Movement is the ability to change your physical location and/or body position and direct it toward a desired goal, action, or skill. Movement helps you improve your mind-body connection. Our bodies were designed to move.
Through movement, we express ourselves, showing and sharing our individuality and uniqueness, while interacting with, and connecting to, the world around us. The key is moving often and moving well.
The modern-day lifestyle has us staying busier but moving less. Many of us sit at a desk, in a car, or in front of the computer or tv most of the day. Then we often wonder why our bodies feel tight and restricted. One of the main goals that my clients have expressed is the desire to be able to move better. Movement is medicine. When we move our bodies, we feel energized. We think more clearly, thus relieving stress and anxiety.
Mind-body symptoms, felt as chronic pain or discomfort in the body, can be caused by learned neural pathways in the brain. These neural pathways are associated with stress, trauma, and repressed emotions. The painful or distressing symptoms can be relieved when our natural neural pathways are restored.
Functional Movement Training mirrors how we were meant to move by reestablishing our natural movement patterns and enhancing our ability to perform our daily activities in and out of sport. It helps to improve our quality of life by restoring the body’s ability to move as one unit in different planes of motion or multiple directions with less discomfort and fewer physical limitations or restrictions. It addresses several issues such as core weakness, muscle imbalances, and musculoskeletal disorders.
Moving several muscle groups at once helps to improve your coordination and neuromuscular control, build strength, tone your body, and burn more calories or expend more energy. It also improves your sport performance by improving your coordination and neuromuscular control and conditioning. Functional Movement Training also improves the mind body connection. During functional movement training, you are expending energy, and the mind is quieted as you focus in on the present moment and tune into what your body is doing. Thus, it is a natural and effective way to relieve anxiety, tension, and stress, to boost physical and mental energy, to improve your sleep, and to enhance wellbeing.
Let's make functional movement training more than training, let's work together to make it a daily practice.
Functional Movement for Sport focuses on preparing the athlete physically for the demands of their chosen sport. Physical training not only focuses on improving performance, but also injury prevention and longevity in your sport.
Recovery means allowing the body time to recuperate. It is a process by which our bodies heal, rebuild, repair and replenish. There are two types of recovery: passive recovery or rest and active recovery.
Passive recovery is stillness, inactivity or the absence of effort or movement. Quality sleep and meditation are two forms of passive recovery. Adequate levels of sleep help to provide mental health, hormonal balance, and muscular recovery.
Active recovery is a process that allows us to relieve muscle soreness, to improve movement, and to restore energy levels. Examples of active recovery include breathing, hydrating, a healthy diet, light physical activity, stretching, and foam rolling. Rest and Recovery are vital components to performance and overall well-being. It’s important to include both in our daily regimen.
The most important thing you can do to recover quickly is to listen to your body. If you are feeling tired, sore or notice decreased performance you may need more recovery time or a break from training altogether.
If you are feeling strong the day after a hard workout, you don't have to force yourself to go slow.
If you pay attention, in most cases, your body will let you know what it needs and when it needs it.