Making Sense of Movement Culture

 

Movement Culture.  There’s a method to the unusual acrobatic dance madness that is being seen as a breakaway from the traditional fitness world.  That method can actually be quite simple when broken down to its roots.  Although, is anything ever that simple?

Strength and Flexibility.

Together.

This is what is known as Mobility.

Mobility = Strength + Flexibility.

Strength is the force potential of a tissue.

Flexibility is the extent a tissue is allowed to lengthen.

Thus, we are seeking Strength at End Range of Motion.

Example.  Lift your knee as high as you can (without leaning back).  That is your end range of motion of hip flexion.  Chances are your leg is not strong in this range of motion.  The idea is to make it strong in this range of motion.

Why?

The greater the range of motion, and the more usable (strong) the range of motion is, the easier it is to move through that range of motion.

This will result in many positive benefits inclusive of reducing/eliminating chronic pain, injury mitigation, and movement confidence.

The benefits of the first two are clear, but let’s discuss movement confidence.  This is the amount of confidence in your ability to maneuver any physical situation.

I was on a hike with my parents the other week and was maneuvering my way up, down, and past fallen trees, balancing my way across small logs in a creek, and observing and picking things up off of the ground.  I got to observe how my parents also maneuvered the environment, and it was less movement diverse and less movement confident.  They struggled over and past trees, couldn’t balance on logs across the creek, and skipped on observing the ground all together.  Now, I know I’m much younger than my parents (some would say I’m in my prime), but let me not be the first one to tell you that “age is just a number.”

I can say this.  I’ve been in the presence of individuals of the same age who would maneuver that environment without a problem (Mom, Dad, if you’re reading this, I am sorry).  I have trained individuals with little to no movement confidence to play like little kids again.  Grown ass men coming to me smiley as hell explaining that over the weekend they crawled around with their kids and ended up in a dog pile.  Older women telling me that they are now confident enough to climb a step ladder or get to the ground to retrieve something deep in a cabinet.

In short, movement confidence is bigger than you might think.  It could change the way you view and interact with the world.

Achieving mobility (strength at end range of motion) is one piece of the puzzle.  Another piece is to use the mobility that has been achieved.  Call this movement expression.  This is necessary because it is how we maintain the mobility.  If you don’t use it, you lose it.  Plain and simple.

In parts of Asia there exist people living late into their years who still squat all the way to the ground.  How?  Because that is a resting position for them, and it’s how they poop.  The position has always been used, thus never lost.

So you can compare this acrobatic dance movement culture stuff to old people in Asia taking poops.  It maintains their mobility.

How to simplify this?

The achievement of mobility + expressing mobility (taking poops outside to maintain range of motion) = movement confidence and lack of chronic pain and injury

(And what they won’t tell you is that you will achieve a rockin body as an *unintended result).

Sprinkle in the spice of life coming from self expression/improvisation and our puzzle is well on its way.

This method is unique and not for everybody.   For my own physical practice, it has been the most results-driven, logical, and overall FUN method I’ve come across.  Most of this training is body-weight training.  It can be taken anywhere and can result in removal from a corporate style gym environment and into more natural environments, in parks or community settings, or to the comfort of home.

Overall, it highlights our ability to take physical well being into our own hands.  We can do something about our current state simply by moving our bodies.

This is the most simplified version of what is going on, and the depth of understanding movement is to a place I cannot even see.  It’s also my own interpretation and my reason, somebody else within the same realm may not completely agree.  I recommend seeking out people who understand this process via experiential work (they’ve done it themselves).   It will save you a lot of time.

*people like to fool themselves and say they don’t do stuff for aesthetics

(Ask me and I can give you a list of people to follow)

With Love and Curiosity,

Mitch

(sitwithmitch@gmail.com)

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