Guest Article: Your Personal Renewable Energy

Thanks to today’s guest author Fran Park­er,  a psy­chother­a­pist, exec­u­tive per­for­mance coach, and expert in move­ment and non-ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Renewable Energy

Wouldn’t it be great if we thought about our per­son­al ener­gy as a renew­able resource rather than some­thing like an hour­glass that emp­ties over time?

Full/Empty       On/Off        Work/Rest

These are bina­ries, pairs of oppos­ing states.  They aren’t nec­es­sar­i­ly real.  Espe­cial­ly when we use them to describe our ener­gy.

What if we thought about our ener­gy as an ongo­ing, con­tin­u­ous flow with mul­ti­ple con­trast­ing qual­i­ties in rhyth­mic vari­a­tion?


It’s real­ly not hard to imag­ine.

Here’s an exam­ple:

When we walk, we are nev­er real­ly going at one speed or mov­ing with a sin­gle qual­i­ty.  Walk­ing is an over­lap­ping dance of legs.  One swing­ing and one bear­ing weight.

Quick­en your pace and length­en your steps a lit­tle and you have a stride.

Throw in a lit­tle side-to-side hip move­ment and soft­en your impact and you’ve got your­self a rhum­ba.

So many pos­si­bil­i­ties!

It’s rep­e­ti­tion with­out vari­a­tion that wears us out.  Move­ment with con­trasts of qual­i­ty and changes of rhythm renews our ener­gy.

It’s that sim­ple.


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About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods. His website,, provides more information about his approach. Please contact him at or at 212-400-9663.
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