Intuitive Movement

I have been processing this phrase of late ‘intuitive’. This idea of learning to trust yourself and to allow your body’s needs to direct the choices you make. This idea of intuitive eating has been starting to gain traction. That there is no one size fits all approach to food, that it’s dependent on your individual genetics, lifestyle and goals. The idea that we can’t cookie cutter a diet, caloric intake and all the micro and macro nutrients that every individual...

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Movement in Mom Life: A Day in the Life

I grew up an athlete. I was a big gymnast and swimmer. I played in other sports like basketball and softball but those were by two big ones that I loved and did for years. After I transitioned out of high school, I didn’t do any college athletics. I took a few classes for fun and PE credits, swing dancing, karate, more swimming, but I did miss the team aspect from the past. After I graduated college and started working full time, my movement life looked like going to the gym before or...

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Clothing and Movement..... Which Influences the Other?

Have you ever NOT done something because of what you’re wearing? “Sorry, I’m in a skirt…”, or you realize you can’t lift your arms overhead or give that big hug you’d like to, or you can’t walk comfortably because of what’s on your feet, because what you’re wearing prevents that movement?

 

I think most of us have experienced this, and I know this because most of our modern clothing doesn’t take movement into much...

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Is Your Pelvic Floor Loose?

We hear this term a lot, 'loose' to describe the pelvic floor, especially after women have babies. Our pelvic floors are often likened to a rubber band, and once it looses its elasticity - game over. Maybe, just maybe you can regain a little bit of 'tightness' by doing thousands of kegels a day (hang in there, I'll for sure chat about kegels in an other post!).

What does 'loose' mean when it comes to talking about pelvic floors? Often, it is referring to several symptoms - incontinence...

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Are Your Hamstrings Really Tight?

blog muscle length tutorial Aug 03, 2018

I'm a body movement teacher and one of the things I do is pay quite a bit of attention to the way people talk about their bodies. "I have tight hamstrings" "My neck and shoulders are always really tight" or "My calf muscles are so short!". We make pretty definitive statements about our body and musculature. I'd like to discuss the idea of 'tight' muscles.

We have this idea that our muscles have a certain amount of length to them, a specific amount of give, and when that length is reached, the...

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Tips for Hiking with Children

blog kids motherhood movement Jun 04, 2018

I'm a mom to a million children. Ok, actually 4 boys, but that feels like a million sometimes. I feel like I have gotten quite a bit of practice with hiking with groups of children. These are few things I've learned, some of them the hard way, but I've been willing to take one for the team. You're welcome.

It's spring and we're back in the swing of getting outside more consistently and for longer distances. Our current crew includes 4 kids, ages 3-9 years old. So, here's a few tips for...

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Minimalist Shoes... Why Are They Awesome?

blog minimalist shoes Apr 06, 2018

"Don't your feet hurt in those?" and "Can't you feel everything in those shoes, like all the rocks and sticks and all?" or some such variation is the most common question I get when I wear my weird Vibram five finger shoes.

Funny Story. I always thought that the Vibram five finger shoes looked SO weird and that I would NEVER wear them... Ha ha! The universe has a funny way about bringing things back around. Never say never my friends.....

 

Anyway, these shoes always get me noticed and...

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Spring Cleaning the Feet

April is Foot Health Awareness Month! Our feet are amazing parts of our body we don't really give much thought to, unless they are in pain.

The feet are just plain awesome! They have 26 bones, 33 joints and loads of intrinsic muscles. And we tend to encase them in immobile shoes, that place our feet (and therefore our entire bodies) in awkward positions and squish our toes together. This can impact all kinds of dysfunctions (read: bunions, plantar fasciitis, etc.) from the feet on up.

It's...

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Ya'll, I did a minimalist shoe DIY thing....

I'm a DIY'er. I love saving money, repurposing material, and using my hands to create something. I also have 4 growing boys to keep in shoes. This was the starting point to my attempt at making our own minimalist shoes.

Now, there are some AMAZING minimalist shoe companies out there that I fully support, Soft Star Shoes, being one of them. But again, with these healthy amazing kiddo's growing non-stop - my budget asked that I get a little bit creative.

So, I've had this idea in the back...

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When Hope is Rebellious - How Movement Can Change the World

I believe the world is full of world changers, right in this moment. I see that our culture and world is full of pain, part of that being physical pain. I also know, from personal experience, that pain causes us to disassociate; from specific body parts, from the feeling of pain and discomfort, from others. Chronic pain is even worse, because then you add in a healthy dose of hopelessness and medications with nasty side effects. When I came to find movement as a form of healing and, one might...

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