Active Contractile Mapping For the Back
A brain-based approach to a happy back
Guided "drills" to systematically contract and relax spinal muscles, trapezius/shoulder/lats and hips to reduce pain and improve function and mobility. No equipment necessary and all levels of ability can enjoy this sequence!
After receiving a degree in fine arts and years of working at many odd jobs, Erin landed on a career in massage therapy and yoga/movement instruction which she has been offering since 2004. She has worked with a wide range of ages and abilities, a majority of whom have been women over fifty but she has also taught infants and moms, older adults with Alzheimer’s, intellectually disabled and teen athletes. Experiencing a large spectrum of abilities and needs over the years contributed to her ability to adapt, invent, and continually seek education for a generous tool box from which to draw. She believes that we do in classes should translate to functional skills applicable to every day life so that we may remain and become strong, mobile, present, balanced and confident to participate in all of the activities we enjoy.
In 2014 following the birth of her son and after a delve in to yoga history including Mark Singleton’s history of modern yoga practice, she began to pivot away from traditional asana into varietal movement drawing from the influences of Katy Bowman, Erwan LeCorre, Ido Portal, Igor Burdenko, Moshe Feldenkrais, FRC, Laban Bartemieff, contemporary dance and more.
The search led her to movement education and rehab through the lens of applied neuroscience when she discovered education systems Z health and AMN (Applied Movement Neurology) Academy. She considers it vital to assess and improve the way our nervous system functions because movement output quality and quantity hinges upon how well we absorb and process information. We do this by way of the inner ear (vestibular system) visual system (coordination and strength of eyes including how vision informs posture, gait, balance and more) and proprioception (sense of body in space) and then our brains interpret and determine output. Her classes incorporate mindfulness, breathing, deliberate rest, joint mobilization, dynamic balance, foot mobility, active stretching/strengthening, stabilization, coordination, floor work and use of resistance bands, bouncing balls/play and therapy balls.
She has been studying applied neurology for two years, inspired to introduce these concepts to yoga and movement teachers looking to expand their knowledge base in manageable bite sized doses via online courses and a monthly membership.
Her writing about the business of teaching yoga and challenges of transitioning into other modalities inspired her serialized audiobook as a podcast The Whole Beautiful.