Do you wish you could walk a 5k?

Many people sign up for 5K races as walkers. Since running isn’t for everyone, walking is another way to enjoy the festivities surrounding a race. It’s also a great way to get a good walking workout in since there are so many others to enjoy the experience with.

Some of the reasons why I do races is for the camaraderie, healthy competition, and a way to keep on a healthy streak.

For some, walking 3 miles can be daunting. Learning to walk in the most efficient manner you can helps to conserve your energy so that the 3 miles can become a possibility.

Others may be able to walk the 3 miles easily enough but are looking for an easier, and/or are looking to get rid of certain bugs or pains they encounter while walking.

I’ve invested many years in my own walking education so I can enjoy walking to its fullest.

If you’d like to further your own walking education so you can fully enjoy your next walk then sign up for your consultation today!

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Do you experience pain when walking?

Walking is one of those essential things we all must do to get around and live our daily lives.

And when we experience pain while walking it can make life a bit tougher.

Most muscular pain is caused by inefficient use of our selves, usually from lack of skeletal support.

When we learn to use our skeleton as our primary means of support it takes the load off the muscles, which then can be more efficiently used for (action) our activities.

Babies and toddlers are very good at using their skeletons to support themselves. We gradually forget this internal knowledge of efficient use as we age as we look further outward from ourselves for answers.

If you’d like to regain your ability to use your internal senses as a means of providing efficient, pain-free movement sign up now for a consultation!

And coming this September 16th I’ll be leading a ‘Pleasurable Walking’ workshop in West Seattle. In this workshop we’ll be learning new tools to help make our walking a more pleasurable experience.

 

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Happy Independence Day!

Today in the USA we’re celebrating our independence from Britain, of our freedom from outside rulers.

I also think of it as a way to celebrate my own independence from outside influences or voices about how I should live my life. What I can think, feel, or speak.

One way of describing the Feldenkrais Method is as a method of getting rid of the outside influences over our inner lives. An act(s) over time of restoring our own personal dignity.

Who’s in charge of your life?

You can celebrate Independence Day by learning to take control of your inner life by booking your consultation today!

In Peace,

Erik

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Using roadblocks to learn

In this journey we come across road blocks from time to time. It’s not that we happened upon it, or it happened upon us, but rather it’s our response to it that matters in the long run.

In my work as a Feldenkrais practitioner I sometimes create these for the purposes of learning. We call them constraints. Given you can’t move this way how can you still move forward?

Recently I gave myself a constraint in my running. I pulled a hamstring in late April following a race. It didn’t happen all at once, but a series of things converged; not properly warming up, sprinting down a hill when I normally don’t do that, not taking enough time after the race to bring my training back up to speed, and not doing much Feldenkrais so I can keep in touch with how my body was doing and to reorganize it for efficiency.

The pain was intense enough that it kept me from running for more than a month. My wife even asked me what I’d have to do to make it not hurt. I said “not run”.

So I swallowed my pride and didn’t run.

Instead I focused a lot on my walking. Going back to the basics of how I walked.

Refining how I walked so that I could do it with pleasure, and not ever going into pain.

So with a week before the Rock and Roll Seattle Half marathon, and ready to opt out of it, I finally was able to go for a run without the pain coming on. It was slow as I had my awareness radar on high to pay attention to how I was running.

I was able to do two more slow runs before the Half marathon came up, when I decided to go for it and run it.

It may be slow, but my only goal was to finish the race and not be in pain.

I did complete the race. I felt out of shape from being away from running for that month. My time was only 2 minutes slower than last year, which really surprised me for all the walking I did in the last half of the race.

But most importantly the painful hamstring was history.

I used my inability to run because of pain as a catalyst to learn how to run without being in pain.

If you’d like to learn how to move without being in pain get your consultation now!

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Walking as a classroom

I talk a lot about running and the value it’s brought to my life.

But walking has been my mainstay and constant companion throughout my life. And as a teacher of movement and awareness I focus much of my self-learning around my own walking as a means of enhancing my professional skills.

At times when I’ve overdone myself while running or doing manual labor around the house, and some of my muscles are screaming at me, walking is waiting for me.

Walking is waiting for me, to take me back to the basics of how I’m organized with each step, to shine my awareness on when my skeleton is supporting me and when it’s not, and to find new ways of asking questions that can change my experience, both physical and mental.

Walking is waiting for me to take me out of my monkey mind, as a meditation of sorts, to unify myself as I’m striding through the neighborhood.

