How to Love
We see the poetry in each run and the meditation in each mile.
Our passion for running comes from the same cauldron of ideas as Sheehan's words above. So when a runner or would-be runner comes to us asking for assistance with the practice of running, it is not only our privilege, it is our drive and our pleasure. As movement scientists we embrace the ChiRunning/ChiWalking (CR/CW) Method as the approach most compatible with our clinical doctrine of First Do No Harm. It focuses on meeting the runner where they are and building from there a foundation of body sensing, efficiency of movement and balance of energy. This has proven to offer the runner at any and all levels a very accessible methodology for optimizing running technique because it reduces the impact associated with running to make it a safer practice. For this reason we also employ it with our injured runners who need a way back into their running practice with the least amount of stress.
ChiRunning & ChiWalking Expanded
No two runners are the same, so no two runners will ever run the same either. Each brings their own unique biases, habits, strengths and limitations, but nevertheless, they can always improve the quality of their running and transform the experience along with it. For this reason, we use the heart and soul of ChiRunning as the basis for technique improvement, and we leverage our experience as Physical Therapists to evaluate what may get in the way of technique improvement. We call this ChiRunning & ChiWalking Expanded. Like what we do with our injured runners, we look at several of the variables that contribute towards efficient and effective running:
- Mobility and stability of body segments as seen through the lens of movement patterns. Here we use a combination of physical examination measures and functional movement tests to round out our understanding of the body in front of us. (PICS OF THIS)
- Video analysis of running form. Video technology is a widely-accepted tool assisting coaches with slowing down motion and identifying where efficiency gaps can be shored up. Additionally, we don't use treadmills; we get you moving outside, in your natural running environment. And don't be surprised if we ask you to take off your shoes. (SCREEN SHOT)
- Dynamic stability assessment of breathing, rib-pelvis control in various postures, foot/ankle intrinsics in single limb stance, reciprocal limb coordination, and plyometric performance. (PICS OF THIS)
This Expanded approach can be taught in a group or a one-on-one setting. Workshops are between 2.5-4 hours long, depending on the number of participants. Pricing is available here.
Pics of the process - self-MFR, dynamic stretching, PNF, eccentric isometrics (esp. DSQ)
CR/CW, metronome, run-specific drills