Moving Gets You Better
What makes you come see me: less pain, or better movement?
If you’re like most people, you’re thinking about pain relief (hell, who isn’t interested in pain relief?), but as your doctor, I’m more focused on better movement. That’s why I teach classes – to promote healthier standing and moving between or in place of sessions.
Strengthening is tricky for me because I’m very flexible and injury-prone. Working with George was a revelation. I’ve built strength, my pain has decreased, and I know what to think about when I exercise on my own. – Janice Okoomian
Online! Posture With Ease
Wednesdays 7:30pm – 8:45pm EST
Professional athletes/dancers and elders are most interested in healthy movement, the former because high performance comes first, the latter because preserving fluent motion is the most important thing for a joyous longevity.
Working with the client to enhance their performance is fun and satisfying. But even when performance enhancement isn’t the goal, here’s a secret (well, I guess it isn’t a secret anymore) – I aim for healthy movement because that’s the #1 thing that reduces pain for almost everyone.
Healthy movement is my job, and it’s more than making your joints move and releasing your muscles. It’s also my job to activate underworking muscles and stabilize joints so that the affected area has the support to move without tightening again.
“You must take the first step. The first steps will take some effort, maybe pain. But after that, everything that has to be done is real-life movement.” -Ben Stein
Dear Reader: it’s my sincere hope that you’ve never been restrained in chains. But if you have, you know that the pelvic floor and hip joints, the feet and ankles, the knees and the arms are crucial to efficiency. The whole body needs to be integrated to support good movement. So each of my classes considers the whole person as much as the area of focus.
“The posture/movement classes I have taken with George Russell are simply “top drawer”. He is energetic, empathetic, and brilliant, and possesses a wicked sense of humor. I can’t recommend his classes highly enough.” -John Guth
In the last year, my work has shifted to feature exercise more, and it’s helped with the people who managed to do their home exercises. But sometimes a person isn’t able to do movement regularly, or they want to keep getting input and ideas, so more education and guidance is important. If this describes you, you can get a lot from posture classes
Posture classes are fun, easy to do, and specific feedback, breathing, and guided meditation in every class. Compassion, humor and empowerment are central to my teaching methods. If you’re not enjoying yourself, I’m going to do everything I can to modify that. That’s my job.
“People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.”
— F. Matthias Alexander
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