For me, 2017 was a year of unprecedented personal and business growth. I broke out of my comfort zone on the video front (still a work in progress – teaching a room full of people is WAY easier than teaching to a camera!). There is still a lot to learn on the tech front – I have some great ideas and plans in store, and the only thing that is really keeping me from achieving them is my lack of tech skills and knowledge. As my husband says “if you are feeling frustrated, you must be learning!” There have been some frustrating moments in front of the computer this year, that’s for sure.
This year I launched a website, wrote a blog and a newsletter every two weeks, held a workshop almost every month (and all of them sold out and then some). I’ve committed to being a regular poster on my social media, and have subsequently made the acquaintance of so many wonderful and interesting people. (On Instagram I also follow horse trainers, artists, museums, chefs and bakers, foragers, makers, interior designers – it makes for a fuller experience!).
Being a staff teacher for Nutritious Movement means I travel often for work and sometimes for personal growth opportunities like training and retreats (to date; 5 RES weeks and 2 training/retreats). I feel incredibly lucky to have been selected for this role and look forward to all it has to offer in the years to come. Some of my colleagues have become close personal friends, and that is something I did not anticipate. How do you make new friends when you are an adult in your late 50s? Some of those people I hope to collaborate with in some form in the year or years to come.
You’d think people write blog articles because they have a wealth of knowledge to share, but in my case, the reverse is true. I write blogs because of a lack of knowledge – I’ll get a question or something will come up in class and I’ll think – that would be a good blog! I’ll set to writing it only to realize the holes in my understanding of the topic and set off to research it. Days later I resurface and start writing, often putting out way too long a post and then have to pare it down to a manageable bite. It helps me to be able to communicate an idea succinctly and simply, a skill I hope will transfer to video.
If I were to give you a recommendation for your movement and alignment practice it would be this: record yourself as objectively and accurately as you can when you start (or now!). Take photos of your feet and of your whole body from the side and front. Measure things like your range of motion at your joints and write it down, or record it using video. Almost everyone has a phone with a camera nowadays so it’s easy enough to do.
I regret not doing this for myself because after almost 6 years of practice, there must be a lot of changes, but they occur so slowly that it’s impossible to notice in one’s self. I have clients who say “do you think I’m getting better at this?” or “I think this might be different now” and the improvement is obvious to me, but not to them. Body parts have changed shape (even those parts you think are not capable of change). Ranges have improved, quality of movement has improved, sometimes function (as in pelvic floor work and disastasis recti) improves. Pain diminishes or disappears. Your confidence in your body’s abilities grows and thus movement opportunities increase.
Sometimes I will get a glimpse of myself in a window or someone will capture a candid photo and I’ll see myself in an unprepared moment and think “not bad!” One of the most wonderful side effects of an alignment practice is that you start to see yourself objectively and not subjectively. If I’m standing well or moving with ease, I feel pleased. No longer do I look at my imperfections and think “if only I was thinner or prettier or younger.” You’ll start to look at things like the ability to sleep, breathe, digest and void (either through the regular orifices or the mouth, in the case of flu) as a source of pride.
Being a well functioning primate is a good thing.
So at the beginning of this year, consider taking some photos and reviewing them at the end of 2018. I hope you have a wonderful year full of movement of all kinds.
I will continue to blog as the inspiration hits, but not as regularly. I hope to post more video content here and on Vimeo. Thank you for reading and visiting,