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Restorative Exercise – Optimize Your Human Machine

Some of you may know that I recently completed my certification to be a Restorative Exercise Specialist ™ (RES-CPT) after almost a year of study, hours of lecture, practical and written exams and a week-long intensive “homecoming” in Washington State.   It is with great excitement and pride I can now share what I have learned with my community, and help others in a way that I myself have benefitted from.   Restorative Exercise™ has changed the way I view the human body and how I can bring greater wellness to my clients!

What is Restorative Exercise?

Restorative Exercise™ (RE) is an active way to aid in restoring your body to its correct alignment, and in turn, the most optimal way of moving.  Think of your body as a machine (which, really, it is!) and your “human machine” is not unlike any other machine in that, in order to perform at its best, reduce wear and tear, and increase longevity, it must be used in alignment.  (You wouldn’t drive a high performance sports car with its tires out of alignment, would you?)  It is a program created by bio-mechanist Katy Bowman, director of the The Restorative Exercise™ Institute, and is based on the sciences of physics, geometry, engineering and biology and how they are applied to human anatomy. Our modern lifestyle has lead us to rearrange our bodies out of natural alignment. RE can help correct this misalignment and restore our bodies to an optimal level of wellness, by using our bodies the way they were designed to be used.

Who Needs it?

Restorative Exercise  is for EVERY BODY!  Everyone’s body needs and can benefit from Restorative Exercise™. It is the path that leads to wellness, and from wellness you can go anywhere. Whether you are an athlete, young or old, living in a healthy body or one in need of repair, Restorative Exercise™ can help.

What We Need To Correct

Simply by being alive in our culture today, your body has developed movement patterns and habits that are not beneficial. Specifically, your muscles are not at their optimal lengths and your skeleton is held in unnatural positions. By becoming aware of these habits and working to correct them, you can help your body function better. Your entire body- from muscles and joints right down to your cells- can improve. Every moment of every day holds the opportunity to be improving instead of deteriorating.

Fitness Vs. Wellness

It doesn’t matter what your fitness goals are, or even if you have any. This program is not about improving your body’s fitness level. Fitness is how well you can perform a chosen skill (How long can you run? How much can you lift? Can you climb a hill without breathing heavily?).  All admirable goals to be sure, and something I can certainly help you with,  but Restorative Exercise™ is about achieving alignment in your body that will help with everyday life and your overall health.  If you are an athlete you will most assuredly benefit from RE; but Restorative Exercise™ is not about gaining fitness but rather optimizing your whole body’s wellness.

As a Certified Restorative Exercise Specialist (RES-CPT), I can help you attain this improved level of alignment, which in turn results in a more optimal level of function of your body.  Restorative Exercise can help you on the path to greater wellness.

Want to know more?  Ready to set up an appointment for an alignment assessment and to discover how RE can benefit you?  Contact me at fitnessaligned@gmail.com

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