Connective Tissue Exercise: Discovering a Different Way to Exercise and to be with my Body

Recently I have been doing Connective Tissue Exercise classes with Kate Greenaway; these have been an immense support to me in helping me learn a new way to exercise and to develop a relationship with my body in a loving and gentle way.

Growing up I very much disliked being forced to run and play sports at school, which felt very taxing on my little body. I would do anything to get out of doing high impact sports that did not feel right, including lifting heavy weights in the school gym. I would get teary when school sports or P.E classes would come around; I had to push myself to run as the impact would feel shocking to my body.

In my adult years the only time I would exercise was to release my anger and life’s frustrations out on a punching bag; I would exercise very harshly without any focus and connection to my body whatsoever. I would move my body in a way to self-abuse and not feel what was under all my rage and anger. Sports and intense exercise had felt abusive to me when I was younger and so I used it to abuse my body – to push myself under intense hardness and stress that made me numb to my feelings.

I had moved in such hardness, with no presence and focus, as I had decided my body was a ‘thing’ that just carried me around; I had no idea there was another way to be with my body. I had no relationship with my body and what a horrible lonely feeling that was!!

Through my private sessions with Kate Greenaway and participating in Connective Tissue exercise classes, I have been shown a way to exercise with very slight and gentle movements that feel so supportive and loving to my body. This has helped me immensely to help reconnect to my own loveliness from which I have been so disconnected since I was a young child.

The Connective Tissue exercise classes have taught me to focus on my breathing, connect to my body, to assess how I am feeling and how my body feels before my very first movement – and for each one after that. Each connective tissue exercise movement is like the most amazing oil change my body is receiving, and in such a gentle flowing way.

I now love walking in my body… enjoying the gentle flowing feeling and the movement of my arms that supports me as I walk. Recently I have discovered there is a skeleton in my body: the pelvic alternations exercise laying on my back has reconnected me to my pelvis area which feels magnificent, and is confirmed when I walk. Walking in the past I would always be ‘checked out’ and just getting from A to B, but now having this simple technique I love feeling my pelvis moving up and down; this has helped me stay connected and focussed, without the constant head chatter.

For the first time I am now enjoying being in my body: it is not such a scary place to be in after all and I will forever be deepening the connection that I am building in my body.

I have experienced that Connective Tissue exercise helps me deal with the anxiety and raciness that I have been entrenched in – just stopping and taking time to apply some of the simple connective tissue techniques helps ease this.

Slowly I am coming out of long term exhaustion that was a repercussion of how I chose to live in the past when not taking care of myself. I find that doing these exercises in the morning and evening before bed have helped my energy levels throughout the day – I am no longer running on constant nervous energy and ending up feeling exhausted which is how I previously lived. Also, being more connected with my body has made me less emotional through developing a true relationship with my body.

This has helped me feel more confident in myself in everyday activities – I don’t get as drawn into the emotional ups and downs like before. The more I develop and enjoy the connection with my body, feeling the gentleness in my movements, the less emotional I naturally become.

With 20 years in the baking/pastrycooking industry, my 2am routine was to throw my alarm clock and get out of bed 20 minutes before my shift would start. I allowed just enough time to throw my uniform on, splash my face with cold water, squeeze toothpaste into my mouth and walk with my shoes half on until I got into my car. Driving to work at 100 miles an hour, drawing back on a cigarette or two, I would walk into work without even realising how I got there as my body was still in bed!

Since being introduced to Connective Tissue, this has all changed for me and I now take all the time I need to prepare myself for the day. My morning starts with connective tissue exercises before I do anything else, connecting with my body in a lovely gentle way. It has helped me so much to set up my day with ME and to take my gentleness wherever I go. Certainly I am far from perfect, however, supported by Connective Tissue, I am learning to deepen my connection with my body more and more each day.

For the first time in my life I am beginning to feel how much exercise, and what type of exercise, is right for me – instead of following the expectations of someone else telling me what to do.

