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….

Level One dates for 2014

Our 2014 diary looks like this:

February – Spain – Module 1

March – UK – Bishops Stortford

March – Spain – Module 2

March – California

May – New York (TBC)

June – UK – (Exmouth / Bristol)

More to come as and when we have confirmation 🙂

If you would like to contact us about courses in your area or find out more information please contact chris@anatomyinmotion.co.uk or call on 07932 650937

Have an awesome day 🙂

In the meantime, your best introduction to the AiM method and philosophy upon which Anatomy in Motion is grounded i invite you to read my book “What The Foot?” which serves as both an intro to the world of integrated human movement and as a workbook for you future AiM courses

www.whatthefoot.co.uk/buythisbook 

Many thanks for looking us up

Gary

So, what do we specialise in?

At anatomy in motion we have chosen to specialise in human movement, specifically human walking or gait. We are not, as commonly perceived by others, a three dimensional exercise based methodology. We are a philosophy that joins the dots between the brain, the nervous system and the many systems of the human body that objectify human function.

Gait, at least the journey of one foot, is over in less than a second and yet all kinetic chain movement is derived from, or at least can be tracked through, the determination of what exactly goes on within that small period of time.

We study gait. Which not only means that we study how the foot moves, but we study and have worked hard (insanely hard) to map the whole body’s flow in reaction to how the foot actually moves. And it’s achievable; there is a succinct process in the gait cycle that predetermines the outcome of the whole body’s motion. Optimal motion in the foot creates an environment for optimal motion through the whole body. Anything less than optimal motion in the foot leads to limitless and countless possibilities for adaptation in the whole body, not good adaptation either: we’re talking increased pressure on joints, increased tension in muscles, imbalance in posture and visceral structures with a reduction in performance and an increase in the possibility for pain and injury.

Conventionally we have spent our time looking at parts of the body and yet it seems to make far greater sense to spend more time looking at the feet… At least that is what I thought, until it became perfectly clear that there is no separation of the two. The foot and the body communicate so beautifully and so succinctly that it is possible through the understanding of one to determine what may happen in the other or how the other lends itself to the current and complete situation. The two complement each other and work together in such a perfect and finite way.

So at Anatomy in Motion, we study gait, but not just the feet, gait of the whole body and we call it the Flow Motion Model. It’s amazing how from knowing the motions available at each point in the flow motion cycle, we can determine what each and every other joint in the system is doing and compare it to what it should be doing in order to make assumptions about what movements the body is missing and how we then reinstate them. How do we give lost movement back to someone?  What happens when lost movement is restored? Well, primarily the need for compensation for that movement drops away, instantly. Secondly, the pain caused by the compensation diminishes and thirdly access to all optimal movement patterns gives access to optimal flow motion of the whole body.

A body that accesses optimal flow motion seemingly has no pain, no limitations and on the flip side of the coin is therefore open to increased opportunity in performance and liberation in body and mind. I say body and mind for a side track to our work is to recognise that liberation in the feet and thus the whole body has dramatic impact on the state of one’s mind as well.

Flow motion starts in the brain and ends in the brain. What say your brain self-optimises every day, nay every moment, in order to access it’s most efficient and energy conserving states. Your brain reacts to each moment, each step, each contact with the ground, each intention and thought you have as well as interaction with others. It reacts, essentially, to the outside world, to your external environment and internally generates what is necessary to cope with whatever is thrown at it. It has the capacity to upgrade function, downgrade

function, make wholesale changes in the blink of an eye. It’s ordinarily known as compensation. We recognise it as an adaptation of the internal environment to balance the input of the external environment. The greater the challenge from the external environment, the greater the inability for the internal environment to cope shall be – which exposes it to risk, limitation, injury and pain. The brain manages all of that each step of the way.

How can you as a practitioner override the desire to treat parts of that body, and begin to look at treating the body as a whole by targeting the brain and nervous system to adapt better to it’s external environment?

At Anatomy in Motion, we specialise in the way the brain perceives human walking gait and we access that by challenging the internal environment to have enhanced awareness within itself of what is possible through adaptation of the external environment, or one’s perception of it, to bring about those wholesale changes to our internal environment. Except this time, not in a way that compromises the day to day running of things but optimises them, liberating our bodies and minds. We call it reverse compensation and it can happen in the blink of an eye….

So we suggest you bring all that knowledge you have, all the awesomeness you possess, the years of practice and experience you have amassed and come to join us… be opened up to new ways of challenging the body, working with the body as a whole and closed entity where chaos thrives and order is derived.

We are not just another movement company, we are the movement company.

We are specialists in human walking gait and how that impacts on absolutely EVERYTHING you do.

© Gary Ward 2013 Anatomy in Motion

Don’t run before you can walk!

Inspired by a spate of running successes using the Anatomy in Motion method, I put this article together thinking of all you runners and running coaches gearing up for the London Marathon. I’m also thinking of the countless therapists working their nuts off to satisfy the growing demand for treatment as their patients literally hit the ground running!

I hope you enjoy it and seek motion as a tool next time your running injuries flare up.

In summary, walking pre-empts the way we do anything. Your foot sets the 5 Big Rules in motion. The five rules govern how effectively we do the things we do and running is a by-product of our ability to walk well…

…So are you running before you can walk?

You can read the article here:  If you can’t walk; you can’t run.

Thanks for reading

Gary

The missing link?

When providing solutions for pain:

Physios do physio and believe in it

Osteopaths do osteopathy and believe in it

Chiropractors do chiropactic and believe in it

Trainers use exercise and believe in it

Yoga teachers practice yoga and believe in it

Pilates teachers teach pilates and believe in it

Podiatrists build orthotics and believe in it

But it can’t be the case that one of them is right and the rest are wrong!

They all provide a valuable service and all benefit from the Anatomy in Motion Finding Centre course claiming it’s enormously complementary and supports exactly what they do.

Could it be that movement, the thing that complements all other therapies sits right in the centre, tying them all together.

Is movement the missing link?

WTF? What the Foot article

What the foot is an article I wrote a few years back and I thought I’d dust it off and share with all my new followers. The foot remains an incredible and fascinating piece of engineering, something the world at large took years to emulate in terms of engineering and today it’s structures are evident in domes, arches, bridges, earthquake buildings. They form the very foundation of the human body, what they do, we do. How they influence us as a whole is only just beginning to be understood. For years we have tried to shackle it, lock it into a fixed position, support it, control it and take movement away from it to stabilise the upper structures of the body. What fools we have been… To understand the foot is to move away from stabilisation, to promote movement and allow the foot to flourish as it was designed to do on the natural surfaces of planet earth. When the foot is given the freedom it craves, it will soften your body, relax the muscles, balance your postural frame and make pain a thing of the past. I entitled this article so because the reaction most people have initially to this type of information is quite simply: WTF?? Please enjoy, share & comment and look out for more articles to come in the weeks and months ahead.
You can find the article here:
Gary