I wanted to share some information on movement of the body and some specialities that are out there. Movement flows are increasing becoming more popular thanks to the likes of Ido Portal and there are many benefits to this style of movement. Here we have spoken to a great guy I met called Myles Treanor who has studied the Ido Portal way and is a therapist and movement teacher with a holistic mindset. Having learnt neurology through P-DTR, Myles is a strong advocate of natural human movement and believes movement is being misunderstood and blinded by exercise and sport.
Lets get started…
How is ‘movement’ different to ‘sport’ or ‘exercise’?
Movement is very different than exercise or sport. We are hardwired for regular natural movements, whether culture likes it or not the ‘Homosapien’ is what we are. If we abuse our genetic code we pay the price. Exercise is simply an organised way to move our bodies and sport is just a way to compete or play with these movements. They may have been natural extensions of movement but you can see how dogmatic each discipline has become. Every exercise is like a box which we can explore our movement but if we forget the reason we came there, then we lose the bigger picture. So many of us are stuck in boxes while if you look at a child growing up they are exploring every box and going from one to the next exploring all the movements that they are capable of. Movement can be understood or ‘practiced’ by observing children.
What are these natural movements that children show us?
Movement is complex and unlike marketing/exercise there are no quick answers. But if you observe a child they are crawling, climbing, pulling objects, pushing themselves up to go places and the older they get the more complex movements they explore until culture starts to teach. A baby rests and digests in a squat while we adults sit on a seat, they crawl while we bench press, they climb while we do a straight pull up, they manipulate complex movements with their hands and use the legs for heavier work like running and lifting.
Adults don’t stress the lower body enough and it craves regular walking/running/jumping and heavy loads, you can even see this in how our anatomy is set up.
Our upper body craves complexity and it likes to crawl in all angles, pull in all ranges, push down and up. When you start crawling again or using Olympic rings you realise how stupid your body has become, you might be a strong man in the exercise community but you can barely crawl properly. Your grip is terrible, your wrists hurt, your scapula is poor at moving and you are a poor thinker.
I call my website ‘Homosapien Life’ as a reminder of what we have forgotten, we have all heard of the ‘agricultural revolution’, this period occurred between 10,000 and 12,000 years ago. With this revolution humans became domesticated and the collateral damage keeps building today, you can see it everywhere from our skin, to our regular colds to our emotional health. Although domestication was likely a natural occurrence, we have gone too much the other way and we need to find a balance. We need to ReWild our lifestyles to get back to centre.
You have explained ‘movement’ compared to ‘sport’ and ‘exercise’, can you share more on your speciality and experience?
I specialise in giving a person their most fundamental movements back. I educate and empower the individual firstly so I can teach aspects like the squat hold, hanging, walking so we can integrate all 3 into habits throughout the day. I have studied in ‘Anatomy in Motion’ and ‘P-DTR’ amongst others so I can understand each individuals body (Posture, nerve damage etc.). Then I decide what is the movements they lack the most and how to integrate that without driving up their neurological problems by giving ‘movements’ they are just not fit for.
I have been the guy that was ‘sport obsessive’ and wanted to be a professional athlete. I have been the guy who was the ‘messiah’ for the strength and conditioning world. It didn’t make me healthier but rather it made me sick and unhealthy. I was zooming so far into the picture that I couldn’t see what the hell the picture was. I once was obsessed about yoga and though everything was answered with yoga but I didn’t realise that a mat is a dogmatic way to move, the same with gymnastics but I was becoming a specialist and I was knowing more and more about less and less until I knew everything about nothing. I felt I belonged to a culture or group so I was on a ego trip.
How do you feel people should move / exercise when taking on a health / fitness program?
Become a student of a baby and he will teach you many things about life. Walk way more often, hold a squat and hang regularly throughout the day. Movement is extremely dynamic so you have many options. Start somewhere. The only toy you should really buy is a pair of gymnastic rings but every individual’s story is different so some might not be fit for gymnastic rings. The more expensive the toy, the cheaper the mover.
Nothing is static, no advice is concrete. Your nervous system is only one system in your body, movement will enhance every system. Your mind will change. Take up a sport like dance, take up gymnastics, study some disciplines, google ‘movement culture’ and never stay in one box. Be aware of your dogma and know that every bit of advice is just a story.
Myles gives us some great information when it comes to movement and health. It doesn’t mean you have to be sporty in order to be healthy. Take for instance the young child that was mentioned earlier; their primitive movements such as a squat has great mechanics that any olympic lifter would applaud whilst at the same time moving into that squat gracefully and effortlessly. These movements that a young child creates is our foundational building blocks, if something is missing then the structure above will suffer. If you are missing some basic words from your language vocabulary, you will struggle to make many sentences, whilst similarly everyday movements will become compromised if your ‘movement vocabulary’ is missing some important motor primitives. Get yourself moving and you see how many ways it will benefit you.