I have been deeply inspired by Kate Greenaway, her dedication to the Connective Tissue exercises, and what these exercises have to offer in teaching and reflecting back to us that there is another way to exercise. Also that it is possible to be another way with ourselves by connecting with our body with such gentle tender flowing movements – and how effective and powerful this connection can be.

Forever inspired by the teachings of The Ageless Wisdom

By Kim Schultz, NSW

598 thoughts on “Connective Tissue Exercise: Discovering a Different Way to Exercise and to be with my Body

  1. A while a go I was going to Kate Greenaway for my RSI in my arm and it was really helping, my issue is being consistent with exercises and sessions and reading this blog really inspires me to get back into the therapy that worked for my arm, thank you.

  2. I’m currently on a combined Esoteric Yoga and Connective Therapy Tissue 6 week course and it is heavenly. My body loves the connective tissue exercises. The harsh way of exercising and pushing the body is such a lie we have been sold. There is a grace and flow that the body adores.

  3. ‘ Each connective tissue exercise movement is like the most amazing oil change my body is receiving, and in such a gentle flowing way’ I feel I know what you mean by this. When I first started dong gentle exercises for myself I did them very slowly to feel more what was happening in the body and I found that some of my movements were very jerky and as I continued this jerkiness became less and the body began to flow in its movements. It can still be jerky at times and that is showing me where I am not allowing flow in my life. I have not been including these exercises in my daily routine for some time and I am feeling that I may need different exercises now to support me in a stronger flow in my life so thank you for this sharing that is inspiring me to explore these amazing exercises further.

    1. Modern day life can be very much likened to a racetrack that we go round and round on. But to have the opportunity for a pit stop for a grease and oil change courtesy of connective tissue therapy is for me absolute heaven.

  4. What a beautiful endorsement for Connective Tissue Therapy, Kim. How gorgeous it is when we begin to connect to and honour our bodies. What you have expressed here is very inspiring;
    “The Connective Tissue exercise classes have taught me to focus on my breathing, connect to my body, to assess how I am feeling and how my body feels before my very first movement – and for each one after that”.

  5. There is so much on offer with connective tissue therapy. I did a morning class a couple of days ago with Kate Greenaway, my whole day had a marker of stillness and openness from this class. It showed me how I can choose to move in a way that keeps me closed to the world, or I can make a choice to move in a way that opens me up to all that it offers.

  6. Reading this today has reminded me of how I too disliked sports at school because the attitude around it was one of hardness and pushing and competition. The competition was not just with others but with oneself, always trying to be better, faster, tougher than before. this is what was encouraged. It is only relatively recently that I have learned that one can do physical exercise without this push and felt the flow and ease with which the body can move with my being fully with it. With our focus in the body rather than what it can do we are respectful of it’s true movement and exercise becomes a different and more complete experience altogether.

  7. In sports, we learn to establish a very functional and utilitarian relationship with our body. It is all about performing. Connective tissue brings a different dimension to us: the health of our body is very much related to the health and wellbeing of our deepest tissues. It also opens a new window of opportunity to learn how to establish a different relationship with your body and movement.

  8. It is awesome when we start to connect with the gentleness in our bodies and experience the difference in the quality of our movements which become more and more a reflection of our soul.

  9. It is huge to realise that all our movements are energy first, and that what we choose is magnified with that movement, effecting us and everyone else as we do so, all of the time. This really brings us to recognising our responsibility in all we do.

  10. “For the first time in my life I am beginning to feel how much exercise, and what type of exercise, is right for me – instead of following the expectations of someone else telling me what to do.” I don’t remember this ever being presented to me by my gym teachers at school or anyone involved in exercise, ever. It was always about ‘no pain no gain’. I too have now experienced exercising from my body and simply responding to what it is communicating to me. The difference is incredible and leave me feeling energised, not depleted as the old way always did.

  11. Thank you for sharing your experience Kim, connective tissue exercises are a beautiful way to reconnect back to our body and awaken our awareness so that we are able to deeply honour how our body is feeling and move in a way that restores our natural harmony and rhythm the more we connect and listen.

