Hi! I’m Deborah Redfern. I am a writer, self-healing advocate and teacher of Restorative Exercise™. I believe in healing movement and to this end I offer an educational program, corrective exercise, and movement-to-music practice. I invite you to read my blog and check out my services.
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While I am away in Minnesota doing my Restorative Exercise™ course I set this up to publish while I am away. Warmth and sunshine prevails and while the grass is turning amber, there is plenty of colour. I went on one park-walk and at least a half a dozen city walks. The dragonfly was my most exciting shot because it is one of my totems. When I had my wooden kayak I painted a large dragonfly on the bow.
Speaking of new objects bought, Thoreau said something along the lines of ‘beware of any occasions which require new clothing’. Rubbish! Occasions are opportunities to get things right. I was coveting this merino wool yoga top from Icebreaker. I snapped it up when it went on sale. (If Icebreaker had an affiliate program I’d be rich.) Really, I wear my wood Icebreaker clothes year ’round. My summer tank tops are my winter undershirts.
So anyway, this Spirit Tank is one of a handful of tops I have with me this week at RES. I’ve tried lots of built-in bra work-out tops and have had to make alterations to every other one. This one works, no alternations needed and is it really lovely too.
A week of very hot weather followed by moody skies, perfect for walks and atmospheric photographs. I wasn’t really sure I’d like living in Vancouver but who could resist these scenes? A few of my favourites:
and furthermore, for making my life easier, I nominate:
- This reversible top from MEC made my week: Less clothing to pack for trips while offering variety.
- My web theme’s blog because I don’t have the time or inclination to do research. (I use Elegant Themes).
- This app for being a quick and effective way to show someone their skeletal alignment. Because sometimes a simple photograph can say it so clearly.
I am on the last two week stretch before I go to the United States to complete certification course on Restorative Exercise. I’ve been focused on the boat load of new information coming in and trying to remember it, all the while knowing that there is so much more to learn. The way the human body functions is fascinating. Like, did you know that shorter women have (traditionally) higher incidence of osteoporosis? Can you guess why?
The answer to that question is really why I decided to take up this course of study. It is because just about all of the other things I was doing were harming my body: namely a lot of repetitive motion – even when I wasn’t really moving much. Sitting and typing are repetitive actions involving a very small range of motion. Even wearing shoes is a repetitive motion compared to the amount of movement your feet would get if they were barefoot on the natural terrain. Shoes are like putting mittens on your hands and trying to write. You can do it but only with a fraction of the mobility that would otherwise be available to you.
Most of the diseases we get (about 90%) are self-induced through the way we move – or don’t. Some of the crazy stuff we get up to are cultural and some are habits. The diseases of affluence like osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes are largely caused by lack of movement: sitting at desks, browsing the web, driving everywhere, watching TV, you know, just ordinary things.
It was rainy and a bit chilly, which really meant the beaches along the English Bay seawall were relatively deserted: all the better to enjoy my quiet walks. These are some of the things that made this week special: