This past weekend I watched a parade of nearly naked bodies at all stages of aging passing, their feet padding across the concrete at my eye-level. While many jiggled and sagged and hung in strangely fascinating folds, the beauty of the human form shined through each and every person. As I soaked in different hot pools and worked out some kinks I’ve had many insights, new photos, and some new poolside exercises to share. Read more
As a young dancer training in ballet and modern dance, I didn’t think much about longevity. My body was my musical instrument, and I figured if I got it polished and kept it tuned, it would last me a good long time. Now, at 58, I’m still a performer, dancing with Mountain View’s Academy of Danse Libre, the nation’s leading vintage ballroom dance company and doing a dozen shows a year – some in high heels!
As a movement coach and educator working with the mind-body connection, I study and teach movement to everyone from little children to the fragile elderly. Along the way I’ve learned some very unique longevity secrets that have helped me and many others to feel great, avoid injuries, relieve pain, and stay active. Here are some of my favorites – some may surprise you! Read more
The hip ache starts when I’m 52. I’m tossing and turning at night, trying to get comfortable, like a rotisserie chicken. First, on my belly, then my side, then my back, then the other side, and the turning starts again. My husband teases me that I’m cycling all night, but he’s not laughing. Finally, there’s relief with a pillow between my knees, and I fall into a deep sleep.
Arthritis. Who, me?
I managed to keep fit enough to still be a high school PE teacher in my 50s. I first notice the aching hip after an occasional ballet class. My strength seems OK, my flow and balance are still there, but something is weakening in the joints, something I only notice at night. Read more