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Lauri Weinstein
June LaPointe




Human Skeleton

Raison d’etre

Born, as it was, at the intersection of motive and opportunity, Easy Does It represents a profound paradigm shift (on a macro and micro level) in how we think about values, and specifically, how we (get on) (get around) move throughout our life.  This is a seismic shift away from deeply entrenched “bad habits”, towards a saner model that more closely resembles the natural order of all movement.

Newton’s 1st Law of Motion is instructive here.  The first half of that law states that…”A body at rest tends to remain at rest.”  Conversely, the second half of that law states that…”A body in motion tends to remain in motion.”

As we age, we forget the fundamental skills and natural order of movement progression that we master as newborns, toddlers and pre-schoolers.  In no uncertain terms, the revival of this deep-hidden instinct is what’s at stake here; and, indeed, represents the major underpinnings of our entire operating philosophy at Easy Does It.

The nature of the work we do at Easy Does It focuses on our 3 hidden senses of time, space and equilibrium (or kinesthesia, proprioception and vestibular);  all of which lend themselves to these unusual, unconventional neuro-connections.  This, in turn, stimulates new pathways that reveal better options for learning, moving and living.  Remarkably, this happens on an unconscious or semi-conscious level.  So this process occurs naturally, carrying messages emanating directly from our nervous systems, and not from any intellectual thought process.

Once a child reaches that age where they enter our school systems, everything changes.  The child gets away from playing on the floor, and ends up sitting in a chair most of the time.  As we grow into adulthood, this change progressively informs our bodies, and eventually we find ourselves "bounding" from our bed in the morning and sitting straight up.  This is a very harsh movement, and may cause a variety of problems.  Contrast that with the movements of a toddler lying flat on the floor.  Invariably, the toddler will rise naturally by rolling to one side, and sequentially curling and unfurling the spine from the pelvis, leaving their head down until it’s the last body part rising.

Movement, when glimpsed through the eyes of the very young is so instructive, as one can viscerally feel the striving, and intuitively understand it as the basis for all our physical and mental well being.  However, we do not strive to overcome obstacles (as we are mistakenly taught).  Instead, we remove the obstacles.  We change the paradigm.  We do not overcome our ‘difficulties’ (as if by magic).  If successful , we make these ‘difficulties’ into something more manageable.

So much of what is ‘upside-down’ with modern thinking can be illustrated with our preoccupation with either overcoming hardships or wallowing in self-pity and depression, precisely because we are unable to overcome those hardships.

Both sides of that thinking miss the point, and probably reveal just how much of our puritan background remains intact.  In this omnipresent model, life is hard and often overwhelming; and our heroes and role models are impossible, nearly mythical creatures.  And so, as we attempt to emulate these values, and instill them in our children, we create archetypes that are unattainable for most.  This invariably causes unnecessary stress and strain that carries over and informs our mental and physical states, rendering them in a wholly unnatural way.  The resulting physical manifestation (and the corresponding emotional and mental trauma) of aches, pains, injuries, illnesses…and worse…should not surprise anyone who has carefully studied how our bodies move.

Wouldn’t a saner model view those ‘difficulties’, those hardships, those impossible tasks…as something altogether different.  If it’s too hard, one shouldn’t force it.  Instinctively, we know this, but have been programmed to ignore that core concept.  We forget. We measure the success of the work we do at Easy Does It on the revival of that instinct.

Our philosophy here at Easy Does It mirrors the key ideas behind all our modalities, Occupational Therapy, LiFT Listening Fitness and the Feldenkrais Method.  As Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais famously said, and we wholeheartedly concur, the goal is in “…making the impossible possible, the possible easy, and the easy elegant.”

       Phone: 617.875.6041 | 19 Mystic Street, Arlington Center, Arlington, MA


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