Virtual Workshop: An Introduction to Pain-Free Walking
with Donna Brooks, BS, RSMT, C-IAYT
Somatic Movement Educator and Yoga Therapist
Thursday, September 8th, 2022 • 7pm – 8pm
We have evolved to be a walking species. Walking is coded into our evolutionary and developmental beginnings. You could say that human beings were designed to spend a great deal of their time walking!
But what happens when walking is no longer pleasurable and it becomes a struggle—when you can no longer walk for long periods of time or if walking causes you pain?
Injuries, or a lifetime of poor posture and/or bad walking habits, can cause issues that impact how we get around and limit the activities we participate in. We often call this "getting older" and simply surrender to the pain or reduced mobility, but it doesn't have to be this way!
Are you experiencing...
- Tired or aching feet?
- Pain in your hips, legs, knees, ankles or lower back?
- Stiff or gripping toes?
- Being wobbly or unbalanced?
- Drooping head and shoulders (i.e. looking at the ground)?
- Feeling like you exert yourself more than you should?
There is hope!
You can unwind the habits of the past and re-learn good habits that will relieve pain, optimize your gait and improve posture while walking! Learning to walk without pain is a skill that can be taught and learned at any age. Its benefits are far-reaching and, in many cases, life-changing. By simply and pleasurably revisiting the movements that "lead up" to optimal walking you can understand and experience how our bodies and gait develop and how they should feel when they feel good.
ABOUT DONNA BROOKS, BS, RSMT, C-IAYT
Donna is a certified Yoga Therapist and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist and Educator with a bachelor's degree from SUNY Stony Brook. She has been teaching yoga since 1981 and somatics since 1993. She is trained in Iyengar yoga and has studied with Somatics pioneers like Thomas Hanna, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and Emilie Conrad. She's also learned about the geometry and physics of movement and momentum with tennis pro Art Carrington as well as through Contact Improvisation, and she is even trained in the healing groundwork of Judith Blackstone.
In the 1980s, Donna worked with Karin Stephen to teach yoga to AIDS patients. She has also presented her approach to using tensegrity and fascia for Parkinson's patients at Dartmouth—Hitchcock Parkinson's conferences, and offered movement labs at Northfield Mount Hermon School, the University of Massachusetts, Norwich University and Greenfield Community College. She has instructed courses for the Pioneer Valley TBI support group, as well as Cancer Connection, and ran an ongoing pain clinic at Valley Medical Group in Greenfield for 6 years.
Ready to meet Donna? Watch her introduction video here, then check out the following:
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