The Gokhale Method uses healthy posture and movement to help you restore your structural integrity and regain a pain-free life.
Most pain can be attributed to how we hold ourselves and how we move. Since we aren’t born with a user’s manual, we rely on our culture to guide us.
You learn techniques to: Reduce or eliminate back pain, neck pain, and other muscle or joint pain. Prevent muscle and joint degeneration and injury. Increase your energy, stamina and flexibility and reduce stress and improve appearance.
By emphasizing everyday movement rather than periodic exercise sessions, the Gokhale Method gives you ample opportunity to practice without taking time out of your day. You naturally incorporate your newfound body wisdom into your daily activities and physical pursuits. Every movement becomes an effective exercise to strengthen and stretch.
You will learn to sit, sleep, stand, walk, and bend in ways that protect and strengthen you instead of wear and tear you.
- Sitting will be comfortable, either with a backrest when you place your back in therapeutic traction (stretchsitting) or without a backrest, when you stack your spine on a well-positioned, anteverted pelvis (stacksitting).
- Sleeping will be comfortable and provide hours of restorative traction, whether lying on your back or side (stretchlying).
Standing will be a resting position for most of the muscles of the body with the weight-bearing bones vertically stacked over the heels (tallstanding).
A retroverted pelvis leads to tense back muscles or slumping.
An anteverted pelvis facilitates healthy posture.
Bending will involve hinging at the hip rather than the waist, exercising the long back muscles and sparing the spinal discs and ligaments (hip-hinging).
Actions that challenge spinal structures, such as carrying or twisting, will involve deep layers of muscles in the abdomen and back (inner corset) to protect the spine.
Walking will be a series of smooth forward propulsions, challenging the muscles of the lower body and sparing the weight-bearing joints throughout the body (glidewalking).
In relearning these everyday actions, you will reposition and reshape your shoulders, arms, neck, torso, pelvis, hips, legs, and feet the way they were designed to be. You will develop a high level of confidence in and sense of control over your well-being (well-being is not consistent).
Once you have learned the basic principles, you integrate them into all positions and movements. Your everyday activities will once again become therapeutic. Practitioners available in the UK in London and Bristol where you can learn the foundation course in six lesson. Clare Chapman has courses in Bristol and John Carter holds them in Bristol and London. You can also find out more about The Gokhale Method from their website.Sleeping will be comfortable and provide hours of restorative traction, whether lying on your back or side (stretchlying).