In addition to physical therapy, yoga and massage, I am also a Nutritious Movement™ Certified Restorative Exercise Specialist. I have completed training and continue my education with Katy Bowman at Nutritious Movement. Katy's REx has transformed my life (goodbye daily neck and low back pain!!!) as well as my physical therapy practice. I love working with people on transforming their lives with a well aligned whole body practice!
Restorative Exercise is a set of corrective exercises (movement micronutrients) designed to help restore you to a natural, reflex driven body, improving muscle length and strength and a strength to weight ratio that allows you to move throughout your environment in any and all ways possible (movement macronutrients). From a rehabilitation standpoint, Restorative Exercise correctives help move your body back towards it's anatomical neutral and decrease the wear and tear on the body that we normally associate with aging. Fixing your 'issue' is not just about doing a few exercises; it’s about restoring whole body reflexive movement that happens over the course of a 24 hour day, not just one hour of exercise in an otherwise sedentary day.
The problem you are having (whether it's incontinence or back pain or headaches) is just an indication that things aren't working the way they should in the body and your specific problem is your 'weakest link'. With Restorative Exercise, we look at the whole body and work from the ground up; every step you take can be a step towards health in a well aligned body or a step towards pain and disease in a poorly aligned body.
“Repetitive motions of a handful of joints in higher-than-natural intensities, with limited joint ranges of motion, for years and years amounts to injury. The benefits of moving are well known. What isn’t being taught clearly is this: exercise is not a replacement for movement — in the same way that eating one food every day or taking a supplement does not replace the biological benefit of a diet with variety. Am I trying to discourage you from moving? Quite the opposite. I am trying to encourage you to increase the size of your movement palate. Your body will last you a whole lot longer and be pain, injury, and disease free by using your tissues in a more natural way.” Katy Bowman
"Body Restoration is a two part process: mindful corrective exercise, with specific attention to one’s own geometry and changes to movement patterns throughout the day. The “exercise,” while contrived, is an easy way to *see* areas not communicating effectively with the brain. Without an alignment practice, atrophying areas remain, as, without the rigid parameters, you cannot systematically OBSERVE every part. CHANGE in habit (sitting, standing, walking, footwear, etc.) is the integration of freshly-aware fibers into everyday life, for the purpose of maintaining this new awareness. The ratio of exercise to all-day time is not in your favor when it comes to change. Once you default to old habits that created the spots in the first place, the oxygen wanes. Fibers shut back down. Lasting change comes from the new way you *choose* to move, partially boosted by a new-found eagerness for oxygen in the previously unused parts. They didn’t know what they were missing, but now they do. Play with these two steps. Repeat for 10,000 hours. You’re on your way." Katy Bowman
90 minute Initial Restorative Exercise session
Our initial visit will introduce you to Restorative Exercise, look at your alignment with objective markers, instruct you in the first series of corrective exercises and introduce you to some lifestyle and habit modifications. Handouts and equipment included.
70 minute follow up Restorative Exercise session
During follow up visits, we will check your alignment with objective markers (are you where you think you are?) and continue advancing the corrective exercises.
4 Session Pack
Includes Initial session, equipment, handouts and 3 follow up sessions.
Do you have a question about Restorative Exercise? Feel free to contact me at 320.354.YOGA.