This is me. Without trying to be anything I’m not. Avoiding the perfect pose, not sucking in and not taking a million repeats because I didn’t hide my ‘something’ well enough. I want you to know that we as humans are meant to be different. And in this difference we can find beauty, if we choose to that is.
Something you may not know from just looking at me is that I have a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. (EDS for short). Basically what that means is that my body’s 1st line of defense (ligaments, tendons and any other CONNECTIVE tissue) isn’t quite constructed in the strongest fashion. What does CONNECTIVE tissue do in our bodies you ask? 🔗IT CONNECTS STUFF! 🔗
Literally any piece of tissue you have in your body is made of connective tissue, OR connected with connective tissue. In my body this presents with a few different ‘symptoms’ or as I like to call them, reminders. Because my connective tissue is not doing what it should, the biggest reminder of my EDS is my hypermobility.
What is hypermobility you may ask? Well lets break it down; Hyper (Latin prefix) means over, in excess or ‘extra’, Mobility; referring to joint movement throughout the range available. So basically; I have extra motion/movement available in my joints; I am more ‘flexible’, or as some friends call me, ‘Gumby’. I have received many comments such as “Oh you’re so flexible!”, or “You must be so good at Yoga!” in relation to hearing about me being hypermobile. For me, my training and exercise programming is very different than I would create for one of my clients. (Unless of course, my client is also Hypermobile.) I focus much more on endurance and stability in my own workouts via more compound motions.
In your joint, when you move, your ligaments/connective tissue senses a stretch or movement and then your brain receives a signal from that joint to say what position it is in; this is a basic definition of Proprioception. For instance, if you place your arm out to the side and close your eyes, and place your arm out in front, you are still aware of the position despite not being able to see it. (Continued in comments) ⬇️