Monika Volkmar Bodywork

Monika Volkmar Bodywork Anatomy in Motion mentor. Bodyworker/Personal Trainer/Movement Detective in Toronto. Anti-Fitness blogger. Forever a student of movement.
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I help people move better and get out of pain so they can do what they love.

08/30/2022

Do you walk on your toes?

This week's featured Project GaitWay model is Ethel, who wanted to submit her video stating: "People say I have a funny hoppy walk."

Well, that funny "hoppy-ness" might be what we're seeing here in this video clip:

Ethel walks toe-heel (on one foot anyway), instead of heel-toe. She completely misses heel strike! Very interesting...

Interestingly, Ethel's main complaint is nervy discomfort on her LEFT leg. Hmm... What's going on?

We could make a theory up about how the quality of how she's entering her right leg is not set up to be trustworthy- Shock absorption mechanics not functioning as well as they could.

And we could speculate that she might "overuse" her left leg, to state it very generically, because it is the one which may have better supportive mechanics.

Some questions I would ask, and want to assess:
- How long have you been a toe walker? And are you aware of that?
- Any injury history on your left leg?
- Is your right foot able to pronate well? Is your right leg able to receive your weight with the correct mechanics to absorb the shock?

We would have to look into her injury history and do some movement investigations to learn more about where to begin working.

Anyone here have insights about being a, or working with, toe walkers?? Would love to hear what that was like, and how you worked with it. Please share :)

As always, gait analysis leaves me with more questions than answers. A story that may be impossible to fully understand. But lots to explore.

Check out the full gait analysis on my Youtube channel for Ethel as part of Project GaitWay: https://youtu.be/dK523ln1PnM

She will soon post her full injury history in the comments... I can't wait to read what she lists down so I can cross reference it with her gait findings and appease my curious mind.

PS I am still looking for more people to participate. Want me to look at your gait video? Shoot me a message and I can tell you more about Project GaitWay.

This month in Movement Detective School I wanted to facilitate a movement investigation around HIP ABDUCTION: The abilit...
08/27/2022

This month in Movement Detective School I wanted to facilitate a movement investigation around HIP ABDUCTION: The ability to get out of one leg, and into the other. Which is what our bodies do to walk- Get from one foot to the other.

Not being able to ABduct one (or both...) hips can often be correlated with complaints like:
- Groin tightness/pulls
- Outer hip discomfort (from being stuck ADDucted)
- Lopsided stride length
- Cranky SI joint/lower back on one side
- Not being an ambi-turner and having an anxiety ridden modelling career

The intention of this Deep Dive session was to grasp a conceptual understanding of what is the hip joint? and what is hip abduction? and then can you abduct YOUR hips? through a guided movement exploration.

This 5ish minute video is a snippet from this movement session. The full session is ~50 minutes of movement, including self assessments and exploration of several ways to abduct your hips.

https://youtu.be/Y24ktEhelHI

Enjoy :)

The full session is available for members of Movement Detective school ($30/month). Go here for more info: www.monikavolkmar.com/movement-education

Or, see all a-la-carte movement sessions here: www.monikavolkmar.com/online-courses

Can you ABduct both your hips equally? I can't. Workin' on it. Little better erry day.

08/25/2022

Projet GaitWay Episode 10. This one our volunteer is modelling the ramifications of...
- A 4th metatarsal fracture
- A total knee replacement
- A fractured lesser trochanter

All ON THE SAME SIDE. Can you guess which side?

I LOVE trying to understand how peoples' bodies have adapted to move the way they are based on what they've gone through: Injuries, accidents, broken bones, surgeries, etc.

If you're interested in better understanding how to observe gait, and in playing my little gait guessing game, check out this episode of Project GaitWay :)

And before you check the answers in the Youtube comments, can you guess which leg has all the history? Let me know what you think.

https://youtu.be/8KNx6fUBxzo

08/24/2022

Turns out, in all my years dancing, I've never been taught how to properly point my feet... Which means, I also never had the prerequisites to actually go on pointe safely. How about you?

