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
Following the Evolution of Medicine Series has led me to empowering discoveries about new developments in deciphering the root causes of imbalances in health and embarking on pathways to healing through nutrition, movement and lifestyle changes. An interesting subject is the relationship of gluten to autoimmune disease, particularly in the thryoid, gut, joints/bone and brain. Chris Kresser is talented in his ability to communicate an intricate series of relationships, as a segment from his ebook "Thyroid Disorders" illustrates;
This is a very exciting time in the fields of health and medicine, with empowering tools being brought to light and into the hands of individuals every day. The shift away from treament of symptoms by external sources (surgery, prescribed medications) towards healing onself through changes in lifestyle, behavior, nutrition, recovery, and movement, is revitalizing the physician within each of us. This week, a free online webinar series is delivering education to our doorstep and I will be tuning in. Here are a few of the incredible presenters:
I am just in from another great pilates and paddle event at Escondido Beach with Tyler Lennon of Cove Paddle Fitness. We enjoyed leading a corporate group of six gentlemen from different parts of the country, in an hour long pilates class on the beautiful beach, getting aligned and centered, followed by a stand up paddle session across the majestic ocean. Tyler and I lead monthly events at Escondido Beach and are available for private group sessions. Join us for a revitalizing day on the beach and ocean!
The human body is capable of absorbing infrared light wavelengths between 3 and 50 microns. The most beneficial have been found to be the waves between 6 and 14 microns, with the best absorption rate at 9.4 microns. The light rays penetrate into the body to a depth of three inches, providing deep heating to muscles and organs. The light dilates blood vessels, thereby increasing oxygen flow to the joints and muscles and reducing pain. Improved blood flow to the lymph reduces inflammation.
Heavy Metals Eliminated by Far Infrared Therapy
When the body is exposed to 9.4 microns of far infrared waves, the water molecules in the body vibrate. The vibration causes the ion bonds to break down, allowing for the trapped gases of toxins such as carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide to be eliminated. Claims have been made FIR therapy can remove a wide variety of metals from the body, including lead, arsenic, mercury, copper, cadmium, urea, nicotine, and the residue of prescription drugs.
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.
With the change of seasons upon us, we transition from the long days of summer sun to cooler temperatures and returning to school and work. Cycles are a fundamental aspect of natural rhythms and the flow of energy all around us: seasons, day and night, contractions and relaxations of muscles, heart and lungs, sleep and wake cycles. Recovery periods are essential to optimal performance; indeed key aspects of healing, strength, hormonal balance and metabolism occur during sleep and recovery periods. Quality recovery and sleep are often the missing elements in one's training program, and are elemental to enhancing energy, mood, hormonal balance, shedding extra pounds, alleviating pain and increasing strength. To help you enter the new season aligned and well, I will be teaching an additional pilates class on Tuesdays at 12:15 at Malibu Fitness, with a focus on injury rehabilitation and prevention through alignment, core strengthening and functional movement. To your health!