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Adapting to Change? It Can be Hard!!!😳

Bridging®-based moves to organize growing bodies

While it may seem like life has been stuck on the ‘pause’ button, your children keep growing. This growth can cause both physical and emotional stress. Read more

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Legs Talking Back with All the Walking and Running Happening?

Active time causing new aches and pains?

The weather is warming!

Your newly organized day has active time planned in.

You are out and about more. Great!

Your legs, however, are protesting. In recent weeks I’ve heard from people that their legs are not so happy with all the walking and running happening.
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Visually Organizing Our Days — For Ourselves and Our Family

Boundaries and organization to your day facilitate active time too!

Our newsletters have focused recently on ways to use movement to organize and calm given all the turmoil in the external world. This edition provides a tactical focus supporting a more structured, productive day, and calmer household.

It’s magical how much a visual plan makes for a smoother day for everyone. Erika, one of our Bridging Specialists and a mom of younger kids, and I share how we incorporate visual planning into each day. Read more

closet organization before and after

Security, Cleaning, and Organizing – Yes, They Go Together

Organization is calming to the senses, literally.

 

What’s with all the cleaning and organizing? Did Marie Kondo drop a new show?

The organizing bug finally got me. I’d avoided the big closet organizing project in my home office for over a year. I even explained to a friend via photos to show why it was complicated, thus overwhelming. Sound familiar?

To get started, I needed a plan, so I sat down and wrote out each step required. A week later I followed the plan — the hardest step was starting. Now, the project is mostly done. (See above before/after photo.)

The organized space seems to have freed space in my mind too! Read more

aslow's Hierarchy

Sometimes the Best We Can Do Is Survive

Bridging®-based Primal Movements for Survival

Most days it feels like all we’re doing is merely surviving. Sometimes that’s ok.

Every day I think I’m doing better, then some random news story throws me back into worry.

In the Maslow hierarchy of needs we find ourselves having our security challenged daily. Security is in the bottom zone of our most fundamental needs for existence. (A straightforward discussion of these concepts can be found at the VeryWellMind website)

All day long we are trying to work, and our kids are trying to learn. Yet, those skills are at the top of the pyramid! You can’t function well on tasks in the top of the pyramid without securing the foundation first. Read more

working from home

WFH Aches? Here Are Some Alt-stretches

How are you faring with the new ways of working (and learning) from home (WFH)?

Does your daily routine look like a BINGO card filled with ZOOM, webinar, online workspaces, or classes? Have you left space in the day to get outdoors?

Over the past few weeks the variety in my day consists of which nook I choose to work from — my desk, the ‘starbucks’ nook, the dining table, or the comfy couch.

All of this variety comes at a cost — new aches and pains. The two I’m noticing most are the phone elbow and the hunchback. Read more

at-home Bridging techniques

Three Simple Bridging-based Movements to Calm You and Your Family

How are you faring in these strange times?

I’ve been using many tools to keep my composure — run, walk, journal, healthy cooking, and sleep. I’m also checking in with friends, family, and neighbors.

The one common calming activity that challenges me is meditation. When I stop, my mind doesn’t — it kicks into high gear with ideas galore, and they aren’t all pretty.

Instead, moving helps me stay calm and focused. The most fundamental movement for calming is rocking. (We rock babies, right?)

To help you and your family regroup in an active way, I’m sharing some short and simple videos using movement to promote calming of the nervous system.

Next week I’ll share a series of videos to help with breathing. Read more

peanuts

It’s Been a Peanutty Year — Celebrating 18! 🎂

Eighteen years on this journey

Reflections …

I could never have imagined where this journey helping people overcome their movement and developmental challenges would take me. Such a long way from my earlier career in engineering and power systems! Surprisingly, there are so many similarities. The power system principles and physics are my go-to when I need to think through some unusual movement relationships.

At Kinetic Konnections we are always learning and understanding more about the physics of the body. These learnings are reflected in the evolution of the Bridging Technique. Over the years there have been distinctive phases of insight, and this past year was yet another. Read more

child's clothing

Dear Mom … I Know I Should Wear Socks

Early life traumas surface in some unsuspecting ways

Clothing sensitivity

It makes parents crazy when their children only wear one type of shirt and pants, or refuse to wear underwear or anything on their feet.

The emotional or behavioral reactions spiral downward quickly. The level of stress in the entire family is palpable. From an external perspective, family and friends may question parenting skills. It’s often a no-win situation from every angle.

  • Children find they are misunderstood by society at large and the professionals who are supposed to be supporting them.
  • Their parents are frustrated because traditional resources have had minimal success, and they are beginning to feel like they are inadequate parents.

This is the first in a series of the stories illustrating the frustrations typical of many children and the parents we meet. Read more

broken leg

Did You Ever … Break a Leg?

Sometimes our clients tell it best …

A freak fall got this mom surgery and weeks off of her feet

A client who sees us annually for a tune-up let us know she had fallen before the holidays. The freak fall fractured her lower right leg (tibia) and left foot, requiring surgery to repair her leg.

She has been doing the recommended rehab to regain strength and mobility. Although getting stronger, she felt like her foot was disconnected and unstable. Her knee was weak, and her balance was a little scary. Her walker was a constant companion. Her physical therapist told her moving more will help; it wasn’t.

Once healed and cleared to bear weight on her leg, she made it into our office hobbling along with her walker. In that visit we were able to help her put stabilization skills back together. (Stabilization is a background layer of function that provides control.) Her recovery took a huge jump forward.

The following email updates from her were a great way to start the week! Read more