A Body in Balance: Ball Rolling & Other Self-Care Techniques
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Life can throw you off-balance.
Learn how to roll yourself back.
Posture and injury therapist Pál Kokity is offering a series of self-care classes focused on counteracting the strain of everyday Life. In this mini-series, students will learn practical self-care techniques for addressing a faulty core, compromised lower body support, and upper body strain patterns that Pál sees present everyone regardless of fitness level. Basic exercises are introduced to help students activate and re-educate alignment in their body.
Pál’s classes are taught using a combination of tools to help students optimally learn ball rolling. To help you apply the techniques outside of the class room, a comprehensive class manual is included so that we can focus on feeling and understanding the techniques during the class instead of just memorizing what to do. For attire, it is recommended that you wear lightweight flexible clothing.
Understanding Your Body
In this class, Pál will introduce the importance of having a self-care program that balances passive release techniques with exercises to help open and re-educate the body to function in a more optimal manner. Students will, first, learn about the two components of strain in our body, the area of collapse and the area of compensation. Then, we will discuss how and why passive techniques are used to access and release ‘tightness’ within the connective tissue and our joints. Basic concepts of how to use balls and rollers to release tightness will be covered while working with key areas of structural collapse in the body. Finally, we will introduce basic visualizations and exercises for aligning and reactivating our ‘core’ musculature.
Lower Body Support
We are designed to be upright on our feet, so why do people have difficulty performing basic actives while standing? It is because imbalances within our legs affect their ability support us as we walk (or run, dance, Tadasana, etc.) our way through Life.
This class will focus on how faulty leg support causes collapse, compensation, and immobilization within our body. Comparing our lower body to the suspension of an automobile, this class teaches how it supports the rest of our body, absorbs shock, and creates the ‘spring’ to propel us through space. Pál will discuss how misalignment exacerbates diseases such as arthritis, osteoporosis, and scoliosis. For self-care, students will begin to learn how to identify collapse within their legs. Then, specific ball rolling techniques and exercises will be taught for releasing collapse and reactivating lower body support.
Getting to the Core
The Lower Body Support class focuses on how misalignment affects the ease at which we can experience and move through life. This class does the reverse by concentrating on how bad habits and lifestyles create collapse and dis-ease within our body.
Habitual strain of everyday life creates imbalances in our body that negatively affects our health. While it is impossible to avoid the stressors of life, it is possible for us to learn how to counterbalance many of them to help us to live in a less stressful and healthier manner.
In this class, Pál will be teaching a combination of ball rolling and stretching techniques focused on decompressing and realigning our torso. We will begin the class by discussing how bad habits and posture create a lot of pain and can influence a variety of health concerns including high blood pressure, breathing disorders, and digestion problems. Then, for self-care, students will learn how to use ball rolling and stretching techniques to mimic ‘deep tissue’ massage to help release tightness and improve healthy functioning of our torso.
Releasing the Upper Body
The legs are the focus of support for our body but, as the saying goes, we carry ‘the weight of the world’ on our shoulders. This class focuses on the head, neck, and shoulders and how lower body imbalance, bad ergonomics, and everyday activities strain them. We will briefly discuss anatomy and why we are susceptible to repetitive strain injuries of the rotator cuff and carpal tunnel. Specific stretches will be shown for creating shoulder releases. Then, a combination of self-massage for the arms and ball rolling for the shoulders will be taught.
Whole Body Integration
You have learned a lot of techniques for taking care of yourself, but how do you know where to begin and in what order to do them? This class unifies the concepts taught in the previous classes to help you evaluate your body and teach you how to have a more effective self-care program. The objectives of this class are:
§ How to identify where you lack support in your own body
§ (Review) How structural imbalances affect posture, exercising, and the healing of injuries
§ What is the hierarchy of the body?
§ Which areas should you focus on, first, to create long-term change
For the technique portion of the class, we will be reviewing some of the most important releases and exercises taught in the previous classes. There will also be ‘Q & A’ time to help the students with their individual needs.