Alignment and Restorative Exercise

Alignment, as defined by the Merriam Webster Dictionary online,  is “the proper positioning or state of adjustment of parts (as of a mechanical or electronic device) in relation to each other.”  Human beings are not machines, but our bodies are subject to the same physical forces as any material in the world. Our moving parts last longer if they line up properly.

All of the structures of all of our systems work better when they are free of kinks, have good support, and have the room to move as they need to. Good alignment improves health in the cardiovascular, lymphatic, nervous, respiratory, genitourinary and digestive systems, as well as musculoskeletal. Conditions improved by improving alignment include GERD, osteoporosis, pelvic floor dysfunction, diastasis recti, overuse syndromes, and headaches, as well as joint wear and tear.

When you are in alignment, your muscles can develop the strength and flexibility to support your day to day movements with more buoyancy and ease. Coaxing your body into healthy, functional alignment is part education, part investigation, and part practice. You can learn:

  • How to assess your own alignment
  • Specific corrective exercises to lengthen and strengthen, or soften and release specific muscles or groups of muscles
  • Alignment in walking, standing, sitting, squatting, reaching, and other movements of daily life
  • How to practice whatever you do with attention to alignment of the whole body.

Most of the instructions are simple and mechanical. Doing them correctly means changing your shape to counter – and encounter – the forces that created and maintain the shape you have. We tailor the work to your specific body, life situation, and learning style by investigating these encounters as they come.

Whatever your initial state of health, this work can help you to have a whole new sense of power and purpose “operating” your body.

Please feel free to call with any questions you might have.