Awareness, Posture and Functional Patterns

Awareness to Posture

One of the things I’m blessed to be learning is the system of Functional Patterns. Although I’m just scratching the surface I’m truly grateful for what I’ve learned and the results it has brought me in my life. Still more, I’m grateful to be a part of a much needed revisiting of first premises in our training.

Too often we are presented information and lack the ability to think critically about it. Physical training will provide a great example.

When we train our body with weights as done in traditional lifting with machines and barbells we are putting into action forces we do not completely understand. The result of this is nagging injuries and a disappointed majority who despite best intentions cannot achieve the results that they seek.

The forces referred to include connective tissue remodeling, the focus of our attention for now..

Our body will fortify lines of muscle and connective tissue along frequent lines of pull. In this way you could draw lines for the angles of force experienced in any given exercise or lifestyle pattern and come up with a constellation. This constellation we might call our posture and it is much more than just how we stand.

Posture hints at the internal state of our body and as such our circulation, nervous system activity, digestion, breathing and all other bodily processes are dependent on our posture. This means that without optimizing our posture and working with these lines of pull we can never achieve the health and vitality which our bodies are capable of feeling.

Let’s turn our attention to the human blueprint for a moment. Because our methods of training and living have drifted so far from the human blueprint, we are reaching in the dark looking for ways to overcome the current health crisis born of such darkness.

The human blueprint refers to the environment experienced by our ancestors. Think of them as genetic expectations. Our bodies crave the nourishment of real food, good sleep and rhythmic, reciprocal movements..

The gait cycle, walking and running was always the essence of human beings through hundreds of thousands of years of evolution. We could say throwing as well. These movements kept us fed and provided for through the course of hundreds of millions of years.

In our training we have disregarded connective tissue and isolated muscle into their shortest possible units. Movement occurs over connected chains of muscle and so in isolating muscle groups we make a grave error. Still the “compound” exercises preached lack the detailed coordination of proper gait, the contra-lateral reciprocation and rotations.

Remember that the lines of pull we institute will then be fortified into our form. The lines of mechanical stress created by these training methods and our lifestyle are not in good relationship with gravity. The result of this?.. Postural compensations, anxiety, lack of focus, difficulty breathing and many problems otherwise familiar to us..

Published by Primal Fitness Project

Hello and welcome to the Primal Fitness Project. I’m a Personal Trainer with a deep interest in the body/mind. I believe it’s coming to light there is much more overlap between body and mind; physiology and psychology. In the context of evolution, the conditions we are experiencing are quite new and surprisingly unpleasant to our genetics. Major environmental conditions like lighting, temperature, food and stress are having negative impacts on our genetic expression. Negative impacts on our very human blueprint. I’m not suggesting we run off into the woods or abandon the progress that benefits us. I am suggesting that we begin to ask questions about where our culture has lost balance with the human blueprint. In an industry oriented purely the physical and worse still, dominated by dissection mentality. Disconnecting the body instead of training it as a whole. Isolating muscle groups is being shown to have negative impacts on our Fascia, the organ of form which integrates all systems of the body. The rates of injury and degeneration are fire alarms signaling our straying from the path. This BIG! It means we are unintentionally limiting ourselves in the quality of our movement and psychology. On top of that there are the environmental challenges of diet, distraction and sleep. It’s fair to say we’ve hit a low point in health and happiness with the epidemic of diseases both mental and physical. This space represents our resurgence. We’re building a community conscious of these challenges and prepared to take action back towards balance. Our weapons are information and practice. Here you will find information from people looking to empower you to take control of the six major points in our Hexagon of Health: Mentality, Movement, Breath, Sleep, Nutrition and Community. Let us put this information into practice and become stronger together.

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