But I'm learning now with Esther Juon of Juon Pointe

Here she is guiding me through some basics: How to point my foot without my toes going crazy and srunching so i can learn to properly use the intrinsic foot muscles.

I went on pointe when I was 13 or 14, and as I am now learning, I did NOT have the standards of foot/ankle mobility, control, and strength. Where were you, Esther, when I was 13???

Esther is a dance educator in NZ who has a mission to empower young dancers to make better informed, healthier choices about how to use their bodies.

She has observed over many many years how most dance teachers actually don't teach dancers HOW to properly use their feet or get properly fitted in pointe shoes, which can lead to a lot of problems with their bodies down the line.

Esther believes that if your feet are functioning well and your shoes are fitted correctly, pointe work SHOULD NOT BE PAINFUL. I wish someone told me that...

Her story is also amazingly inspiring in that she was told she would never walk again after a back injury when she was 18.

If you are a dancer or dance educator or parent of a dancer who is preparing to go on pointe, or already IS on pointe, I can't recommend Esther's mentoring highly enough. I'm really excited to see how I progress through her exercises.


Project GaitWay Episode 6: The one where I talk about the scapula a lot: https://youtu.be/AqR-ro4_kEoMeet Jane (not real...
07/29/2022

Project GaitWay Episode 6: The one where I talk about the scapula a lot: https://youtu.be/AqR-ro4_kEo

Meet Jane (not real name), from Somewhere (I didn't ask where she's from).

I don't know anything about Jane except that she's a bellydancer, and rode horses from the time she was a wee lass (so lots of potential for body debauchery).

She gets some "twinges" in her lower back (right side), and has some left shoulder issues with pressing and overhead movements. Are you curious to see how these issues show up in her gait??

This video posed a "fun" challenge, which you'll notice right away: It was shot from an oblique angle, and parts of her body are obscured by her own body! I considered asking her to re-film from a more centered vantage point (which I would do if it was a client paying me actual money), but then I thought "this will make my brain work". So I kept it as is.

In this episode I get into some details about shoulder, scapula, and ribcage mechanics, so if you're down to listen to me talk about scaps/arms and how they move in gait, you will not regeret directing 38 minutes of your precious awareness to this video.

Want to play the Gait Guessing Game with me? Jane's actual body/life story is posted in the video comments on Youtube, so you can cross-reference your guesses about her injury history with it. What do you think happened for her body to be moving and feeling like it is today?

Big gratitude to Jane for being open to sharing her video for us all to learn from 🙏

More episodes are posted on my Youtube channel, check 'em out if you're a gait nerd/movement detective like me, and sign up for updates about new videos here: www.monikavolkmar.com/project-gaitway

Do you want to get better at assessing people walking? I'd like to introduce you to Project GaitWay. It's like that fash...
07/19/2022

Do you want to get better at assessing people walking? I'd like to introduce you to Project GaitWay.

It's like that fashion reality TV show, Project Runway, but instead of scrutinizing the clothing on the walking model, we're looking at how the model is walking ;)

If you follow me on the Instagramz () You may have noticed in my stories I've been posting gait snapshots and asking if you can guess things like:

"Which arm did they break?"
"Which hip is awaiting a replacement?"
"Do you think this person got impaled in the gut or discolated their shoulder?"

It's a fun game. And I like to think I'm adding a little more depth to the mindless nature of social media instead of contributing to it's mind-numbing effects...

And you may have also noticed (if you've been playing along) that its almost impossible to guess anything about a person's history based on ONE still moment in time. But it's a reallllly great way to get your brain working differently.

Since I began studying Anatomy in Motion, I've found myself drawn to asking WHY?? Why are they moving like that?

I'm always trying to understand the backstory of someone's gait mechanics. Not just seeing the pattern of how they're moving, but to unravel the chain of events that led to that unique pattern of joint mechanics.

