Larissa’s Movement Story
Movement is about having fun!
Since 2014, I have been dedicated to learning how to move better and more sustainably. When I found Nutritious Movement, I was a typical “active” adult. I swam competitively through my childhood, ran until my knees gave out in my 20s, and was sure I’d eventually become a yoga teacher. Instead, I taught high school English for nearly a decade. I walked plenty, but sat to prepare for my classes, to grade papers, and to attend endless faculty meetings.
I took up barefoot running instead of finishing my yoga teacher training (my knees were fine, it turns out, once I switched to minimal footwear). When my twins were born in 2011, I walked every day for months, carrying my kids on my back and front. I felt great, if exhausted. Then I went back to work, sitting in traffic, sitting in meetings, sitting to pump milk. I tried barefoot running again. I went back to yoga class. I lived in a fugue of late-night feedings and caffeine infusions. I developed a wicked case of plantar fasciitis.
We moved across the country to the verdant land of North Carolina, where I took another teaching job. My plantar fasciitis got worse. I couldn’t find a yoga class I loved that was also convenient. I tried weightlifting, and loved the feeling of being strong. I slipped on a patch of ice and wrenched my knee, then threw out my back while executing a deadlift. Luckily, I met a great Feldenkrais practitioner, who taught me about how my movement habits were adding up to the dysfunction I experienced as pain.
Then I found Katy Bowman’s work. I don’t remember, honestly, the first blog post I read. What I do remember realizing that I hadn’t really been moving well in years. Over the next two years, I quit my job, started walking daily, and began performing the corrective exercises that have me feeling physically capable, strong, and joyful in my body. I completed my 2-year Restorative Exercise certification in January 2017. And in December 2017, I competed Lauren Ohayon‘s Restore Your Core teacher training. Restore Your Core took me from moving better and feeling great to finding my flow in movement again. I can’t say enough good things about finding more freedom and strength through RYC™. I hope to bring that same joy to your life that I’ve found over my years of shifting from a sitter to a mover. What is one thing you wish you could do? Let’s find a way for you to do it and do it well.
What is Restorative Movement?
my Restorative Movement class grows out of my study of Restorative Exercise. Restorative Exercise is a system of exercises performed with attention to optimal skeletal alignment. Developed by Katy Bowman, who can be found at Nutritious Movement, RE is grounded in biomechanics and designed to help you restore your body’s natural ability to move. Because I’m always learning and growing as a mover and as a teacher, my Restorative Movement class incorporates more than just RE. Sometimes I’ll bring in a little yoga, or some MovNat, or something from Restore Your Core. The moves you make in my class will help stretch and strengthen you so that your body is better able to perform the macro-movements it needs for health. It’s a little like taking your movement multivitamins, but rather than prescribing a set of specific nutrients, we’re developing a varied, exploratory diet. So maybe it’s more like eating your vegetables and a few delicious fruits, too.
What is Restore Your Core?
Restore Your Core is a method of retraining your core & pelvic floor muscles to be functional, reflexive, responsive, and supportive to your body. RYC™ helps you learn to move better, uncover movement compensation patterns, and create new patterns of strength, mobility, length, and support. It is ideal for postpartum moms, especially those with diastasis recti or prolapse symptoms, but also great for all women looking to rediscover the joy in movement that comes from having a functional core.
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