past weekend I enjoyed teaching a lively and exciting three-day Movement Re-education workshop here in Ventura, with warm weather the backdrop to our rediscovery of flexibility and ease. For 20 years, the Movement Re-Education work has proven its value as an effective tool for releasing postural compensations and reestablishing whole-brain (two-sided, whole-body) movement patterns.

Edu-K is a structure-function model, recognizing that learners sometimes compensate their bilaterally symmetrical human structure when doing one-sided tasks. We use integrated side-to-side, back-to-front, and up-down movement patterns to re-educate for such diverse activities as communication, organization, and focal attention.  In this course, I explore with students ways to notice and balance the muscles and skeletal alignment in terms of daily-life goals and functions. Learners are often surprised to experience how discomfort in one area can lessen when they balance for a goal, without directly working on the tension. As they discover how to use their muscles as a whole system to move in better alignment, their thinking, feeling, and actions can also work together more efficiently and effectively.

In the workshop, students chose such goals to balance for as more fluid dancing, creating a business network, more intimacy with friends, and walking with greater ease (after a surgery). During the course, the participants discovered how to use movement to relax and stimulate tight muscles, rediscover mobility and stability, and awaken their senses. As they worked with partners, I enjoyed hearing such comments as “I didn’t realize it could be that easy to regain agility,” “My feet feel more flexible,” “My hips feel really stable and integrated,” and “Wow! Now I have a butt!”

As students did a slow-motion version of the Cross Crawl, I could see a big difference in overall balance and in stability of the standing leg. And as muscle length was restored in the hips and posterior chain, some were able to automatically stand and walk with the outsides of their feet parallel, instead of pointing outward.

One participant said, “I can walk up and down stairs now without holding on to the banister. Wow!” After balancing with a goal to think clearly, another student commented, “I can remember what I’m doing when I walk into a room. It’s a miracle!” These are just a few of the results shared by the participants. At the end of the workshop, two of the students offered these testimonials:

Paul explained the muscles and how they relate to our body challenges. It was so easy to understand. When I started the course, I was ready for a nervous breakdown, yet I felt completely different afterward. When I left I felt light as a feather—happy. I stopped a couple of times today and did some Brain Gym® activities. I also took a very long walk at the beach, about an hour. It seemed like I was moving so fast, and my body felt very light. Walking felt fantastic!!! It was enjoyable, comfortable, and very inviting. I felt a huge desire to do it. I also jumped on the rebounder a couple of times. I noticed all day how easy it was to do my work. Then I started to notice other things, like when I went to bend down, it was so easy to do. Then, before I knew it, I was organizing my desk till I had everything in order. This course is so fantastic. Everyone in the world needs it. I feel like a new woman. —L. P., California

Paul’s careful demonstrations and explanations for each muscle were very clear and informative. And, of course, the balances and openings of the various muscles have been expansive and wonderful. I am taller, and I walk, sit, stand, and get up and down with much more comfort and ease. I’m going to tell others that chronic pain in neck, back, shoulders, and knees can be relieved by simple structural re-education. —R. L, Oregon

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