If you're like me, and you want to get better at observing the WHATs and understanding the WHYs of gait better, I invite you to check out my Project GaitWay video analyses series.

How it works:
- Someone sends me a video, but they DO NOT share their injury history.
- I do an AiM style gait analysis, slowed down, phase by phase, and it's my first time watching it without any prep in advance
- I try to identify some mechanical inefficiences and try to guess what might have happened in their history

So far it's been INCREDIBLE to learn from.

I currently have 5 episodes of Project GaitWay on my Youtube channel, and you can see all of them here: www.monikavolkmar.com/project-gaitway

I post a new video every week or so.

If you're a gait nerd like me, want to play the game and improve your gait observation skills, I think you'll love this.

And keep watching my IG stories to play the gait guessing game with me :)

Gait nerds/nerds in training: Would you like to play along with me?I'm going to be posting some gait analysis videos, an...
07/10/2022

Gait nerds/nerds in training: Would you like to play along with me?

I'm going to be posting some gait analysis videos, and playing a little game with them as part of a little project I'm working on.

Here's a video for today: https://youtu.be/b01UCcckv9g

Our wonderful runway model in this video has been working with me for a few years with the goal of delaying/maybe even preventing hip replacement surgery.

Doctors told her, “Your hip’s not worn out enough yet, and you don’t weight that much, so come back when the pain is unbearable”.

Do nothing until it is UNBEARABLE. How disempowering is that… We can do much better.

So, should you like to watch the video, play along with me and ponder:

- Which hip is the complainy side?
- Which hip has dysplasia?
- Which ankle did she sprain/which fibula did she break?
- Which SI joint gives her trouble?

The game: Can we make some logically reasoned guesses about her activity/injury/life history based on what stands out in her gait?

(I posted the answers and her feedback in the comments on Youtube)

She still has pain, but she has been learning tools to manage it, has hope of further improvements, and can play with her doggies and horses without feeling broken afterwards.

She’s been participating in my online courses and classes, learning how to reorganize her gait- applying Gary Ward's Flow Motion Model to her own body in a nourishing movement practice.

If you'd like to see the follow up video in which I've suggested some movements to explore as part of a home exercise program, join Movement Detective School here: www.monikavolkmar.com/movement-education

Every month, I do a gait analysis for one MDS member, with recommendations for a movement program custom tailored to give back their body what's missing, as revealed through their gait video.

Want me to scrutinize YOUR gait video? You are welcome to send me a video as part of Project Gaitway. Or get in touch for my full custom movement program/gait analysis intake package.

If you feel inclined, leave your thoughts/questions below, here, or on Youtube, so we can share our perceptions and learn together 😊

Stay tuned for more analysis videos like this 🤓

I am delighted to have been invited to speak with Anat Cohen, a yoga teacher and movement researcher in Israel, for her ...
06/25/2022

I am delighted to have been invited to speak with Anat Cohen, a yoga teacher and movement researcher in Israel, for her interview series, "How They Healed".

She asked me to share my story about how I got myself out of chronic pain, and specifically how studying with Anatomy in Motion helped me.

Check it out here: https://www.monikavolkmar.com/2022/06/25/how-i-healed-my-chronic-pain-with-anatomy-in-motion/ #.YrcwNXbMJPY

My conversation with her was thoroughly enjoyable. Probably because I got to ramble on about my life and all sorts of nerdy and esoteric topics that are dear to my heart, like:

- How reframing our relationship with pain as a great teacher is a key part of healing
- How getting stronger is not a cure for pain
- How Anatomy in Motion was a game changer for understanding how to heal my body
- Why optimizing gait matters
- Importance of spinal motion and coordination in gait
- What my recent experience with foot pain is teaching me about other areas of my life
- Why not to fear valgus knee and foot pronation

And more :)

Much of the work I share online, in my Liberated Body courses, my blogs, and here on the Gram, are a dissemination of what I've experimented with, failed at, and learned from, in my journey of healing my own injuries and chronic symptoms.

