My mission is to help you improve the quality of your life. Whether that be through movement, wellness or mindfulness, I always want to leave you with one piece of information that you can start working on today to better the quality of your life. With this mission, women come to me on Facebook + Instagram asking where should they start.
I want to start by saying that you are in the right place! We have created this awesome community of like-minded women who want to improve the way they move, feel + live while also empowering others. If you are interested in learning more about health and wellness topics such as dry brushing, food allergies + birth control, then be sure to check out my Core Connections Podcast because knowledge is POWER!!
But if you're interested in learning about the top three things that I correct my clients on right away, then stay here a while and read some awesome information and insight on how I train my clients. Speaking of... before I let you I have to let you know about my FREE Core Wellness Video Series that I have put together for YOU to help expand and what you are going to learn below to help you feel stronger + more energized!
I love talking about posture in all of my programs + memberships because it is something that you can work on all day, every day. Improving how you are standing can drastically improve how your body feels.
With your posture, I like to address two things right off the bat. I want you to bring awareness to lightly lengthening your body and to stop locking your knees. These are two very common things I see amongst my clients because it’s the body’s way of cheating itself into being lazy.
Lock your knees back and notice what happens to your core connection + your back. Right away you get pain in your low back and your core immediately shuts off. As soon as you soften your knees (not bending them, just soften them) and think about lengthening, you instantly start to activate your deep core while activating the fascial lines through your body and muscular system.
When doing that, you might notice that you fatigue a little bit and that’s okay. But you have to start with where you’re at today and just by bringing a little more awareness to your knees + lengthening you can really propel the way that your body feels.
BELLY TO SPINE
You have probably heard me talk about belly to spine before because it’s taught so much in fitness. From a holistic wellness perspective, it’s not effective for strengthening your deep core, especially your pelvic floor.
If you instantly suck your belly to your spine and try to engage your core, it’s hard to get a deep breath in at all and you feel pressure pushing down on your pelvic floor. So, you want to make sure that when you’re engaging your core that you don’t draw your belly to spine.
And I know what you’re saying, “Erica, wait, what? I’ve been taught this my whole life and every instructor tells me to suck my belly in to engage my abs.” BUT this can actually be counterproductive for proper deep core strength!!
Every time you start to catch yourself drawing your belly to spine, I want you to lightly connect from the base of your pelvis. Picture that beautiful diamond-shaped pelvic floor of yours drawing together and then up as you’re lengthening. In the beginning, you might feel like you’re not doing anything, and that’s okay. That first step is rewiring your brain to tell your body what it needs to do. If your body has been trained to draw your belly to spine, then you do it without even thinking about it.
It’s better to have this flowiness throughout your body rather than being tight because that’s when there’s a risk of tearing or straining ligaments. When you’re more fluid, you start to address the fascia. And just a reminder, fascia can actually be stronger than our muscles. It’s this fine balance of being fascially strong and muscularly strong.
BE PATIENT WITH YOUR BODY
Work to embrace where you’re at today. Knowing that it’s a journey and that you will continue to learn little skills along the way, you will be able to excel where you’re going to be in two weeks, two months or two years. I have lots of videos and programs to help teach this concept to you.
The time it takes to learn how to connect with your body doesn’t imply that you’ve been doing it wrong, it's correlated to the fact that you’ve never been taught this awareness before. We all have a history of things we’ve been taught, but the most important thing is to know that we can change and improve anything that we want about our body.
These couple things that I’ve shared with you today can really help you start feeling better right away, but it all starts with embracing where you’re at today and learning to be patient with your body.
If you’re expecting results to happen right away, then you’re putting more stress on your body thus increasing the stress response in your body which could lead to inflammation and that would counter everything that you’re trying to improve. That’s why I’m here to help you heal your body naturally through movement, mindfulness, visualization and healthy eating.
The material contained within is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before beginning a new regiment or purchasing any product(s).
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