A Handbook for How to Move

I HIGHLY recommend Esther Gokhale’s book as an owner’s manual of sorts for how to move our bodies through everyday activities to ease discomfort, reduce wear and tear and prolong our parts.  Entitled 8 Steps to a Pain-Free Back, (I have a copy you can borrow), it’s a great resource for every body, regardless of whether or not you are in pain.

Check out this short video about it:

Break up old habit patterns

Our bodies adapt to the ways we habitually move.  If it’s a dysfunctional movement pattern, the result, even if it takes years, is injury and usually pain.  You might think of common repetitive stress injuries, like carpal tunnel or tennis elbow, but it can also result in pain in the back, neck, hips, knees. This video helps release tension while also retraining your movement patterns to be easier on your joints.  (If you don’t have dowels, no worries, just pretend:)  As always, listen to your body and work within your comfort zone.  Enjoy!