Coming to America…

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The countdown has begun to my trip to California, specifically to San Francisco for the upcoming AiM modules One and Two workshops. There is a brochure attached to this post to read about AiM and the courses themselves as well as a link to sign up for the course. The course and link is being hosted by David Weinstock of NeurokinetictherapyTM , for which I am incredibly grateful.

For those not in the know, Anatomy in Motion is a way of reading movement patterns in the body as a way of understanding limitations, pain and problems in your patients and clients. Whether a chiropractor, osteopath, physio or rehabilitation specialist, you will find value in adding this simple (and fun) work to your bag of tricks.

It’s not just about therapy: movement is movement. Movement is exercise, training, coaching, pilates, yoga, running – whatever your game is in the realm of bodywork, correction, massage, rehab or re-education. Anatomy in Motion will add insane value to what you do. How do I know that? It’s one of those courses where you can bring your pain and problems with you, and leave without it. It’s starts with a journey into the human body, how muscles really work in movement, how joints stimulate a muscular reaction, how your mass and your brain (nervous system) should be given higher priority than the parts of your body that pull together to make your movement possible.

Motion is beautifully summed up by your gait and your gait beautifully informs us of patterns in the body that simply don’t add up and yet point a finger to the pain or problem with your patient, client or athlete. Imagine a world where you watch somebody walk and can join the dots to understand a problem, target it with movement, reintroduce new (or are they old?) patterns back in to the ailing human body and have the person walk out pain free…. not just for a day or two but for the long term. Imagine a world where your client, once corrected, stimulates and reinforces the correction with every step they take. Just the repetitive nature of walking along is their homework… This only comes with true integration from head to toe. Not just in the realm of joint patterns, but accompanied by high level functioning of muscular patterns, reinforced by a hardwired nervous system that simply adds value to better movement, less pain and a system organised in such a way that muscle tension and joint compression is limited, if not eliminated.

Our courses take you through the journey of understanding the three dimensional world of gait that is influencing every action you make, every step you take and it’s probable that it creates an environment for each injury you have or have had. Nothing influences gait like the reintroduction of three dimensional patterns and direct communication with the brain of what ‘works’ and what doesn’t.

We take you on a journey from the foot up and create an environment for your experience to build your learning. If, like many of you joining on this course are NKT practitioners, you will notice an incredible amount of correlation between the two disciplines – both governed by patterns and neurology.

In the words of David Weinstock himself in the foreword for my book: “What The Foot?…:

“When I was learning Anatomy in Motion with Gary, I realised what a powerful therapeutic modality it truly is. Experiencing the changes in my movement patterns and in my body when Gary artfully manipulated me with his very creative and innovative technique, made me fully appreciate the incredible system that he has created.

Why does a corrective movement system like AiM add value to other therapies?
The beauty of Gary’s work is that it addresses movement dysfunction with the client in the position that is the basis for every activity – the gait. I have never seen anyone breakdown the gait in such incredible detail and relate it to the entire body as Gary has. Gary’s studies of the mechanics of the foot and ankle are impressive, but his creativity with movements to enhance changes to the entire musculoskeletal system is where his brilliance shines. Furthermore, his ability to teach all of this in a clear and concise fashion makes his classes immediately applicable and fun”.

If you want to know more I urge you to get in touch with Chris – chris@anatomyinmotion.co.uk – and if you want to speak to me, ask him to push you my way. Failing that, if you would like a deeper insight into my work prior to making any decisions, please visit www.whatthefoot.co.uk to purchase a copy of my book. It will both serve as an insight and a support manual for when you will finally take the courses.

We’re also showing up in New York in May if that suits you better. Keep your eyes on the Facebook page, my personal page or here for more information on that.

Remember the AiM brochure for the San Fransisco course is attached at the top of this post and providing you have no hesitations you can enrol via the link on the brochure.

I cannot wait to meet you there in March 2014

Gary  🙂

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Essence

The first time I recognised a new way of working with the human body was when working with a lady who had peroneal pain…. I tried every trick in the book. Only when I stood her up in an attempt to get a stretch on the peroneal muscle did I have my eyes opened wide.

Rules of orthotic building: create an environment where the foot perceives itself to have good form and contact with the floor – in particular through the tripod of the foot.

I had the lady plant her left foot on the floor and reach to her left with her right arm. I held her foot to allow the tripod to maintain contact. The ripple effect through her body in one or two reps was amazing as her spiral line lit up from left foot to right shoulder. The stretch that I had been chasing in her left peroneal, was now being experienced in her upper lateral hamstring and right side upper thoracic and – once I asked her to keep looking straight forward – in her left side neck as well….

I was integrating movement, I was mobilizing muscles that were learning to speak to each other, I was finding problems other than at the site of pain and I was encouraging the brain to learn a different way, uncovering old neural pathways long forgotten.

I let go of the foot and allowed the left big toe to float of the floor as the forefoot slowly inverted with the left rotation of the torso – the stretch in the sling system disappeared… gone! I gently eased the toe back down and the sling system lit up…

What if I can teach this lady to use her feet better without orthotics….?
What if I can build an internal orthotic through her muscle system…
#Whatthefoot

Integrate don’t isolate
Mobilise don’t stabilse
Maximise don’t minimise

I think Anatomy in Motion was born that day….