Part of being a certified Restorative Exercise Specialist™ (RES) is belonging to a unique community of like-minded people. We RES™ have our own password protected Facebook page where we can chat with founder Katy Bowman and talk about our personal alignment journey, read research articles that members post and come together for support. There are RES™ all over the world and yet as far flung as we are, we know each other and feel like friends. Indeed, when a RES-in-training recently came to Toronto from Portland, I met her and we went for walks and dinners together, and had plenty to talk about!
And yet, when you are part of a movement that is “cutting edge”, sometimes you feel awfully alone. Yoga and Pilates studios can open on just about any corner in this town, hang a shingle and expect customers: “build it and they will come,” because people know these modalities and believe they will give them the health and fitness and bodies they desire.
RE™ is a preventative model, although to be sure, it helps with issues that you might currently have. Indeed, some people have found RE™ and been inspired to take the training to teach it after it cured them of maladies when no other protocol seemed to help. For a great example of this click here.
But it works even better if you can live a natural movement, optimally aligned lifestyle before illness and disease steps in. My personal goal for doing RE™ is to remain pain-free and drug-free as long as possible. I recently visited an aunt in hospital after her knee replacement, and that was very motivating for me – if I can avoid that you better believe I’m going to do everything in my power to do so. We live in a time where replacing body parts is an accepted part of aging.
Not only would I like to avoid the pain preceding a hip/knee/shoulder operation, I’d like to have fully functioning, full range of motion and strong supportive joints that I can count on. How many 40 year olds do you know who can hang full body weight from their arms for a minute? 30yo? 20yo? How many 40 year olds do you know who have full ROM in their shoulders or hips? 30yo? 20yo? Can you sit on the floor comfortably? How many illness that have a stress related component are you dealing with? What are you currently doing to reduce stress?
So what it comes down to is: are you willing to invest in your future now? Having the pain free body of our younger selves is still possible - it is not a normal part of aging to have creaky stiff joints and painful knees/hips/feet, leaky pelvic floors…the list goes on. I won’t lie: it takes a lot of work to restore joint range and function when it is compromised. I work with people whose lives and livelihood are diminished because they are in constant pain. Start now.
Coming Soon: a FREE one hour workshop in Restorative Exercise™ as part of the weekend long health event at Yuri’s Village on November 22. For details click here. The week following I’ll be leading a two hour Pelvic Floor Health workshop at the same location November 29. Details and sign up to follow soon.