It’s no secret that sitting and performing repetitive tasks for long periods of time can negatively impact your health. The way you move in the studio influences the longevity of your hands and body, which ultimately affects your career. It’s not easy to unlearn the patterns and habits that our bodies have adapted to, but the good news is that your body is capable of developing new movement patterns that help you find the relief you deserve. Throughout this full day immersion, Missy, author of Wellness for Makers: A Movement Guide for Artists, will teach you how to deconstruct your default postures and help you recreate healthier movement patterns in a way that will strengthen your hands and body. This workshop is a mix of lecture and movement for all levels. Together we will focus on different areas of the body, starting with the feet and ankles and working our way up to the neck and shoulders. Each movement sequence is designed to help boost energy levels, alleviate pain, reduce your risk of injury, and improve posture. We will cover everything from the footwear you choose to walk in to the chair you sit in, the best way to utilize your tools, and more. By the end of the day, you will have a complete “toolkit” and a more well-developed understanding of your body that will leave you feeling empowered and inspired to keep creating. You will gain a deeper understanding of what’s happening when our posture fails us, when our backs give out, when we develop knots, or experience tension in the wrists and forearms. You will walk away with the skills you need to build strength and mobility in the studio through safe movements, corrective exercises, strengthening techniques, massage techniques, stretches, and posture check-ins.