It’s that time of year again….You’ve been running around all summer and before you’ve had a chance to recover from your vacation, it’s the beginning
of a new school year. It’s the beginning of Fall! Thoughts fast forward to the weekly grind, juggling work, social events, your workouts, and the impending
holidays which will be here before you know it. Always thinking of what’s coming next, you prepare, get organized, and work towards getting everything
It’s summer! Travel, sunshine, barbecues, airplanes, warmth, and outdoor activities. We love this time of year but with it can come a certain type of challenge
when it comes to mind and body health. Where I live, 90 degree heat is upon us, days of never ending warmth, fog if you’re at the beach, summer
travel, and sun exposure. Busy social calendars and longer days mean a shift in routines for many.
Above, that’s me: Whitney. Your mind + body blogger and lover of all things outdoors. This picture is of me running fluidly and without pain again (thank you, Human Garage!).
This is also beautiful Big Sur. But I’ll admit upon my return I was sunburned, my neck was out of alignment from how I slept, I was dehydrated, and my legs were sore and unusually tight from sprinting on the beach. After I returned, I asked our Motion Mechanics to help me come up with a list of summer survival tips to keep body, mind, and soul aligned. Wherever you are this summer, remember to carry these summer essentials with you.
Symptoms. Medications. Pain. Illness. Dysfunction. Disease. Surgery.
Contentedness. Love. Joy. Well-being. Peace. Gratitude. Health.
I’d like you to pause for a moment and try an exercise with the words you just finished reading. Read these words aloud, starting with the first line. Place your hand on your heart and notice what happens as you say these words aloud. When you are done reading them, begin to make circles with your shoulders. Observe as you do so.
What do you notice in your body? How do you feel? Do you notice tension or ease? Pay attention to mobility in your shoulders.
Stop and now repeat with the second line. Say the words aloud and ask yourself this same set of questions. What do you notice now?
“I’m a healer.”
I have to admit: I cringe on the inside each time I hear these seemingly harmless words. It runs rampant throughout the healing professions. They are well intentioned words. So what’s the matter?
In my professional circles, I’ve crossed paths with body workers, mental health therapists, psychologists, physical therapists, massage therapists, acupuncturists, holistic doctors, spiritual counselors, and the like. We all engage in work that is healing. But I don’t identify myself as a healer and I’m uneasy when others do.
The word posture gets a lot of buzz these days. We use it often in our own practice at Human Garage and realigning poor posture is at the core of what we do. We are about mind/body repair + alignment, after all. We believe that posture is at the core of many issues of pain, dysfunction, and injury in the body. Our technologically driven society where we stare at laptops, iPhones, Instagram, Facebook, and sit in our cars for long periods of time a day have fundamentally altered our body's natural state. Sadly, this is often not for the better (I am fighting my urge to hunch over my MacBook Air as we speak, thank you Apple).
In Los Angeles, there are thousands of personal trainers, body workers, yoga teachers, pilates instructors, and the list goes on. It can be hard to sift through the masses to understand how one type of trainer differs from the next. One of my hopes in creating this blog, Tuned In, is to help our clients, past, present, and future, understand what distinguishes our approach and philosophy at the Garage.
Our trainers at Human Garage support the work that we do in realigning bodies, minds, and souls through a distinct approach. It is why we don’t, in fact, call them “trainers.” Rather, they are our Progression Specialists that support the work of biomechanical development and progression.
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