If you'd like to hear about my bumbling journey, and in particular how studying Anatomy in Motion helped me, I think you may enjoy this interview.

06/15/2022

Last week I went on a *hopeful* hiking trip in California and I was worried leading up to this trip that I wouldn't be able to walk comfortably enough to enjoy it due to my ongoing foot issue.

However, just prior to hopping on the plane last week, I made a series of biomechanical discoveries that made a BIG difference in how my body is moving, and was able to enjoy hiking through the Sierra Nevada Mountains with minimal discomfort :)

One such discovery was about the alignement and movement optential of my right knee: My right knee is stuck in a VARUS angle (bowed out), and isn't actually able to point IN (valgus).

And the more I looked at the knees of others around me, I began to see more and more knees that were stuck varus (bowed out), that were not getting into varus.

If, like me, you were taught that your knees should NOT ever point inward, you may find it liberating to hear that your knees actually should be able to go into valgus.

My body's been feeling a whole lot better since I've been showing my right knee how to access valgus. Maybe yours will, too?

If you'd like to learn more about this and play with some practical exercises, I've put together a compilation of short videos to share what I've been doing to help restore healthy valgus motion to my right knee. It's been making a BIG difference.

Check out the blog post and videos here: Restoring Knee Valgus

https://www.monikavolkmar.com/2022/06/13/restoring-knee-valgus/

Where my stuck-in-varus-knee peeps at??

Let me know if you gave these exercises a try, if you found them useful, and if you have any questions :)

Be good to your body!

I don't do Crossfit. I don't do obstacle races. In fact, these days, I barely workout ;)But that didn't stop Dr. Brianne...
05/31/2022

I don't do Crossfit. I don't do obstacle races. In fact, these days, I barely workout ;)

But that didn't stop Dr. Brianne Showman of Get Your Fix Physical Therapy - a physical therapist to runners, crossfitters and obstacle racers- from asking me to chat with her on her podcast, Hightly Functional.

Ironic, because I am FAR from highly functional ;)

Nevertheless, you may enjoy the sound of my voice and the content of our conversation! Find out here: https://hardwodderone.com/highly-functional/hhf-episode-200/

I don't remember a single thing I said, but I do remember really loving our discussion that revolved around movement detectivery, working with Anatomy in Motion, and a little biomechanical nerdiness on the importance of understanding how our feet impact the rest of our bodies.

May there be something in our discussion that resonates and is useful on your movement journey.

And if you do listen, I'd love to hear your thoughts (and reassure me that I didn't say anything face-palm-worthy ;)).

Last month FlowMotion Education (aka Margy Verba) and I enjoyed spending a nerdilicious 3 hours of anatomical joy with a...
05/19/2022

Last month FlowMotion Education (aka Margy Verba) and I enjoyed spending a nerdilicious 3 hours of anatomical joy with a group of equally nerdtastic movement and therapy professionals. We LOVE puzzling through movement assessments, gait analysis, and corrective exercise thought processes together 😍

In last months session we worked with a client with a persistent knee issue. Turns out it was related to a dental procedure gone to hell from wayyy back in elementary school. We gave her some homework for her jaw and knee and are keen to check in with how it's been going.

Wed June 1st we are delighted to welcome her back for a follow up case study nerd out to determine her next steps. If you missed the first session, just shoot either Margy or myself a message and we can get you caught up with the recording from the first session last month.

Want to join us? Register HERE: https://flowmotioneducation.com/case-study-w-monika-margy/

Can't make the time live? A recording will be available.

We look forward to hanging out with other like minded movement detectives/nerds looking to master their movement observation skills. Margy and I both learn sooo much is these case studies, too.

