National Foot Health Awareness Month and a Discount For You!

Happy April, everyone!

It’s spring and the weather is nice! This usually means people break out their warm weather shoes like sandals and flip flops, and don their shorts and capris. But what does spring weather feel like when you have stiff, sore feet, and unyielding leg and hip muscles? Not fun. As I got older and spent more time sitting and exercising a few hours a day, those fun, carefree days of spring and summer became less exciting due to the pain in my feet, legs, and lower back.
Since I started practicing restorative exercise and adding more natural movement into my life, I’ve had years of pain-free spring frolicking, and I want to pass that knowledge on to you.
Along with a certification in restorative exercise and natural movement, I am a certified Healthy Foot Practitioner. Like the foundation of our homes, our feet are our foundation, and tightness and lack of mobility in our feet effect our bodies all the way up to our jaws! In my 4-part Healthy Foot and Lower Body series, I’ll show you how to restore mobility and relieve pain in your lower extremities. Since April is National Foot Health Awareness Month, I am offering this 4-part series for a huge discount. Here are the details:

IMG_0897This 4-part Healthy Foot and Lower Body series is the first step (pun intended) towards better foot and whole body health!

Wanna know what you’ll get out of this deal?

— 10 corrective exercises focused entirely on foot and lower body strengthening and added flexibility,

— 5 alignment points to help your feet and legs line up the way they are meant to in order to increase circulation, stability, and balance,

— Loads of education about your foot and lower leg muscles so YOU can make healthy choices when you stand, walk, run, and work!

— Foot wear education and recommendation, and

— Totally rad resources you can explore on your own as you learn more about how to care for your body!

If you suffer from foot issues such as plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammer toes, “fallen” arches, overly tight arches, or just general pain and discomfort, this is the series for you. Foot strength and mobility has also been proven to reduce knee, lower back, hip, and even jaw pain!

This series includes 4, 1-hour long sessions with me either in person or via Skype. Total cost is $240.

For more info, and to register, click here and send me a message. I’ll get back to you to schedule the series.

If you would like to get started with some easy, inexpensive foot health classes and DVDs, click here!

40th birthday cakeIt’s almost my birthday! Every year on my birthday I surprise YOU with discounts, contests, and giveaways, and this one is a BIG DEAL: I’m turning 40! It’s less than a month away, so stay tuned to my Facebook page and Instagram account for the month-long celebration!

Cheers!

Happy International Women’s Day! Thank Your Pelvic Floor For Making You the Woman You Are Today…

IMG_0205Before I started on this journey of improving my health through natural movement, I had NO IDEA what my “pelvic floor” was. To celebrate International Women’s Day, I’m offering a huge discount off of my 3-Week Pelvic Floor Series, so I thought I would give you some general education on what your pelvic floor actually is, and how weakness in these muscles can cause problems that most people think are unavoidable, untreatable, and worst of all, “normal”. When our lady parts aren’t functioning properly, or are causing us pain and discomfort, it eats away at our self-confidence and can leave us feeling hopeless and yucky. So, to do my part to empower women on a day like today, I would like to offer a way for women to feel good in their bodies again!

Your pelvic floor muscles are a sheet of muscles that attach to your tailbone posteriorly, and your pubic symphysis (PS) anteriorly. Modern women tend to have very short, tight (weak) pelvic floors due to constant heel wearing (which tucks the pelvis and therefore the tailbone is always tucked under and closer to the PS, shortening the muscles. Short muscles are weak muscles), sitting the bulk of our days (tucking the pelvis and under-using our gluteal muscles, which when weak, stop pulling the tailbone back while standing and moving. Again, shortening the pelvic floor muscles), and not squatting nearly as much as our bodies require in order to keep the juices flowing down there. (pun intended!) Go ahead and Google “images of pelvic floor muscles” to get an idea of what they look like.

squattingShortened pelvic floor muscles can lead to many issues for women in particular: incontinence (do you pee a little when you sneeze, laugh, cough, run or jump? This is incontinence), painful menstrual periods, hemorrhoids, and painful sex, to name a few.

Contrary to popular belief, there IS a way to improve and in most cases, eradicate these uncomfortable issues forever.

