Most people are not competitive athletes, yet too many of our health models and ‘work-out’ systems we see advertised tell us we have to be training like one in order to be ‘fit’. The ‘no pain, no gain’ approach has mostly created financial gain for those selling this belief and just pain for those that bought into it. A not for long secret is that all athletes and most of those professionals training them are injured. The stress of repetitive movement and the eventual under training that follows has left most with chronic pain, and many more with permanent injuries and replaced joints. This is quite ironic.
The purpose of MBS classes (Mind. Body. Strength.) is to inspire ease and confidence in everyday movements and support active pain free living. With a focus on alignment and awareness MBS is derived from the basic principles of a variety of somatic and movement models including Feldenkrais, yoga, Pilates, and Olympic-Lifting. Each class includes a warm-up, a skill or movement clinic, and a ‘work-out’ to test your ability. MBS emphasizes form before performance and creates a challenging environment for any level of fitness.
I have been a professional integrative body-worker and movement teacher for over 26 years. Early in my career I treated many professional athletes including some from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL and Olympians. I've also worked with Broadway performers, dancers, musicians, and on and on. They all were paying the price of their chosen paths. The past 10 years my clients have been teaching me that the most important fitness goal and incentive to exercise is to live an active life without discomfort. Period. Being pain free leads to more activity, which in turn makes people happy. My own body once possessed the power and agility of a college football player, yet at 54 years of age what use is that to me now? None. What is of use now is correcting the imbalances I once created from overtraining to perform a specific sport. And what should be of value to anyone not training to be competitive athlete is to avoid pain and injury.