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One of the nifty exercises we were all practicing on each other this weekend was whether we sat evenly on our two sit bones (the ischial tuberosities).

We all started off sitting down, cheerfully telling each other "of course the weight distribution is even when we sit down!" Then our partners put their hands underneath us, feeling the bump of the sit bones. Hmm. "Uh, it might not be as even as I thought..." Then we stuck our own hands under our butts to confirm. Nope, not so even at all, actually. Shift shift shift.

Then we practiced moving our lower backs anterior/posterior, as if the low back were a set of tricycle wheels going forwards and back. Our partners took notes and helped us to move accurately. I don't think any of us nailed that on the first try, either (I pivot left, as did my partner).

This is a pretty clear illustration of why practically everyone has some scoliosis; at a very basic level, many of us aren't distributing our weight properly, even when we think we are. I bet if I can keep thinking about re-educating my body to sit properly, I'll basically lose my low back problems.
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"If all you do is untwist patterns and follow their energies, without isotonics and without strengthening the new ways to move, they change for a little while, but it's not likely to stick. As a psychologist, that's like teaching clients to constantly cathart, without addressing how to move beyond catharsis." -Luann Overmyer

She's right. And I do want to make changes to last. Structures should stay stable. But I think that'll be so much easier to do as a physical therapist than as a massage therapist, where people are coming in for different purposes, for rehab rather than relaxation. And that's why it's worth going through hell to go for another degree...

Squee

May. 12th, 2010 01:09 am
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Luann Overmyer's Ortho-bionomy: A Path to Self-Care book is really exciting. It is clear; it covers practically every part of the human body; and her story is incredible. She was dead when she got to the hospital after her accident, and had to relearn how to be in her body all over again. (You can read the story in her preface, on Google Books). This is pretty shocking, if you think about it -- when do you really get a chance to stop thinking about "why" we're here, and just focus on "how"? To really be in your body?

Anyway, I am also pretty psyched about taking her class in June -- she has two, one on carpal tunnel and the other on pelvic stabilization, and I'm not sure I can swing both financially, but ... I WANT. Seriously. This is what learning really should be about -- getting excited over things you can apply and genuinely see the world with new eyes with. "School" kinda sucks right now, but this is pretty cool.
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Dear LJ,

Today I have discovered the wondrous joy that is falafel. I had always been suspicious of it before. It was green-and-brown, and it fell apart if you looked at it. People covered it with white stuff. But that was all before I tasted it. It tastes like fresh herbs, nuts, with a hint of bread, beans, and savories. It is amazing stuff.

What brought on this sudden adventurousness, this abrupt willingness to forgive the world its oddities and vaguely-scary things? My weekend of Ortho-bionomy class, that's what. I've raved before about my OB classes, and how, if you just gently suggest to the body that this is what it's doing, it will correct itself in a graceful, stress-off-your-back manner. But this class wasn't so much about a new concept as remembering how good I am in the first pace -- how much I love working with energy, and helping others whose bodies are aching, and how much I am loved by others in the massage community. How I never gave up that home. I am so grateful.

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