Improve Your Walking
Wednesday 8 January, 2020
2.00pm to 4.00pm
Cost: $35 ($29 concession)
Join David Moore for this practical low impact workshop learning how to improve your walking, thereby alleviating foot dysfunctions including plantar fasciitis, flat arches and bunions as well as problems with knees, hips and back.. Participants will be introduced to principles of the Alexander technique in order to better understand the direct influence whole body balance and coordination has upon the feet.
This is the first of an ongoing occasional series of classes, which will allow people to follow up and get further input from the teacher in the process of improving their overall use of themselves
Our ability to move easily on our feet is essential for maintaining our maintaining our fitness and our enjoyment of life.
F.M. Alexander used the walking as example of the falsity of the adage that “practice makes perfect.” It that was really the case, he said, out walking should become gradually better and better the more we do it. But on the contrary, as people age many people’s walking becomes worse rather than better. Rather than the inevitable result of aging, he attributed this to the fact that their “practice” of walking was faulty and that the more they practiced these faults the more this faulty pattern became entrenched, setting up a vicious cycle of increasing dysfunction and pain. And indeed in the process of applying the Alexander technique we often see the supposed results of aging begin to reverse.
For many people this dysfunction may be caused or worsened by a traumatic event – an old sports injury, a broken leg etc. They will begin to walk in a way which takes the pressure of the injury in its acute phase. However, this modification of their walking can then become unconscious and permanent even after the injury has resolved. This sets up a vicious cycle, whereby this compensation for the original injury creates a lopsided and distorted pattern of movement which sets them up for future problems.
The Alexander technique approach identifies and then corrects faulty, and often unconscious, movement patterns. As we start to move out of these dysfunctional patterns, we begin to take the pressure off areas of pain or injury and begin to create a “virtuous cycle” taking the pressure off areas of pain and injury and allowing for nature to begin the healing process.
Join David Moore for this practical low impact workshop examining alternative methods for alleviating foot dysfunctions including flat arches and bunions. Participants will be introduced to principles of the Alexander technique in order to better understand the direct influence whole body balance and coordination has upon the feet. The workshop will also cover yoga postures, exercises for re-activating the feet and Body Mapping.
David Moore is an avid walker who enjoys multi-day hikes in wilderness areas across a great variety of terrain. He finds the awareness that comes from the Alexander Technique enormously useful in maintaining good body use and avoiding injuries.