Coordination Pattern Training

Freedom, Chains and Baby Elephants

by Betsy Wetzig, BA, CCPT

Perhaps you have heard about the baby elephants of India which are trained to stay in one place by chaining a foot to a post on a short chain.  Because of this training, as adults, when placed by a post they just stay there without any chains.

Lots of life coaches and therapists have correctly recognized that people can also have similar internalized chains or blocks to their behavior.  It helps to make positive mental changes, like making “to do” lists.  However, the root of the problem functions in our psychosomatic system, i.e. a system which is both deeply physical as well as mental.

Notice the baby elephant was given physical as well as mental triggers.  He not only learned to restrict his movement a certain way.  He learned that frustration and a bad feeling (physical feelings and reactions) could happen if he moved the “wrong” way.  He patterned his “movement” and linked the safe, good-feeling, way to his specific movement way, by limiting his movement.  He patterned himself (physically and mentally) into his blocking behavior.

For people, our way of knowing/being/doing and even habituated stress responses are. embedded in our movement-mind-body’s Coordinating Patterns .  The good news is these Coordination Patterns and their Dynamics are easily utilized for releasing internally patterned chains and blocks.   Simply stated, Coordination Patterns® & Dynamics’ Training** was designed by movement researcher and Twin Ponds own, Betsy Wetzig to utilize this movement-mind-body link and its mechanisms of our style and behavior for health and well-being.

In fact,  this training can help people do all sorts of marvelous things better, like… walk younger, do Pilates or yoga, golf, write a play, prevent pain and injury, forgive, communicate,  handle stress, and create a well-functioning team or family.  Betsy gives workshops, classes and private sessions at Twin Ponds, and even internationally. She recently added work with the Multimaster Pilates Toning Table for power assisted exercise, re-patterning, and rehabilitation. 

*¹Based on the work of researchers and kinesiologists, Valerie Hunt and Josephine Rathbone.

Resolution for 2018: Make Confusion a Joy!

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Do you ever find confusion, disturbing or just plain wrong?  Many people have an essential need to:

  • get data in order, with a “cause and effect” correctness, and
  • to move from one correct step to the next with “think first” as a priority. 

Others have a fierce need for clarity. The USA culture for the most part looks down on confusion.   Even speech is pushed toward political correctness and clarity. BUT, To be our best self, everyone needs randomness and playful confusion as well as correctness and clarity. 

Why It Happens and  Helps Us:

Randomness, paradox and thus “confusion” are aspects of reality.  Ignoring and avoiding them is a dis-service to ourselves and others.

Life changes and the correct structures we build often crumble or shift suddenly. Accepting confusion as good  gives us time to change and improve.

Sometimes people important to us (especially children) impose their randomness and play on us. Our acceptance of this confusion leads to better communication and relationship?

In certain behaviors such as change management, forgiveness, and mourning, confusion is part of the process and can be a useful and healthful tool.

Though we are genetically programmed to prefer certain ways of functioning (personality types and styles), we all need all our biological, movement-mind Dynamics and Style Types to utilize our full brain and movement abilities.  (Driver-Thrust-Sensating,  Organizer-Shape-Thinking, Collaborator-Swing-Feeling, Explorer-Hang-Intuition).  The Collaborator and Explorer Patterns both function with essential randomness and confusion.  These “confusion” abilities are in us all, although many have been trained to ignore them.

Some of Confusion’s Abilities and Joys:

Using randomness and chaotic playfulness is fun and childlike. It can help everyone be younger at heart. It is one reason why young children learn with such speed and ability, and can improve adults learning abilities as well.

Acceptance of confusion can help people let go of anger towards people functioning the “wrong” way.

Holding and playing with confusion and paradox leads to increased and productive creativity.  This is true for science as well as the arts.

Total correctness and order leads to immobility. Our brain gets into a habit of correctness.  We can constantly do and think the same things, the same way, over and over again.   Accepting confusion, especially playful confusion, can free us.

Learn more about Coordination Pattern Breakthru Training with Betsy Wetzig. Classes held weekly.

 

Un-Forgiveness Hurts

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Un-forgiveness hurts us both physically and mentally because the whole forgiveness process ( from the moment we receive the injury or loss, until the moment we can finally forgive) is a bio-electric process of our basic self. We each have a neuromuscular, bio-electric nerve-muscular-brain system.  It is our body-mind link.  It is what makes us psychosomatic, but its “not all in your head!”

1) We receive the hurt and react with our habituated stress reactions >. Might be tightening ribs, or back of neck or any place in your body you have often reacted to stress.  Our brain is put on alert… “Danger, Danger.”  Plus our old chronic pains often show up.

2) We are reminded or think of the hurt. > Our “gut” reacts. Emotions are both physical and mental. Our brain may get stuck in a loop of anger, depression, and fear.  Ye old chronic pains act up…backache, headaches or more.

3) We try to will our forgiveness but it doesn’t work because all behavior is both physical and mental and willing won’t make a difference without the physical half of our ‘self.” Un-forgiveness gets stuck in our whole being.

>>>GOOD NEWS…. Our forgiveness process is part of our DNA and can be fully accessed with the same bio-electric processes that get us stuck. Your Coordination Patterns and Dynamics are the bio-electric system of the mind-body and movement-mind link.

The Forgiveness Workshop on Dec. 2nd at Twin Ponds will teach you how to use this system with fun, simple movement exercises and understanding.

“For 10 years I could not completely forgive two friends who hurt me during my husband’s funeral,,,    but within the 3 hours of Betsy’s workshop the deed was done!” *Seattle, WA Workshop Participant.

 

Walking and Exercise Can Injure YOU!

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Doctors often recommend walking for all kind of health reasons including overweight, anxiety, depression, and fitness.  But over time walking and exercising the wrong way can injure you. In fact you may be experiencing these injuries already especially if you have chronic pain (which may come and go) in any joint.  Even headaches and pain in your lower back, neck or shoulders can be caused by improper walking and exercise.  It can also make you less able to handle stress, cause you a lack of energy, poor immune system, aging before your time and more.

Constantly going back to the Chiropractor or Massage Therapist with the same set of tight muscles and pain is a big red flag!  Who taught you how to walk? What IS the correct, ergonomic way to walk and how can you achieve it?

Coordination Pattern™ Training is THE Answer!

You have built into your movement-mind-body neuromuscular link,  a system that can bring you an ergonomic walk and movement.  Simple, easy, exercises, that work at the neuromuscular level, WILL improve: posture, balance, coordination, core strength, joint mobility, and the way you walk and exercise.

Classes meet each Tuesday and Thursday from 3-4 pm

Meet Betsy at the Twin Ponds Center 10-Year Anniversary on

Sunday, October 22 from 10 to 4 pm.

Read more about 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.