Anatomically speaking, there is nothing that pleases me more than seeing someone with well aligned posture and an easy movement. When I was lecturing students in their quest to be AEP clinicians, watching people walk is a nice segue into a whole body assessment. We would have our faces pressed up against the glass watching passers-by and clinically questioning their walking style. The best kind of people watching. “What components are tight?” “What areas require strength work?” “If they were to walk into your clinic, what initial testing would you like to do?” My goal was to ignite the fire of curiosity around movement patterns, whilst also continuing to reinforce the presence of the person held within the physical form. What factors have led them to move like that?
When the body meets emotions
The second layer to this process that sparks my curiosity is what emotion is behind the way they walk? Are the person’s shoulders rounded due to computer work or a protective sense of ‘self’? Are that person’s hip bound up and tight due to overtraining or emotional suppression?
When I’m working with a client, whether it is a physical or emotional starting point it just makes sense to address both areas. The two are so intrinsically connected, the combination addressing the body and emotions in a therapeutic session is like rewiring the brain and the body simultaneously. A renewed sense of freedom through ‘getting something off your chest’ through discussion and then layered with aligning opening can impact the shoulder joints, neck and spine. A shift in emotional perspective leading to shift in physical alignment.
The beginning of something magical
The benefits of these simple and effective approaches are immediate and can be improved upon over time. Clinically, an improvement in range of motion and function will allow your body to move with increased ease. As the flow of the physical improves, talking about the emotional blocks can allow the sense of being more emotionally robust and grounded in who you are. The present self is aligned body and mind.
Being the support to someone regaining their strength across the platforms of their life is a truly satisfying occupation. Witnessing the individual unfurl and grow in emotional and physical understanding and wellbeing, kitted out with their very own tools for success. If you’d like to start or continue to build your own tool kit, let me know here.