The Modified Movement Experience
An inside look at creating a truly personalized movement program
What does the Move to Improve process look like?
Step 1: Free consult
We can meet at your favorite café, your home or in the zoom room. This is the most important meeting of all so that I can learn about your wellness experiences, what you want to accomplish and what kind of obstacles you have been facing.
This gives you the opportunity to get to know me as well since we'll be working closely when we create this revolutionary program together - I'm an open book! I am happy to answer any questions about the program, and how I think it will change your life.
As this program's benefits go beyond just movement, I like to have a little more insight into your day to day. I will provide you with my carefully curated welcome packet that will ask you questions about your medical history, procedures, physical activity, sleep habits, etc. I will refer to it often so that you can rest assured nothing is left to the imagination when I'm creating your program.
Once complete, we schedule your assessment to get the ball rolling.
Step 2: We assess your posture & movement
This informal assessment takes about an hour and set's the tone for the first month's lessons.
The first half is dedicated to the observation of your natural postural habits, gait and balance. Understanding how you move currently will help us create a benchmark for more progressive movability, and talk about what that looks like for you.
The second half, we will review your welcome packet together so I can make sure I am clear on your answers and see how your movement patterns may be contributing to your symptoms and vice versa.
We will focus heavily on the personal goals you want to accomplish in this program:
What daily activities you'd like to become easier
Lifestyle habits you'd like to improve
Fun activities you'd like to engage in again or for the first time
I get nerdy and take this information home to create an amazing movement strategy and exercise sequences that are safe, approachable, easy-to-do-at-home and help you make serious strides towards your goals.
Step 3: We create a schedule for practice and accountability preferences
I want this to work for you more than anything. Your success means my success. For best results, you'll need to stay consistent with your practice. To stick with it, we'll decide together how often you would like private lessons with me on days and times that won't stress your calendar.
There are many options to keep you moving between lessons that will work with any schedule. A daily movement practice doesn't need to take more than 10-15 minutes. We will talk about your learning style and whether you prefer PDF exercise sequences, short videos, text messages, etc with exercises to practice between private lessons. These will be an important reference to help you feel confident practicing on your own at home.
I will be available to you daily to gently nudge and guide you if you are adjusting to having a movement practice as a part of your routine.
Step 4: We press go!
We get started with our lessons and after the first 4 weeks, we check in to see how you have progressed.
We will check-in often each week. Your feedback is crucial for me to create the best content for you, make adjustments to your exercise sequences or modify our approach to best suit your needs. We will schedule progress assessments at the end of each month to make sure we are on target to meet your goals, and most importantly- that you're feeling good!
What makes this exercise program so effective?
"Wait, is it exercise or is it yoga!?
Programs generally begin with gentle mobility drills and simple corrective exercises based on your assessment.
Beginning this way will help you become aware of how your body responds to movement. Having this insight helps us find the best ways to approach exercises moving forward safely and without pain.
The first several lessons create the foundation from which we can incorporate more dynamic movement confidently later on.
It's unique structure
We take it slow & steady
We take the time we need to monitor and adjust how you're moving. This is the key to exercising with less pain, less setbacks and without injury.
We will set an intention that aligns with your goals in each lesson (example: ease low back pain) and each exercise within them (example: exercises that mobilize the hips, lengthen the spine and strengthen the legs) contributes to this goal.
You will not only know what exercises to do, but also how they're helpful and how to practice them in a way that's best for you to get the desired result. To be able to stay intentional with your movement practice, you have to take your time to ensure you're benefiting from it and finding it enjoyable.
The more beneficial and enjoyable - the more you'll want to do it, and the sooner you'll feel better.
So by slowing things down and making sure you're on track, you can actually speed up your progress. Pretty amazing huh?
Always accessible & adaptable
There are many, many variations to every exercise out there. There are several ways to regress and progress an exercise based on your capability and intent.
By creating this program, you will get a crash course in making all things more accessible, whether it be exercise, routine tasks or a chore. We start making exercises more accessible by using things you have already at home such as a chair, a scarf, a book, etc and use them as "props" to support you, give you feedback or challenge a movement.
Many things that are practiced standing can be practiced similarly seated in a chair or even lying down. This can be a great place to start if you don't feel confident in your balance for example. You can gain strength in the legs and improve balance while seated in a chair by focusing on small, minor movements and maintaining a particular alignment of the body. You might be surprised by how you can feel your whole body respond to a seated exercise.
Although we do make things more accessible, this isn't to say you won't learn to better adapt to scenarios that have been difficult for you. We take a more supportive approach while working to get stronger and more confident in your ability before facing challenges more directly.
Programs can be successfully completed anywhere from 3 months-1 year on average
You have the power to change the rest of your life in less than a year. That might sound too good to be true, however the benefits of a movement practice can stay with you so long as you keep moving.
This time line is strictly based on your frequency of practice and the goals you wish to achieve.
By the time you graduate from this program, you will have improved overall mobility and posture, corrected harmful movement habits, strengthened muscles that were not supporting you, and learned how to empower yourself through movement and rest.
The movement skills, stamina and invaluable sensory mastery you take away from this program will follow you into your daily life and the other awesome activities you wish to engage in. Feeling limited will be a thing of the past.
There's always more to learn
The end of our 1-1 program doesn't have to be goodbye! I'm continuously adding small group courses, workshops, retreats and of course, individual private lessons to the calendar.
The possibilities for movement improvement are ENDLESS.
So, what are you waiting for??
Get in here! I'm holding space for you!