What are the exercises like?
Restorative Exercise™ is a mix of muscle lengthening stretches, muscle strengthening exercises, and self observation. The exercises are built around you being able to support your own body weight, rather than lifting additional weights or using any type of machine. The program helps you figure out what areas of your body are too tight or weak, and to monitor your own movement habits which may contribute to your health problems. Using our 25 point alignment system, you can see where your body currently is, and where your body should be. Through regular practice of the exercises, you can learn to move your body the way it was designed to be moved, and stop moving in a way that is harmful to your body.
It’s taught in a similar style to yoga and physical therapy, with some key differences. Restorative Exercise™ is designed to help you regain functional and natural movement that supports whole body wellness. Each movement affects the whole body, so while you’re working on your knees, your hips, feet and back will all benefit from the same exercises. There are easy to follow parameters and guidelines which prevent you from going past your physical limitations and injuring yourself.
What is a Restorative Exercise™ session like?
In our first session I will ask you about your physical health and if there are any specific health issues that you would like to address. Then I will assess your range of motion and strength by asking you to do a few simple movements (like bending over toward your toes or standing on one foot). When I get a better idea of how your body is functioning I’ll teach you some stretching and strengthening exercises, and we’ll practice them together. We’ll talk about your habits and lifestyle, and how they are impacting your health. We’ll even weed out all those pesky postural habits that can be damaging to your body. As we move through sessions together, I will continue to assess your mobility and motor skills as I teach you more advanced exercises. I will also show you how to incorporate all of these new movements into your everyday life so you’ll be moving your whole body and increasing your health all day long. No extra gym time needed!
Why is it right for me?
Even if you’re never been to a gym, never gone for a run, or can’t remember the last time you went for a walk, that’s ok. If you’re differently abled, have a hip replacement or limited mobility, no problem. We start at your level doing exercises you’re comfortable with and we move forward at your pace. The exercises can be modified to fit your abilities and your own personal goals. The program isn’t about getting you to a point where you can do 20 pushups or run a marathon, it’s about getting your body working the way that it is designed to work, and making sure you’re not contributing to your own health problems.
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What do I need for a session?
You will need to dress comfortably, wear something you can move around in easily (if you’re coming from work, bring some comfy gym clothes) and keep in mind that we will usually work barefoot, if you’re comfortable with it. You can bring your own yoga mat if you like, but it’s not a necessity. I also ask that all sessions be paid for prior to, or at the start of a session.