Learning to Walk: Why Walking

Here is why learning to walk is such a good idea: When Mary S. came to our studio with a chronic ankle injury that wouldn’t go away even after repeated attempts with a physical therapist, endless chiropractic sessions and a host of different orthopedists who couldn’t provide relief, she was skeptical that walking lessons could …

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Get to Know Your Body

Experiential exercise:  feet together, feet apart Getting to know your body and how it works is one of the most important elements of the FitzGordon Method. In this exercise we play around with how it feels to be upright energetically. Sometimes these kinds of exercises seem goofy at first but if you stick with them …

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The Spine Lengthens in Two Directions

Energetically life revolves around the spine. Our nervous system is the body’s information gatherer, storage center and control system. Its function is to collect information about external conditions in relation to the body’s internal state, to analyze this information, and to initiate the proper response. The Central Nervous System (CNS) includes the brain and spinal …

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Learn to walk?

Some of us learned basic anatomy in school, but we didn’t learn functional movements, nor did we practice them. Long gone are the deportment classes where you walked with a block on your head. When I tell people that we teach walking they respond with surprise – don’t we know how to walk? Well, when …

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The Foot Fall

How do your shoes wear out? Most shoes wear out on the outside, from the outer heel through the outer foot. This is because we tend to walk with our feet turned out and weight transferring from the shin to the outer side. Take a look at the calluses on your feet. They are a …

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The Psoas Major

The psoas major, the body’s main engine of walking, is one of three muscles that make up the iliopsoas muscle group. The psoas major inserts on the back half of the inner thigh, comes forward to cross over the rim of the pelvis and moves backwards again to attach along the lumbar or lower spine. …

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The Psoas and Flexion

The Psoas is the body’s main hip flexor which is why it is the main muscle of walking but it plays a deeper maybe more important role as a flexor. Flexors are muscles that bring one body part closer to another one. Flexion’s relationship to the nervous system is through our fear response. Our sympathetic …

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Running with your mouth closed

A while back a couple of freinds turned me on to Buteyko, a technique developed for asthma. Without having trained in the method I think it is pretty amazing stuff. I never quite got comfortable with taping my mouth shut at night to sleep but I do run with my mouth closed and that has been …

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Teacher Training Spring 2017

For the first time in many years I am offering a teacher training with a focus on yoga, movement and pain relief. It will cover yoga postures, walking, anatomy and therapeutics. Along with yoga history and philosophy And be a lot of fun. The training is available both online and in person, taking place in Ditmas …

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