Hi! I’m Deborah Redfern. I am a writer, self-healing advocate and soon-to-be practitioner 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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The alternative title of this blog post was going to be ‘what I did on my summer vacation’! Ha! Actually all summer has been about Restorative Exercise™, going through the webinars, which is largely how the Whole Body Alignment course is taught (over 50 hours of lecture and demonstration), reading, and of course doing corrective exercises, and for certification, it culminates in a six day intensive RE Live and in person experience, somewhere in the world, Mine just happened to be in Minnesota.
I’ve been trying to compare the RE week with other intensives I’ve taken. Let’s just say it was a very full experience. We jumped right into it without much more ceremony than introducing ourselves to one another, matching up faces and names. I think we students were already bonded by our collective nervousness about the testing on the last day!
I tried to keep notes and then around day 3, I gave up. Just as well, looking through my my notes I see gems like this: ” stretch: lengthen passive/active (needs a load)” and “hamstrings: moving extending hip in walking, no dorsi, no exten. no hamstrings.” Okay… I tell you it was almost moving too fast to take it in and write it down. Or my mind was too slow. Same thing.
But what I do remember were my personal light bulb moments.
1. What I thought was ‘ribs down’, wasn’t.
2. What I thought was TrA (transverse abdominal) activation, wasn’t.
3. When I thought I was externally rotating my femurs. I wasn’t.
4. My mobility awareness in my lumbar spine and thoracic spine is wonky. (That I already knew).
5. My mobility awareness in my thoracic spine and cervical spine is also wonky. (I didn’t know).
6. Since I hurt my hip, I’ve been afraid to move into my full range of motion. (I did, and nothing bad happened).
7. A lot of the strength I developed through yoga is still there but I’ve grown afraid to access it, like being able to hand stands. I used to do them all the time now I freeze up.
The main reason I am mentioning this is because almost everyone is going to have the same experience, I’m convinced. Almost all of us (even ‘fitness professionals’) start out not knowing what we are really doing with our bodies. That is why the approach of RE with alignment markers is so valuable: your bones are either aligned with one another, or they aren’t.
And part of growing old means that almost everyone has had an injury of some sort and they don’t to flare it up or put something else ‘out’. So we become cautious in our movements and begin to lose the ability to do the things we did when we were younger.
What my RE Live week also gave me was an appreciation of the variety in teaching methods. I thought that since RE was science based, each class would look much the same, but of the 7 instructors (Katy Bowman included) each approach was very different and it surprised me and definitely made the week more interesting.
I am now on the last leg of becoming a Restorative Exercise™ Specialist and personal trainer. My last task is to do ten hours of client practice and I am offering some free sessions via SKYPE. We can help each other! Contact me (soonish) if you would like to be in my practice trial. You’ll learn how and why to do things like this:
And it will start a movement revolution in your body, in a good way.
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.