After 20 years experience as a professional bodyworker, I’ve learned that Postural misalignment is the most common cause of pain in the body. And we have a lot of pain in the Western world, in fact it's are bordering on an epidemic.
Muscular-skeletal pain is currently the biggest cause of sick-leave in the UK. It not only makes us miserable, it's costing us all a lot of money.
WHAT IS POSTURAL MISALIGNMENT?
HOW DO WE GET INTO PAIN?
A misaligned skeleton causes CHRONIC MUSCULAR TENSION. This restricts our mobility and causes pain. It impairs our breathing, compresses our vertebrae, and puts pressure on the spinal chord, which is our main nerve pathway. In an attempt to counteract the effects of our sedentary lifestyle and the slouching that often accompanies it, we have a culture of exercise and fitness that emphasises muscular strength.
The primary function of muscles is to move the bones. A healthy muscle is elastic and able to contract on command and, when it is free of excess tension, able to relax. If the bones are aligned our muscles can both contract and relax equally and the right muscles do the right jobs. The body is then naturally exercised in just the way it is designed.
It is only by aligning the bones that we can withstand gravity’s pull over the course of many years.
Our posture is a reflection of how we have used our bodies over time. Posture isn’t about looking good, (although it can be a useful by-product!) it's about how our bones are aligned.
Practice makes permanent and our bodies are adaptive. So, what have we been practicing over the years? Carrying a heavy bag on one shoulder? Slumping because we are taller than everyone else in school? Repeatedly swinging a golf club in one direction? Sitting in front of a computer all day everyday?
The posture we end up living with is usually a visual representation of our own life history.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO WITHSTAND GRAVITY?
A lot of people often mistake Pilates as "the stretchy one" or a method for just developing "stong abs". Pilates is an exercise system that focuses on stretching and strengthening the whole body to improve balance, muscle-strength, flexibility and posture. It helps re-balance your muscle use throughout the entire muscular-skeletal system leading to a healthier, stronger and more supple body.
Core strength is the foundation of Pilates exercise. The core muscles are the deep, internal muscles of the abdomen and back. When the core muscles are strong and doing their job, as they are trained to do in Pilates, they work in tandem with the more superficial muscles of the trunk to support the spine.
This is a form of movement education developed by former dancer and choreographer, Eric Franklin.
Using knowledge gained from the study of anatomy, human evolution, bio-mechanics and physics, Franklin Method teaches you the way the body is designed to function. This is achieved through actually experiencing that function in a non academic way. Your body senses and feels it and your brain can then remember it. Imagery is used to turn the light on inside your body.
The best way to improve function is to start with an image that corresponds with how the body is designed. Imagery provides us with the vehicle to communicate with our nervous system and gives our brains the feedback needed to create improved ease of movement and flexibility.
Metaphorically speaking, if you imagine your shoulders melting like ice cream, this image can help the nervous system to create the changes necessary to release tension in the shoulders. This one image can affect many muscles (there are over 50 in the shoulder girdle alone.) So using imagery is a highly efficient way for us to work with our bodies.
DON'T LOOK FOR THE MAGIC, YOU ARE THE MAGIC!
The first thing we can do is become aware of what we are doing.
Muscles move the bones and the brain moves the muscles. But if we don’t know what we’re doing, the brain isn't able to make any changes. And that’s the problem with having professionals putting us back into alignment. Its a short-term fix.
Georgie uses a combination of neuro-muscular re-training, muscle release, anatomical imagery and movement re-patterning to help you help yourself get out of pain on a long term basis.
Gyrokinesis is a three-dimemsional circular system that is based on Julio Horvath’s experience of yoga, swimming, tai chi and dance. All of the movements are designed to open up the joints, tendons, muscles and ligaments to a greater degree of flexibility and strength.
Gyrokinesis® works the body in the path of its natural energy flow and uses the breath to open up restricted areas in the body.
Thomas Hanna was a neuro-scientist and philospher. He developed a highly effective system of neuro-muscular re-programming.
During the course of our lives, our sensory-motor systems continually respond to daily stresses and traumas with specific muscular reflexes. These reflexes, when done repeatedly, create habitual contractions which can then not be voluntarily relaxed.
This state of forgetfulness leads to Sensory Motor Amnesia. Hanna’s Somatics is neuro-muscular re-programming based on the concept of SMA. What is SMA? Put simply, it is a memory loss of how certain muscle groups feel and how to control them.
It's a condition of the central nervous system in which habituation has led to chronic contraction and unnatural movement patterns.
Hanna Somatics is a re-education of the voluntary Sensory-motor cortex - allowing your muscular movements to come back under your conscious control. The Motor cortex is reminded of all it has forgotten.
Georgie uses a combination of all of the above to take you back to pain-free living...