I am teaching free classes at 7 p.m to 8:30 p.m at the Yoga Center of Newburyport, 12 Maple St., the third Wednesday of the month starting March 15th, 2019. Future dates include Wednesday, April 17th and Wednesday, May 22nd. The classes are Movement Therapy, Spinal Stabilization, and Get on the Ball. They will rotate in that order every month except December. The classes are designed to learn how the movement systems of the body work, how they get out of balance from various physical, emotional, and mental stresses, and how these simple and short exercise routines can rebalance the body. We will go through the exercise routines together and there will be handouts with pictures and explanations given.
April 17: Spinal Stabilization (Free)
May 15: Get on the Ball (Free)
June 19: Movement Therapy
Jul 17: Spinal Stabilization
Aug 21: Get on the Ball
Sep 18: Movement Therapy
Oct 16: Spinal Stabilization
Nov 20: Get on the Ball
The nervous system is the master control system of the body. The skeletal system is the hard tissue of the body that gives us our shape, and the muscle system is the tissue that contracts and relaxes and is attached to the skeletal system allowing us to move. The muscles are governed by both the voluntary and involuntary nervous system. Ideally, we voluntarily move the way we want to, and then the muscles go back to their resting and relaxed state. But what happens over time, the physical, emotional, and mental stresses cause documented primitive involuntary reflexes. These reflexes can become ingrained into the nervous system and can forgot how to shut off. This is called sensory motor amnesia. They form tension patterns in the body, which cause trigger points in the muscles, fixations, or misaligned bones, bulging or herniated disks, and other problems, all of which lead to nerve interference and consequent pain and other symptoms. Movement therapy is similar to yoga and is like a meditation on the body. By going through voluntary repetitive movement patterns regularly while focusing on the body and feeling where the muscles are tight, we can reprogram the nervous system to shut off these involuntary tension patterns in the muscles.
The center of gravity, the center of mass, the center of balance, and the center of movement of the body is in our lower spine near the top of the sacrum. This is the center of the core. The muscles around this area are our natural support belt. As the strenuous nature of what we are doing increases, we need to engage these core muscles in proportion. We will learn how to engage the core and how to strengthen all the muscles in the core.
Get on the Ball
The 55 cm, 65 cm, and 75 cm diameter inflated ball called by many names, is the best exercise tool on the planet. With this tool, you can stretch and open up the articulations of your spine by conforming your spine to the soft curvature of the ball, backward, sideway, and forward. And you can stretch and/or strengthen almost all the muscles of the body. Most importantly, you can train the proprioceptive nervous system which governs balance and coordination. There are proprioceptive nerve receptors in all of the muscles and joints of the body. Their job is to continually feedback information into the central nervous system (spinal cord and brain) about where the joints are in space and how much tension is on the muscles at every moment in time. This information dictates the proper firing order of the muscles, and therefore, the more perfectly tuned the system is, the more perfectly balanced and coordinated your movement is. The ball is a tool which can help anyone regardless of their level of balance and coordination. As you work on the ball you can continually challenge yourself. All the top athletes are training on the ball.
To sign up for the classes, to make an appointment, or to ask any questions, please call me at 978-465-0007.