry that we stop paying attention to the state of our body or our mind.

What does “stress” or “clutter” feel like?  This list could be very long. Often we feel some degree of instability. Or we feel angry and we don’t know why. We feel uncertain or we are in pain. We often have problems sleeping, or, breathing.

Many people and modalites advocate ways to relieve stress and they are almost all good. The question becomes, how easy are they to do, to do at any given moment. How quickly do they act and relieve our state of imbalance and volatility? Are they lasting? Can we do them while we are driving, working, grocery shopping?

I know the secret.  We can't necessarily change the stressors, but, we can change the way we react to them . There are answers.  We can diminish your reaction to stress quickly. The difference in my work is that you will be able to do it for yourself, anytime, whenever you need to. You won't need special clothes. You won't need to change your position. You can do it while your are walking, driving, playing, or working.

If you go to my website, you will find out how to "become the expert on you."  
You will see the information and how to sign up for my next workshop which just happens to be on Stress and Pain: Back, Neck, Feet.

I teach workshops, weekly classes, and individual sessions. Just contact me at 

Best regards to you until next time,
Beth R