*NOTE* While Margy and I are both very influenced by our training in Anatomy in Motion, these sessions are open to all, even if you haven't studied AiM yet. We do not teach AiM-related materials or anything to do with the gait phases or Gary Ward's Flow Motion Model. That said, AiMers will recognize how the AiM method underlies all that we do, whether made explicit or not :)

Is your foot issue really a foot issue? Or is it a back issue? Could your back trouble coming from your feet? There IS a...
05/16/2022

Is your foot issue really a foot issue? Or is it a back issue? Could your back trouble coming from your feet? There IS a way to test this and see :)

Last Friday recording this month's Movement Deep Dive for my Movement Detective School crew: Foot-Spine Connections.

I wanted to hold a space to investigate the fascinating relationship between the feet and spine, in motion, in each foot step:

- Are your feet causing trouble for your spine?
- Is a past spine issue causing trouuble for your feet?
- How do the spine and feet need to coordinate for optimal efficiency and flow, through each footstep?
- How do we restore the harmoney between the feet and spine when things get discombobulated?

This session provides a bit of insight into those questions, including self-assessments and movement explorations to recombobulate the potentially discombobulated relationship between your feet and spine.

I learned some cool things in this session that I wasn't aware of about my own feet-spine connections.

As some of you may know, I'm currently healing my foot from a weird issue, and discovering a related movement limitation in my spine, linked to past back problems when I was younger, has been a huge piece of my process.

We must not be satisfied to look at body parts in isolation. Everything affects everything. Seeing this allows us to understand why things hurt, and is a great liberation.

If you'd like to give this session a try, you can participate in this, and other past Movement Deep Dive session a la carte, HERE: https://www.monikavolkmar.com/movement-lessons/

Finding connections like this is a great help. It saves time when you know where to focus your energy in your movement practice. And as a person who wishes for a 10 day week with 36 hour days... Saving time and energy is my jam! How about you?

Hello movement pals :) I am taking a quick break from my adventures making L. Reuteri yogurt in my Instant Pot to share ...
05/10/2022

Hello movement pals :) I am taking a quick break from my adventures making L. Reuteri yogurt in my Instant Pot to share a quick thing about bunions.

Firstly, I don't have bunions. To get bunions, my feet would actually need to be able to move. But I've got these two rigid blocks at the ends of my legs, see? And bunions happen because of TOO MUCH movement at the big toe, often as a consequence of NOT ENOUGH movement from somewhere else.

And what's awesome about that is if movement was an original cause of an issue, movement can also be the solution. And movement is something you have the power to consciously use to your benefit.

What about toe spacers? Everyone on Instagram is flaunting them. I think they are probably OK. They might be marginally helpful. I don't think they will kill you, but I also don't think they will completely solve the reason WHY the bunion formed in the first place. Nor do they teach your feet how to move.



So... Want to figure out why bunions form and what you can do about it? Want to take an active role in your bunion-figure-out-ing journey? Yeah you do! :)

Two summers ago I did a Movement Deep Dive lesson called Big Toes, Bunions, and Beyond. The goal of the session was to help folks:

- Learn about how the big toe moves in each footstep through pronation and supination,
- Understand how bunions form as a result of movement compensations.
- Explore ways to give your big toe back it’s missing options for healthy movement.

You can find the Big Toe, Bunions, and Beyond session HERE:

www.monikavolkmar.com/movement-lessons/

I also wrote a blog post around the same time that contains a video excerpt from the bunion session in which I demonstrate the mechanics of how a bunion forms. Check the blog post out HERE:

https://www.monikavolkmar.com/2020/08/01/bunions

Let me know if you check out the Movement Deep Dive session, and how it goes for you. I love hearing from and chatting with my fellow movement nerds :) Please feel free to share the foot love with friends, family, and your beloved chiropodist.

And now I must attend back to my yogurt making. I need to monitor the temperature diligently to mix in the probiotics at the right time for optimal bacterial proliferation.

Have an excellent day :)

Nerd-Out Alert: Wed May 4 @ 7am pacific/10am EST is the monthly Case Study Nerd-Out with Monika and Margy. Register here...
04/29/2022

Nerd-Out Alert: Wed May 4 @ 7am pacific/10am EST is the monthly Case Study Nerd-Out with Monika and Margy.

