In my restorative movement classes, it typically takes folks 3-5 classes to start to get a sense of the rhythm of the movement. We sometimes use music to help people get a sense of the relaxed, slow pace. But inevitably, there are always folks who are sure that they will get faster results by moving faster, bigger, and with more intensity, no matter how I cue the moves.
Culturally we have been trained to believe that if we have some, more is better.
If some is good, more must be better, right?
In our culture, we are so accustomed to messages that tell us that bigger, taller, and faster is better. We need more of this, that, and the other. A quarter-pound hamburger is good. Surely the half-pound must be better. We supersize everything from our food to our houses, in a futile attempt to satisfy our emotional needs and wants.
We dream of the life we would have with more money and things. But we must realize it is only a dream. Have you noticed that the more you get the more you think you want? For most of us, acquisitiveness is a never-ending cycle. When we get something, the pleasure only lasts for a moment or two. And then we move on to the next thing.
Western culture’s message of faster, bigger, and harder can create problems for our health because it can lead to increased risk of injury, greater stress on our bodies, and decreased ability to focus on proper posture and movement technique. In contrast, restorative movement practices encourage slower, smaller, and softer movements, which can help to reduce the risk of injury, improve body awareness and control, and promote relaxation and overall well-being.
All restorative movement practices have some common characteristics, pretty much all of the techniques encourage participants to move more slowly, in a smaller range of motion, and with less intensity.
There are many benefits of exercising slowly. Some of these benefits include:
Exercising more slowly can have numerous benefits, such as reducing the risk of injury and allowing for better focus on form and technique. It can also help to build strength and endurance over time. Additionally, moving more slowly can help to reduce stress and promote relaxation, making it a great choice for restorative movement practices.
Exercising in a smaller range of motion can also have many benefits. It can be gentler on the joints and tissues, reducing the risk of injury. It is also a great way to focus on specific areas of the body and build strength and control in those areas. Finally, moving in a smaller range of motion allows for a greater degree of precision and can help to improve overall body awareness and control.
There are a few potential benefits of exercising in a small range of motion.
One benefit is that it can help to reduce the risk of injury. When you move through a full range of motion, you put more stress on your joints and muscles. This can increase your risk of injuries such as muscle strains and ligament tears. Exercising in a small range of motion can help to reduce this stress and reduce your risk of injury.
Another benefit of exercising in a small range of motion is that it can help you to focus on specific muscle groups. When you move through a full range of motion, you are using multiple muscle groups at the same time. This can make it difficult to isolate and target specific muscle groups. Exercising in a small range of motion can help you to focus on the muscle groups that you want to work.
Finally, exercising in a small range of motion can be a good option for people who are new to exercise or who have limited mobility due to injury or pain. If you are new to exercise, it is important to start slowly and gradually increase the intensity of your workouts over time. Exercising in a small range of motion can help you to ease into exercise and reduce the risk of injury. If you have limited mobility, exercising in a small range of motion can help you to stay active and improve your fitness level.
Exercising with less intensity can be beneficial for those who are recovering from an injury or illness, or for those who are new to exercise. It can help to reduce the risk of injury and allow for a more gradual and sustainable progression. Exercising with less intensity is a great way to focus on form and technique, which can help to build a strong foundation for more intense exercise in the future. Finally, exercising with less intensity reduces stress and promotes relaxation, which is important for overall health and well-being.
Lower-intensity exercise is any activity that gets your heart rate up but doesn’t leave you feeling breathless or exhausted. It can include activities like walking, swimming, yoga, and Pilates.
Lower-intensity exercise has many benefits, including:
All 3 of the S’s are an important part of any chronic pain management program. If you want to improve your health and well-being, lower-intensity exercise is a great option. It is easy to do, low-impact and has many benefits.
The only things for which I am certain that more is always better are the intangibles: more love, more life, more wisdom, more truth, more health, and more faith. More is not always better. Sometimes more is just more. Let us reflect on the areas of our lives in which more is really more and focus our energy and attention on those things which will truly improve the quality of our lives.