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Callanetics: Meditation In Movement

SL2222

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Hi, Susan!!! It's been forever. Sooooo long.

I'm so happy to see you made your move and you sound SO HAPPY. I just found your thread about your move. I just started, so I have no idea what's happening yet, except that you're excelling at your Callanetics! I hope Sandra realizes how utterly loved and brilliant Body Beautiful is as a program. It just grabs you and feels like bliss.

I lost my precious little pup on Christmas. My 16-year best friend and focus. it's been so hard and my body is letting me know.

I'm still getting a few lackluster Callanetics sessions in - but I'm focusing more on Somatics and a good physical therapy program to maybe, FINALLY, address these long term injuries/issues that are impeding everything. I am back to my old chiropractor, too - the benefit of having moving back here. She's always been so helpful for me. If I could afford to see her every day as I rebuild my body, I'd love to! Sandra made those three new programs - I signed onto Callanetics for them and have stayed for them since there's no purchase option any more. They've been good for me at this level. And there's a 10 minute daily stretch, which is, of course, fast, but allows me to do just that bit of release more days than not.

My cannabis/CBD saga is.... ending badly so far. I still can't hone in on anything that makes me feel even remotely good. My panic attacks roared up with a vengeance about 4-5 into my grief. I went from being shut down to suddenly being in full-blow panic all of the time. The oils I've used only made it worse. So now I'm on this cycle of medication for a few days, off for a few days, experiment with the oils for a few days, back to medicine. I know there are people out there who simply don't tolerate this stuff, and move on with their lives. But I feel like I need it so badly, that I'm being so stubborn :p

The only benefit to my loss, as I'm sure you'll understand from your own loss, is that I now have the time to dedicate to my health. I've spent all of my time, focus and money on my baby for so many years now - not to mention the stress of her illnesses and emergencies. It's been just over two months, and I'm finally starting to feel like I can not feel guilty if I don't think of her every second. There's still this pull I have - that she's still waiting for me to care for her, rescue her and I'm neglecting her some how. It will get better.

Take care, Susan!!!!!!!!
I'm glad you're still here inspiring everyone.
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Well hello there Sara. :5:

I have no plans of going anywhere, and it’s them who inspire me. :laugh2:

Even dogs are eternal beings Baby.

:5::5::5::5::5:

It sounds so cliche, but time heals all things. :5:

You’re still searching for the right formulation? You should stop by the study hall and drop that story so the crew can brainstorm. These guys are amazing at brainstorming, and they’ve had more experience at cannabis therapeutics than when you were here last.

Have you considered switching to raw cannabis, to get acid cannabinoids in? That might be what you’re searching for. You feel an inspired need to seek out cannabinoids, and we’re learning that the acid cannabinoids may be more powerful as healing forces than we thought.

Why not try cannabis as a food for a while? It can be done as simply as chewing on buds. I keep some that I use for chewing during the day. I just break off tiny pieces and chew on them, with the intention of eating the whole bud by the time I go to bed. It can’t hurt.

Somatics is an excellent path to homeostasis. Look into Feldenkrais. Those Daily Stretches Sandra taught us are Feldenkrais movements, and they open all your energy channels as well as free up all the body’s myofascial meridians. They really are meant for daily practice. Doing so has profoundly affected my health. I’d suggest you find a way to get them into your life.

They are not exercises, and are intended to follow your breath. Gentle, rhythmic movements meant to reconnect the brain’s communication with the body. Just what you’re seeking.

I’m so glad you stop to catch up every once in a while. Heal Baby. You’re designed and evolved to do just that. :5:
 

SL2222

Well-Known Member
I still talk to my precious baby pup as though she's right here. Her loss has also brought to the forefront all of my other precious pets that I've said goodbye, too, even though she was the most impactful. A life with all of them would be heaven, for sure :)

I will definitely get into the Study Hall. I allowed myself to be uncomfortable for almost the last year, as I had my dog to focus on. I wanted to be as alert as possible during the night due to her immobility and her seizures, so I didn't want to experiment much after my original oils ran out. I'm ready now, especially as I've realized that my phobias are getting so strong again that I'm refusing to make my dental appointment. My fear is growing too big again.

