Recently I met Gordon Wicks of Golden Spiral Wellness. He works with riders to improve fitness and mobility. He showed me a great tool, the Physiostix created by Martial Arts Master, Rob Moses. The Physiostix is based Fibonacci’s Golden Ratio Spiral, the spiral found in nature, like sea shells. With the Physiostix your body is guided into fluid, ergonomic motion that releases tension, opens the joints safely, developing range of motion and relaxes the mind as you slip into a blissful stream of fun & stress relieving exercises.
There a lots of fitness systems for riders these days, so why would I choose the Physiostix over all the others? It flows! As my body ages the hard core linear approach to movement becomes less desirable. Finding a flow that fits with nature appeals to me as a result of my years training as a Feldenkrais Practitioner®, TTEAM Practitioner® and gardening.
Following the flow of movements while giving a Feldenkrais lesson, riding my horse or planting flowers in the garden following nature makes sense. Your movements are not linear yet many exercise systems work on a linear format, straight lines, lifting straight. But your joints are not linear. All your bones have natural curves and arcs, the joints are not symmetrical allowing for a spiraling movement. With the Physiostix I can feel the natural flow of my body as I follow its lead through space. One end leads into an opening spiral while the other follows a decreasing one. I can move and work out in a space as little as 3’x3′ (1mx1m), getting my heart rate up and feeling like I have “worked” without stress.
I will be uploading movements filmed with Gordon Wicks on my Facebook page: Murdoch Method. Here’s a sample of how the Physiostix can help improve shoulder movement.
Ready to get started? Click here to order your Physiostix and follow the flow!
Wendy Murdoch is an internationally recognized equestrian instructor and clinician of over 30 years. She is the author of 50 5-Minute Fixes to Improve Your Riding, 40 5-Minute Jumping Fixes, the Ride Like A Natural® DVD Series and the SURE FOOT™ Equine Stability Program. One of the most skillful teachers ever encountered in any equestrian discipline, Wendy’s desire to understand the function of both horse and human, curiosity and love of teaching capitalized on the most current learning theories in order to show riders how to exceed their own expectations.