mind-body connection

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

Tai Chi / Qigong Saved Me from Fibromyalgia

By Carrie Lowry

Fibromyalgia for me was a slow starter and gradually got worse. It was clear to me that staying in bed all day should not be an option. Then I saw an article on the benefits of Tai Chi/ Qigong for Fibromyalgia and felt that this could be a good way for me to get back into living. I was middle aged and didn’t want to spend the rest of my life being miserable. I learned that it was important to get my body moving and just moving around the house was not helping at all. This was a real down time for me!
The common symptoms I was experience were:
• Muscle pain
• Extreme fatigue
• Sleep problems
• Bowl problems
• Depression

It took about 3 months before I could be diagnosed. My doctor tested painful tender points during an examination. He asked me about the exact pain I was feeling in certain areas such as over my neck, back, chest, elbows, hips, buttocks, and knees. These areas were small and much more sensitive than other nearby areas. The doctor also checked other points on my body that were not tender points to make sure I didn’t react to these as well.

Getting the diagnosis gave me some emotional relief because then I knew what I was dealing with. I’m big on research, so I got busy learning what I could do for myself. One of the important things I learned was that I needed to move. Yuck, just the thought of it at first made me cringe!

The research showed me that Tai Chi and Qigong are two mind-body practices that originated in ancient china and have been practiced there for thousands of years. People of almost any age or condition can participate.

One of the results of doing Tai Chi and Qigong are heightened feelings of well-being along with a variety of other health benefits such as:

Boost in energy
• Decreased pain and stiffness
• Better sleep
• Better physical and mental health
• Feeling better allows me to be more active – helps with depression

The research at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston reveal that a significant number of patients with fibromyalgia responded well to Tai Chi, experiencing alleviation of joint pain and other symptoms. This study is published in New England Journal of Medicine. I’ve also learned that trials have shown there were better results with Tai Chi / Qigong than reported in trials of drug treatments for fibromyalgia.

I was motivated and really engaged and after about two months started to feel much better. Improvement was gradual, but steady. Seeing the other students in my class, who I now consider friends, has also given me something to look forward to. My experience with Tai Chi / Qigong has been very positive, so I highly recommend it to all those who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Check with your doctor who, I’m sure, will recommend that you do gentle exercises. Tai Chi is perfect for this.

I now understand why Tai Chi / Qigong have lasted for thousands of years in China. It’s greatly helping me and my friends in so many ways.

Join one of Crystal Klein’s 4 weekly classes offered at Twin Ponds Integrative Health Center of the Lehigh Valley, located at 628 Twin Ponds Rd., Breinigsville, PA. Call 610-395-3355 for more information.

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