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PLAYFUL | Wellness for Makers: Play with Movement

PLAYFUL | Wellness for Makers: Play with Movement

Photo: Missy Graff Ballone at Art Omi, Ghent, NY

Do you have a positive or negative connection to movement? Let's get real, you are way more likely to do something that you actually enjoy doing. Would you agree? 

Creating a consistent movement practice is going to look a little bit different for everyone. It's going to vary based on your interests, strengths, and limitations. I love this quote by Katy Bowman, "You can still be moving while sitting or standing...Movement means changing position." Isn't that a less intimidating way to think about movement? 

It doesn't have to mean going to the gym and working out for hours. It could, if that's what you love. But it could also mean exploring Art Omi (a beautiful sculpture park in Ghent, NY). It could be as simple as standing up in your studio every 30 minutes to change position. It could be catching your favorite yoga class. It could also be reaching your arms up and over your head every hour. Play with it.

I believe you will be much more likely to create a practice that lasts if you redefine what movement means to you. To me, movement is nourishment. I linked movement to love a long time ago, and that isn't changing anytime soon. In return, I have fun, I feel stronger, I have more energy, and I feel way more creative. I even catch more sunsets! I want that for you!

This week, I invite you to consider what movement means to you. Every time you carve out time and space, I'd like you to honor yourself for nourishing your body through movement.

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The mission of Wellness for Makers is to motivate and empower artists through education and mindful living. Wellness for Makers was created to make self-care, stretching, and massage techniques more accessible to artists everywhere. We strive to make it easy to find good resources, including interviews, articles, videos, and links to valuable organizations. Our workshops provide hands-on training in stretching and massage techniques that are easy to incorporate into an artist’s daily studio routine. These techniques are designed to help boost energy levels, alleviate pain, reduce the risk of injury, and improve posture. We collaborate with artists who have professional backgrounds in yoga, ergonomics, massage therapy, occupational therapy, and more, to provide a range of perspectives. We believe that by working together as a community, we can create more productive and sustainable studio practices that improve the longevity of our hands and bodies.