I am wondering what I should write in this post? Hmm… now let’s see.
I presented Health and Wellness: A Physical Therapy Perspective at New Seasons Market in Evergreen on Saturday, 11/12/16 amidst supportive family and friends. This was the very first presentation with a power point slide show and interactive session, getting everyone present involved in increasing awareness of their movement patterns. It was a fairly simple or basic session with emphasis on healthy movement, the 3 main pillars of which are: 1)Spinal Stability
2)Good Functional Movement Patterns and
3)Stable Foundation and Balance
I also spoke about the goal being either:
1) working on dysfunction in existing movement pattern to improve it or
2) taking the health to a new fitness level
During a yoga class this Sunday, one of the asanas is danda asana, kind of long sitting with emphasis on lumbar extension and forward pelvic rotation, with hip at 90 degrees. This calls for strong contraction of back extensors including multifidi and transverse abdominus for stability. This was particularly hard for me and I feel reinforcement coming from hand support and using elbow extension and shoulder girdle retraction to weight bear through arms instead of natural ability for weight transference from lumbar spine to pelvis. Hence it is an example of working on existing movement pattern for improving it.
There were a lot of new asanas that I learned today which involved increasing upper and lower trunk rotational mobility, something that I notice I have to work towards. So, overall participating in a one and a half hour active yoga class is in itself a journey for taking my health to the next fitness level.
Weekend is almost done. Have a good week ahead.
Ami Gandhi is a licensed physical therapist in the state of California. She is the owner of StableMovement Physical Therapy, a small boutique practice in San Jose that offers patient centered, one-on-one, hands-on physical therapy.