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Ergonomic Exercises Can Prevent Injury & Improve Minds!

Ergonomic Exercises Can Prevent Injury & Improve Minds!

By Betsy Wetzig, BA, CCPT

 

Even walking, your body, mind and brain have an ergonomic “best way” of functioning.  (Ergonomic – designed for maximum comfort, efficiency, safety, and ease of use). This “best way” uses neuro-muscular patterns to manage and coordinate movement and mind.  Unfortunately, this system can also cause us to function in less than optimum ways.

Among other things, this system functions in our psychosomatic capabilities.  Even the dictionary defines “psychosomatic” as: a physical illness that is caused by mental factors such as stress, or the effects related to such illnesses. However, our psychosomatic system can function to heal us and help us function ergonomically. It can help us handle stress to prevent injury, and deal with our habituated stress reactions in a positive and releasing way.

Based on mind-body-brain research, Betsy Wetzig used this core coordinating system to develop Coordination Patterns™ & Dynamics Training. Ergonomic exercises are turned into an ergonomic life!

This Training uses simple physical exercises to:

  • prevent injury/pain, rejuvenate
  • improve physical skills (yoga, ports, etc.
  • improve breathing
  • release physical stress reactions

This Training’s Behavioral Dynamics’ explorations improves the use of:

  • perception, awareness
  • creativity
  • styles of art, learning
  • leadership, living
  • communication, relationships, and emotional reactions

If you want to live the “best way” in your life, consider using the movement/mind exercises of Coordination Pattern & Dynamics Training

For more information call Betsy Wetzig: 610-398-9652

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 Workshop: Ergonomic Exercise to Transform Your Life! Sat., Oct. 26, 11 am – 1:00 pm, $45

New class starting: Wednesdays 6:30-730 pm, $75 per 6 classes

Improving Movement, Improves “Awe!”

by Betsy Wetzig, BA, CCPT

When was the last time you felt awe? According to current research the “AWE EFFECT” gives you “enhanced critical and creative thinking faculties, improved health and an increase in pro-social behaviors such as kindness, self-sacrifice, co-operation and resource-sharing.” (Researcher, Dr Dacher Keltner UCA, Berkley) But notice awe has a very important physical component. It is felt at the deepest level of your physical being.

What is Awe? Awe is an emotional response to stimuli and has been defined as “the feeling of being in the presence of something vast and greater than the self, which exceeds current knowledge structures” (Keltner & Haidt, 2003). It requires a physical response. It requires perception and awareness, which use our physical-mental link. Indeed, awe is a process of our neuromuscular “movement-mind-body link”, which is the research bases of Betsy Wetzig’s, Coordination Patterns® & Dynamics Training.

Because of trauma, stress, cultural restrictions of behavior and poor movement training, people can inhibit the functioning of their movement-mind-body link. Thus, people can unknowingly inhibit their awe experience. In the modern world it’s easy to do. For instance, were you ever told to shape up, or sit still? Such actions can inhibit perception, awareness and feeling, and they are just the tip of the iceberg.

The good news is that Coordination Patterns® & Dynamics Training will also turn on ergonomic movement-mind Patterns to make your body move its best, easiest and most efficient way, as it opens up the freedom to deeply “awe” and a whole lot more.

Location: Twin ponds Integrative Health Center, Breinigsville. For information on Coordination Patterns™ & Dynamics Training classes, workshops and private sessions, call Betsy Wetzig at 610-398-9652.

A “Good-Bye Letter”

Discover Yourself with the Feldenkrais Method®

The following letter was written by a doctor who experienced a hereditary spine condition. He was a client of Carol Siddiqi, a trained practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method of Movement®. Carol worked with him for more than 8 years in the private Feldenkrais lessons called Functional Integration®. These lessons were tailored to his learning needs as Carol guided his movements through gentle non-invasive touching and words. The learning process was carried out without the use of any invasive or forceful procedure as he laid on a table or sat on a chair fully clothed. Over the many years working with Carol, his knowledge went far beyond the anatomy of his body. Read the following to hear his gratitude and the improvement of his physical condition.

Hi Carol,

This is a difficult note to write, but I’ve decided to discontinue our lessons. I find saying “good-bye” to you difficult because I deeply appreciate what you’ve taught me. You have inspired me and I respect and admire the person you are. Before I met you, I only knew I had ribs, shoulder blades, and a pelvis because I attended anatomy lab. Now, I can feel them and have techniques to free them up, not like you can, but I can “play” and make progress.

Some of the things I learned and am experiencing:
• I understand movement and walking so much better
• I can feel the unity of the body and the connectedness of the parts
• I’m always amazed how you work in one area and then I feel a softening and movement in another area
• I’m more confident walking
• Your stories of others striving to overcome disabilities, and seeing how you’ve responded to injuries has been inspirational

I’m so glad Dr. Feldenkrais devoted his life to developing these lessons, glad you found him and glad I found you. I feel the weight of responsibility to keep striving, playing, and working. I will keep you fresh in my mind as I do so.

I wish you the very best of health and satisfaction and trust you know what a wonderful difference you’ve made in my life and, I have no doubt, in the lives of countless others. For me, you’ll always be the woman who can make floors and tables soft.

Thank you, Carol

Charles

The Feldenkrais Method® is a form of somatic education that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. With this Method, you can increase your range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement.

By expanding the self-image through movement sequences, the Method enables you to include more of yourself in your movements. Students become aware of their habitual neuromuscular patterns and rigidities, and learn to move in new ways.

The Feldenkrais Method® helps those experiencing:

  • chronic or acute pain of the back, neck, shoulders, hips, legs, or knees
  • central nervous system conditions such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and stroke
  • musicians, actors, and artist can extend their abilities and enhance their creativity
  • seniors enjoy using it to retain or regain their ability to move without strain or discomfort
  • healthy bodies, but wish to enhance their movement abilities

Group classes are called Awareness Through Movement® where the Feldenkrais teacher verbally leads students through a sequence of movements in basic positions. These precisely structured movement explorations involve thinking, sensing, moving, feeling and imagining.  By increasing awareness, the student learns to abandon habitual patters of movement and develop new alternatives, resulting in improved flexibility and coordination.

“Make the impossible, possible; the possible easy; and the easy, elegant.”       – Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc.

Awareness Through Movement® classes: Mondays 5:45 – 6:45 pm

Feldenkrais Method of Movement® private sessions: 

Call Carol Siddiqi, BS, GCFP, RYT

610-618-0467 or carolsiddiqi@hotmail.com