  12. Connective Tissue Exercise, is exercising in connection to the body, being totally respectful of the physical body without pushing or driving ourselves, but exercising through what the body needs which can change everyday.

  13. Connective Tissue Exercise and Connective Tissue Therapy is the most effective support I have ever found to combat stress, anxiety, push and drive in the body. It allows the body to slow down, and open up to, its natural rhythm and pulse.

  14. I used to think exercise was all about getting a six pack and big arms but now see it as soo much more. Connective Tissue Therapy has shown me the importance of the quality of my body and the quality of flow that runs through it. The more I allow the flow to be love and surrender to it the more enlivened and vital my body becomes. And conversely when I hold back and react to the world and life I feel my body and my connective tissue tenses up and suddenly everything, including how I move, feels jarring. Connective Tissue Therapy helps to restore the flow and harmony back into the body and the beauty is it works with you and lasts far longer than just the session.

  15. Many years ago I had treatments with Kate Greenaway for heal spurs, and torn tissue in the bottoms of my feet from a fall I had had from a ladder. It is said that heel spurs don’t heal. But mine did. Not straight away of course, but in time. Now, one cannot say that was directly attributed to the Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy, but I have no doubt it helped. It is a hard thing to describe, but during the sessions you could almost feel the tissue being activated and being reinvigorated.

  16. What a wonderfully supportive modality Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy is as you have clearly demonstrated Kim; a powerful testimony, thank you;
    “Certainly I am far from perfect, however, supported by Connective Tissue, I am learning to deepen my connection with my body more and more each day”.

  17. Connective Tissue exercises are a modality that I have found most supportive for my body, it supports me to totally surrender and let go and release any held tensions in my body. It also supports me to see where I am holding tensions and what I can do to shift this by bringing greater focus to that during the day.

  18. I remember pushing myself so hard with running and doing yoga and being totally disconnected from my body most of the time. It was easier to numb myself so I could not feel any pain or strain, but what I ended up with was a lot of nervous energy and a body that was quite hard. The way I exercise today is completely different as well and modalities such as the Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy have supported me beautifully to deepen this connection to my body and to enjoy gentle exercise without stressing my body in anyway.

  19. I can relate to having a negative relationship with PE (physical education) and sports at school, and doing pretty much anything to get out of it. Things like going on a cross country run which just happened to go past my house – too much temptation to get in the warmth and sit it out. Feigning illnesses to get out of hockey, netball and swimming. Forgetting my PE kit which back fired because the teacher used to make us do it in our knickers, which was a huge embarrassment for a teenager.
    Maybe if we had Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy exercises in our schools everyone would form a different relationship with movement and their bodies, after all there must be a reason why so many children avoid or do not like PE.

  20. This is such a beautiful blog, thank you Rebecca for expressing your experience as a student of The Way of The Livingness, as a student too I love all you have written especially this one: “I am free to know my body as a science that belongs to me and to the Universe all at once.”

  21. I recently had a session with Beverly Carter – it was so much more than exercise, it was movement and me time, not something most would connect with exercise, but it was amazing and I really enjoyed this new approach.

  22. This made me smile – “recently I have discovered there is a skeleton in my body”. Classic! It is so crazy that we live in a way with no connection to our body and then when we do start to connect, we go hello, have you been here all along??? Yes said the skeleton with a knowing smile.

  23. Kim reading your blog again today I noted your words about the reduction in nervous tension from doing the Connective Tissue exercises regularly, and the subsequent reduction in exhaustion. I had not realised, nor appreciated this also in myself from my daily Connective Tissue exercise routine. I also find it contributes greatly to reducing and eliminating stress, as I sometimes do an extra session of exercises if I feel worked up or disconnected from myself, and it brings me back to my body and gently helps me feel what exactly is going on inside me, which is very healing. My experience is that Connective Tissue exercises are not just great for the body but for my whole being.

