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Bodywise, Inc. was established in 2001 in the San Fernando Valley and for the past 13 years has been the premier Pilates studio of the area.  With a highly personalized approach to our client’s goals and overall well-being the skilled staff have a superb knowledge of the body and true organized kinesthetic movement.  We are completely committed to our client’s goals and wellness, empowering our client’s with knowledge and fitness so that their physical well-being achieves its highest level.  Over the 13 years we have successfully alleviated chronic pain, helped those with disabilities to live a better life, assisted those in post-rehabilitation for a full body recovery and enhanced athletic performance up to 30% while lowering the incidence of injury.  By taking Pilates to the next level we take our client’s well being to the next level.  Bodywise is committed to making your Body as Wise as your mind. 

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Thoughts

When Acute Injury Leads to Chronic Pain

Jennifer Wilson

We never think much of it - we have an injury perhaps a serious one like a fracture or a soft tissue tear and we just wait for it to heal.  In the meantime your body is making all sorts of accommodations for this injury to make sure you can get on with your day and obligations.

This is the most important time for you to take a moment and really analyze how you are moving.  What compensations are you making to get through your day?  These accommodations are the conditions that will make your injury last for a much longer time than it takes to heal a fracture or soft tissue.  

We are beings of patterns and our bodies are willing to change patterns pretty easily.  We are easily swayed.  If we can bear just a little less than full weight on one leg we easily accommodate this by kicking our leg out to the side of our bodies to avoid putting full pressure on it and then over using our hip flexors to drag it along.  Meanwhile our sacrum, spine, knees and even ankles are getting quite a twist.  Once the injury heals and we can bare full weight again you would be amazed to find that though your right leg has moved more towards the alignment of your sitz bone it is still not in true alignment.  This is because your body has adapted to the new alignment of being way out to the side so the re-alignment of center is not quite straight.  The body is confused because other parts of your body have adjusted to the sideways moving leg.  So where is the real straight?

Imagine over time through the different injuries that often occur in our lives if these matters are not addressed how quickly the off alignment becomes the new alignment with all the different variances that have happened over time.

It is vital that during an injury and especially after it is healed to seek out advisement for correct alignment as soon as possible so that the interim way of being straight does not become the permanent way of being straight from that point forward. 

The curious thing about the body is that you may feel fantastic once the original injury heals and think that life is back to normal.  However, the adjusted alignment that is incorrect may manifest as pain months are even years after the original injury has healed since our bodies are so resilient.  This is when an acute injury becomes a chronic one.  

In our busy modern lives we rarely take time out for ourselves.  As they say when you fly, “Please secure your own mask before assisting others.”  It is imperative to take care of you.  This beautiful physical vessel we are in can last a really long time, however, it needs care and maintenance just like your car, house, etc.  Even daily tasks that are repetitive can cause alignment issues that help you get through the overuse and continue on.  So I urge you to take time out for your and to take care of you.  Your body will thank you and you will feel better and better.   ~ Jennifer Wilson

 

Perspective

Jennifer Wilson

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” - Dr. Wayne Dyer

 

I recently heard this quote from Wayne Dyer and have to admit that it had quite an impact on me.  It made me realize that I have had this outlook for a very long time about the body and its organization in movement.  Over time this ‘changed’ perspective has grown and continues to push me to formulate new and profound ways to approach movement and the body.

 

Movement is not just movement, it is energy, it is vibration, it is intention.  Movement does not come from making shapes with our bodies and extremities; it comes from deep inside emanating from our inner most place.  I always say your abs are everything but really it is much deeper than even your abs.  It is your spine but yet it is not your vertebrae.  As those of you who take from me know, your abs are your spine and we mentally remove anything in between your abs and your spine so that visually your abs lay directly on the front and sides of your spine at all times.  However, even that seems to have some separation in it and lacks the cohesiveness that needs to be there for proper movement initiation and control.  To me the core and the spine are energetically combined and are one intertwined unit that all movement, all being comes from. No matter what you are moving in your body, when you move from the deepest place that you can your movement is pure, it is free and it is easy. 

 

When I last wrote about the freedom that you feel when you move correctly and how enjoyable it is, it was this energetic combination that I was speaking of.  Instead of thinking about the separate parts where tendons attach muscles to bones thus creating the pulley system that moves us, think of one energetic whole, that emanates from the direct center of the pelvis.  I have to admit that though I am very versed in the anatomy and science behind how we move, I never think of this when I am moving myself.  I much prefer the energetic unit that cohesively flows, creating the movement from the inner most beginning place.

 

I know this is a huge shift to how we move in the world but definitely worth dabbling in.  A different perspective can make a world of difference to an outcome.  I will admit that I have put this to use in other areas of my life and found the results exhilarating.  Given the New Year is around the corner may you enjoy a change of view that opens up an enlightened exhilarating moment for you.

Loving to Move

Jennifer Wilson

As you know I am always thinking and always trying to find a better way to help people and to make living in our physical bodies more effortless and joyful.  Recently what has come to mind is trying to share my passion for movement so that it is infectious to others.  However, the ‘knowing’ part of me knows that change or motivation only comes from inside each individual and sharing what I feel inside of myself is just touching the surface of the ‘knowing’ what moving effortlessly feels like.

There is this amazing exhilaration that occurs when you have used your body to complete a physical task, being it a household chore, work in the yard/garden or climbing that hill on a hike.  Knowing that you can rely on your body to see you through, that it will be there for you in a time of need is priceless.  There is a certain confidence that is gleaned from this knowing which enables your journey in the world to be one of empowerment and joy.

I am continually astounded by our bodies and our physical capabilities.  The range of motion that we are afforded, the strength and power we are capable of and the immense beauty with which we can move.  

While on this journey on earth it is so wonderful to feel that complete connection with my body, down to each and every cell.  I feel that I am one with every aspect of my body and that with this knowing I move effortlessly through each day completing tasks and activities with a flow and ease that is beautifully harmonious and downright exhilarating.

This is why I teach Pilates - this love of movement, of complete integration with body, mind and soul.  I know that these three words have become such a cliche lately, however there really is a power to all of them combined.  We cannot afford to be separated from these three different aspects of ourselves.  They are all very intertwined and integral to our being human.  As quoted by Joseph Pilates:

“However, as we mature, we find ourselves living in bodies not always complimentary to our ego.  Our bodies are slumped, our shoulders are stooped, our eyes our hollow, our muscles are flabby and our vitality extremely lowered, if not vanished.  This is but the natural result of not having uniformly developed all the muscles of our spine, trunk, arms and legs in the course of pursuing our daily labors and office activities.

If you will faithfully perform your Contrology (what Pilates was called before) exercises regularly only four times a week for just three months as outlined in RETURN TO LIFE, you will find your body development approaching the ideal, accompanied by renewed mental vigor and spiritual enhancement. ………..You will develop muscular power with corresponding endurance, ability to perform arduous duties, to play strenuous games, to walk, run or travel for long distances without undue body fatigue or mental strain.  And this by no means is the end.”

I hope that through my passion, continual journey of learning, embracing all of the information this is the future along with my excitement and devotion for movement I can inspire your own wonderful journey in your own bodies.  Pilates is more than firm abs and great looking arms and should not be sold like the next new fad at a gym.  It is about feeling good from the inside out, putting a bounce in your step and adding a beautiful internal inspiration to your day.

We only have one body for this journey — love it, use it and embrace all that is has to offer you for it truly is a miracle of the universe in all of its body, mind and soul.