Monthly Archives: January 2015

WELCOME TO THE PARTY!! (And to Innervation Nation!)

Welcome to Innervation Nation! The whole basis of this blog is to educate people about their bodies in a fun simple way in order for all of us to see our bodies differently so we can make better choices about movement so we don’t sacrifice health for fitness.

With that said, I guess I should start with the word innervate.

in·ner·vate
1. To supply (an organ or a body part) with nerves.
2. To stimulate (a nerve, muscle, or body part) to action.

The human body has approximately six hundred muscles. Yep,we are all different and have a differing amount! For instance, the psoas minor is present in about 40% of us. As a culture, many of us move in the same ways day in and day out. For instance, we drive ourselves to our desk jobs. At the end of the day we are ready to get some movement in so we go to the gym to the spin class. Phew! What a day! It is time to plop ourselves on the couch to watch So You Think You Can Dance. (The best reality tv show EVER!!). It seems the spin class was healthy for us but taking a closer look you will find the same joint configuration throughout the day. The hips and knees were flexed and arms were in front of the torso ALL DAY LONG. Yes the spin class was a good workout but we just moved the same body parts more.

The human body is just a bunch of cells and just like us, our cells need to eat. They feed on oxygen which is delivered via blood. In order to get blood flowing we need to move, so we need to move in order for our cells to get nourished. If we move in the same ways where only the same parts are moving then those are the areas that get fed the most while the other parts we don’t move get underfed. Injuries happen when there are well fed tissue next to starving tissues.

My goal is to try to get myself and my students not only to move more but to move more of us. Doing so will increase flow which will optimise cellular health. Remember, we are comprised of cells so whatever is happening on the cellular level is happening in turn to us.

When I first started on my Restorative Exercise™ path, I could not lift my big toe independently of the others. On the other side of the spectrum, I could not turn off the muscles in the front of my thighs (quadriceps). Just because the quadriceps are bigger does not mean they are more important. (You can’t convince this five foot girl that bigger is better.) The big toe has a huge roll. The nerves that innervate the toes start in the sacrum. Innervation means electricity and blood flow follows!! Also it is the last guy to leave in the gait cycle. What I am saying that all of you has a purpose in your well being! That is where the party starts. Let’s move better so we can finally invite those dormant areas to the party while just maybe those overused areas that are tension riddled can finally be sent to rehab. I don’t know about your thighs but mine are quadraholics.

So, you wanna party with me? I hope so!!!

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A SHAME FREE START

The start of a new year means so much. It is the time a lot of people make a fresh start. I am all for it. I want to support anybody who is working on bettering their self just as I would want them to support me in my quest for badassery. Unfortunately, some people can frustrated because they feel their space has been encroached upon.

Although, I have been moving a long time, I actually was the receiver of shame recently. I went to a new yoga studio to support my long time teacher teaching in a new space. (I also went to get a restorative ass kicking in the most loving way). As I laid out my mat a woman snickered at me and muttered under her breath that in three weeks I will be gone. Yikes!!

I let go of the fact that I have actually been with my teacher for a long time and tried to put myself in a new person’s shoes. With that kind of welcoming, it is no wonder people feel intimidated and don’t stick with their movement practice. (Well, that and the epidemic of sacrificing health for fitness but more on that on another time.)

I have a favor of all of you. If you are just starting out, don’t let someone else’s opinion derail your quest for wellness. One of my favorite teachers, Judith Lasater once told me, “People are going to judge you no matter what so do it anyway”

If you have a long time movement practice would you be willing to reach out, give some warmth and make someone feel welcome and supported? It is hard to make a change and your encouragement could be just the thing that keeps them coming back.

Together we just might make the world a little healthier.

In wellness,
Macala