    1. Melinda when I read your comment “My experience is that Connective Tissue exercises are not just great for the body but for my whole being” it supported me to feel that connective tissue exercises are actually great for our entire planet and that’s because most of us move in a way that’s very jarring and as Life is simply a collection of everything that makes it up, when someone moves in a way that’s jarring then it’s felt by everybody. Hence why it’s so incredibly beneficial for us all when one person moves more harmoniously.

  24. The beauty of these excerises is their utter simplicity and immense practicality as they can be used just about in any setting in any case. It shows how everything in our lives can all come back to the simple truth of just honouring our body.

  25. Love your description “Each connective tissue exercise movement is like the most amazing oil change my body is receiving, and in such a gentle flowing way.”

  26. Wow Kim you are an amazing ambassador for Connective Tissue Therapy. I look forward to the day when this becomes common knowledge for all of humanity.

  27. In the past I can feel that when I go into an exercise class I give my power away. I rely on the expertise of the instructor to tell me how to do things etc instead of going in connected to my body and feeling what feels right for me. This just makes sense because every body is different and how would anyone else know exactly what is right for you when they are not in your body.

  28. Thank you Kim for an inspiring read. It is so easy to get in the doing and forget that we are subjecting our body to those movements by being rough or thinking about the future, but from what I have experienced of the Connective Tissues exercises the body has a larger say, and it is so far removed from the just get up and go from the mind mentality.

  29. My experience of connective tissue excercises has been amazingly powerful too, it’s like these simple movements remind the body of how it’s meant to be and naturally designed to move. There can be so much power in simplicity.

  30. “…..supported by Connective Tissue, I am learning to deepen my connection with my body more and more each day.” I love Connective Tissue exercises and therapy. These gentle movements are so profound and staying present with my body continually deepens the connection I have with it.

  31. Yes Kim I can relate to what you are sharing I really hated the exercises at school, the hardness and competition in sports was not my thing. Having to do the exercises etc made me very anxious. I discovered yoga when I was 18 and thought this was my way of doing something with my body but I would always have headache or even migraine the day after. I was not treating my body gentle and lovingly, I was stretching and forcing my body to be the best, no true connection with my body. With Esoteric Yoga and later on the Esoteric Connective Tissue exercises I have build a true connection with my body and like you say “it is not such a scary place to be in after all and I will forever be deepening the connection that I am building in my body.’

  32. It is beautiful rediscovering the joy of being present with ourselves and moving from this connection. I used to be very fearful of feeling my body too and everything else around me that I permanently walked around in my head not realising I was adding to the tension and anxiousness I felt inside. Learning to move my body in gentleness was a revelation and it took me a while to build a consistent rhythm but the more I committed to deepening my relationship with myself the more open I became to developing and building my awareness.

  33. “I don’t get as drawn into the emotional ups and downs like before.” I noticed this in myself too lately and I have also lately started doing Connective Tissue exercises, I just hadn’t made the link yet but I am sure it is there. These exercises are truly wonderful in what they support me with in all areas in my life.

  34. Being present with the movements that incorporate my early morning exercises, is life changing, it sets a precedence for the movements for the rest of my day. As a swimmer, I liken it to the push and glide that one does at the start of a length of front crawl. This gliding movement is the core to the Front Crawl stroke, so by starting with this we are consolidating this core position into our cellular memory, so that it remains steady once starting with the arms, legs and breathing movements.

  35. Thank you Kim for sharing your experience, I can totally agree with all you have said about Connective Tissue exercises, I love then and do them quite often, they are so powerful in their gentleness bringing me back in tenderness to my body.

  36. “The more I develop and enjoy the connection with my body, feeling the gentleness in my movements, the less emotional I naturally become.” – This is huge Kim! Something that should be a part of psychology for sure…

    1. I agree – that comment is massive – imagine if this was studied and the power of movement was truly understood. Our whole approach to our health and well-being would change.

