Movement Integrity

Movement Integrity

Human movement is one of those concepts most of us take for granted. Much like breathing. Since we are internally wired to ‘naturally’ acquire the skill, we often don’t value the intricacies of it. Until we loose the ability to freely move or breathe, that is.

Our ability to move well as adults, is the end product of a long developmental path of motor learning we go through from infancy to childhood. This path is marked by reaching a series of ‘milestones’ during infancy, involving the systematic development of simple skills before combining these into increasingly more complex activities. Continue reading “Movement Integrity”

Nutrition to Movement, Know Your Starting Point

Nutrition to Movement, Know Your Starting Point

Do you eat everything you see? In a recent article, Gray Cook makes a comparison between nutrition and exercise, and then highlights the fact that people probably gain most from the Paleo diet (or Banting in South Africa) because it is an elimination diet. These diets don’t necessarily add anything new, as the bulk thereof consist of things many people consume daily. It does however eliminate various things like refined sugars, synthetic foods and grains, which cause ill-health symptoms (allergenic, intolerance or insulin related reactions), and was previously consumed in excess by many. Continue reading “Nutrition to Movement, Know Your Starting Point”

Pain and Function: An essential relationship

Pain and Function: An essential relationship

Pain is a grossly misunderstood concept. It accompanies suffering, hurt or injury and is the unpleasant part of life we certainly all prefer to life without. That much is understood. It is however also an intrinsic part of development and survival, since we learn more from pain than laughter. The fear or dislike of pain is what often keeps us from doing more harm to ourselves… Continue reading “Pain and Function: An essential relationship”

Worldview and Wellness, Part 2

Worldview and Wellness, Part 2

In Part 1 of this post we dealt with the historical and philosophical reasons for the bias towards a reductionistic mindset in modern day thinking, and how this affects current understanding of the concepts health and wellness. I also asked questions about the common understanding of the term science, and how the authority of contemporary Science has robbed many of the responsibility to think, reason and experience holistic life for themselves. Continue reading “Worldview and Wellness, Part 2”

Worldview and Wellness, Part 1

Worldview and Wellness, Part 1

In recent years most people’s perspective of health has evolved from merely the absence of disease, towards incorporating the concept of wellness or well-being. There is however no universally accepted definition of wellness, and for some it involves the balanced ‘integration of body, mind and spirit’, and for others the ability to ‘live life to the fullest’. Your experience of well-being is after all a subjective matter, as only you can feel well through the senses of your own being. Continue reading “Worldview and Wellness, Part 1”