Coordination Pattern Training

Your Movement Nature Revealed

MP900309567[1]As the owl in “Winnie the Pooh” might say, “Whoo , who, are YOU?”

Do we really know? Do others? Would you like to know more about the authentic you?

We certainly know a lot about other people from the way they walk and move. Your body and movement are talking to “others” and “you!”  Are you ever being mis-understood?

Like most people, you probably tend to ignore your body and movement when they are trying to tell you that you are stressed, frustrated, nervous, tired, blocked, angry, lonely, or acting like someone your really don’t want to be.

  • Could this denial or mis-understanding of your body and movement be hurting you physically and mentally? YES?
  • Do you have any tapes running in your head that say, “Sit like this, pull your shoulders back, you are bitchy, too strong, too weak, too_________?” YES?

You can easily become more aware of your true movement-mind self and style, and use this awareness to improve your potential, including:

  • creativity
  • communication and learning
  • all your talents
  • skills
  • interactions with others

Simple, easy exercises can reveal the core, internal patterns and dynamics of your body-brain-movement-mind − your core self!

Join us and have fun using the movement and dance of the Halloween Characters of your youth, along with the way you walk to reveal your true authentic self at our Halloween Workshop.

Facilitator: Betsy Wetzig, an international presenter, movement researcher, and dancer-choreographer, has been working and researching with this neuromuscular movement-mind link since 1971. She has created Coordination Pattern™ and Dynamics Training, to help people find and apply this awareness to their live

Your Movement Nature Revealed Workshop

Saturday, October 29, 9 am-12 pm, $45.00

Pre-register 610.398.9652

Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center

 

Revolutionary… Learn the “Reverse Aging Walk”

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Don’t wait until you are looking too old, aging too fast, and living with chronic pain. Better to stay youthful, agile, and strong with a reverse aging walk of your own. But, even if you already have problems, it’s not too late. Here is just one of many stories of people who have learned the benefits of a “Reverse Aging Walk.”

“It’s old age. It’s arthritis. Learn to live with it.” These are some of the words of discouragement I had received about my chronic pain. A neck too stiff for driving, aching shoulders, burning mid back, sore lower back, unsteady gait, and tender knee were all the old injuries that came back to haunt me, limit my mobility, and dash dreams of an active life.

Luckily a friend recommended I try working with Betsy Wetzig. After one class of Coordination Pattern™ Training and Dynamics and a week of doing the suggested exercises on my own, my pain began to recede! Now, I have been attending Betsy’s group class for two years. I have stood in the kitchen pain free while chopping veggies. My knee is much more stable as I carry a heavy basket of clean clothes up the stairs. My neck is turning farther and with more ease as I drive. I am now dreaming of a brighter more active future!

My whole body is improving. Recently, my massage therapist mentioned to me that my bunion is improving because there is much more movement in the big toe joint and the toe is at a better angle. The large muscles in my body are stronger while at the same time more loose. My muscles and skin are more firm. The exercises are paying off. It is much easier for me to move and I am back to walking for exercise. Other people are noticing my improvements. Bernice

Move Better – Be Better! Join movement expert, Betsy Wetzig. Learn simple exercises that tap into your natural coordination of mind-movement and body-brain. Make your every step a “Reverse Aging Walk.”

Use Coordination Pattern™ & Dynamics Training. Move Better – Be Better!

  • Prevent joint injuries and pain
  • Improve balance and ability
  • Look better – more dynamic
  • Unlock stress reactions and tightness
  • Improve your talents and abilities

“Reverse Aging Walk” Workshop
Sat., May 14, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM Fee: $45
Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center, West LV
Register at 610-398-9652

Symptoms of a Damaging Walk

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By Betsy Wetzig

Most people walk incorrectly. (Who taught them how? What bad habits have they picked up?) Little by little their bodies are being injured. The results are our common injuries and pain in the lower back, knees, hip, neck, shoulder, feet and even headaches. Later on it leads to poor balance, shortening and tightening of the spine, weakening and an “old before your time” look and feel. Even if you have no pain now, incorrect walking will lead you to it. AND…Even many “fit” people don’t walk correctly.

Here are some major symptoms of a bad walk. Do you have any of them?

