“There is a way of being … Which is lighter … Which is freer … A way in which work … As well as play … Becomes a dance … And living a song … We can learn this way.” — Milton Trager M.D.
Carrie Heitsch teaches this blend of meditative movement, sensory awareness, and functional anatomy at Peaceful Hands Yoga in Orange, Virginia.
Classes are Thursdays at 4:30 p.m.
Carrie’s drop-in class fee: $14, or prepay for four classes with Carrie: $42. Your first class with Carrie is free.
(Contact Carrie directly — email below — if you are interested in her classes and for information on her current schedule, class breaks/cancellations, etc.)
Milton Trager’s poetic words inspire Carrie’s classes, in which students of any age and any level of fitness can explore their abilities and develop their sensory perception while learning alignment and exercise strategies that support a movement-rich lifestyle. Students ranging from the sedentary, pain-afflicted, and movement-challenged to the able, fit, and athletic can discover new ease in movement by building awareness, strength, and flexibility from the ground up. Each class integrates careful attention to alignment with exercises that stabilize and mobilize one’s joints and guided exploration of more free-form movement.
The guiding principles of Carrie’s “Mindful Mobility” Class:
* Our muscles must work for us to accomplish our daily life activities. Good health depends on the muscle tone that comes from work. But optimum movement also requires ease, the release of unneeded muscular effort. We’ll play with imagery and movements that invite a sense of lightness and softness.
* How a joint is “loaded” – that is, how our weight is distributed over a joint – determines the effect of all movement and exercise. How we align our feet, ankles, knees, hips, rib cage, shoulders, and head affects the loading of our joints as we move. We’ll use props to find joint-health-enhancing alignment, feel the sensation produced by that alignment, and learn simple movements that help us return again and again to functional alignment.
* Understanding how our bodies are put together and how they function informs our movement. We’ll bring in just enough anatomical information to be able to visualize what’s happening as we move and optimize the effect of these visualizations on our movement.
* Our aches and pains are often the result of movement habits built over a lifetime. It takes time, awareness, practice, and kindness to make lasting change. We’ll practice these in class.
* You are the ultimate authority on your body. While experts can suggest strategies, exercises, or movements, only you can assess their impact. Only you can know what makes your body feel and work better. Each class will include time for independent exploration; time for you to tune in to your own sensations and your body’s movement requests.
Carrie Demonstrates A Mindful Mobility Exercise For The Pelvis.
This class is the outgrowth of Carrie’s movement evolution story, as she explains here:
“As an awkward, clumsy child, I concluded that amount of fun to be had was directly proportional to how badly I got hurt. As a young adult, the correction of spinal misalignment helped me find more joy in movement, but still, there was frequent low back pain, a succession of frozen shoulders, a chronically cranky hip. I thought I was heeding my Yoga instructors’ injunctions to honor my body; I thought I was taking care not to overdo in all of my activities, but there was no denying that “something I did” often reduced me to a state of not doing much.
“A serious, long-term illness brought movement to a near standstill. To relieve my discomfort, I turned to The Trager Approach®. Its impact was so profound that in a complete about-face, this former computer programmer entered the Trager training program. I learned new sensory awareness that enabled me to more truly “honor my body” in all physical activities. My movement education has been enriched by classes in the Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique, and Franklin Method, the study of how movement affects our neurobiology, and the study and application of Katy Bowman’s biomechanical teachings.
“The lightness and softness that is the Trager Approach depends on adequate muscle tone, but developing strong muscles that move in dysfunctional ways only sets the stage for more pain. Awareness of biomechanical principles enables me to develop my muscles in a way that optimizes their function and reduces joint strain. This, in turn, enables me to move more lightly and freely.”
“I look forward to sharing this ongoing journey with you — developing more comfortable, more effective movement patterns in everything we do, from changing the car’s oil to cooking dinner to running a 10K.”
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Carrie has been a Certified Trager Practitioner since 2010. In addition to her classes and workshops, she provides private movement education in her Culpeper office.
For more information on Carrie’s classes contact her directly at MindfulMobility.VA@gmail.com.
Directions to the Peaceful Hands studio can be found here.
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