Register here: https://flowmotioneducation.as.me/NerdOutWithMonikaandMargy

In our experience, one cannot get enough opportunities to practice assessment and movement intervention.

Its one thing to have learned the anatomy and how it moves, but its a whole other kettle of fish knowing WHAT TO DO WITH IT.

For example, have you taken an online course- perhaps an Anatomy in Motion biomechanics course (excellent choice!)- finished it, thought, "Wow that was a lot of awesome information about gait... Now what??".

This is why Margy (of FlowMotion Education) and I decided to team up and hold a monthly live Case Study Nerd Out on Zoom for all movement/therapy professionals wanting to become more confident at observing movement and building movement solutions.

While this session isn't exclusive to AiM students (we won't be teaching AiM), we use the AiM method to assess:
- Static posture
- Dynamic access to their posture
- Foot posture/motion
- Gait

We have a volunteer with a chronic knee issue we will be assessing, so get ready for the joys of discussing knee mechanics ;). But of course, it's never just a knee issue- Its a WHOLE BODY issue showing up at the knee ;)

And its not about "fixing" their knee... We are interested in creating an environment where we can all learn together, free to make mistakes, free to think differently and challenge our status quo.

Join in the fun if you'd like to participate, and become more confident in your ability to observe movement and help your clients and patients.

Can't make it this time? We'll do again real soon. And we will be recording the session.

I want to share my current exercise obsession: Single leg deadlift with a knee bend.  The SLDL + knee bend is exactly wh...
04/26/2022

I want to share my current exercise obsession: Single leg deadlift with a knee bend.

The SLDL + knee bend is exactly what it sounds like. You do a single leg deadlift, and you bend your knee.

I taught this exercise last week in my Tuesday Movement and Strength Training Foundations class (a blend of AiM movements/philosophy with bodyweight strength training) and had a major AH-HA moment that helped me a ton with my right foot pain. To the point that I can walk again. YAY.

So I thought I'd share my love for this exercise with you, too :)

I edited out the 7 min clip of the demo of the SLDL + knee bend exercise from the class so you can give it a go (and at the very least be entertained by how much I struggle).

Check it out here: https://www.monikavolkmar.com/2022/04/26/sldl-knee-bend/

Give it a go, and let me know how it feels! I'd love to hear :) Maybe you're like me and have two completely different legs?

Want to try see the rest of the class? Or... Want to see all the classes in the online archive I've been building over the past 2 years? You can get access for $30/month as part of my all-access membership. Link for more info here: monikavolkmar.com/movement-education

Whatever you choose to do, please remember to thank your legs for holding you up. May this exercise be a practice of gratitude in motion. After 2 months of sitting on my butt, I am reminded with every foot step to never take my legs for granted.

Are you trying to get stronger, or improve your mobility, but keep hitting the same plateau?What if its' not about stret...
03/25/2022

Are you trying to get stronger, or improve your mobility, but keep hitting the same plateau?

What if its' not about stretches or strength training? If you're actually missing some basic building blocks, there's nothing even there to stretch...

Like, if your brain doesn't even know where your hip joint is, can you mobilize it? Or make it stronger? Or "activate" it? So... What are you actually doing, then??

When we're having body trouble, most of us don't spend enough time reclaiming the basic building blocks of our movement foundation (see the excellent photo I drew for my Liberated Body students).

Mostly because the concept of "basics" has been distorted to mean things like "functional movement", or "muscle activation drills", or adding weights to basic exercises (like heavy barbell hip bridges), because doing the basics with more effort is better, right?

There's no such thing as "advanced", just the basics done well.

I wrote a new blog post about how most of us, with the best of intentions, are trying to out-train a sh*tty foundation.

Read more here: www.monikavolkmar.com/2022/03/25/movement-foundation/

Your foundation is made up of the most basic building blocks of movement we humans can do- must be able to do, for higher level activities. The individual joint motions that, when combined correctly, become the raw material for all other movement patterns.

