Flextasy lite routine for beginners

The Origin and Applicability of my Flextasy® Lite Flexibility Routine

by Blue Dunn 

After teaching my original Flextasy Flexibility System for 6 years or so, at Sharp Hospital Center for Sports Medicine, at numerous Massage Schools around the San Diego area, to my personal clients, and various other groups in the states and abroad, I was asked if I would be interested in teaching a seniors flexibility class at the Motion Center facility of Sharp Hospital in Coronado, California. Believing as I did that I had developed a bottom line flexibility routine suitable for basically anyone, I naively agreed to the offer, thinking that at the most I would have to modify but a few of my Flextasy movements to accommodate the seniors I was to be instructing.

I was in for quite a surprise when I arrived for my first class; a group of perhaps 12 elders, both male and female, in the age range of 50 to 90. As I prepared the space, with mats and music, I took a closer look at this eager group of older folks, all there for various reasons. Some there from the advice of their doctor, some dragged there by their spouse, some in the process of recovery from some surgery or another, and others who appeared to have taken at least some interest in the maintenance of the body during the last decades.

As I greeted the class, who were all sitting in one uncomfortable-looking position or another on the floor, introduced myself, and asked all to stand up so we could begin, a communal moan went up and the process of getting up from the floor, lasting minutes, began. Some of the people required assistance, either from myself, or another classmate to reach the vertical. During this transition from floor to standing, I realized that I had no idea what I was going to do with these people, in the context of my polished and honed flexibility routine I had been teaching. I quickly realized I had perhaps gotten myself into something I didn’t quite know how to deal with. 

To buy time, and instantly observing the wherewithal of most of the students, I told everyone to once again sit back down on the floor. Another tormented moan went up and like a large rusty machine in need of lubrication, the whole group managed to make it back down to the floor.

I continued this course of action another 4 times, this taking about 15 minutes, all told. As my now heavily breathing, red-faced, confused-looking group stood in a circle around me, I explained that what they just participated in was some of the most effective, functional exercise they could possibly do at this point in their lives.

My concepts and theories I had developed over the last 14 years were swirling around in my head, seeking equilibrium. During one short experiment, with a few new variables thrown in, I had to rethink and rework my whole premise about flexibility and its maintenance. Not that my premise and theories were wrong, but I discovered that they were incomplete and only half-formed. Teaching the seniors flexibility class there over the next 12 years or so allowed me the fertile ground to test, develop, and fine-tune my understanding about Body Mechanics, regaining and maintaining Flexibility, and the Entropic Process in regard to Structural Aging and Distortion. 

And so I began, on a weekly basis, modifying and inventing new moves, based on the exact same principles and concepts as my original Flextasy Routine, which could easily be done by these older and fairly, to extremely, compromised individuals. Over time, as with the development of the original Flextasy Routine, I categorized a systematic flexibility routine for the “flexibly challenged”, and Flextasy Lite was born.

I feel confident that now truly, anyone who has a sincere interest in learning how to regain and maintain a functional level of flexibility, can achieve that desire with my Flextasy Lite Functional Flexibility System. 

I had the opportunity to work with a lot of the same people who became “regulars” in the class, as well as a continual influx of people who showed up sporadically, and those who turned out to “one-timers”. The regulars became my constants in the experimental equation and the others, the variables. Over time it became very obvious the positive effects the class was having on the regulars, especially when the newcomers to the class had such a hard time with most of the movements, while the regulars were easily and effortlessly able to do them. I’ll mention too that most of these regulars of the class were not doing much work on themselves the rest of the week; and even still there was noticeable progress being made. The few who did practice on a daily basis, the things they learned from me in the class, made exponential progress by comparison. In fact, the times that the class was only regulars, we for the most part were able to do most of the original Flextasy routine, without any difficulty!

Both the Flextasy and the Flextasy Lite Routines are similar in that there is no need to be intimidated by any of the movements presented. The goal with both routines is to simply become familiar with the movements and to Slowly, and with Awareness, practice them to the best of your ability, adding them into your daily time set aside to work on yourself as you are able. 

I’ll ask you to think back and remember that when we were learning how to write we had to first practice how to draw each letter, both capital and small. And how some of the letters were easy and some of them were more difficult? Think how you would have been affected if at that time you decided that some of the letters were too hard to make and you would just stick with the easy ones; not realizing that further on down the road you would be at a great disadvantage when you tried to communicate through writing.

I like to think of the Flextasy Moves as the “Alphabet of Movement”. They are not like the traditional Yoga postures we’ve all seen and been intimidated by: the feet behind the head, the full-lotus position with your legs crossed and your feet on your thighs, or head stands, or extreme back bends! 

The Flextasy Movements, especially the Flextasy Lite Movements, are instead functional, gentle explorations through your structure, loosening, lengthening, and massaging your muscles, flushing out and fluffing up the cartilage in and around your joints, decompressing and allowing those joints to realign themselves as the tension throughout the whole musculature is lessened.

I’m well aware that there are people who have benefited from learning Yoga asanas (postures), and I’m also aware that all forms of Hatha Yoga are not the same. Still, I must say from my observations and experience that most forms of Yoga simply put more tension into the myo-fascial web and the skeletal structure, adding insult to injury. For this reason, I call my Flextasy System a “Yoga for the New Millennium”; because it is essentially user-friendly to all, extremely effective, and basically impossible to hurt yourself with.

Conclusion

Since the early 80’s my time has been spent learning everything I can about the Care and Maintenance of the Structural Body, for the benefit of my self, and as a teacher, guide, therapist, and hopefully model of sorts, for the benefit of others, and this has given me my livelihood. With my Flextasy Lite program I’ve opened wide the window of opportunity for those who see themselves on a quest for True Health and Fitness. I hope you’ll take advantage of this offering, for yourself and for those you love, and integrate it into your life.