East Meets West: Healthy Core & Floor Introductory Intensive
This intensive will help you to understand why moving and breathing from your core plays such an important role in the health of your whole body on a cellular level. Our pelvic floor plays a pivotal role in bladder, bowel and sexual function. We will help you understand how to maintain and optimise the health of this whole, vital area.
Type of Event
Join specialist pelvic floor physio Amy Hansen and Level 3 yoga teacher, Nikki Shilling for a Sunday afternoon interactive and practical intensive on all things floor and core. Check the link for more details.
Includes a light afternoon tea.
“Core” is such a modern buzz word. But what does it actually mean? For yogis and those involved in other Eastern traditions such as tai chi, kung fu or qi gong, it’s always been relevant albeit in a very different way. For upwards of 5000 years, yoga philosophy has told us that all dis-ease begins in the belly. In the ancient yoga texts, this area is described as the “kunda“, while “manipura” (the term for the navel chakra) translates to mean something along the lines of city of gems. “Sacrum” – the part of the spine said to correspond with the “sex chakra” swadhistana – comes from the word “sacred”. The Chinese word for “core” or belly is “tantien” which means “brain”, while the Japanese describe it as the “hara” – essentially “the place between heaven and earth”.
This whole area from navel to tailbone corresponds with our enteric nervous system – the gut – sometimes called our “feeling brain”. It seems obvious from the above paragraph that wise, ancient cultures have long deemed this area a magical and powerful part of the body – it gives life for goodness sake! Unfortunately though, in our modern society – particularly for women – we have been encouraged to squish it, tense it, over-engage it , overtrain it and hold it taut in a way that has affected our breathing, our spine, our ability to move efficiently and our physical and emotional health generally. It’s fair to say that for the most part, many of us have lost all connection with it.
Tension in the lower trunk is a major contributor towards immobility, stiffness and core weakness but there are many more serious illnesses that may manifest in the future.
This intensive will help you to understand why moving and breathing from your core plays such an important role in the health of your whole body on a cellular level. You will learn how to improve your range of movement, your breathing and increase the amount of oxygen that actually makes its way into your blood cells. We know that cancer cannot survive in the presence of oxygen and (according to breathing expert, Roger Price), among other things, an oxygenated blood cell metabolises glucose about 20 times faster. You will also learn why yogis and regular meditators rarely have weight problems and why intense exercise can sometimes cause weight gain. Nikki will demonstrate and teach some accessible techniques based on wise, yet ancient yogic-science. Techniques that were developed to massage the internal organs, to gain inner-muscular control and to help prevent things like prolapse.
Do any of these ailments sound familiar?
- Spinal stiffness, weakness and niggling aches and pains
- Limb problems, shoulder issues, problems with the hips and sacrum
- Sleep disorders
- Blood disorders
- Inflammatory conditions
- Hormonal imbalances
- Postural issues
- Anxiety / depression
- Fertility problems
- Sexual problems/pain
- Skin rashes, eruptions
The techniques are naturally intuitive and physically accessible to anyone – the only thing that will take some work is changing your mind! You certainly do not have to be a yogi. These postural tools and techniques are beneficial to everyone and can be applied during most physical activities, ways of being and daily routines to improve health and wellbeing.
Please join me and specialist pelvic floor physiotherapist, Amy Hansen for our introductory intensive on this subject. I am looking forward to working at a deeper level with you.
Don’t you deserve to feel better?