Haivng listened to another great interview with Mary Bond, I am inspired to share the information; Mary studied with Ida Rolf, and is leader in the field of balancing the body from within. Mary eloquently differentiates between support and stabilization and how this affects the way we inhabit our bodies. Support is received from the environment; if we trust our environment and feel supported, we may release tension and arrive at a sense of relaxation. Stabilization is generated from within, and demands internal tension, in essence to protect oneself. While healthy levels of tension are required for movement, too much tension will block movement and create compression in the joints. For example, the way we perceive our environment will determine the flow of our walk; from a relaxed fluid spiraling motion, to a rigid side to side type of gait. The tension we hold in our eyes and jaw directly relates to the tension we experience in our spine. If you spend hours in front of a computer screen or have experienced stress/trauma to your head or neck, you will benefit from this simple, quick exercise by master teacher, Mary Bond. This video oulines how freeing movement at the junction of the head and neck liberates movement throughout the spine. Small changes in how we perceive, navigate, and respond to our environment can have profound effects on the organization of our bodies, and thus how we move and feel. Enjoy the freedom! http://healyourposture.com/2013/08/free-your-head/
The field of Epigenetics illuminates how our environment and behavior affect the expression of our DNA. A fascinating study highlighted in the New York Times, (http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/17/how-exercise-changes-our-dna/?emc=eta1)
Jump into the sand for Pilates at 8am, and then onto a paddle board with Tyler Lennon at 9am, Dec 20 at Escondido Beach in Malibu. Get connected and your core firing with pilates in the sand, and then glide across the ocean with Tyler's expert coaching. Give the gift to yourself, or a friend, and shed some holiday stress by filling yourself with a revitalizing morning at the beach in nature's majesty.
As we dive into this season, stress can run rampant; how do we enhance feelings of joy and bliss amidst all the chaos? Movement is the answer. Upregulating our healthy hormones, stimulating our brains and bodies, and creating a space for mindfulness, movement shifts us into a natural state of revitalization. Movement abounds in healthy systems; waves oscillate, rivers flow, birds soar, blood circulates, lungs expand, cells migrate. Stagnation leads to states of imbalance, blockages and disease. Why does movement feel invigorating? Because nature wants us to keep moving! Give yourself a gift of at least ten minutes of focused movement each day, whether it is a barefoot walk on the beach, a spin around the block, a pilates class, cross fit, whatever speaks to you and revitalizes you. Your physical, mental and spiritual health will reward you. And just in time for the holidays, the VYPER Roller is a fantastic gift of health! Combining the science of foam rolling and vibration technology, the VYPER takes performance and recovery to an all-star level. Hydrating tissues, stimulating proprioceptors and enhancing healing at a cellular level, just a few minutes on the VYPER before and after training will escalate one's performance and speed recovery. Like a deep tissue massage at your fingertips. Contact me to place your order; they are going fast!
Have you wondered what is behind all the hype about grass fed meat? An important part of my personal healing journey over the past few years has included the addition of grass fed bison to my diet. This was a giant leap after being a pescatarian(fish eating vegetarian) for decades; how was I to begin eating red meat? I dove into researching high quality meat sources, disovering the importance of locally grass fed, humanely raised animals. A good friend introduced me to Lindner Farms at the Santa Monica farmers market, and as I spoke with the owners Ken and Kathy, I knew I had found my answer. The bison roam free on their ranch, graising on fresh grasses, in a peaceful, open environment. When we consider that what we eat becomes our cells, we realize how crucial it is that the animals we eat are the healthiest possilbe; this includes being fed on the highest quality grasses, and in a clean, natural environment. It was important for me to know that the Lindners are great stewards of humane animal husbandry and genuinely care for their animals from the time of birth to death. They educated me on the fact that steaks make up only 15% of an animal, and provided me with an array of meat, bone marrow, soup bones, and organ delicacies (more rich in nutrients than the steak cuts) to get me started. While they are strong advocates of saving resources and prefer that people come to the markets to get their bison, they also ship/deliver. I am about to place my order now and wanted to share the info! Check out www.Lindnerbison.com to learn more, and enjoy the wealth of healthy grass fed bison.
