So I’ve been a little out of action with blogging and kept more quiet this last few weeks on social media. Needed to take a bit of a breather as my brain was overloading with new information from the second part of my Franklin Method course in London, also injuries and general tiredness was taking over. It was definitely time to take a step back but now it is time to get back into action and looking forward to 2017 — yes I’m already planning a really strong barefoot movement for Viva.
So the Franklin Method — so far we have gone through the 4 step Franklin Method, then workshops on the pelvis, knee and the shoulder girdle, with the spine in January, I think, and the foot in March to complete level 1.
I have to say that doing this course has been a bit of an eye opener to me at the potential power you have within yourself to help your body recover and to improve your movement.
When I did the pelvis element back in the summer, I found that my squatting technique completely changed and I found much greater range and depth of movement. This time I went to the course sadly with a knee injury through slipping and it was getting me down but over the five days, although yes I was resting my leg, the knee function changed dramatically and is almost fully recovered through the power of mental imagery of having a health body and understanding how the knee joint works.
I also found, and I wasn’t expecting to find any change, that my shoulders improved during this time. There are certain elements of Crossfit (which I do as my strength training) that are really demanding and new to my body, particularly the work where we hang or swing from the frame. My first session back after the course was all to do with shoulders so we did the usual kipping as they call it (swinging sort of from the frame) and I could actually do it this time without my shoulders getting in the way — it was really really surprising as before I’ve been rubbish at it and for some reason my body worked really effectively in the movement.
Sometimes a time out to consider how your body is actually moving is required.