A) Simply stand still and ask someone to check you from the side. Is/are your:
• Head in front of the shoulders or tilted to the side
• Shoulders behind your hip (should be over the middle of the hip)
• Knees hyper-extended or locked
• Shoulders pulled up towards your ears or rounded forward

B) Walk
• Are your ankles, knees or hips tight?
• Is your gait even? (both legs with the same rhythm and movement)

GOOD NEWS…… You can transform your walk into an “Ergonomic Health Machines.” Your bad walking habits can easily be changed with simple exercises which will activate your correct Coordination to:

• PREVENT & REVERSE JOINT PROBLEMS, MUSCLE PAIN, & STIFFNESS
• IMPROVE YOUR COORDINATION, VIGOR, YOUTHFULNESS
• HELP YOU HANDLE STRESS MORE EASILY, BE MORE CONFIDENT
AND SO MUCH MORE!!!

Join Movement Expert Betsy Wetzig’s CORRECT WALKING WORKSHOP

FRIDAY, DEC. 4TH , 7:00-9:30 PM

at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center

Register at 610-398-9652 ($30 or $45/ two, at the door $ 40)

 

It is Peace of Movement-Mind–Body

It is not really “peace of mind” but “peace of movement-mind-body”. A state of peace is actually a behavior which by its nature exist in the whole of our being. All behavior is both physical and mental. The mind and body are one, yet we often forget this simple truth to our detriment.

Peace needs to be embodied in us. It is so much more than a state of relaxation. When an athlete, dancer or artist is performing in the “Zone” are they not at peace? Should we call this type of peace, transcendent peace? What other types of peace of movement-mind-body are we missing because we limit ourselves to the false and simplistic “peace of mind”? How about the peace that surpasses understanding? What are the many probably false assumptions we have been holding because we are seeking the “peace of mind”?

The “peace of movement-mind-body” can be reached with many tools including spiritual ones and embodied practices like art, music, dance, exercise, meditation and in fact, a deep interaction with life in which we are open to explore our personal dimensions that are out of balance. Such tools require the whole of us, our flesh, our heart, our mind, and even our soul.

Betsy Wetzig Originator of Coordination Pattern™ “Breakthru” Training, Co-author of Moves For Greatness: Focusing the Four Essential Energies of a Whole and Balanced Leader, Choreographer/Dancer, Educator and Co-originator of Full Potential Learning.

Is Your Walking a Benefit or a Harm?

 

Are you getting benefits from your walk or is your walk causing harm? Do you want to improve your walking?

You can learn an Ergonomic Walk that will prevent injury, increase energy and strength, and communicate a state of well-being, youth and self-confidence? Do you want to use walking to improve your brain and life?  OR… will you wait for wear and tear to show up as pain in joints and muscles, headaches or the old-age, bent-over, shuffle?  Walking can be a benefit or harm – it is up to you. 

How did you learn to walk?  Who did you imitate? Did you pick up their mistakes?  Do you recognize the following pains?  Could you be walking the wrong way? 

Here are five common mistakes which make a walk cause harm. There are many more.

1) Shoulders pulled back (which also pushes head forward), causes neck and upper back problems.  Long term, it can even cause the upper back to hump forward.

2) Walking with your weight too far back in the foot, causes problems with the lower back and shoulders.  It can also cause hip/ thigh pain.

3) Not allowing thighbone to move far enough back as you walk, causes hip and foot problems.

4) Not using your big toe correctly or on the outside of your feet as you walk causes problems with the hip, feet and knees.

5) Not allowing your hips or shoulders to move freely causes a myriad of problems, injury and pain.

You may not realize you are walking incorrectly, but it is important to know that walking can be a benefit or it may be harming you and causing pain.

Just think about the people you know who are older but still move well, walk well, and have that inner spark of life.  Ergonomic Walking is at the heart of youthfulness and well-being. It will improve all your physical endeavors including sports, dance, gardening, cooking, making speeches… and so much more.

Walking is one of the best ways to improve your brain, mind, and mood.  CORRECT walking can magnify all of these benefits, because it utilizes the power of the neuromuscular movement-mind link.  We were made to walk well! But….It is a skill that needs to be and should be developed. How about letting a person who has worked on creating an Ergonomic Walk for people for the past 30 years teach you how to walk for benefit and not harm?

Coordination Pattern™ Training and its simple exercises are just what you need. Join movement expert, Betsy Wetzig, at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center for classes and her upcoming workshop. It is time for you to learn how to walk correctly to prevent pain or restore your body from abuse and pain.

 

Step by Step…Breath by Breath

A Meditation Walk

A Tip from Coordination Pattern™ Training

For some people, like me, meditation is the most fun when it is done while walking.  You can still quiet your mind and relax.  The secret of doing it, I call the butterfly breath. Try it sitting down first.

1) The exhale>Blow your air out as you would do if you were trying to blow a butterfly off a flower.

