Imagine, yourself sitting at the Thanksgiving table, with your family. How does this make you feel? For some of us, we are filled with warmth and laughter in our hearts that parallels the huge smile we just noticed on our faces. For some of us, we dread the day, already being filled with the anxiety from past experiences of a room filled with chaos, negativity, or feelings of neglect. Already, our hearts are beating quickly in thought of this impending and inevitable- disaster. Now notice, that no matter which side of the coin you are on, a simple thought created an emotion and that emotion led to a physical response. What if I were to tell you that you have all the control in the world, not of the impeding event, but how your body , your mind, reacts to thoughts? Why is this even important? Why do we need to be aware of how our thoughts can effect our emotion ie our physiological response? Because awareness is the key foundation tool, to then create change- if it is necessary. If you deem it necessary to go home for Thanksgiving then how can much control do you have over how your body responds? A lot. Why is this important? For two reasons: 1) if your body responds to a thought that increases your heart rate , this sets off a limbic response physiologically. You think it, you create it. Meaning, this one thought just set into motion, a fight or flight response that releases cortisol into the blood stream, charges the limbic system, potentially decreases activity to the frontal lobes (ie the rational mind) , cortisol stimulates rise in blood sugar levels, and then- the behavioral component gets involved. Hmm, now maybe I will eat some ice cream, or now I have to go for a run or punch something, or maybe your body starts to shut down. Maybe you feel tired all of a sudden and you want to sit in front of the tv to zone out. What if, you began to see your emotional considerations as purely biological? Do you think you could have some control over the change? How do you know where to start to create change in your life, if you are not even sure of what to change or what has an effect on what?
What if I told you, life is much more simple than what we embrace most days. That we are more CAPABLE than we give ourselves credit for! That we can simplify our lives, increase our physical energy, quiet our minds without falling asleep, be more involved NOT less! YOU CAN!! Will is important but WILL PLUS SKILL makes ALL the difference. Your will only runs you into the ground, if your body gives out, if you are working too hard!!! It is not about working HARD, it is about working with SKILL. Will plus skill , pushes you to your highest POTENTIAL.
Integrative Functional Movement: The combination of Orthopedic Massage + Restorative Personal Training + Functional Yoga. It is about doing MORE not less. It is about doing , moving, listening to self, with real tools, for real change so that you have the energy to mainstay the long run. Marathon runners, corporations looking to stay on top of the innovative field, you must combing WILL with SKILL or the energy runs out at some point. You must fuel a car - true, but you must also change the filter, do regular maintenance and the car LAST LONGER. Integrative Functional Movement is about improving lives, improving community- one person at at time. It is my belief that it is NOT always about doing less, but learning how to keep doing what you are doing but with MORE SKILL and therefore keeping you in the game for LONGER and with MORE JOY !!! We are NOT LINEAR PEOPLE!!! We move in 3 planes of motion ! This is a mechanistic perspective but it is an anology of how we should look at our existence. We are not just muscle and bone, we are also a brain with a spinal cord- ie. nervous system and what happens to our brain, our spinal- effects our thoughts, our muscular performance, our immune and endocrine system. If you learn the skills to BALANCE your nervous system, foundationally- it can effect EVERYTHING else in your body, your mind, and your connection to self and others.
You can experience the same events you associate a negative pattern, without changing the event- change yourself from the body-mind connection and you change your 'experience' of the same old event. I think to keep it simple, we start with BODYWORK. Simple. It is about believing we are capable of change , embracing the tools, then implementing.
Sometimes, belief comes after the experience because from the inside out, you are rewriting the pattern. My intention for ALL of you- is to know True Freedom. Reach your highest POTENTIAL!!! Live to the FULLEST. Weather the STORM with gratitude, love, strength, and skill. The payoff, can be PROFOUND.