Thanks to her long history with, and trainings in, somatics and yoga, Robin intuitively integrates mindfulness and imagery into her physiotherapy practice.
Experiencing a difference in the effort required to move and support your body is beneficial, and perhaps even necessary, prior to gaining any amount of mobility or strength.
Research teaches us that the nervous system is a key player in affecting movement change. When our nervous system integrates a new movement pattern, like a clean and jerk in the gym or a downward dog in our power yoga class, we feel both stronger and more capable. Though our muscles often get the credit for this quick gain, it is the awesome plasticity of the nervous system that should be thanked.
Robin integrates mindfulness and imagery into her physiotherapy practice for this reason. Feeling a difference in the effort required to move and support your body is the first requirement, followed by increasing freedom of motion, and then working on strength. Often we want to jump to strength and flexibility training right off the bat, but doing so may only reaffirm poor biomechanical patterns and actually increase recovery time.
Understanding what to bring your attention to rather than doing more, harder (our modus operandi!) will help to change your pain, posture and movement patterns quicker than you thought.