2) The inhale>Open your mouth and allow the air in.  Don’t pull the air in with face, throat or upper chest muscles…. Just allow it in. (Note: You may feel your hip move slightly forward and back as you do this breath.)

After you have mastered this breath sitting then try doing it as you walk.  Some people take 3 steps for each exhale and inhale.  Some people take 4.  Just experiment and find a comfortable stride and number of steps for you. 

Next try counting your breaths and try to relax.   You can even say in your mind “One relax.  Two relax.” Etc.  Count to 10 and start again. When you have this moving along easily, just keep your mind on the count, letting yourself just witness what is around you without becoming involved or making judgments.>> Your mind and body are quieting.

Next stop counting as you walk and just think of one neutral word.  You can use the word “relax”.  Say it over and over as you walk, at first replacing the count.  You can eventually let go of keeping it in rhythm with your walk if you want to, but you do not have to

Just let it simplify. Let everything you do be easy.  Keep just witnessing your environment.  You are there and have a knowing of what is around you but you are not engaged with thoughts of it.  Keep mentally saying your word or the word “relax.”

This type of meditation may not give you the full benefits of sitting meditation; but, It does:

  • quiet the mind
  • helps you relax
  • burn calories while gently exercising.

Coordination PatternTraining improves the use of the whole brain and gives improved access to all its intelligence and skills. It can be applied to improve Communication, Leadership, Creativity, and, Learning skills. Join us for class on Tuesday and Thursday, 7pm.

Betsy Wetzig, Originator of Coordination Pattern™ “Breakthru” Training, Co-author of Moves For Greatness: Focusing the Four Essential Energies of a Whole and Balanced Leader.

Are You Creative?

Do You Need to Be?

If your first answer is “not really,” you are probably one of the crowd who thinks creativity is just about Art and maybe Inventions. The new brain/mind/body science will tell you, “you are wrong.” Creativity is needed in just about every succesful behavior including: parenting, playing games, marriage relationships, business leadership, learning, and communicating. You are already creative and you can be better at it.

The good news is that you can easily become more creative and thus more successful in all you want to do.  A key way is through movement training.  Yes, movement training can improve the way your mind functions, including creativity, and it is never too late to start.

 

All behavior has both physical movement and mental components including creative types of behavior. We are all psychosomatic (mind/body/movement) beings and our psyche-soma system can be used to make us healthier and better functioning both physically and mentally.  It can also react to stress negatively and make us depressed, unhealthy and minimize our ability to be creative.

 

A major part to the secret of how to keep yourself in the positive use of the psyche-soma system is good movement training.  Movement by itself works so well that doctors tell depressed patients to “get out and exercise.” This truth is also why yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, golf training and other physical training can bring you clarity of mind, while it is making your body healthier.  But we can now also use this psyche-soma system more specifically for your particular neuromuscular (brain/body) pattern use.

 

We can use movement exercises which will train you to handle stress better and actually use it to be more successful. You can also learn how to use yourPsyche-Soma to turn on its Dynamics of Play, Dreams, Movement, Art and Creativity.  Yes, you can easily and with fun increase your ability to be more creative in all you do.

 

To solve your problems and enrich your life you need to be creative.  As Rich Pastorella, owner of the Pastorella Health and Fitness Center, Weatherly, PA  said. ” Betsy Wetzig’s system of Coordination Pattern Training uses the human system of movement and thought and it allows you to understand them from multiple perspectives and to apply them to the problems that you are facing in your life.”     

Betsy Wetzig – Originator of Coordination Pattern™ “Breakthru” Training, Co-author of Moves For Greatness: Focusing the Four Essential Energies of a Whole and Balanced Leader, Choreographer/Dancer, Educator and co-originator of Full Potential Learning.

INTEGRATIVE

The Whole is Greater Than the Sum of its Parts

Each of us is made up of many interactive systems. Being healthy in mind and body happens when these systems work together harmoniously.  Often, we humans separate one part of one system and work on it to make it function better.  This is not the best route to take because it does not take care of the whole problem and the whole problem is the problem.

Almost everyone, sooner or later, has a lower back ache.  Is it purely caused by the muscles, nerves and bones in your lower back? No! There are many interactive mental and physical systems which cause it to exist. Since we use the same body to express our mood, attitude, and meaning and things like anxiety and anger cause tension in our muscles, the psychosomatic (mind-body) connection is always involved. Moreover, like the truth of the old song, “the knee bone is connected to the..,” no part of the body acts in isolation from the rest.

Back aches can be caused or made worse from stress, the way you walk and stand, a
nutritional problems, overweight, etc.  All your systems and parts are always working together. The whole is indeed greater than the sum of the parts!  The integration of the body and mind systems and parts can be addressed to become healthier.

