By Dr. Brianne Grogan, DPT
Picture a cat as her spine rises to your touch. Picture a bellydancer shimmying her chest and her hips. Picture a snake as it languidly glides in a serpentine motion in water or on land. We can re-create these feminine, multi-directional (dare I say sensual?) motions, and the best news is that it is so, so good for you!
I am a huge proponent of moving in circles, swirls, and undulations. Our hip, spine, and shoulder joints can — and should — do MORE than move in linear (straight ahead, or side-to-side) motions. These joints WANT to move in all directions… They are healthiest when they have the opportunity to move through their full range of motion. Circles, swirls, spirals, and rolls lubricate your joints and increase circulation to areas that — for many people — tend to be stiff and even painful when not mobilized to their fullest potential.
And the “bonus power” of feminine movement? It’s fun!
The following is an excerpt from my new book, Lady Bits: Understand Your Body, Elevate Your Health, and Reclaim Your Spark Naturally:
Imagine a mash-up of traditional therapeutic exercises – squats, bridges, bird-dogs, and kegels – combined with hip circles, bust slides, booty pops, and shimmies. That’s FemFusion® Fitness! We combine the health benefits of therapeutic exercise with the fun of a group fitness class. As participant Erin states:
“ I have low back issues and have been essentially pain free so long as I do my one FemFusion class a week. I actually think the FemFusion classes are, for me, more valuable than going to a physiotherapist or chiropractor and, as an added bonus, I get a killer workout and have much more fun!”
This is not a plug for my program; rather, it’s a testament to the power of moving your body in all directions and finding something that’s fun and exciting for YOU. For many women, this means getting out of the rut of straight-plane linear movement, and freeing themselves from the bonds of “regular” (i.e. gym-based, or treadmill-based) exercise that can feel boring or lackluster. If you want to feel good, move in a way that makes you HAPPY.
When you start exercising in a way that fits your body and your personality, you will feel better and stronger both physically and emotionally, and that’s a very empowering thing.
“Exercise because you love your body, not because you hate it.” -Author Unknown
As you might recall, Yvette refers to this as soul soaring fitness, and for many woman, plugging away on a gym machine just doesn’t cut it.
My favorite feminine movement? Dance.
Dance can help you own and embody your innate inner goddess. When you let loose and unapologetically move your body the way it was meant to move, without self-imposed restriction or fear of judgment (from yourself or others), you will be amazed at how sexy, free, and alive you can feel… And how strong you can become!
If you want to experience the power of feminine movement for yourself, try doing some hip circles every day. My “hip circle challenge” video will show you how (click here). I also discuss feminine movement in-depth in my new book, Lady Bits. You can get the first two chapters for free when you click here, or you can click on this link to learn more about Lady Bits.
Until next time, remember: MOVE LIKE A LADY! It looks good, feels good, and your body (and mind) will thank you.
Dr. Brianne Grogan, DPT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy originally from Portland, Oregon. Inspired by her own pregnancy and postpartum struggles, Brianne chose to specialize in the field of women’s health physical therapy with an emphasis on the diagnosis and treatment of pelvic floor disorders. In 2009 Brianne left the traditional role as a clinician and started her own fitness revolution, FemFusion Fitness. She does not believe in “one size fits all” diet and exercise plans, but stands by her motto: for vibrant health, eat clean, and move every day. Brianne’s new book, Lady Bits, is now available in digital and print.