Coordination Pattern Training

Get Rid of Anger Fast!

by Betsy Wetzig

Ancient wisdom tells us not to hold onto anger. Science tells us that prolonged anger or holding onto anger is bad for our biochemistry, joints, and general well-being. So why do we do it?

 

The multiple reasons why we hold onto anger are many, including:

  1. fear/self-protection
  2. in part we are incorrect/ we contributed to the wrong
  3. inability to fix the situation
  4. confusing anger with old hurts
  5. using anger to control others or the situation, and
  6. dealing with anger in a purely cognitive or emotional way, failing to realize that anger is a physical and mental behavior

Here are some basic, physical tools for loosening and releasing anger’s physicality. Play with these and you will discover more.

  1. Loosen your joints by shaking, and wiggling. Ye old, “Shake it off” works. Make sure you don’t hold your head or shoulders still as you shake.
  2. Sigh and let yourself feel like you are melting. Let your hands open up. Feel the sense of letting go physically.
  3. Hit something soft like a pillow as you vent. Express your venting verbally, and even use sounds such as a pirate’s “arrgg” or a sob.  Don’t try to edit what you are speaking. Get it out. You can speak to a trusted person or do it by yourself.
  4. Breathe at whatever your comfort level speed is for your actions #1-3. Then start to slow your breath, let yourself feel heavy and relax more, and more, as you add in occasional sighs. The heavier you feel, the more relaxed you are.
  5. As you relax, feel heavy and physically let go at the end of every exhale, and then begin to ponder about your “goodies”… “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy… at this moment in your life…especially for you.”
  6. AND THEN allow thankfulness beginning to move you any way you want…. Maybe walk, run, sit and write, perhaps sigh and shake off some more. Just let yourself be physical. You might try letting in some music. Repeat anything from #1-5 until you feel a bit calm.
  7. Now you can add to the calmness the more mental, cognitive side of justice, solutions and your own spiritual dimensions. As you do, you can let in and blend the physical tools numbers 1-6…as you like, in your own time.

Practice these tools and the physicality of releasing anger.

Based on Coordination Pattern Training & Dynamics

Well-being in Close Quarters

In Challenging Times of Crisis

by Betsy Wetzig, BA, CCPT

Even one person by themself can feel stifled by staying in for two weeks or more.  How big a space you are in and the human desire to be in a variety of spaces is important. Another issue is how we each use time. Finally, there is the problem of how we interact with others.

Our styles of functioning and personality types have a great deal to do with how we cope. All behavior is both physical and mental and we are all different. For instance, we each have different space and time needs. In my DNA, training as a dancer, cultural family background, and extroversion, there is a need for: (1. a lot of space with a great deal of random stuff around and (2. lots of interaction.  I also need my time to be flexible. Too much organization and rigidity of schedule drives me nuts, i.e. a high tension, stress state.

Many people are just the opposite. They need clear, confined space and if introverted a lot of time to themselves. They may need a very fixed schedule. There are many variations of use of space and time.

Now is a great time to think about your space/time needs.

  • Does your body use a lot of space or do you hold yourself together?
  • Are you an introvert (dealing with the environment and information as it comes into you)
  • Or extravert? (dealing with your environment and information as an outward function)
  • How much time and when do you need to be by yourself?
  • What kind of schedule makes you comfortable?
  • Does a neat clear space make you feel good?
  • Do you prefer the “lived in” look and feel?
  • What is your most comfortable personal space?

When you are in a confined space for a long time with others, your time/space needs can become a problem.  If these are not understood and discussed, they can cause a great deal of friction.  For everyone there will be occasional friction…lol.  But, understanding your needs and sharing these with others can prevent friction or at least help keep the volume down!

The answer is to understand and discuss your space / time needs and those of others. Be graceful to others for there will be occasional friction for everyone.

Hope this helps:  Wiggle, Giggle and Play 3 times a day!

 Betsy Wetzig, Founding Director of Coordination Pattern® Training and Dynamics and author of “Move for Greatness: Four Essential Energies of a Whole and Balanced Leader”

 

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!

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

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

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