Experts from various holistic disciplines at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center work together to improve the “whole self.” Our programs address stress, emotions, nutrition, lifestyle, movement, alignment, energy, and so much more. Applying this added power of an “integrative approach” to a physical, mental, emotional concern will assure your success!

Betsy Wetzig, Originator of Coordination Pattern™ Breakthru Training

Especially Athletes! and All Others!

Diligent practice of hip stretches—what in yoga we often call “hip openers,” as though they are key to unlocking thesecrets of the hips—can dramatically increase your flexibility and range of motion around the hip joints. If you are athletically minded, this can be a good thing. But as with many good things, too much can be overdoing it.

The key for athletes is to develop or maintain balance between stiffness and openness: a balance of strength and flexibility in the muscles around the hips.This balance can change depending on both the athlete’s body and on sport-specific needs.

Depending on your sport, too much flexibility can be detrimental to your sports performance, as it can reduce your snappiness. Consider, for example the stiffness a runner needs for efficient transfer of energy to the ground. A floppy runner, one whose hips sag with each step, will have to work harder than one who springs lightly over the ground. But you need enough flexibility to move fluidly through your stride, without a hitch that can lead to an overuse injury. Poses that mimic the running stride, like lunges, can help you stay flexible through the range of motion used to run, and hip stretches that target the external rotators can help avoid overuse injuries like Iliotibial Band Syndrome and Piriformis Syndrome.

On the other hand, athletes need vastly more flexibility in the hips for engaging in activities like rock climbing, curling, or playing positions like catcher in baseball or softball.  A yoga practice for athletes in these activities can look very different from a practice for athletes who require more springy stiffness in their bodies; athletes who need to take deep squats can enjoy the full range of hip stretches, including poses that move deep into flexibility.

Consider where you fall on this spectrum. There may be a very good reason hip openers frustrate you, or a good reason for you to love and enjoy them. Either way, the process gives you an opportunity to consider what you can change and what you can’t, and to practice focusing your energy on creating useful change and accepting the unchangeable.

For all those who would like to improve balance and flexibility, reduce pain, increase range and ease of movement, and reduce habits of tension, consider becoming a student of one of the following: Yoga, Coordination Pattern™ Breakthru Training, Feldenkrais Method® of Movement Education, Personal Fitness Training, Pilates, Tai chi or Qigong,

The Unexpected Leadership Breakthru with Coordination Pattern™ Training

Susan was looking for what? All she  wanted to do was relax, learn a bit, and take some time for herself.  The Self and Joy Renewal Retreat was running at Twin Ponds Center. The flyer said, “Enjoy fun, play, food/cooking, music… along with mind-movement understanding.”  Why not give it a try?

On the first night, as the group was making the English Tea, Susan realized that what she really wanted was to break out of the behaviors that were holding her back at work. Already, she was getting a core understanding of how she functioned and differed from others. So when filling out and discussing Betsy’s handouts on Family Styles and Types, she saw how some of her “restricting” habits were learned in her family and culture while others were her reactions to stress.  A light bulb was going off, “I can change!”

Overnight she glanced through Betsy’s book, Moves to Greatness: Focusing the Four Essential Energies of a Whole and Balanced Leader. The section on Swing/ Collaborator/ Leadership weaknesses really hit a cord.

By Saturday, Susan was already using her new creativity and communication skills. Who would have thought her plate of vegetables… as she is a person who always has to be “Correct and Proper” … would win the “Most Humorous” award. Although it was, as Besty pointed out still wonderfully placed and orderly.

Later, as the group made and enjoyed dinner, Susan was fully on board with her newleadership skills.  She had actually experienced how the Coordination Pattern™ Breakthru Training exercises opened up her movement and most surprisingly, her mind; how they allowed her to Swing into her interactive and playful self which had been ignored and pushed down. She told Betsy, “I can hardly wait to lead my next team meeting at work.  I used to dread them.  Now I can enjoy and use my team members’ ways of functioning instead of trying to control and organize them into little copies of me…… I’m wondering what George’s reaction will be when I start enjoying his stories and jokes instead of giving him a dirty look to keep him on task.  It makes me laugh just to think of it.”

Susan was so thrilled with what she learned at this workshop that she signed up to attend the weekly classes.  She knew that this Coordination Pattern™ “Breakthru” Training helped her to break through to a new and improved level of leadership and a more satisfied life.

Betsy Wetzig, Originator of
Coordination Pattern
Breakthru Training