I am going to tell you something that I think will interest you. Your body, right this minute, is attempting to do these tasks:
- Deliver oxygen
- Maintain your immune system
- Generate bone
- Repair cartilage
- Digest food
- Regulate your temperature
- Make new skin
- Get rid of old skin
- Filter your blood
- Store energy
- Access stored energy
- Get rid of lactic acid
- Move an egg to the uterus
- Move an egg out of the uterus
- Move blood
- Break down food
- Move waste products out
- Repair any wound, grow a baby, grow hair, grow nails
- Regenerate all the cells on all the organs and all the tissues in the body
This is a short list of all the things your body is trying to do, this minute. But it’s all OK because your body has the skeletal muscles to help with all of these items. Yes, your bicep group flexes your elbow, but these muscles also move blood back up from your fingers, and help prevent lymph from collecting in your armpit, where it overwhelms the lymph nodes. The muscles in the feet can wiggle your toes, but they also keep the nerves from the sacrum to the legs from dying. Foot muscles also prevent the skin around the ankles from developing sores and severe wounding. Today is Love Your Muscles Day. You won’t find it on any calender, because I just declared it just now.
Guess what? Tomorrow is Love Your Muscles Day too.
Your skeletal muscle system can help you to store long chains of energy (glycogen) so you don’t have to have to store it in your blood (high blood sugar and triglycerides) or as excess body fat. Your muscles also store the water needed for hormonal and cellular functions.
But, P.S., your muscles can only do all these things when they are at a specific length. “Qua?”, you say. It’s true. This information, the fact that your skeletal muscle is only fully active when it is at a specific length, could have the greatest impact on your health for the rest of your life.
As we have bounded forward in huge technological leaps, our musculoskeletal function and human-body function is withering at an alarming rate. Diseases that we North Americans perceive as age-related declines are happening to industrialized nations only and not in countries all over the world. And even within our population, health is declining more rapidly than the generation before us. This next generation will be the first to under-perform and under-live their grandparents. Ouch.
The position (literally) we have gotten our body into is being passed down to the next generation, because we have not been instructed on how to move. We keep teaching the next generation our poor habits because we don't understand how movement and alignment are passed on (psssst...It's not genetic...) The farther we have gotten from nature, the less we are moving like nature designed. Bones that regenerated while walking a few miles for food a day didn't come with a back up plan and don't stand a chance. Blood circulating into the feet, knees, and legs did so because of the many hours spent using our leg muscles to hold ourselves up. Sitting down 8-10 hours a day keeps the pressure in the blood vessels high, increasing the work for the heart. Research shows that fitness activities are making the situation worse, not better. The benefits of exercise are not equal across the board.
We have gotten ourselves into a predicament, but the solution is extremely simple. Get each muscle back to its perfect length, and adopt a movement program that best mimics nature’s design. Managing any health issue, injury, or disease is more simple than you could have ever imagined. The Restorative Exercise Institute and the Aligned and Well program are the facility and the program that are dedicated to bringing this Physics of Wellness information to the public.
We need more teachers, which means first, we need more students. There are 25 points that anyone can see with the naked eye that reveal the actual functioning position of a skeleton. When you learn how to see and evaluate these points, it becomes very clear why the human body is not functioning optimally in most people around you. There are then 50 exercises that can be learned and then mastered, to significantly increase the neurological, metabolic, circulatory, and locomotion systems of the human body.
These bony alignment markers and corrective movements are the foundation of our six-month training program. We currently have 4 spots left in our 2010 course. I strongly recommend this course from the self-healing perspective first (take this course for the benefit of your own body and those nearest to you) and for your students or patients second. Every human should have to attend a university course on their own body in their lifetime. This is that course. Get a degree in YOU. The information is not only fascinating, but hugely important for the community of people you serve.
We are interested in local students, of course, but are also in need of longer-distance students to provide this information to communities outside of our county and even state!
Course Information can be found here: http://restorativeexercise.com/2010/our-services/re-training-program/ . There is also a brochure to download on this page. You won't regret taking this course.
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Be good, be well, be happy.