Move a little, … to Live a little (or a lot) longer!

May 4, 2019 - Comment

Movement is KEY! I just went to an amazing workshop about Movements That Heal! I really didn’t know what to expect but I had heard the speaker before, Ann Anzalone, and I thought she was wonderful. Well, she didn’t disappoint! Whether doing exercises (simple ones) for the cerebral cortex, the midbrain or the brain stem,

Movement is KEY!

I just went to an amazing workshop about Movements That Heal! I really didn’t know what to expect but I had heard the speaker before, Ann Anzalone, and I thought she was wonderful. Well, she didn’t disappoint!

Whether doing exercises (simple ones) for the cerebral cortex, the midbrain or the brain stem, there is a lot to learn and the simplicity will stun you. I learned it’s crucial to integrate both sides of the brain and there are short but effective exercises to achieve this.

She spoke about how we need to remember how we played as children and how we need to imitate a lot of those movements now that we’re aging. I heard my granddaughter say to her sister, “I’m too old to play.” She was probably 12. It hurt to hear her say that, to know she thought that. We need to let babies be babies and put them on the floor to creep and crawl. We need to hold them and rock them and form bonds with those who love them. Putting them into a swing or a child chair with wheels are okay things to do, … but not exclusively. Children need to roll around on the ground, jump rope, play hop scotch! The movements are giving them, as they gave us, a foothold, a base for activities that will keep us agile and healthy and maybe even ward off dementia and/or other related illnesses.

Let’s allow ourselves to play, no matter what our age may be. And let’s allow and encourage others to play as well. But the most important lesson is that, in order to grow and exist in a healthy body, we have to MOVE. And I skipped over how important it is to drink a lot of water! These two directives aren’t hard to accomplish and aren’t costly! Whoah! When can we say that anymore? 🙂

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