So, the cannabis I was using before was "raw" but not as in picking the plant and eating it. He said it was "raw extracted" (I'm guessing CO2 extracted?) and not heated. This is why he insisted on ingesting it under the tongue and on the gums only, not swallowing for 15 whole minutes so as to absorb the things that are destroyed by heat and gastric juices. I've experimented with so little, I have a lot of things to try, for sure. The only bad thing is that neither of us knows exactly what he gave me in that original bottle of oil that worked. In order to ship it (we were in the same state but 6 hours apart), he kept everything completely unmarked, and then lost track of which one that was

Ok, I'll get all this out into the study hall.

Yes, I will focus on Somatics, for sure. I have experimented with some Feldenkrais and will continue to do more. I'm doing them more and more often and soon it will be a daily habit. Happy to see you, Susan!!
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Happy to see you too Sara. :5:

Yesterday I picked up my book and started doing the movement sessions one by one.

It’ll take a couple weeks and then I’ll start again. I’m learning so much about the way the body’s wired and how it communicates with itself this year. It sometimes feels overwhelming, but mostly fun to make connections.
 

walleye

Well-Known Member
Sorry, not snooping but I saw Sara and just saying hi. Susan Gieseman posted today. Peace.
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Sorry, not snooping but I saw Sara and just saying hi. Susan Gieseman posted today. Peace.
Thank you walleye. That was awfully thoughtful, and cosmically timely, wasn’t it?
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Brix and I took the dog for a walk together today and during the walk I was explaining to him the things I’ve learned from Callanetics that have had the most profound effect on my movement and because of their aligning ability, on my personality.

- Weight through the heels.
- Relax the ribcage down and back.
- Relax the lower back
- Extend the bones.
- Eliminate superfluous tension in movement.
- Do only what’s comfortable.
- Relax everything. Relax the very muscle you’re working.
- Cultivate equanimity

Sandra also led me to a few others that have had enormous influence in my personal development:
- Tom Meyers, author of Anatomy Trains
- Katy Bowman, bio mechanical engineer
- Feldenkrais, and the idea of rewriting the circuitry
- Marie Forleo, creator of Marie TV and B School
- Thomas Soma, body awareness and movement specialist

Sandra Hanna has had an incredible influence on me, and is, in great part, responsible for the woman I am today. I persist as my way of honoring our friendship and her passionate devotion to making Callanetics even better. :love:
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
Today’s session was unique. Brix’s gf was stretching, which led me to demonstrating the Waist Stretch. That led to me starting right into Warmups, and once you’ve crossed that line you just keep going.

The floors are squeaky clean, and while Brix and his girl made and ate breakfast I continued on, starting with Legs, then tossing the mats down on the floor and getting through abs before they finished eating.

They went back to watching A&E’s documentaries on Donald Trump that we’ve been working through, and when they went back to watching I went back to Callanetics, slipping smoothly into Hips and Behind.

I’ve learned the Heavenly Torso Twist so well that my shoulders are now very close to the floor. :yahoo:

Most of the session was a demonstration of how much better I understand how tension is transmitted through the body. That means I’m better at letting the lines relax. The pulses work deeper and deeper and the results are astounding.

I look and feel fabulous! :slide:
 

SL2222

Well-Known Member
Brix and I took the dog for a walk together today and during the walk I was explaining to him the things I’ve learned from Callanetics that have had the most profound effect on my movement and because of their aligning ability, on my personality.

