Healing with a Loose Container
January 23rd, 2022_____ 12pm PST – 4pm PST
Join Jess of Access-Centered Movement® in a workshop designed for those of us with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and hypermobility spectrum disorder (HSD). If you are not sure if you are hypermobile, these are some signs:
- joints that pop frequently
- natural flexibility (although many times muscles tighten to protect joints and become stiff, joints can also become stiff because of injury)
- sensitive nervous system
- gastrointestinal distress
- inexplicable neuromuscular issues
- proprioceptive difficulty (challenges in perception or awareness of the position and movement of the body)
- psychic capacities
While this is designed for people with hypermobility, many people can benefit from deep core stabilizing, and anyone is invited to join this class. This will not just be about our physical cores. We will also discuss our galactic cores and how having a “loose container” impacts this.
This workshop is intentionally entitled, “Healing with a Loose Container,” as wanted to gently invite us each into our spiritual adulthood, our agency. I want to offer that we consider our hypermobility a superpower, and not in the way where we injure ourselves reaching for that top shelf, if that’s something we do. I want us to grab the step stool (again, only if we are able to do that) and learn about our other superpowers. Our bodies have been historically exploited, I invite us to take back our power, find our inner light, and stabilize from the inside out.
This workshop will be broken up into discussion and practice. I will begin by discussing my unique theories and viewpoints on hypermobility. This will include a discussion of how hypermobility affects our nervous systems and spiritual bodies, along with practices and rituals for stabilizing, cleansing, and renewing. Mixed throughout, as many of us struggle to stay still, we will have Access-Centered Movement and talk about my views on how to find the most effective and neutral positioning for your particular spine. I will offer integrative and functional Pilates-based exercises, adjusted for your needs, to help maintain joint stability and reduce pain. We will teach therapeutic techniques for developing muscle and reducing scar tissue, activating deep core stabilizers, retraining neuromuscular patterning, proprioception awareness, relearning breathing techniques, and strategies for regulating our nervous systems. We will invite you into regular therapeutic movement within your capacity, in hopes that you may slowly learn the tools you need to maintain as much stability as possible for your body and mind.
Things that we suggest you have access to (we will give different options hoping that this is accessible for as many people as possible):
- Please access place where you can lie down as comfortably as possible. The best option is a mat on a firmer surface like the floor (it might feel supportive to layer the mat with blankets or towels to create more cushioning). If it is not possible for you to access a mat or to get on the floor, lying on a couch or bed is an option if it’s not so soft that your spine rounds when you lie on your back. If you are not able to lie down please let us know.
- A chair that you do not sink into (please let us know if you cannot sit)
- Something to support your neck like a rolled-up towel, scarf, or pillow intended for lying on your back.
- Resistance or therapy band.
- One pound weights or canned food.
- Something to place in between your thighs like a Pilates ball, pillow, or towel.
- Something for self-myofascial release like a foam roller, stick roller, or Theracane.
o low vision, blind/Blind
o wheelchair users
o folks who need to sit, stand, and/or lie down
o mental illness
o chronic pain
o hypermobile and EDS folks
o limited mobility
o inability to use limbs