Movement Therapies

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Movement Therapies for Baby-Boomers

 

As Baby-Boomers age, they may become concerned with their health, mobility and flexibility, so they may check out movement therapy to keep in shape.

There are many forms of ‘movement’ therapies to choose from. Some treatments one can perform on their own following a book or a DVD, or after being taught the basic mechanics from an instructor. Some therapies are inexpensive, some cost considerable sums of money.

I’m going share with you a few movement therapies which I am familiar with, whether I’ve actually used these methods or ones that I would like to experience in the future.

 

Feldenkrais Method ® Click title for more info

“The Feldenkrais Method® of somatic education uses gentle movement and directed attention to help people learn new and more effective ways of living the life they want. You can increase your ease and range of motion, improve your flexibility and coordination, and rediscover your innate capacity for graceful, efficient movement.”

 

Movement Therapies – N & O Click title for more info

  • Nia

“Combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness, Nia tones your body while transforming your mind. More than just a workout, Nia is a holistic fitness practice addressing each aspect of your life – body, mind and soul.”

  • Osteopathy

“Osteopathy is a drug-free, non-invasive manual therapy that aims to improve health across all body systems by manipulating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework.”

 

Yoga Click title for more info

 “Yoga has been around for more than 5,000 years. According to WebMD, “yoga does more than burn calories and tone muscles. It’s a total mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation or relaxation.”

 

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Other forms of movement therapies listed below can be found on my ‘exercise’ page:

 

QiGong 

“Qigong is a mind and body wellness practice integrating movement, posture, breathing, and awareness in a new category of exercise called “moving meditation”.”

 

Taoist Tai Chi ®

“Taoist Tai Chi® arts involve deep stretching with a full range of motion and continuous turning of the spine. They exercise the whole physiology including muscular, skeletal, and circulatory systems, as well as tendons, joints, connective tissue and organs. Rather than depending on tension and the development of hard muscle tissue, these arts develop a body that is relaxed and strong at the deepest levels.”

 

Walking

“I’m sure we’ve all been told all our lives how good walking is for us and it is cheap and easy, no special equipment required. I never much liked walking just for the sake of walking, and because it was good for me, but over the last few years I have come to really enjoy walking – just for the sake of walking.”

 


I have noticed that as I have made a commitment to be proactive in looking after my health and attempting to get in some form of movement several times a week that my health is slowly but steadily improving. And I’m beginning to actually like and crave movement – who knew?

No matter what form of movement therapy you choose, make it fun, and only do as much as your body, fitness level, and pocketbook dictate.

 

 

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