Coordination Pattern Training

TRUE HEALING For Your Aching Back

TRUE HEALING for Your Aching Back

Betsy Wetzig, BA, CCPT

A while back, my client Bernice sent this message in an e-mail. “Last night I sat on a straight, wooden office chair. My left trap (muscle that stabilizes the shoulder and protects the neck) was screaming. I tried to sit back, forward, and anywhere in the middle. There was no let up! It went away when the concert was over and I got up. Do I also need to learn how to sit?”

Yes, Yes, Yes… The light bulb went on!  A major cause of pain and injury is the WAY people move, as in; sitting, walking, and standing. Bernice finally heard me and connected the dots. She had used massage, good eating habits, doctors, medicine/salves for pain, and even exercises from therapy. The good news, they made her feel better for a while, but unfortunately the chronic pains came back.  Stress seemed to play a major role. Why did stress make it worse?

How can you get to the core of the problem and change?  

The causes of your body not moving correctly are your “habits of movement.”  Most of the time, we are not even aware these habits are working. They function like an auto-pilot.

In fact, we have the possibility of two auto-pilots:

  1. Ergonomic Auto-Pilot (designed for maximum comfort, efficiency, safety, and ease of use)
  2. Coping Auto-Pilot (mechanisms for survival)

The way you handle stress tightens your joints, or braces your body. Organized by your Coping Auto-Pilot, this stress reaction is easily habituated and becomes something we use 24/7 or it gets stronger in times of aggravated stress. Some people in their 60’s still “march in the band with their shoulders too far back” as they walk, even though their last band practice was 40 years ago. Your Coping Auto-Pilot is about survival, or perhaps mis-training, but most of its habits are meant to be just for the short run.

You can get the Ergonomic Auto-Pilot to function most of the time, and the Coping Auto-Pilot just for survival times and special occasions with COORDINATION PATTERNS™ & DYNAMICS TRAINING. This training is what made Bernice finally aware of the true cause of her movement problems and the tools to fix them.  Based on the research of kinesiologists, Dr. Valerie Hunt, Dr. Josephine Rathbone, and others, this training functions at the core neurological level to improve both movement & mind!

Coordination Patterns™ & Dynamics Training: Betsy Wetzig, Founding, Instructor

 PRE-REGISTRATION: CALL BETSY @ 610-398-9652

Classes: Tuesdays 2:00-3:00 pm 

Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 pm

Private Sessions

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.

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

Patterns-Training-Center-Loby Betsy Wetzig, BA, CCPT

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!

Patterns-Training-Center-Loby Betsy Wetzig, BA, CCPT

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)