melting butter

Butter Melting … It’s the Sensation We Feel When Muscles Change

“What do you feel when the muscles change?”

Inquisitive clients have posed this question over recent weeks. My response?

To those of us doing Bridging®, the change feels like the muscles and movements soften and melt, similar to butter. The movement become easier for us, and for you!

Butter can have many states from hard to melted:

  • frozen solid
  • refrigerator hard
  • room temperature softness
  • a melted fluid

As your muscles begin to work together better they end up in the soft, easy to spread state. The work of each muscle becomes shared with a larger network so each individual muscle can relax, knowing it can work only when needed, and that it now has helpers.

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kids on wheels

Hard Time Learning to 🚲 Ride?

There are FOUR aspects of coordination required.

I’ve written about biking before, but usually from an injury perspective.

This is the time of year that younger children are testing out new bikes, and parents are trying to teach bike riding skills.

With success, the joy is unbelievable.

When the skills just don’t happen, the frustration and doubt run deep.

This is when a little Bridging® can problem solve about why the skill is a challenge, and get your child over the hump! Read more

playing on a jungle fym

Playground Success? Yes, They Did!

It’s the season for being outdoors which often means exploring playgrounds.

Playground exploration is an essential part of childhood for learning new physical skills, and learning to take risks. These are vital aspects of development!

Sometimes your child needs a little help, then they figure it out. Sometimes a little help doesn’t work and your child feels left out and frustrated. You feel frustrated and helpless. Maybe they’ll get it next week, or next year.
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Cancer Journey? Yes, There Are So Many Aspects to This

Cancer treatment support is a personal topic for me. This month marks 20 years since my son was diagnosed with leukemia at age 6.

During his 3+ years of treatment he endured 2 surgeries, 38 lumbar punctures, countless IV’s and hospital stays. He was messed up from treatment, and because of treatment.

I found out first hand the importance of mentally and physically supporting him during and after the process.

The Bridging® support I was able to provide came in some years after his treatment and primarily addressed latent effects. He still has some concerns this many years later, but he is generally doing great! Read more

a family enjoys a walk

Recent, or Not So Recent, Surgery? And Recovery Isn’t Quite What You Expected?

A number of clients in the office recently have wanted help with pain or limited range of motion. We found these had a relationship to prior surgeries.

These surgeries included:

  • Abdominal structure repair
  • Cancer treatment
  • C-section
  • Dental
  • Hysterectomy
  • Wrist (following fracture)

In each case Bridging® was able to help with pain, ease of motion, and more.

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birthday party

Original? Delta? Omicron? Long? 😵

Omicron, Delta, or Original?

Almost sounds like drink orders at a bar, right?

But which version you contracted wasn’t really a choice. For those of us who got Covid, we pretty much ended up with the catch of the day.

I had Omicron. It wasn’t nothing, but it wasn’t terrible. And, thankfully, no lasting effects that I’m aware of.

However, for many of you, lingering issues from the virus are still a concern. Read more

leg in a cast

Your Leg Was in a Cast. Still Painful, Weak, or Unsteady?

Over 2 million legs are fractured each year in the U.S.

The three most common types of leg fractures are:

  • Patella (knee cap)
  • Tibia/Fibula (lower leg)
  • Ankle

The most common cause of fractures is falling, or being hit, such as in sports injuries.

Foot injuries and fractures can result in a cast also.

You broke your foot or leg. Months later, it still feels unsteady, hurts or is weak. What else might be going on?

There are so many ways you might have ended up with a cast on your leg, usually from broken bones in your foot, ankle, lower leg, or upper leg.

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kids play at the beach

3 Non-Sports Benefits of Seasonal Tune-ups!

I recently wrote about the benefits of tune-ups between sports seasons.

Life also has its seasons such as:

  • Holidays
  • Vacations
  • Performances
  • Cleaning
  • Recovery

For each of these you often need different physical coordination and strength, as well as coping abilities.

Kind of interesting that each also offers the opportunity of a fresh start!

Seasonal tune-ups help you prepare for what comes your way! Read more

20 years

It’s Been 20 Years!

Cara LindellI sat in my kitchen 20 years ago with a grand idea of helping women move better to stay healthier. So much has changed since then, although fundamentally so much is the same. Join me in some reminiscing!

Here are some of the highlights of The Bridging® Institute’s evolution:

  • The mission expanded to helping everyone, beginning at birth.
  • The focus on movement morphed into sensory-motor function which includes balance and self-regulation, a correlate to self-calming.
  • Your movement became understood to be a system of micromovements rooted in the earliest periods of child development. This is why we strongly focus on your past to solve the present challenges.
  • And, the optimal way to quickly reset impaired micromovements has proven to be the gentle rocking and stretches used in Bridging®. Indeed less is more!

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Girls playing soccer game

3 Benefits of Seasonal Tune-ups for Your Kids

Winter sports have wrapped up their season — hockey, wrestling, gymnastics, swimming and basketball.

  • Did your athlete get injured, minor or major, during the past season?

Spring sports will be starting soon — softball, baseball, badminton, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, and track.

  • Has your athlete grown? The seasonal transition can cause stress when layered on top of recent growth.

Between seasons is a great time to smooth out stress on their bodies from little injuries, wear and tear, and growing, putting them in great shape for spring activities!

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