Getting Started in Restorative Exercise

Restorative exercises is a full body, paradigm-shifting program designed to help you redefine your relationship to movement. Each shift opens up subtle and profound movement possibilities which, over time, build upon each other to radically reshape your body.

How do we begin?

The sum total of our movement history shows up in our stance, and our basic stance impacts every movement going forward. So, this is where I start with almost every client.


In alignment terms, stance is our basic posture, an attempt to regain “anatomical neutral.” Finding an aligned stance can be an exercise in itself, and will likely feel weird. The key points to remember are:

  • Outside edges of the feet straight
  • Weight back on your heels
  • Ribs relaxed down

Over time, your body will adjust and this will feel normal.

Next Step: Release Your Kneecaps

Calf stretch

Want to improve both your feet and your low back? Calf stretch!

Place a rolled up towel, yoga mat, or half dome on the floor in front of you. Starting from basic stance, place the ball of one foot on top of your object and take a small step forward with the other foot. You’ll likely feel a a strong stretch in your calves: hold for up to a minute and try it out many times a day!

Strengthen Your Hips

The Pelvic List is the one exercise I can’t get enough of.

Don’t forget your upper body!

This hand stretch is a great start. Just interlock your fingers and flip your hands so your palms are facing out. Straighten your arms in front of you, then keeping the tension on your fingers bring your arms over your head.

Keep your ribs down!

Now, go take a walk!

It’s the single best thing you can do for your full-body health.