Movement versus Exercise
I love to champion the POWER of MOVEMENT.
Our bodies are meant to move.
Our bodies are involved in all our thought processes, understanding, emotions and decision making. The mind and body are inseparable.
‘We have a brain for one reason and one reason only — and that’s to produce adaptable and complex movements’
— Daniel Wolpert (Neuroscientist)
Our health loves movement too. But cars, machines and technology now do our moving for us! We are in a busy, device driven, movement limited world. And often activity in our leisure time doesn’t make up for what we’ve lost!
Being sedentary has become the new ‘normal’. 'Sitting is the new smoking'. And with this often goes a disconnect with the mind and body. We only notice our bodies when something goes wrong.
Healthy Movement Insight
Exercise is Optional, Movement is Essential.
The World Health Organisation defines exercise as an activity that is planned, structured, repetitive, and aims to improve or maintain one or more components of physical fitness. It's a subset of movement.
MOVEMENT, on the other hand, is a fundamental basic human function. Movement came before exercise. We are designed to move.
As humans evolved, they had to move to live… walking, running, squatting, reaching, throwing.
Movement provides us with possibilities, be it independence, interacting with family, gardening and social activities, work, interests, exercise or amateur and elite sport.
Movement gives people the opportunity for an active live or can hinder them with pain and immobility. We need healthy movement. Movement without pain and which is variable and efficient. Exercise regimes can be limiting. We need healthy movement.
For many, it's how they move that maintains their pain. And exercise and activity doesn't resolve the changes in the way they move.
That's what I am passionate about - exploring how people move and then helping them out of pain. Our movements are unique to us, as are all the factors that have influenced how we have shaped our movement. That's why digging deep into each individual story can help unravel the movement patterns and guide recovery.
To move with ease we need to have lots of options of how we coordinate the joints and muscles in our bodies. Pain messes with these coordination patterns. We lose options.
Losing movement options can put stress and strain on our already sensitised tissues, maintaining the problem.
My goal is to help people move away from pain by restoring healthy movement - restoring MOVEMENT options.