Humans have seven movements which are essential for effective and efficient biomechanic function and rehabilitation. These seven movements are: squats, lunges, pushes, pulls, bends, twists and gait. Without these seven primordial movements we would have been extinct long ago, as they are essential for our survival, growth and health. How would one expect to live in nature without them?
Back then, being unable to perform these movements would mean no capacity to hunt, gather wood, fetch water, climb trees and rocks for shelter and food, build homes, explore the environment and play etc.
Living in nature without meeting those basic human needs, life would be impossible to sustain. We had no choice but to physically develop through the demands of our natural environment or die.
Life has dramatically changed since those primitive times and from a physical perspective, has deteriorated. Being physical in today’s society (concrete jungle) is no longer a necessary prerequisite or requirement for survival, but in doing so, have skipped these seven crucial movement patterns that integrate our mental, emotional and spiritual characteristics too.
This lack of physical necessity results in loss of strength, stability, balance and coordination, inevitably leading to poor posture, painful bodies, low energy and a multitude of chronic syndromes. What we lack in the physical sense, becomes a mental, emotional and spiritual lacking, as those four human aspects cannot be separated; what happens in one, equally and relatively happens in all four! Learning and practicing the seven movement patterns is the bedrock for health and wellbeing.
Most of us understand that exercise can greatly help. Going for a walk or run, riding a bike or doing some exercise is exceedingly important. However, what if you were to move through the seven movements I’m sharing? Much more of the body would be accessed and recruited from a musculoskeletal standpoint. A more, well rounded and comprehensive experience of tapping into sleeping muscles and nerves would be received.
Form this approach, rehabilitation would dramatically improve in restoring, rectifying and regenerating, not only the body, but mind/emotions and spirit too.
Benefits of these seven movement patterns include:
- Comprehensive, well rounded musculoskeletal development
- Joint stability for pain reduction and elimination
- Postural restoration
- Enhance athletic and daily life performance
- Improved coordination, flexibility and agility
- An increase in overall health and wellbeing
This approach also becomes a global process, involving all body parts as one integrated system. Anything less, will result in partial improvements, temporary relief and no real mind, body spirit development.
Practicing these methods is not the norm in today’s society, but in the not so distant future these advanced methods will be part and parcel of life. Old paradigms will eventually crumble, as that’s the journey of evolution.