In my 3- week Pelvic Floor Health series, I will teach you 15 exercises and basic alignment to start you on the road to healing these issues forever. This series also includes vital education about your body and how it functions, and how the pelvic floor and its proper functioning is connected all the way up to our belly and chest (breathing and abdominal tightness) and all the way down to our feet. You’ll complete the three week series with a solid plan, unique to you, to increase mobility, decrease pelvic floor dysfunction, and generally feel better in your body.

So, now to the good part:

Today and tomorrow ONLY, I am offering 20% off my 3-week pelvic floor series (Normally $225, so $180 with the discount). This includes three 1-hour long sessions with me (either in person or via Skype) with follow up emails including detailed descriptions of your unique corrective exercises and alignment points, unlimited access to me via phone and email in between sessions, and handouts with pictures and descriptions of the exercises.

Click here to register, and let’s get your pelvic floor functioning properly again!

Lots of love and solidarity on this day of celebrating how far we’ve come as women, y’all! I am filled with gratitude for the part each of you has played in my journey so far!

xoxo,

Jacqueline

 

The Diary of a Lazy Movement Teacher: Evolution

When I looked it up, the term evolution had a different meaning than I expected. The second definition, “the gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form.” is almost right when it comes to my journey with my body and my healing practice, but I do know that with the complexity has come more understanding.

In 2011 when I found Restorative Exercise, I was suffering. And I do mean suffering. I was in so much pain and agony that my mother felt that she couldn’t leave me alone at night. When my back and leg spasms would kick in, I would have conversations with God where I would tell him it was okay to go ahead and take me. I figured I had lived a pretty full life, and the pain I was experiencing wasn’t worth going on.

I was 35 years old.

That’s way too young to be begging The Powers That Be to save me a place in a pain-free Heaven. Thankfully, I had wonderful friends in all facets of the bodywork field, and chiropractors, massage therapists, and a reiki master descended upon my basement apartment to work on me throughout the months that I was literally disabled. I spent hours researching my options (other than surgery or a lifetime of pain meds) and this is how I found Katy Bowman and Restorative Exercise (Now Nutritious Movement™.)

As I began to do the correctives and apply some of the anatomical principles I learned from devouring Katy’s blog and youTube videos, I started to unravel the story of what I had once believed to be an isolated incident. Here was the TRUTH of my situation:

  • I had experienced lower back pain and debilitating migraines since I was 9 years old
  • I had been a ballet dancer, a cheerleader, and at times a recluse who holed up in her “fort” to read books for hours and hours
  • I had been in a car accident at 6 years old where I was tossed around a van as it flipped over multiple times
  • I had low thyroid function since I was a teenager, and standing up and moving around became too much activity and I began to sit whenever possible (outside of school, where I sat for 4-6 hours at a time)
  • Due to some emotional trauma, I developed a heavy drinking/drug problem by the time I was 16 years old
  • After receiving help for my substance abuse problem, I had a job as an administrator and behavioral health technician with a drug abuse program where I sat all day
  • In my 20’s I started to have issues with my weight; I started working out daily even though I was drinking 2 pots of coffee and smoking 2 packs of cigarettes daily
  • I ate CRAP. Because it was cheap, and my (painful and sluggish) digestion reflected that
  • My back pain got worse; I developed hemorrhoids in my mid-twenties
  • I was in a high stress, high pressure career until 2009

Is it any wonder that in 2011, my back gave out? After one trip to an urgent care where I got X-rays of my spine and found out that I had a compressed disk in my lower back, one of my bodywork buddies explained that the issue had probably been developing since childhood. The muscles around my lower back and pelvis had all been tightening and shortening in order to protect my spine, and this is what finally resulted in the spasms and unbelievable pain I was experiencing. Since 2011, I have studied everything I can about human anatomy and why my body works the way it does (cultivating in a certification in Restorative Exercise which I now use to help others) and what I can do to alleviate my symptoms, and live a full life with increased mobility and energy. Along the way I have learned that all of my “issues” from poor digestion to hemorrhoids, to that one time I sneezed and peed myself, can be addressed through better movement. I have become VERY sensitive to our culture’s obsession with “diet and exercise” despite the truth: We are getting sicker.