- Weight through the heels.
- Relax the ribcage down and back.
- Relax the lower back
- Extend the bones.
- Eliminate superfluous tension in movement.
- Do only what’s comfortable.
- Relax everything. Relax the very muscle you’re working.
- Cultivate equanimity

Sandra also led me to a few others that have had enormous influence in my personal development:
- Tom Meyers, author of Anatomy Trains
- Katy Bowman, bio mechanical engineer
- Feldenkrais, and the idea of rewriting the circuitry
- Marie Forleo, creator of Marie TV and B School
- Thomas Soma, body awareness and movement specialist

Sandra Hanna has had an incredible influence on me, and is, in great part, responsible for the woman I am today. I persist as my way of honoring our friendship and her passionate devotion to making Callanetics even better. :love:
Walking is still so hard on me. And it's been made infinitely harder since I started studying Katy's work - not through ANY fault of her own, but because it brought out my own personality trait of severe tension while I focus on "technique". It hit me yesterday that I was remaining so rigid in my walk in order to try to do it "right" that I was hurting myself. Badly. I only allowed that thought to come through because of a somatic session I'd done the night before where the instructor had made the specific comment about rigidity being the enemy of fluid, pain-free walking. It's kind of amazing that I think I know something, only to realize that I wasn't actually knowing a single bit of it in my body. Or only allowing it to flow in certain situations.

Always learning, thank goodness.

Sandra brought so much amazing work together - she's been a profound influence on me, as well. You're a continual source of motivation.

I haven't done a Callanetics session yet - only Somatic. I'm happy with that for now.
 

SweetSue

Member of the Year: 2015 & 2016 - Member of the Month: Mar 2015, Sept 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2017 - Creme de la Creme Photos: Dec 2016
I’d be happy with that too. :5: Lately I’ve been working my way through the lessons in Feldenkrais’s book and paying more attention to the Daily Stretch. I make certain to get in at least one session of Callanetics a week, and at the level that my body works is performing during a session that’s a good pace for me. My body appreciates the long time in between to catch up with all the realignment that happened. :laugh2:

Feldenkrais hated “exercise.” I imagine he’d have been a fan of Callanetics in the same way Tom Meyers is. He’d see how it includes the entire body in each and every movement.

Sandra revolutionized a revolutionary system, IMHO. There never was any competition for the system, and I knew that when I started doing them. Sandra took it to new levels of self-awareness.

They’re choosing Lacey. :17: I haven’t been able to go back since I followed one of Sandra’s pictures on a menu and found out she was click bait for Lacey. It disturbed me enough I cancelled my subscription and haven’t been able to go back yet. I’m starting to miss her. :circle-of-love: Adelaide too. That girl could push me like no one else. Sandra’s and Adelaide’s solo videos alone are worth the subscription price.

When I go back I’ll have to pay full price. :17: They’re worth $20 a month. I guess.... I do miss Sandra. :4:

I’ve been considering setting up a camera and figuring out how to photograph myself doing Callanetics for this thread without showing my face. There are some fine-tuning things that could use good photos. Maybe while I’m out at Doob’s next month and we’re playing around with videos we can film me doing a session and edit it down.

:hmmmm: That hadn’t occurred to me before. I’ll give that more thought in the morning. I can teach all I want right here for free and not be constrained the way I would if I took compensation. I can’t see myself towing the corporate line, even for Callanetics. Even for Sandra.

I’d start my own corporation first. :3:

About walking: when I first started working with Sandra and she introduced me to Katy I had the same thing happen. :laugh2: There’s a script of sorts that comes from the Alexander Technique that I used to get through that stage and allow my body to flow when I walked.

“What would happen if I freed my neck, to let my head come forward and up, to let my shoulder blades relax down and out, and allow my limbs to freely extend from their joints?”

It’s a mouthful, but worth learning. Think it through. Probably the best things I learned from Sandra were to keep the ribcage relaxed down and back and, like Alexander, to allow the shoulder blades to relax down and float out to broaden the back. Oh yeah... and the Callanetics Stance.

Sandra taught me to “float” when I walk. :laugh2: When I let myself relax it was Sandra’s teachings that came through most consistently, building on the foundations of all the others. She’s a wonder in my eyes. :circle-of-love:

You’ll get there. Today I realized I can lay on the floor, flat on my stomach, and I’m so relaxed that my shoulders touch the floor and my ear rests on the floor when my head is turned. Anatomy Trains has dramatically improved the way I use my body. Feldenkrais is teaching me to eliminate superfluous muscle use.

It’s gonna be a banner year.
 
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