How well-built is your foundation? Are you missing any building blocks?

I had some foundational issues from the start:

-I didn’t crawl (mom says I just wiggled “like a seal”)
-I stood up and walked before 12 months
-I hit my head a few times when I was very young
- Ballet 😬

And those are only the things I KNOW about.

My intention is to inspire you to think differently about what a sustainable movement practice is, for you, from the foundation up. That's certainly the lesson I've been learning the past month that I've been unable to walk.

When you can identify what's missing from your foundation and give those elements back, all your favourite higher level movements and activities become more natural and effortless, because more of your body is accessible to you.

What about you? Anything missing from your foundation?

Which of the following describes you best? 1. Have you had one, or several, pretty major accidents that forced you to st...
03/14/2022

Which of the following describes you best?

1. Have you had one, or several, pretty major accidents that forced you to stop moving like you used to, and your body has not felt the same since, and you’d like to "get your body back"?

2. Have you been trying to ignore pain for years, pushing through it so you can continue doing the things you love, but deep down a part of you knows this is no longer sustainable, but you’re not sure what else to do?

3. Have you been a highly active and skilled mover most of your life, but the repetitive demands of your movement choices, combined with a few injuries, are starting to feel like chronic body aches, and you’re ready to find movement solutions so you can feel better and keep active?

4. Do you feel that the state of your body impacts your state of mind? Are you fascinated with how your body has organized itself in reaction to stressors and traumas over the years, and now inhabiting your body at it's most optimal, efficient state is part of your holistic journey of well being?

5. Are you a movement or therapy professional with some physical problems of your own, and you know that the best way to help your clients is by helping yourself and figuring out your own body’s biomechanical foibles?

(Me: ALL OF THE ABOVE!)

These describe the variety of folks who have benefitted from my Liberated Body Workshop: Four 90 minute movement lessons with the intention of helping you deepen your understanding and awareness of your body in motion so you can get it to a more optimal, efficient state, and be liberated to do what you love in it.

My wish is for you to become your own best practitioner, and commmunicate better with your body support team.

If you're ready to dive in, Liberated Body is available anytime as a self-study course you can do at your own pace, and I'll be there helping you along from my couch.

Link to sign up is here: monikavolkmar.com/liberated-body-workshop

May you deepen your understanding of your body, and may that be a blessing ofor others, too :)

Every week I teach a Movement & Strength Training Foundations class for my online Movement Detective School peeps.I curr...
03/08/2022

Every week I teach a Movement & Strength Training Foundations class for my online Movement Detective School peeps.

I currently can't stand up because of my foot thing. So... This month's theme is "I'm on the Floor and I Can't Get Up".

It got me reflecting... Interestingly, an important part of fitness is being able to get onto the floor and back up again. In particular, being able to get up and down without using your hands has a correlation with not dying earlier.

Not dying earlier is a fitness goal I can get behind 🤣

One of my clients emailed me with this when I announced the theme:

"So on Sunday I was listening to White Coat, Black Art, the medical-related show on CBC, and the topic was the lingering injuries from falling, and what can be done to prevent falling. They made the point that it’s important to know how to get back up after falling, so now I’ve made it a life goal to be able to get back up. Your suggestion of Exercises While Lying on The Floor seemed in line with that goal, so maybe that could be a theme for a month’s exercises: Gettin’ Down and Getting Back Up Again."

Another timely story: One of my clients has just broken her wrist skiing. She was all alone, stuck on the ground. In her mid-sixties, one of her goals for the past few years has been to be able to get up from the ground without her hands.

That skill became VERY helpful when she had to get up and drive herself to the hospital. Before we began to work together she had knee trouble that limted her ability to get up.

Are YOU currently in my pickle? (i.e. need to train on the ground because standing sucks). Or want to level up your floor-down-and-up skills? You are invited to join in this month's classes.

Message me if you'd like to participate :)

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