We humans are social creatures, so we love doing things in groups. We learn better in groups so any kind of class is a wonderful idea to most of us! That is especially true for exercise classes. Having people around is stimulating, encouraging and helps us go beyond what we think our limitations are. This is also true for our classes using the Egoscue Method for postural alignment.
Some of you know about Egoscue from coming to Pain Free Performance because you were in pain and could not find a way out. Back pain, neck pain, ankle pain, shoulder pain, knee pain – we’ve seen it all! That is the essence of Egoscue – total body alignment that restores function and relieves pain!
Egoscue class is a great way to connect with other folks who are enjoying the benefits of a pain free aligned body. Keep in mind class cannot be specific to each participant’s particular issues. Most classes meet a couple of times a week and your body needs more training to re-adapt to proper muscular balance for posture. You guys that have your Egoscue exercise menus know that a body needs the daily reminder of what those muscles are designed to do!
For those of you who haven’t visited us, this postural alignment work is individualized and specific to you, your body, your pain and dysfunction. Exercises are prescribed (called menus) that have a sequence of muscular activation and/or deactivation best suited to your body. There are no two bodies alike and there are rarely identical menus. Class should not be viewed as a “one size fits all” approach to body alignment and pain relief – it should be another fun activity that you participate in because you’re feeling great after doing your menu!
Doing your individual menu gives you a wonderful opportunity to tune into your own body and inner self. Listening to your body while performing your Egoscue menu is a perfect meditation time or just simply quiet alone time. If you’re going to class but you don’t have a menu…let me encourage you to get one. It will change your life and it will make all of the other stuff possible.
Going to class is great!!!! Keep at it! Class, hiking, biking, running, swimming, tennis – move and enjoy what you love to do — your body will like the extra movement and extra attention. And, do your menu also. You can have the best of both worlds!