Ready to Learn From Your Body?

We can learn so much with the right guide

In the past four days, I've outlined some facts about feet that you may not have considered before (here), explained how I came to teach about feet (among other things but firstly feet! here), described how we all make the same choices and habits when it comes to foot care that can lead to less than desired outcomes (here), and yesterday I spoke a little about who works with me and why. Maybe you recognise yourself in the person who would love to know more about how their feet work and not be dependent on the constant outsourcing of foot care to others. (here).

Today I'm going to talk about another group that I work with. This is a bit harder for me to talk about because I'm shy and extremely introverted. So it's not in my nature to "blow my own horn." I can tell you that I know a lot about something, or that I'm good at something because it's a fact. You practice something long enough, learn from good people long enough, and you get good at it. That's just a fact, it didn't come without hard work, I'm not some kind of prodigy. But some things come out of nowhere and you feel "lucky" or even undeserving, and this is one of those things.

I'm becoming known as a "teacher's teacher."

I always put my mentors on a pedestal. I still do - I owe so much to their generosity. So it's a bit uncomfortable to be considered a mentor by others, or a "master teacher" (still a description I find odd - I prefer senior teacher). Yet most of my classes are filled with teachers of yoga or pilates or other Restorative Exercise Specialists. It's extremely flattering of course, that other people think what I have to contribute is worth their time (and money).

You can know a lot about a subject and that's great (good for you), but that doesn't do anyone else any good unless you can then transfer that knowledge (and self-empowerment) to others. (I discovered that by boring many people to tears at parties with my vast knowledge about horses and dressage.) When you can take what you know and distill it to others so that wherever they are in their journey they can benefit from that, that's helpful. Teaching of course, is imparting information to others what you have and that they need, in a way that they can understand, remember and utilise.

I'm often told that I am a "great demonstrator" - I think there's a bit of a mimic in me, that comes directly from my introversion - I'm more of a watcher than a participator. I observe, and learn. And I have a body that can move in so many ways that it's easy to show people by exaggeration what is happening now versus what can happen in the future, essentially showing in one moment a year's worth of change.

I think it's also very important to treat the body with kindness and respect. We come from a culture that values hard work more than relaxation and rest, pushing through pain more than easing off, what things look like versus how they function, not crying or showing emotion when you are angry or sad (especially if you are female), control versus compromise. It's ingrained in our culture and often to some extent in us, and it isn't easy to not feel guilty when you need that day off, or you miss a deadline, or your body hurts and you just can't...

As I mentioned yesterday, the body is pretty incredible. It tries so hard for us, often in less than optimal circumstances, and we turn around and blame it for "failing us." It's time to learn from the body, let it talk to us, and for us to listen. I'd love to be your guide to discover the language the body speaks.

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Categories: Mentor, Teaching, Feet