Strong Healthy Bones and Good Posture Go Together in Bones for Life

December 16, 2015

What is your reality?

This....or this?  


In all probability most of us are somewhere between these two extremes. However, there is no question that as we age the gravitational pull takes its toll. Even with the skeleton as our support structure many of us end up stooped over—walking and standing are often uncomfortable or intolerable. When I ask my clients what they would like to improve, it’s no surprise that posture is often at the top of the list. 

Always on the lookout to increase my knowledge and skills I have spent the last 10 months studying and certifying to teach the Bones for Life® program. It was developed by Dr. Ruthy Alon, Senior Trainer of the Feldenkrais Method® of Somatic Education in response to the growing global incidence of osteoporosis and inspired by the water carriers in Africa who have an uncommonly low rate of osteoporotic fractures. 

Dr. Ruthy Alon



Dr. Ruthy Alon is demonstrating the crown used in Bones for Life to simulate the weight carried by the African women. I hope I look this good and have the structural resilience when I’m 80 years plus.

Bones for Life improves posture and builds strong resilient bones through dynamic springy movement. It increases our ability to correctly sense and align our posture so the weight of our body is spontaneously carried in the least taxing and most efficient manner. Improved alignment ensures that all of our daily activities better support oxygenation and nutrient supply to our ever-changing bones. It can be said that Bones Are Life.



Three Ideas for Stimulating Healthy Bones

1. Low impact activities such as running, bouncing on a rebounder and walking create ground-reaction forces that stimulate bones to remodel and add density; the strong muscular contractions tug and slightly bend the bones, which redoubles the stimulating effects.

2. Sprinting and gentle hopping at least 10 times in a row, twice per day for four months, significantly increases hipbone density. Adding weights improves spinal density by 2 percent. Note: Weightlifting alone is not as effective as high-impact sports [volleyball, squash, soccer] but is better than bicycling or swimming. 

3. Brisk walks at least four times per week contribute to stimulating bone health. You can add walking backwards and sideways to add “odd impacts.”

**If you have osteoporosis and/or are concerned about impact 10% to 20% pressure is enough to make a significant difference—20% is about the force of a gentle tap. 

The following YouTube video, “Building Bones with Movement Intelligence,” will give you a taste of what’s involved in the Bones for Life program.


NOTE: The material contained in the Bones for Life® program is not intended as a substitute for medical treatment. Consult your doctor if you have any concerns. Responsibility for personal safety is strictly that of the user.


Sandra Bradshaw, Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner and Functional Movement Specialist will help you to boost your capacity to move effortlessly. With a background in special education, yoga, functional movement, and music, Sandra integrates this knowledge with the latest brain research to help you find solutions to your personal needs that are effective and long lasting. If you are interested in more information or would like to make an appointment, call Sandra today at 250 862 8489.


The Feldenkrais Method® created by physicist Moshe Feldenkrais, PhD., combines precisely structured movement sequences with the latest advances in brain research; it will help you recover from specific areas of injury such as the neck and shoulders or to improve fluidity and ease in sports, recreational activities or life. Join the ranks of such notables as actress Whoopi Goldberg, cellist YoYo Ma and the members of the Canadian Men’s Alpine Ski Team in experiencing the benefits of this method.

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