Your body is amazing. Simply amazing. Around the clock, day in and day out, there is a mind boggling symphony of well coordinated functions happening - digestion, tissue repair, waste removal, oxygen and nutrient delivery, filtering, hormone production, protection, communication, and so much more.
Many, many things support this symphony and your overall health including the foods you eat (or don't), the sleep you get, your stress level, your exercise habits, etc. But have you ever considered the impact your movement habits have on how your body functions? No, I don't mean your exercise habits. I mean how you move (or don't move) throughout your entire day, not just the 30 or 60 minutes you may spend exercising each day.
The quality and quantity of your daily movement is one of the most overlooked keys to having a body that feels good and functions well.
Believe it or not, movement plays a role in every single function of your body, down to the cellular level. It's just as critical to good health as eating well. But let's make it more practical.
Your movement habits will help determine:
- whether your joints will comfortably last you a life time or will need "cleaned up" or replaced as you age
- how dense your bones are, regardless of how much calcium you consume
- the function of your pelvic floor muscles - will your pelvic organs stay where they're supposed to or move south to another address? Will you be doomed to a lifetime of pantiliners?
- the health of your immune system and its ability to respond appropriately when needed
- how quickly and how well your body repairs itself
- how comfortable you feel in your body
- your ability to function in all areas of your life - if your body doesn't feel good, it is like noise constantly playing in the background, requiring more energy and effort to work around
This course is a starting point for learning to move well and improve the health of your body.
It gives you some simple, effective and easy-to-use tools that will support functions like:
- optimal bone density
- pain free knee and hip joints
- pelvic floor strength
- a healthy immune system
Maybe you have a glitchy knee, an achey back, or the back that "goes out" once or twice a year. You wake up and your feet are sore or your hips complain if you sit or stand for too long. Maybe you're noticing it's not so easy to get up off the floor anymore or you have to hurry to the bathroom to avoid embarrassing leaks.
It's so easy to chalk these things up to aging or having kids or family history that you're doomed to repeat because your mom, dad or Aunt Martha had the very same problems.
But guess what?
These relatively minor inconveniences (or maybe not so minor) are all signs that your movement habits aren't supporting the function of your body. They're red flags, signals from your body to pay attention, signs letting you know it would be wise to make changes now vs. later.
After all, you can't do much about family history but you can do a whole lot about how you move and align your body.
Ready to learn what you can do to improve the function of your body?
Welcome to Alignment Foundations: Better Health Through Better Movement a short, yet powerful, introductory course designed to give you practical, hands-on experience with improving your health through natural movement and alignment.
What is Alignment Foundations?
In a nutshell, it's an inexpensive and convenient way for you to learn practical and effective tools to help your body work the way it's designed to work - with ease, strength and vitality.
In this beginner's course, you'll learn the foundational pieces for improving your movement and alignment habits along with practical tips for incorporating what you've learned into your daily life.
You'll have the opportunity to learn and practice simple and effective stretches and exercises designed to improve the quality of your movement throughout your day, from the convenience of your home.
You'll receive support in an online classroom where you can ask questions and get feedback.
In short, Alignment Foundations is your starting point for supporting the health and function of your body through movement and whole body alignment.
What's included with the course
(2) 30 min movement class videos - learn stretches and exercises designed to shift the roadblocks that interfere with your ability to move well. We'll focus specifically on improving the function of the feet, calves, hamstrings and hip musculature
video guide to how to release your psoas - learn 2 easy ways to start improving the function of your psoas muscles.
guided psoas visualization - this audio will improve your body awareness and stress recovery as you support the function of these incredibly important muscles
downloadable walking audio - as you listen, you'll practice concepts you've learned during the classes. Think walking is boring and easy? You'll soon realize that walking well is more challenging than you think!
practical tips for taking this information into your daily life
online support - ask questions and share your experiences as you implement the materials
How it works:
- Click the button to complete your purchase and create your username and password giving you access to your user-friendly (even for the technology challenged) online classroom in Ruzuku
- After you've registered, you'll receive immediate access to all course materials
Dates: this is an on-demand course, you will have access to all the course materials once you have completed your purchase
Location: All course work is delivered via Ruzuku, our user-friendly (even for the non-tech savvy) online classroom.
Time frame: You will have ongoing access to all the material indefinitely so you can move through it at your convenience and return to it again and again.
Ready to experience the benefits of your own alignment practice first-hand?
Keep in mind, that while this course is an excellent introduction to improving your health through whole body alignment, it's not for everyone.
This course is not for you if you:
have difficulty going from a seated to a standing position
are unable to stand for 30 minutes
have very limited mobility that interferes with basic movements
have a complex medical condition that restricts your ability to be physically active
are recovering from an injury or prolonged period of inactivity
How long will I have access to the course materials?
You will continue to have access to the course indefinitely. You also have the option of downloading the 2 class videos as well as the 2 audios.
I have diastasis recti, are the exercises in these classes safe for me to do?
All of the exercises in these classes are safe for people who have diastasis recti. You will learn specific bony markers to help you monitor your alignment while doing all of these exercises, which ensures the safety of the exercises. That said, you are the one who knows your body best and you have full permission to not do an exercise, or to modify an exercise, until you feel comfortable doing the exercise as taught. Please respect your body.
Will the videos play on my iPad?
I’m pregnant, is the course safe for me?
The exercises in this course are considered to be safe for pregnant women and pregnant women have safely participated in this course. However, as with any exercise program, please consult with your health care provider about what, if any, movement restrictions are necessary for you.
I’ve been injured/inactive for so long I’m worried that the movements and exercises in this course might cause me more pain and discomfort. How intense is this?
This course is about making gentle, consistent change over the long run vs. forcing the body to move in ways it isn’t ready in order to achieve a short term change that only does more damage over the long run. It doesn’t mean it doesn’t require effort or that you won’t break a sweat or feeling like you’re learning to use long lost muscles for the first time, but the focus is on respecting your body and what it’s ready and able to do. The goal is to meet you where you are rather than using force to muscle your body into a particular position or exercise. We’re working to undo damage, not cause additional damage. I’ll be available to make modification suggestions as needed. That said, any time you start a new exercise program it is recommended that you check with your doctor. Please use common sense and pay attention to your body. Do not force any of the movements. And remember, this course does not take the place of medical advice or treatment from a physician, physical therapist or physiotherapist.
Other questions? Feel free to contact me directly at Lisa[at]LisaLLC[dot]com