What is FitAlign®?
FitAlign® is a breath-based neuromuscular exercise system designed to improve posture and core strength from the inside out. Using resistance breathing techniques, self-massage, proprioceptive enhancement, and safe functional exercises, FitAlign rewires the brain to upload biologically efficient posture in all movements.
Before and After Success Stories
FitAlign® Posture realignment techniques have been successful in alleviating chronic pain all over the body. People have learned the self help tools to relieve musculoskeletal pain in the spine, neck, knee, hips, shoulder, hands, and feet .
- Create naturally aligned posture at the nervous system level
- Reduce chronic pain and anxiety
- Use breathing to tone your core and calm your nerves
- Decompress the spine and stabilize joint functions
- Create balanced strength and agility for injury prevention and joint longevity
- Improve perception, kinesthetic awareness, gait, and sports performance
Activate your psoas/diaphragm breath connection to get rid of chronic back pain and move with ease, grace, and power. FitAlign exercises train your brain to tone and balance the actions of your two psoas muscles to work primarily as initiators of movement, breath support, and spine stabilization. Getting psoas power
allows you to move from the core center engaging the movements of your legs from the psoas connection at the lumbar spine and diaphragm. In many people, the psoas group is weak and short from sitting in chairs and doing compartmentalized ab exercises based on flexing or bending the spine. FitAlign will strengthen your psoas and gluteal muscles to work together as a team to keep your torso strong, stable, upright and powerful.
Are inverted exercises and inversion tables beneficial for the body?
Inversions and inversion tables compress your spine in the opposite direction as well as over-stretching and damaging the thin diaphragm muscle. About 50% of the population has a sliding hiatal hernia which can become more pronounced if you use an inversion table.
Also headstands, plow and shoulder stand are dangerous body positions that can compress the nerves and vessels in the neck inhibiting blood and lymph flow. End range flexion of the neck as in yoga plow poses can compress the anterior vertebral structures as well as create laxity in ligaments needed for cervical stabilization. The neck or cervical spine is simply not designed to hold the weight of the lower body. About 50% of the population has a sliding hiatal hernia which can become more pronounced if you use an inversion table. Digestion issues like acid reflux can become more pronounced by inverting for long periods of time.
Bella, the dog is not stretching, she is pandiculating. Infants will naturally pandiculate on their own. Stretching must be learned and therefore is a socio-cultural phenomenon based on belief systems rather than innate instinctual movement.
Courtney, a fitness professional with a degree in sports medicine after doing the 10-day FitAlign Instructor training.
Anterior flexors and posterior extensors
FitAlign is an advanced self care system designed to create bio-sustainability in movement, moods and all systems of the body. When posture is aligned, individual cells and all systems of the body have the oxygen, nutrition, lymph, hormone, and waste removal needed to thrive. Joints last longer when not stressed by poor posture and even moods are elevated when the body is naturally strong and upright.
When posture is optimal and tensional forces are balanced, the human organism becomes bio sustainable where more energy is generated during movement. Your body becomes like an electric car where movement energizes and charges the system. The trickle-down effect is that each individual person is healthy and thriving and not needing a medical care system to fix them. When posture is misaligned, movement takes a tremendous amount of effort and the body is more like a gas guzzling car blowing out blue smoke; not sustainable. A person with poor posture is working harder than an Olympic athlete and eventually taxing not just their body but our whole health care system. When posture and breathing habits are balanced, movement creates more energy in the body, and we have bio sustainability.
What we call a health care crisis might be better dubbed a self-care crisis. Many of the illnesses that plague the Western world are the result of poor individual choices in lifestyle, diet and individual posture habits. If people really took care of themselves, medical support would primarily be needed for trauma and accidents rather than conditions like diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, joint deterioration, kidney failures, heart disease and arthritis. The billions spent on back care, drugs, surgeries, and exercise equipment could be eliminated if people took better care of themselves with diet, exercise, and optimal posture!
How many times have you been told to flatten your low back to the floor or tuck your tailbone under?
Have you heard about the latest fitness trend that one should never mouth breathe and only breathe through the nose? Nature allows and culture forbids.
Try nose breathing while swimming, running or singing and you will quickly feel the urge to get more air. The current belief system that mouth breathing is bad is somewhat misguided because it is actually quite easy to breathe through your mouth and needed for activities such as running, swimming and singing. Look up any book on running and the advice for runners is to breathe through the mouth or a combination of nose and mouth or you will be unable to get enough oxygen. Also it is possible to breathe through the nose and the mouth at the same time with ease so there is no hard rule about whether air enters your lungs from your nose or your mouth.
What is more important than whether you breathe with the nose or mouth is your posture alignment and how you engage your muscles to create inhalation or exhalation. In FitAlign, we use very specific resistance breathing exercises to wake up dormant internal posture support muscles. We suggest that most of the time breathing should be done with the nose however the exercises we do are designed to inhale through the mouth in a fashion that engages muscles deep in the core in a way that is impossible when inhaling through the nostrils.
It is true that many people do have shallow mouth breathing habits with the upper shoulders and forward head carriage. Our breathing muscles and posture muscles are intrinsically linked and habitually breathing in this fashion is very unhealthy as it engages the secondary breathing muscles that can elicit a stress response as well as magnifying serious posture misalignments. Shallow mouth breathing can lead to sleep apnea and other health issues. However people can also nose breathe inefficiently in a shallow fashion and create the same issues as shallow mouth breathing.
Courses instructed by Michaelle Edwards, creator of FitAlign
FitAlign/YogAlign 10 day Posture Trainer Certification
Next training is Sept 13- 24 in Kauai Hawaii $250 tuition discount if paid by Aug 20
Switzerland FitAlign/YogAlign Posture 6 Day Trainer Certification
Switzerland FitAlign/YogAlign Posture 6 Day Trainer Certification
Online FitAlign Posture Education Course Coming Soon
Private Classes & Kauai Retreats
Conducted by Michaelle Edwards, creator of FitAlign
Book your own FitAlign or YogAlign Kauai Posture Reboot retreat with Michaelle Edwards.
Breakfast included. $225 per night for 1 -2 persons. Breakfast menu includes our fresh eggs, vegetables and fruits from our farm.
Daily guided FitAlign or YogAlign practice. Privately instructed one on one sessions with Michaelle Edwards in beautiful open air studio space.
$140 per hour includes guided self massage, breathing practice, functional movement, online classes, posture photos and a FitAlign practice tailored to each individual’s needs and lifestyle. Each private class is 1.5 – 2 hours in length.
Extra – Guided hikes, swimming, snorkeling, full body massage ( available amenities not included in daily retreat cost- $140 per hour)