What is Restorative Exercise?
Restorative Exercise (RE) is a movement program designed to restore health through restoring optimal skeletal alignment. Many of our common diseases have mechanical causes and can, therefore, be treated and prevented by changing our mechanics. You can heal your body by changing how you move and improving your alignment! Better alignment will decrease pain & inflammation, increase metabolism, improve circulation, reduce wear and tear on the joints, and help all the systems of your body function optimally. RE was created by biomechanist Katy Bowman and is based on the principles of physics, geometry, and engineering, and how these principles apply to human anatomy and physiology. Since whole body alignment is based on science, rather than cultural norms, popular fads, or subjective measures, it is true for every human body. Although we do use corrective exercise, RE is more than just an exercise program. We teach you to change the movement habits that have been perpetuating your misalignment to create lasting change.
What can practicing Restorative Exercise help?
Specific issues of the spine (degenerative disk disease, bulging/herniated discs, scoliosis)
Plantarfasciitis, bunions & hammertoes
Fetal position & birth preparation
Balance & agility
Constipation & diarrhea
Pelvic floor disorders (menstrual cramps, pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontenince, prostate issues)
How is this different from other exercise programs or therapeutic options?
There are some similarities between RE and other things you might have tried, but there are also some key differences. We pay close attention to objective alignment points in assessing range of motion and use those same points to keep exercises safe and effective. We also teach you to move differently. Changing HOW you move– how you sit, stand, walk–is one important component of this. Things such as what type of shoes you wear, how much you sit, and other activities you participate in have profound impacts on your health, so we address those too.
How do I get started?