Next Wednesday, the 21st of March, 2018, I will start coaching my first Movement Class at Aspire. The objective? To teach people to move and while moving better to get rid of compensations.
I will run this class for 3 months and see how people react to the sessions.
People go to gyms mostly to be entertained and to do “something” for their bodies.
The usual “something” is something, somehow fatalistic. Whatever they can “force themselves to do” instead of nothing at all. As if people knew they should do more and better, but they can’t get themselves to do it.
Most, enjoy getting into classes where they can “sweat” the fat, as if such a thing was possible, the excess of alcohol intake, or to get rid of the stress.
No one wants to put much thought into what they do. Neither care really. Being in classes with lots of people and a coach, make them feel happy, and fills them with the will and excitement to put their bodies through all kind of efforts.
Whether the body is TRULY ready to undertake those efforts or not, people push their bodies for fun. It is not for health, but for fun. And a bit of an ego boost.
What I teach can’t compete with such classes. Movement, while a lot of fun, is more of “Game of Chess” fun, rather than “cake on the face” fun.
What to Expect at the Beginning of My Movement Class?
Excitement, fun, mind riddles, frustration, and a bunch of words and commands that have no immediate meaning or context for beginners.
But all the awesome things only come with time. Except frustration, that comes free and immediately in every Movement Class. 😀
This is no Calisthenics class – no human flags or 1 Finger Push Ups will ever be practiced or performed -.
There is immediate reward but without Body Awareness you may not be ready to feel it. There is no apparent excitement, unless you engage fully in the process. There is pain, but not panting. The pain won’t come from “punishing the body”, but from awakening the body, and exposing its parts to their weaknesses and limitations.
My emotional relationship starts in the complete opposite end of the spectrum and reaches health, a life free of pain, full of health and longevity.
What does the Usual Sports Practice and Exercising Achieves? Compensations
Exercise and sports start by acquiring skills. We push the body to become proficient in certain positions and through certain movements. We copy an external movement, being “performed” or “coached” by someone else, and repeat it with our bodies to the best of our abilities.
Most of the times, our bodies ARE NOT ready to “copy” those positions and movements naturally. So instead of using the right muscles and articulations, our bodies use “whatever is in store” to copy those movements.
These are called compensations. Movements and positions that are not readily available to the body in its current state.
One compensation leads to the One Thousand compensations. From there, pain, injuries, disabilities, injuries and horrifying aging happens. Whether compensations catch up with you at 30 or at 60, is really up to the resilience your body was borned with.
So we have to options: Prepare the body thoroughly so it can “make” the movement, rather than copying it OR leave a life of pain, blame your body and get into painkillers, anti-inflammatories and surgery.
If you are in the middle of these two options, you can play it smart. Stop doing those practices that are hurting you and become a Movement Practitioner.
Movement Class, The Reverse Way or How to Go Back Home
Remember I said that “my Movement Class and my whole Movement Method starts in the complete opposite end of the spectrum and reaches health, a life free of pain, full of health and longevity?
Here we start by NEVER making you copying a movement or position that your body can’t perform naturally. We then allow the body to move within its real capacities without forcing it. From there, your body will create its own practice. One that never exceeds or forces its capabilities but improves daily, at its own pace. Why force it?
Movement Class will help you to go into your body and let it perform from within.
Your body is like your house. A house that most likely, you don’t even know.
Imagine you invite me to your house, and when I ask for the toilet, you have no idea where it is. You also don’t know how big or small it is, the colour, nothing.
The more I inquire about you house, the more you realized you have never really LIVED IN IT. You were just in and out, but never took care of inhabiting it. Of loving it.
Leaving the body uninhabited for 2,3 or 7 decades is the best recipe to have a body that host chronic pain, inflammation, disabilities and diseases of all kinds. Learning how to get back into your body is the antidote.
The Importance of Developing Body Awareness
Well, my coaching and your Body Awareness are that person that get you to look INWARDS, to you learn to know your body.
Once this Body Awareness has been established in your body, your body flourishes. When you practice, your body will gentle tell you what it needs YOU to do for it.
No program to follow, no number of sets and reps, as those things are artificial and only serve the RESULTS you want to get out of your sport or exercise. You will get there, but only after you have fixed your compensations through Body Awareness.
Because Movement Practice allows you to inhabit your body, your body will thrive continually. Instead of seeing someone doing a cool movent and trying to make a bad copy of it, your body will develop its own “cool” moves and positions NATURALLY.
There will be no forcing, it will be a gentle, loving way of the body achieving positions and movements that are beneficial to YOUR health.
The Tools used on Movement Class
An array of tools are utilized to achieve all what I described above. Here are some of the tools I use depending on where my clients are at the moment of starting the classes.
- Breathing Techniques
- Body Awareness Enhancing Techniques
- Relaxation Techniques
- Visualization Techniques
- The 3 Gentle Moves
- Silencing the Mind
- Long Holding Postures
- Animal Walks
Mindset and Clothing Recommended for Movement Class
Movement classes always start with the lowest denominator in mind. That means that the person with the most compensations and less mobility will dictate the degree of difficulty of Movement Class. IF you think you are too good for a beginner class, it is better to find another coach. I personally practice the basics 1 to 2 hours every single day.
While EXTREMELY challenging, Movement Class isn’t intended to make you feel useless to boost my ego.
I want you out of pain, breathing fully with a deep appreciation of your life and our planet.
So be patient, and be quiet. Giggling and laughing over our inabilities only distract our own minds and the minds of those around us.
Try always dressing as scantily and comfortably as possible so you can move without distractions, and to help your partners and myself, to see the micro-compensations that occur at all times while moving.