We have a problem here in our modern society (well, more than one, but I’ll just tackle this one for today). Our world is set up for us to be as still as possible. I don’t know about you,
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Yoga may have been around for thousands of years, but an exciting new branch of yoga has emerged—adaptive yoga—thanks to adaptive yoga pioneer, Matt Sanford. Also known as wheelchair yoga, universal yoga, yoga for non-traditional students, yoga is here and it’s doing some amazing things for people with disabilities.
If your only experience with the Bard (a nickname for Shakespeare, bard meaning poet) was a torturous memorizing of Julius Ceasar’s monologue, “Friends, Romans, Countrymen, lend me your ears” in 10th grade English, you might be wondering why Shakespeare inspires Dr. Bloom.
As a former English Major, I read a lot. I read an article that had a quote which said “Exercise has one spelling, but how it is applied is extremely diverse.” [i] The quote made me think of a point my Movement Specialist frequently makes, that one fitness approach may work well for one client but only partially work for another. Any developed fitness routine needs to be tailored and customized for the individual.
In December 2009, I began a journey with a new Fitness and Movement Specialist to advance my goal to walk without assistive devices. At the time, I had no way of knowing how hard I would work, how far I would be pushed, or how much I would achieve. While I have a long history of working with professionals from multiple disciplines, through my work with James R. House, III, I would come to understand what a true working alliance is— a shared partnership between a client and a professional.
It all depends on how you face the challenges of your disability. Life is an adventure and even with limited mobility you can create a rich, experiential life for yourself or someone in your family who has a disability. What if you knew that persons with visual impairments, autism, cerebral palsy, paraplegia, quadriplegia, and hemiplegia could have a blast whitewater rafting all year long?
In the field of Social Work, the connection between a professional and client is called a “working alliance.” The alliance begins when the professional and client agree about the work to be done. In the context of fitness, I have formed “working alliances” with five professionals over the last six years.
Each professional brought different talents, skill sets, training, and features to my program. The “working alliance” describes my efforts and work with the fitness professionals.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.
Caregivers are among the true heroes of the world. If you’ve taken on that crucial role for a family member, friend, or as a paid position caring for someone whose disability or illness prevents self-care, you work extraordinarily hard—so hard that you may be neglecting your own self-care, which means…
Swimming is one of the most popular and effective ways of burning off excess fat (and, incidentally, fat has a way of floating on water, which at least partly explains that popularity). It is especially enjoyable in the summer, when you can cool off from the intense heat even as you get into shape.