Movement is everywhere. Discover it!
Take a minute and stop what you are doing. Feel the movement around and inside yourself.
What is the movement?
This word alone has numerous meanings and that’s why I love it even more. It’s hard to describe and if it’s hard to describe, it’s hard to put a label on it. Word ‘movement’ is already a label, but because of its meaning – I tolerate this label. I am avoiding labels for quite some time but asked what I do, I need to figure out how to describe it. My latest and most often answer is that I am a movement coach/teacher. My reply is short and simple. I’m basically a trainer that goes deep. If a person is interested, he starts asking questions and I’m answering them not involving them too deep in what that is because to understand movement, it’s much better to experience it. It’s not like you tell me that I am a fitness coach, personal trainer or surf instructor. I still am, but movement exceeds all of that.
World, these days, want to take whatever is out there, squeeze it into a tiny box, label it and sell. But in the ‘movement’ world, the only thing you can get is a little guidance to find your own path. The movement doesn’t have such a big box to put it in. Movement is the universe. As am I, you and everybody else all the time. There’s not even a millisecond that something is not moving. You and I are constantly dancing with gravity. Right now you are adjusting yourself to sit/stand and hold your phone or computer just to read this.
Earth is constantly spinning around its own axis while circling around the sun. Sun in the galaxy and so on. There’s no static moment. You can try it as you want. Stop for a second and try to stand without moving at all. Freeze and just stand. Just breathe and feel. Feel the movement inside, feel it around, and feel it all the time. It feels good? It’s impossible to be still, even if it looks like you are from outside, but inside you can feel, how your muscles are balancing.
Dead or alive, you are always in the move, the difference is just while you are alive, you can move, but then you die, you are moved by others until you turn back to dust and still be moved as one. There’s no beginning or the end of the movement. It’s constant and always happening.
Physical movement. Categories of how to move:
1. Move your body.
Use your range, control yourself, explore, search for your capabilities. You are a human being and we were build to move. We are the most complex movers’ thanks to evolution, but most of us are the worst.
2. Move things with your body.
Create. Lift, push, pull, load range. Don’t limit yourself with ‘caveman’ style moves in a perfect environment and most comfortable equipment in the gym. The world is our gym and full of inventory to play with.
3. Move your body around things.
Locomote, traverse, travel, dance. It’s not only walking, running, biking or etc. Don’t forget what you do before you started doing those things. How you been noticing new movements when you were a kid and had that passion to try it and learn. Do you remember how to even crawl? Do you remember how you been playing on the floor, twisting, reaching and moving in many different ways? We used to be free from labels.
4. Be moved.
Play. Get in contact with others. Push each other, gently. What about grappling? It feels so good to experience the unknown, but also the warm energy of others. We all just need to get out of narrow thinking where the fitness industry is right now and explore more with our bodies. With movements, we all can benefit.
Movement is freedom.
If you are strong and can do whatever you want to do with your body without limiting yourself – you are free. You have your physical freedom. You can run, jump, climb, balance, push, pull, throw, punch, swing, traverse, and the list goes on, but to say it in one word, you can MOVE. No more limiting yourself. You are just looking for new challenges, new opportunities were to get better and stronger.
The fitness industry is full of new trendy terms such as, mobility, flexibility, balance and etc., but what that really is – just a movement strength. You can call it whatever you want to, but in the end, it all comes to, how strong you are in your movements. All those flashy words describe the same thing. If your balance is weak, you need to strengthen your stabilizing muscles. If your mobility is bad, you need more strength in the end range of motion. The same is for flexibility. You can be flexible as a snake, but if you don’t have strength in those ranges, you can’t control your range, so you can’t move. You are like a doll dropped on the ground.
Don’t try to put labels on your movements. Try to be more mindful, listen to your body and learn more. Learn every day, always question yourself how can you do one or another thing. Try it. Fail more. And you will discover so many opportunities to keep moving forward and becoming even freer. You will discover movement freedom.
Be free! Move!
P.S. I have created an online self-care movement experience and chose to label it “Movement Snacks”. It’s a road map, where you will start navigating your body joint by joint when combining it and practice compound movements. Finally adding transitions between those movements and moving in creatively and free. All this process will help you install movement habits, which brings health. Treat your body as your temple, not as rented flat.