Last night while I was sitting next to my youngest's toddler bed, holding her hand while she was falling asleep, I was reading articles about Killer Whales. Wait, you don't do that while putting your kid to sleep?
I found this article about an amazing 103 year old killer whale named "Granny." Here is a little snippet from the article:
Another key aspect of an orca’s life -- which is missing in captivity -- is the ability to swim up to 100 miles per day. When Granny was spotted earlier this week, she had just finished an 800-mile trek from northern California along with her pod. According to animal welfare advocates, long-distance swimming is integral to orcas’ psychological health and well-being; SeaWorld, however, has gone on record claiming that orcas do not need to swim hundreds of miles regularly, ostensibly to defend the parks’ cruel practice of keeping massive, powerful orcas confined to cramped tanks.
So then I started reading article after article about Killer Whales- what an amazing creature! I also read about their lifespan in the wild vs. their lifespan in captivity. And the fact of the matter is: Killer Whales are made to swim a LOT, and they can't do that in captivity. And, because they are designed to do something and they are not doing it.... there is going to be an effect.
Are we THAT much different than the Killer Whale? We have been brought into this "captivity," so to speak, that is the modern lifestyle. Does this mean our body was designed to not move? No. It just means that there are going to be issues that occur because of our captivity. Our body was designed to walk many miles a day. Our body was designed to squat, to stand, to yes to sit but likely not in a chair and in a variety of positions and not as often as moving. Our body was designed to MOVE throughout the day. And before you say to yourself "well, I'm good, because I run 5 miles a day." Ask yourself this. Can we counteract being inactive for most of our lives with a few short bouts of intense activity? My answer is that we can not. Our body's adapt to how we are moving and holding them the majority of the time. If the majority of the time we are sitting in a chair, maybe jutting our heads forward and hunching over a computer screen *Lindsay rechecks her alignment while typing for the gazillionth time since writing this blog post and LOOSING half of if accidentally* well... the body adapts. And adapt is not always a good thing.
So what are some of the "diseases of captivity" for humans? Osteoporosis, Heart Disease to name just two. And what's the percentage of people with back pain?! I know it's a lot! It is mind blowing the more your learn and dig how almost all of our ailments are mechanically based. That is, based upon how we move (or don't move).
And what about birth? How does our captivity affect our ability to birth? How does it affect the shape of the pelvis? What about our pelvic floors? It's pretty fascinating the more you think about it.
SO WHAT'S A MAMA (or papa, or grandma, or any person with a body) to do?! I say.... GO WILD! Break free from those chains of captivity! I'm not telling you to quit your job and become a wild person in the jungle (though that'd be fun). But I am telling you to really examine your lifestyle and ask yourself how you can move more and MO BETTAH too.
PS- All it took was some Orca research while putting a baby (fine. toddler.) to sleep for me to FINALLY be inspired enough to write another blog post! But I promise you I've been busy- between Hypnobabies teaching, doulaing for some extraordinary families, and private sessions- it's been crazy!! BUT I've also been trying to spend as much time as I can OUTSIDE with my kids. And I don't just sit and watch them play at the park. I PLAY WITH THEM. How can you PLAY more today?
PPS- THE Katy Bowman herself is coming to town to talk and you will NOT want to miss it. She is definitely my guru and has so much knowledge to share, but in the most funny and down to earth kind of way imaginable. Early bird pricing goes until July 5th and then tickets will be available to purchase until we fill up, or the day of the talk. SEE YOU THERE!
Mama Aligned is Lindsay McCoy.