My Movement Concept
The body we move (or don't move) around in as we go about our everyday life is the body we bring to
any movement practice in which we participate.
For most of us, that body is too tight is some spots, too weak in some spots, too dominant in other places and (even if you're still a teenager) the victim of years of poor movement habits, compensation patterns and bad posture.
For example, you injured yourself in some way in the past.
Maybe you fell down stairs, off a bike or out of a tree.
One knee or elbow or ankle or hip was compromised in some way.
As it healed, you laid off of it and leaned harder into the other knee, elbow, ankle or hip.
And from then on, even after you healed, you continued to put more of a load on that uninjured side and back off the injured one.
The result is a habituated compensation pattern that ripples through the entire scaffolding of your body and
can affect your gait, your head and neck position (which affects your spine),
how you get into an out of a chair, even how you merely stand.
Then we bring all these imbalances, habits and compensations to our exercise -- whether it's weight lifting, spinning, aerobics classes, tennis, golf, yoga, swimming, running, pilates or any number of other things.
So we end up anchoring in and reinforcing during exercise all the movement patterns in our body
that got us into trouble in the first place.
My approach is altogether different.
I introduce each person who takes class with me to these concepts of bringing the scaffolding back into line.
A whole new awareness of how you move will be revealed to you in a captivating way.
We'll look at things like foot position, knee alignment, inner thigh strength to outer thigh strength,
forward head position, text neck, loss of lumbar curve and iPosture among other things.
By mixing good biomechanics, strength, and mindful movement sequences with influences from dance, martial arts, primitive movement and early childhood development movement, my Mechanics of Moving classes allow each student to rediscover and experience the balanced movement variety their bodies are capable of but may have forgotten due to habitual patterns
common to our sitting, computering, and movement-starved culture.
Mechanics of Moving is off the beaten path of 'cirque du soleil' 'fast and furious' yoga classes, static stretching regimens or
heavy impact aerobics classes -- all of which can leave injuries in their wake
due to poor form at a rapid pace, all pushing and no pulling,
too much passive stretching, failing to address the FULL body, and an absence of sound biomechanics.
Rather, Mechanics of Moving is an exploration and revelation.
It is stretching our limbs and then strengthening them from that stretched position. It is active. Not passive.
It combines left-and-right-side-of-body movement to support the vestibular brain. It incorporates the idea of fluidity and liquidity, and it employs engagement of muscles to actively lengthen back out what has become short and excessively tight.
And, perhaps most importantly, this balanced, full-body program is simultaneously
challenging for those who consider themselves fit
achievable for the excessively tight, muscle bound population
and seniors with limited range of motion and chronic pain.
My movement sequences are a smart blend of various disciplines and human movement principles.
The continuing education I've sought out and the studies I've applied myself to make me a different breed of teacher
with a well-rounded and integrated understanding of functional movement that helps the body unwind its bad habits.
And I really care. I love helping and inspiring people. It drives me.
My classes are a fresh alternative for people with a desire to simply move.
Move mindfully. Move intelligently. Move completely. In a fluid way. In a spiraling way.
And it works.
The proof is in the difference people feel in their bodies. Sometimes after just one class.
So take the step.
Reach out to me and let me know when you'd like to try a session.
Either just for yourself or coordinate with a few of your friends and make a fun friend date of it!
Find a time that works for you, and I will come to you.
It's as simple and profound as that.
I can't wait to meet you!
~Colette Haboush Obeck