Walking is an activity that can be a joyful and useful activity in our daily lives and can open up our world to new adventures.

If you’d like to improve your walking book your Consultation today!

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Experience the joy of running

Running has become a joyful experience for me.

Sure it takes a couple miles sometimes to get into the rhythm of the run, but eventually it syncs up and I enter a more blissful running state.

For many, and it used to be this way for me too, the idea of running and pleasure don’t go together.

There are many reasons for the displeasure of running. Pain gets mentioned to me often as a reason not to run. Mostly this is the memory of being in pain while running. “I can’t run because the last time I ran 15 years ago I hurt myself. Never again!”

And until you understand how you move (your patterns), then you’re bound to move in the same way you did before that got you hurt.

That’s why I love the Feldenkrais Method, the ability to notice what I’m doing so I then can explore new options that may help me transcend my previous difficulty, that kept me from enjoying an activity (running).

The joy of any activity comes when you can rely upon profound support from your skeleton to assist your muscles in fluid, efficient movement.

If you’d like to find the joy in running again, or for the first time ever, book your consultation now!

 

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Endless stairs

I live in a hilly area.

So there are hills, and stairs.

Lots of them.

I call this a fun laboratory to explore easier and more pleasurable ways to ascend and descend the various hills and stairs.

While I may enjoy stairs, others may despise them.

This lack of enthusiasm for stairs is often accompanied by physical pain.

For many the pain is in the knee area, or the hip area, or even the back.

No matter where the pain, there is often no pleasure.

 

Fortunately I’ve been studying and practicing how to move about, around, and up and down for many years so that I can do so in a pleasurable and efficient manner.

So that life can be that much more fulfilling.

 

If you’d like to be able to go up and down stairs with more efficiency and less pain book your consultation today!

 

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Finding my way

This life is a journey without a destination. And along this journey there are challenges that pop up from time to time.

I think it’s the universes way of keeping us alert to our selves and our environment.

Because change is the only constant.

And our ability to adapt to change is a measure of our health. If the transition through life’s setbacks and rogue upsets throws us off enough, we perish.

This is why I am a big fan of life long learning

And my preferred means of learning is by paying attention to myself, so that I may learn from myself.

If I know what I’m doing, then I can do what I want….maybe now, maybe eventually, maybe never.

The journey is the important part.

Am I being kind to myself?

Am I having fun?

Am I loving those around me?

 

If you’d like to hone your exploration skills as you find your way, then get your consultation today!

 

Erik LaSeur

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Always growing, never growing up

“Maturity is not a state reached with age or experience. It is a process that goes on until death in all evolving and creative people.” Moshe Feldenkrais

Whew!  That takes the pressure off.

I can just go one step at a time. And enjoy each step.

With childlike curiosity I can continually play with and refine how I dance with gravity in my life and daily activities.

Sometimes I’ll play with just one area or part such as my foot, to see what different shapes I can make by finding support on different parts of the foot or toes. Finding for me what feels more supportive or less supportive for me overall in different orientations such as sitting and standing.

Options are nice to have as our environment changes around and under us.

So as we age it’s always wise to stay in a curious state about the world and about your own body.

The finish line is final.

 

Erik

 

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Inch by inch

Learning new habits, ways of moving, and being, is a lifelong dance. Move an inch here, move an inch there. Sometimes moving backwards or sideways. Sometimes at rest.

The transformational change shows up in spurts and over time.

Given how many years we’ve relied upon the existing habits to keep us alive and functional, change needs time to show results.

And what’s the hurry anyway?

The enjoyment of life at whatever stage you’re in is more important than putting off your life till some point in time.

As I recall a poem by Alan Watts ‘Life isn’t a journey, it’s a dance’:

 

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“Look at the people who live to retire; to put those savings away. And then when they’re 65 they don’t have any energy left. They’re more or less impotent. And they go and rot in some, old peoples, senior citizens community. Because we simply cheated ourselves the whole way down the line.

If we thought of life by analogy with a journey, with a pilgrimage, which had a serious purpose at that end, and the thing was to get to that thing at that end. Success, or whatever it is, or maybe heaven after you’re dead.

But we missed the point the whole way along.

It was a musical thing, and you were supposed to sing or to dance while the music was being played.”

 

If you’d like to enjoy the music more in your life book your Consultation Now!

 

Enjoying the dance,

Erik

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