I don’t have a movement background. I didn’t grow up playing sports and I’ve spent most of my life behind a desk.
I came to fitness and dance later in life after a debilitating motorcycle accident shattered my right leg. At the time, I was told that I’d never walk “normally” again let alone dance, run, or otherwise move freely again. That was a hefty sentence for a 19-year-old!
Through years of trial and error creating a movement practice first for myself and later for my students, I unlearned, learned, and relearned what it meant to move my body.
On my journey to move better, I found many teachers who were beautiful movers that had no idea how their bodies were moving in space. I found other teachers/coaches that did understand how to explain their movement but struggled to help students with chronic injuries, differently-sized or differently-abled bodies, or basically anyone who didn’t have a basic movement background access the same success as more able-bodied students.
To achieve the results that I wanted, I had to become the coach that I was looking for and understand from a practical (rather than clinical) perspective how to help myself first and then later my own students.
Mobility Matters is the result!
BUY A MOBILITY PROGRAM
These do-on-your-own-time mobility programs are designed to integrate into your daily life.
Mobility Matters: Floor
These program are for people who have a movement practice and have reached a plateau, developed muscle imbalances/compensations, or other chronic aches and pains they can’t explain or move past.
👉You must be able to get on and off the floor safely for this program.
Each program has 15 exercises with detailed cueing, why we are doing the movement, what to feel in the movement, and optional progressions. Comes with a pdf and videos for different learning styles.
*Core Stability program only has 7 exercises and is designed for when you are short on time. This program is beyond crunches and looks at the core holistically. No equipment is needed for Core Stability Program.
What tools do I need?
- A “peanut” or two lacrosse balls taped together. Tennis balls are too soft. Visit www.radroller.com and use COLLEENJRAD to get your peanut at a discount.
- Two yoga blocks.
- A heavy looped, or loopable resistance band.
- An open space.
- Something sturdy that can be pulled against such as a pole, stall bars, or a gym rack. A banister may work in a pinch.
Who is this for? This is for people that sit a lot in their daily life AND who already have a movement hobby, activity, or movement-related side hustle who are looking to add balance to their existing routine to avoid future injury. This may also be for people with chronic muscle imbalances, chronic pain, or for those that have reached a plateau in their progress and are looking for some new ideas. It is not for people with an acute injury or who have not already been cleared by their doctor or medical professional to do this program.
Mobility Matters: Seated
For everyone who sits.
Includes 15 mobility exercises to be done daily including links to videos and detailed directions on how to do each movement, the goal of each movement, why we’re doing the movement, what you should feel during the movement, and other helpful tips, notes, tests, and progression options.
What tools do I need? The only tool you need is a chair! Any chair, with or without wheels, is fine.
Who is this for? This is for people that sit a lot in their daily life.
ON-DEMAND MOBILITY CLASSES
Purchase a 60 minute on-demand class
Mobility Matters is a follow-along style class that starts and ends with breathing exercises. After breathing, we do some core stability work and then get into either upper body or lower body focused workouts. The following note specific areas that we pay more attention to during the ~60 minute class.
Every class needs 2 blocks and a peanut. Get your peanut here. Use code COLLEENJRAD to save!
Click below to purchase specific classes. Classes are yours to download.
- Shoulders 01 – thoracic, shoulders, forearms focus
- Shoulders 02 – thoracic, shoulders, biceps release, forearm release focus
- Shoulders 03 – thoracic, neck, shoulders focus
- Hips 01 – QL, hips, thighs/quads focus
- Hips 02 – QL, hips, front and back nerve glides focus
- Hips 03 – hip flexors, inside of the thigh focus
BOOK A LIVE MOBILITY MATTERS CLASS OR PRIVATE
Can’t attend the live class? Sign up below and you’ll receive a recording good for 7 days from the date of the live class!
[Mobility Matters] is slow. Not exciting stuff. … if you want to do exciting stuff you need to take care of the body so sometimes you need to do not exciting stuff so that you can do continue doing the exciting stuff.
omg!!! I did the hips floor program yesterday and slept without any pain in my leg for the first time in forever! I will be doing this every day!!! Thank you SO much for this awesome program!!!❤️❤️❤️
Mobility Matters is about… releasing the muscle fascia, getting the body back in alignment and recovering the body from all the crazy shit we do to it even when we’re not pole dancing… it has really helped me a lot to pin point what I need to work on and my out of balance points.
My whole body feels taken care of. This class is perfect if you know you need some extra TLC to complement your other training but struggle to stick to it. Colleen is consistent, considered and holds the space for you to really take the time your body deserves. Would highly recommend to anybody, and there’s not an aerialist out there who wouldn’t benefit from Mobility Matters!
I love your classes! I feel like your weekly classes combined with my monthly bodywork/massage appointments, has my body in it’s best “recovery” state it’s ever been in. Sure, I may still pull something the wrong way (I’m in my 40s, it’s bound to happen!), but I feel like I have more tools now to help me get back on track sooner. Definitely notice more range of motion in many of the exercises we frequently revisit as well as in my ability to wrap myself around the pole. I guess, really, that’s the thing – I never quite realize how much my body needed some sort of relief/stretch/alignment until class is over and I feel the positive effects as soon as I walk off the mat.
I’ve been taking Mobility Matters classes with Colleen for a couple months now. Not only do I love how loose & relaxed I feel afterwards but my body awareness has increased. I’m more mindful of my body’s connections & joints during normal daily activities and especially when I pole. One big bonus factor… my carpal tunnel has completed disappeared because of the wrist exercises Colleen has you do! I was having uncomfortable wrist pain to the point that I was wearing wrist guards every night. Now, no more wrist pain and no more ugly wrist guards! lol
In Colleen’s Mobility Matters class I realized WTF my body was actually doing and WHY I have some of the issues I have had over the years and why I could never progress with pole. After about 2 months of Mobility Matters privates with Colleen I decided to take baby steps to RELEARN Pole from the beginning with PROPER body alignment and shoulder engagement for MY BODY….I’m now starting over and LOOK LOOK at that genuine smile of hope and happiness.
Below are some books and products that I’ve found very useful in my journey to learn about greater mobility!
- Pain Free (Revised and Updated Second Edition): A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain
- Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art
- Deskbound (Standing Up to a Sitting World)
- Becoming A Supple Leopard 2nd Edition (The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance)
- Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual Therapists and Movement Professionals
- Applied Anatomy of Aerial Arts: An Illustrated Guide to Strength, Flexibility, Training, and Injury Prevention