Anne Andrews, LMT, MA38362, MM36872

Bones For Life®, Ortho-Bionomy®

Class Descriptions

Bones for Life®, a program for posture, restoring proportional flexibility, and bone strengthening

Come and learn easy, fun, and effective movement processes designed to improve your posture, the quality of your everyday movements, help prevent self- injury, and promote bone health.

The Bones for Life® Program series offers a new paradigm of strategies for deprogramming painful patterns of posture and movement facilitating options for moving and standing that are pain free. Based on the concepts of Somatic Integrative Learning also known as the Feldenkrais Method®, the movements awaken the intelligence of movement management while load bearing to promote bone building strength and restore proportional flexibility in the spine. These strategies allow the bodyworker to gain knowledge and experience anatomy from a functional perspective, developing insights and deepening one’s knowledge base of kinesthetic movement, and skeletal and muscular anatomy.

Although this program is primarily for self-care, it is appropriate and relevant to massage therapy. Some self-massage technique is practiced and hands on techniques will also be demonstrated when working with clients.

Classes are open to the general public. It is open to anyone looking to improve the quality of their movements and posture as well as revitalize their bones. It is also open for those interested in the Bones for Life Teacher Certification Program.Participants should be able to lie on the floor and come to standing with little or no assistance.

Classes and Workshops

Bones for Life, Wellness Through Movement Intelligence:  This class draws from all 3 segments of the program. It duration is usually 1-2 hrs. 

Move Smarter not Harder : Learn easy, fun, effective exercises to improve the quality of your everyday movements and promote bone strength. In this monthly series you will learn how to deprogram counter-productive patterns of posture and movement that may be sabotaging you. Enroll in this life-changing class now and empower yourself to feel taller, lighter , and stronger. Classes are 1-2 hrs.

An Introduction to Bones for LifeLearn the basic concepts in this 3 hr workshop and go home with a few simple fast acting movements designed to improve your posture and stimulate bone strength. 

Bones for Life Segment I : This is a 4 day series workshop. Participants can dive in and experience the benefits in greater depth. It is not necessary to sign up for all 4 days. It is encouraged to sign up for all  4 days to reap the maximum amount of beneftis of this program.  

Day One and Two: 

 In day one and two of the series you will learn and explore:

  • Proper alignment of the spine to safely sustain light transmission of pressure to promote bone health and restore an effortless upright posture.
  • Cultivate proportional flexibility and springiness in the spine, knees and other joints
  • Learn movements to stabilize the pelvis and hip joints
  • Develop a well- functioning springy alignment to stimulate bone strength
  • Improve the quality of standing, sitting, walking or other daily activities
  • Awaken your body’s innate movement intelligence to release painful patterns of movement  and adopt more efficient patterns of posture and locomotion

Day 3 and 4:

  • Proper alignment of the spine to safely sustain light transmission of pressure to promote bone health and restore an effortless upright posture.
  • Primal movements of locomotion such as creeping
  • Elements of walking while load bearing as a means to improve efficiency and quality of movement
  • How the impact of pressure in the foot affects walking
  • Experience greater ease of movement releasing tension in the neck, lumbar, and upper back
  • Learn movements to stabilize the hip joints
  • Improve the quality of standing, sitting, walking or other daily activities
  • Awaken your body’s innate movement intelligence to release painful patterns of movement  and adopt more efficient patterns of posture and locomotion

Bones forLife Segment II   The processes in this series are a progression of the movements introduced in Segment I .They build in complexity and encourage full body relationships in movement.  Themes consist of: cultivating anatomical flexibility of the joints including the upper back, pelvis, knees and hip joints; acquiring the resourcefulness to spontaneously recover equilibrium, practicing ergonomic weight lifting to build core-strength; advanced movements to align the spine to prevent cervical and lumbar compression; exploring elements of pulling and climbing to raise the level of power in the body and strengthen bone; activating arm and leg coordination to support efficient walking. The use of light weights (1-2 lbs) is introduced to stimulate load- bearing in the spine.

The student shall learn  more advanced concepts of the program

2)  The student shall learn and demonstrate advanced movement processes for the   purpose    of:

  • movements for aligning the spine to prevent  or reduce cervical and lumbar compression with dynamic activity
  • Releasing dysfunctional habitual patterns of movement thru whole body integration and adopting more harmonious ones
  • Regulating proportional flexibility of the vertebrae by inhibiting the overly flexible vertebrae and articulating the stiff ones
  • To acquire several means for enhancing spontaneous uprightness
  • To reduce forward head posture and include it in the total chain of alignment in the spine.
  • Restoring stability and flexibility the rib cage, hip joints, upper back, knees, shoulder blades, neck and lumbar
  • Altering and enhancing the organization of the rib cage and thoracic spine
  • Learning to use controlled resistance  to  create in the organism a need to generate strength and to increase resistance of  the bones
  • Learning proportional distribution of load bearing using  isometric  resistance
  • To explore the response in the jaw  by integrating the pelvis and release tension
  • Exploring primal patterns of movement  such as creeping and crawling to improve core strength in the upper back and flexibility for standing and when working with clients
  • To explore the neurological response of the heel with the lower back and release accumulated tension in the lumbar
  • To learn to cope successfully with the fear of falling, enhancing self-confidence
  • To learn ergonomic weight lifting for core strength and balance
  • To use amphibious motions of early evolution to restore a reciprocal relationship between the legs, pelvis and lumbar
  • Exploring elements of pulling and climbing to raise the level of power in the body and strengthen bone
  • To learn to activate arm and leg coordination in a way that supports efficient walking

 

 

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