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All the Time You Need

I have a client, a 74-year-old quilter, who routinely complains about how, if she does all the things I would like her to do at home, she’ll never have enough time to work her quilting. She had a back surgery about seven years ago, did her physical therapy, and when it was done, went home and didn’t move much (or enough) for over a year. She got so weak she couldn’t get off the couch (while laying down) without rolling over onto the floor, onto her hands and knees and then having her husband…

Welcome to Artisans Restorative Fitness!

Movement for Makers is changing and rebranding to Artisans Restorative Fitness – we have a new name, website and things to share. But our mission is still the same! Why are we changing? Check out the video link to find out!

Pinwheel Pigeon Pose

Between the Half Seated Twist and the full variations of the Pigeon Pose, is the Pinwheel Pigeon (also sometimes called the Shin Box). It is a basic to intermediate pose that hits the same muscle groups and connective tissues as the HST, and the full Pigeons. It’s just a step in-between. Try it out! In the video I only show one side while doing the stretch, please remember to do both sides so you make sure to open up the piriformis, IT band, and the glutes on both sides.

Stretching the chest – a move to counter dowager’s hump

Opening up the chest, along with the scapula work, are two exercises (among many) that can help stave off dowager’s hump, and other postural issues.

Scapula Retractions from Table Pose

I’m way behind on my blog posting! So, expect a lot of new content in the next little while! Here is a quick little video looking at a possible solution to scapula/upper back pain for crafters of all types, as well as for people who sit for the majority of their day. This movement can also help to build good posture over time.

Facebook Live Event: Flow Yoga for Weight Loss

On Wednesday, Sept. 26th 2018, at 5:30pm MDT, we’re going to host a Facebook closed group live video event – Flow Yoga for Weight Loss. It will be a 15-20min class that shows you a yoga flow to help you lose weight and body fat. During the class, there will be two versions taught. One for those with average, or above average strength and flexibility, and another version shown using chairs as props for those with movement issues. The pre-launch price for the class is: $3.95. After the live…

Like a string of pearls

There’s a saying in yoga and Chinese martial arts, “you’re only as old as your spine.” What that means is, as you get older, if you can’t move your spine in any direction, you are “locked’ into a much narrower range of movement. And, that range of motion defines what you can and cannot do. For example if you can’t bend forward at the waist, at all, or not without significant pain, you can’t pick things up off the ground, tie your shoes, or hand your grandchild a cookie. If you…

Movement for Makers Promo

Last August I recorded a PBS program (Fit2Stitch), where I taught a small yoga segment for sewists (it hasn’t even aired yet. PBS keeps moving the season of F2S back… Now it won’t be out until sometime in the fall). The yoga was prop based (a chair), and restorative in nature. That, along with working one-on-one with quite a few clients that are artists, and crafters (stampers, paper crafters, sewists, scrapbookers, quilters, etc.) – in my day job as a trainer – I began sharing that yoga…

How To Become The Perfect Couch Potato

Imagine for a moment that you sit on the couch watching television all day, eating bon-bons, and your weight goes up to five hundred pounds. Most people think to themselves: “I could/would never do that!” But in truth they do things that are almost as pronounced. There is a very real principle in training (and life) called the SAID principle. SAID stands for: specific adaptation to imposed demand. What it means is no matter what you do (or don’t do) will create adaptations in the body. If…