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A Full Range of

Natural Movement.

A full range of natural movement is what your body should be able to do. Your full potential. Not what you are currently able to do.

With a full range of natural movement the body is dynamically balanced and aligned.

body alignment and balance

Movement flows through every possible position. Stable and controlled, without pain or tension.

A full range of natural movement is something to work towards. Something to aim for. An on-going process.

I didn't appreciate how much movement I was missing until I started to recover.

It's taken several years to get where I am now.

Every day being able to move a little more than the day before.

Releasing the pain and tension I had been carrying around.

Improving your range of movement starts from Base-Line.

human figure seen from the front, looking up the body with the baseline muscles shown.  The pelvic floor muscles like a basket at the base of the body that should be solid and secure.  The rectus abdominis muscles extending from pelvis to the ribcage. The body's core pillar of strength either side of the linea alba. The rectus abdominis muscles should bend and flex in all directions, supporting the rest of the body through a full range of movement.

The muscles central to healthy movement. Your core pillar of strength, from where the rest of the body extends.

Base-Line muscles

Explore movement supported by your Base-Line muscles. Do whatever feels right to you.

The roll-down action was my go-to move during my recovery.

the roll-down

Focusing on your Base-Line will increase your awareness of your sense of proprioception (becoming more conscious of your sense of position, motion and balance).

conscious proprioception

Developing your sense of proprioception will guide you in working towards a full range of natural movement, dynamic balance and alignment.

Feel for your midline anatomy aligning on the median plane.

body alignment and balance what do they mean? Alignment and balance need a reference line. Our midline anatomy and the median plane are what we should think about when talking about body alignment and balance. Image of a human figure viewed from the front. Showing a line straight down the middle. splitting the body into left and right halves from head to pelvis i.e. left and right sides of the body are balanced either side of midline.  The midline anatomy is at full extension, in alignment, creating the median plane.

the median plane

Picturing in your mind this line being as straight and smooth - as extended - as possible.

Connecting body and mind.

Do You Have a Full Range of Natural Movement?

With a full range of natural movement the head and limbs can all be moved independently whilst the rest of the body remains stable.

This is possible when the main muscles of movement can be fully utilised and the body is free of physical restrictions.

main muscles of movement

With a full range of natural movement the body can work at optimal, maintaining an ideal posture at all times, in all positions.

posture

Restricted Range of Movement.

In my experience, very few people have a full range of natural movement.

Anything that causes a restriction in our connective tissues reduces movement and over the years restrictions build up.

The body is very adaptable, continuing to function with significant restrictions in movement. So much so you may not appreciate what you are missing. I certainly didn't.

There are multiple options for the body to achieve what appears to be the same pose (such as touching your toes or touching your nose). The body skips over painful positions and makes mini-adjustments throughout the body to imitate a pose, but it's "cheating", not using a full range of movement.

As you start to connect more with your body you will start to notice the kinks and twists, adjustments to reach a position or avoid a painful movement. Movement should be smooth and fluid. ass out, knee adjustment etc... avoidance tactics.

Life heaps trauma on us... have you stored the damage rather than releasing it by returning to a full range of natural movement? Injuries, inflammation.

If you don't use it - you lose it. Getting stiffer as you get older shouldn't just be accepted.

Old injuries that never quite go away.

Regaining Your Movement is a Process.

Improving your posture and regaining your natural range of movement is a journey. It takes time and effort on your part.

The more stored trauma you have, the longer it will take. But if you don't make the effort to balance and align yourself, the pain will only increase.

Little by little, releasing the physical restrictions, pains and tension by working with the right muscles.

Feeling how to heal.

DISCLAIMER

Inspiration for Movement.

There are clues about what the body is capable of everywhere.

From Pilates exercises, the asanas of yoga, the movements of tai chi, ballet and other forms of dancing, the list goes on.

Watch a selection of videos for ideas (YouTube is a great resource). Take a few classes if there's something that appeals to you but remember it's not about doing a set number of repetitions, or getting into a certain pose or keeping up with the rest of the class. It's about connecting with your body and doing whatever feels right for you at the time, guided by your Base-Line.

Keep moving (even if it's just wiggling your toes whilst sitting on the sofa) and breathing with your Base-Line to build the connection between body and mind.

breathing technique

Base-Line muscles. Pelvic floor and rectus abdominis muscles shown in human outline. The body's core pillar of strength, think strong and longer at the core of all movement with the rest of the body extending from these key muscles.

You can only do something when your body is able to, so don't force anything.

Little by little progress is made.

A full range of movement is not just about big changes in positioning. Facial expressions, jaw movements, eye movements, wiggling fingers and toes all alter your positioning and increase range of motion.

Feeling for Balance and Alignment.

Use different parts of your body in contact with each other to give you more sensory information about your positioning.

Making contact gives you more feedback about the relative positioning of the bits of your body and helps to develop your sense of proprioception.

Reclaim your full range of natural movement

by working from Base-Line.

multiple poses of the body showing the potential of the human body for a full range of movement and balance and dynamic alignment

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OPTIMISING THE USE OF YOUR MUSCLES = BETTER HEALTH.

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