I was introduced to the incredible healing power of bone broth by a personal mentor, Lenny Parracino, and have been astounded at the results. Used by our ancestors daily as a cure for all that ails, broth is rich in nutrients that feed our collagenous structures. Feel and watch your joints, bones, gut and skin take on revived states with this all powerful, simple, home made remedy. My own health turn around has been transformative and I recommend this to all my cients and friends. An excerpt form Dr. Weston Price's site states; " Stock contains minerals in a form the body can absorb easily—not just calcium but also magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sulphur and trace minerals. It contains the broken down material from cartilage and tendons–stuff like chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine, now sold as expensive supplements for arthritis and joint pain."
Supplement quailties vary; for reliability, go to the source in nature. To learn more, see; http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/broth-is-beautiful/ and take hold of your health. Enjoy!
Do you understand how forces shape your body, your function, and the expression of your DNA? I have been listening to a fantastic new audio book by Katy Bowman; Move Your DNA. She skillfully breaks down complex scientific data to explain not only how our daily movements (or non-movements!) create the shape of our muscles, bones, and connective tissue, and more importantly, what to do about it. Go Katy!
DNA expression is influenced by the biomechanical forces we expose ourselves to. As we know, muscles hypertrophy and bone density increases when stresses are applied in specific ways over time. This is possible because of the chain of chemical reactions at the cellular level in response to the forces upon the cell. With all the current information about what stress and nutrition are doing to our cells, and influencing our genetic expression, we must also be intelligent about the movement information we are feeding to our DNA. Rather than a single intense bout of exercise, a variety of movment forces experienced at intervals throughout the day, with respect for the way the body is designed to move, is an ideal way of "cross training" our bodies for efficient movement and lifelong function. Katy describes alignment in simple, fun parameters, from the feet ligning up parallel, to a vertically aligned pelvis, rib cage, and skull and provides tips on how to progress through a range of healthy alignment exercises. To learn more, check out her book on Audible and listen while you move. And come to my classes where we'll try out some of the moves!
Here's to being aligned and well.
Best to all,
Have you ever been frustrated by the varying opinions of all the health professionals you seek advice from? Why everyone has a different answer for your questions? I certainly was. Desperately seeking answers to why I felt broken physically. That was, until I realized the reason-- none of the professionals I was consulting, despite their vast knowledge and expertise, is me! When I realized the incredibly complex spectrum of variables that comprises the state of my health---what I eat, drink, breathe, think, how I move, how I perceive stress and how I act upon it, how much I sleep--all of these and more, affect a cascade of chemical processes in my body which result in the sum total of my health. The variables are incalculable by others, but I am in full control of these variables, and thus have the keys to my own health and healing potential. Medical studies provide essential information about average outcomes and trends. We must use this information as education to guide us in tailoring a program which then incorporates all the variables of our individual lives, according to our lifestyles and epigenetics; how our experiences and environment determine which of our genes are turned on or off. There is no magic pill one can give a person for health. The magic is in taking the reins, and--one healthy step at a time--creating an up spiraling cycle towards optimal health. We have incredible potential to reverse patterns of disease and imbalance. And to attain the optimal health we strive for. The key is defining the goal, and taking action towards it.
Challenge yourself to move in new directions, while enjoying dynamic people, and building community in the spectacular outdoors. Please join me, Jennifer Beamer (www.EmpowerPilatesMalibu.com) and Tyler Lennon of Cove Paddle Fitness at Escondido Beach, Malibu. Start the day practicing efficient alignment engaging core power, raising proprioception (body sense) in an energizing pilates class with your toes in the sand. Then set your supported body into action on a paddle board, propelling yourself gracefully across the water guided by Tyler's insightful coaching. Donations for pilates class will benefit a different local charity each month. Come play, align your body, enhance your core, and support your community and a great cause. We welcome you to join us.
When; Sat Sept 27, 8-10am
Where; Escondido Beach, Malibu (public entrance is downhill from Geoffrey’s by chain link fence)
Cost; 1. pilates class by donation (suggested $15 on site)
2. $35 for paddle boarding. You are welcome to participate in one or both events, as you like!
Who; Jennifer Beamer of Empower Pilates Malibu, and Tyler Lennon of Cove Paddle Fitness
To bring; a towel, water, sunscreen, hat. Enthusiasm!!
Contact Jennifer to reserve your place; 310-498-4859, email@example.com, www.Empowerpilatesmalibu.com