This is why I do what I do. This is how my practice has evolved. It has evolved into something more complex, but my understanding of the root problems of my past suffering is more clear now than ever. I write this so people understand why I am so passionate about nutritious, all-day movement. We don’t need to just move more; we also need to move better.

My lower back is pain-free most days, I don’t sneeze-pee anymore, and my digestion and other symptoms thereof have cleared up. I have definitely changed what I eat, I don’t smoke anymore, and I only drink 1 cup of coffee in the morning, but that in and of itself is not all it takes to clear up pelvic floor and other issues that are so obviously mechanical. I AM human, so I definitely have days (or the entire second half of 2015 when my hormones went all wacko, and someone very close to me died and I descended into soul-crushing depression. But that’s ok, I’m back now) where I DO NOT move. The beauty of knowing how my parts effect other parts and the proper alignment of my body is that I can always do the simple work to get back on track.

I hope that by sharing my movement practice, it will give you hope that you, too, can move more, and move better to improve your overall health.

Over the next few months I will be writing more about the day-to-day movements you can add into your movement nutrition protocol. Our bodies need nutritious movement just as much as they need nutritious foods! I teach Beginner’s Alignment and Foot Health movement and education classes once a week. Click here for more information. I also work with people privately to help them restore their bodies to natural strength and mobility. Click here for more information.

I hope you love being in your body and enjoy health and mobility for years to come! Thanks for reading.

Jacqueline

 

 

Walk and Talk Educational Teleconference

We’ve all heard that we need to sit less and move more, but for those of us who depend on technology (excess screen time) for education and research about taking care of ourselves, we sometimes find ourselves hunched over a computer or mobile device for endless hours of the day. My “Walk and Talk” series is meant to be an opportunity for us to get out in nature and walk while we learn about natural movement and how to improve our health. I’ll have guest speakers join us some mornings, and we’ll all have the chance to share what we do to improve our health every day. I’ll be walking and talking on Monday and Thursday mornings at 7:30 AM Eastern Time (sorry, California!) every week. Join me for a walk, and ask me anything! Conference call information below.

Call: 323-920-0091
Enter PIN: 
402 7884#

New Classes (and other fun stuff) in 2016!

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I am so excited for 2016! I learned so much in 2015, and I am anxious to apply what I’ve learned to my business and personal life in the new year.

I have a few things coming up in 2016 that I want all of you to know about:

  1. Beginner’s Alignment Group Classes: Starting January 23rd I’ll be teaching a weekly “Beginner’s Alignment” class at Foundation Therapy Center in Sandy Springs. This class will be for those of you who want to learn more about aligning your bodies and improving your health through muscle lengthening and strengthening and better range of motion. For more information and to register, click here.
  2. Beginner’s Alignment Online Course: Looking for something you can do at home to educate yourself on proper alignment? Look no further! Starting in February I will have an affordable, downloadable course just for you! Shoot me an email at jacqueline.saszi@gmail.com if you want me to put you on the list to be notified when it’s ready.
  3. “Ask the Movement Teacher” Walk and Talk Teleconference: Once a week we’ll meet on a conference call and walk together. Anyone can join and ask me questions about corrective exercises and alignment. I’ll be walking and walking and talking Mondays and Thursdays at 8:30am ET starting January 18th. I’ll post the conference line on my Facebook page on the 15th.
  4. Second Saturday Health Goals Walking Group: Did you know I host a Meetup group here in Atlanta? Starting January 9th, and then every second Saturday of the month at 9am we’re going to meet to walk around Azalea Park and talk about our health goals for 2016. This will be a great group if you’re anything like me and set goals in January that you totally slack on come February! By getting together once a month we can cheer each other on and help each other stay laser-focused on our goals. Take back your health in 2016! Click here to join.
  5. Wellness Coaching Spaces Open: I only take 4 clients per year for this style of coaching, so it’s been closed for the last 6 months. I now have spaces open for 2016. Click here for more info.

Thanks for supporting me this year, and I look forward to improving my health and helping you improve yours in 2016!

 

xoxo,

Jacqueline