  37. Reading your blog Kim has really brought home to me just how powerful it is when we exercise with gentleness and who body awareness. In the past I avoided most forms of exercises as I found them very harsh on my body and often boring but now I am introducing gentle movements into my life, which I enjoy immensely and my body loves it too.

  38. Connective Tissue exercises are so simple and powerful, I cannot help but do them sitting in a meeting, or on a bus, or wherever I am. They assist me to reconnect to myself while the craziness of the world goes on around me.

  39. One of the things I love about Connective Tissue is how the effects of it last for days after the treatments and deepen if you allow them to. So it is not just a quick fix but rather an on going surrendering that supports you to go deeper within yourself, which itself is very empowering.

  40. “Each connective tissue exercise movement is like the most amazing oil change my body is receiving, and in such a gentle flowing way.” I love how you describe this Kim, and yes I can absolutely concur that Connective Tissue exercise movement is the way forth – it is the nurture and honouring that our bodies are so craving in today’s world.

  41. This is something I need to bring more dedication too, I often neglect the quality in which I move and allow anxiousness to drive my movements. I find with the connective tissue my body is able to deeply surrender.

  42. I totally endorse what you are saying here Kim about connective tissue exercise. I have been on a programme myself of doing these once or twice a day and I am totally loving doing the exercises and how much more connected I feel to my body and my movements.

  43. Thank you Kim for sharing your story. I have recently started a program of Connective Tissue Therapy exercises and it’s been very powerful. It’s amazing how much benefit the body receives from such gentle exercises that don’t require a lot of movement, nor repetition of movement. I have found a reduction in stress and tension as well, and my body feels gently revitalised afterwards. My aim is for all of my everyday movements to eventually feel like the Connective Tissue exercises.

  44. In connecting to our bodies, with the awareness connective tissue delivers, yes surprisingly there is a skeleton in there and connective tissues that communicate. But even more surprising with the connective tissue exercises we can support the tissues to support our body. Such an incredible discovery and loving connection to a body that’s far more than flesh and blood

  45. “…I had no idea there was another way to be with my body.” – This is why it’s so powerful to have the reflection of someone who is living differently, who is being truly in-tune and respectful of their body, showing a level of wellness that is real.

  46. Reading your blog again, made me realise how we can actually use exercise to abuse our body if we are using it to release anger, frustration, in hardness and pushing our bodies to extreme pain. Interesting how society celebrates exercise as a healthy way of life, which I agree it can be but I feel if we are using it in an abusive way, then it is harming our body. It is like anything really, we can use them to support healing or to abuse ourselves and others. It is not so much the tools but it is all about the intention and energy behind how we apply these tools that is the difference. If we are not willing to be aware of this, then it is easy to hide behind something that has been labelled as ‘good’ or ‘healthy’ but can be in fact harming to us.

  47. Connective Tissue Exercises are a tremendous benefit, so gentle and unimposing yet allow us to reconnect to our bodies with a deeper awareness and sense of connection and oneness, and then we find that our bodies can actually communicate quite loudly what is true for it and what is not. No amount of thinking has ever helped to control my mind or anxiousness, but rediscovering and reconnecting to the body has been a powerful tool in changing everything, my way of being in life.

    1. We can never ‘think’ our way out of a predicament but we can ‘move’ our way out. By that I mean our thoughts are often repetitive by nature and lead us no where, whereas when we move in a different way this has the ability to change the consciousness that we’re aligned to which will in itself change the range of options that we then get given and often ‘hey presto’ a solution appears within those newly presented options.

  48. The world, or rather everyone on it, is spinning out of control and losing connection to who they are and to the body they inhabit. Esoteric Connective Tissue Therapy is a beautiful gentle way to reconnect to the rhythm and movement of our physical body and feel the stillness within.

  49. Thank you Kim for sharing your experience and love of connective tissue, I really love it too, it allows me to come back to my body in such a gentle way, no more push or drive, just a gentle movement confirming the love and warmth held within my body, very beautiful.

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