Our spines were designed to bear the weight of our bodies by maintaining a certain shape. The greatest injustice we have offered our spines is to immobilize them in non-weight bearing positions for extended periods of time (i.e. sitting) that literally changes its shape. This practice is modern day society’s greatest sickness, immobility has become an epidemic.
Today fitness and mobility are thought of as synonymous but they act independently, and influence each other as separate modalities. In other words, in order to improve your mobility it must be practiced as a stand-alone discipline outside of your daily fitness routine. The Intu-flow Longevity system offers us a framework for this practice.
The Intu-Flow Longevity system provides a systematic approach to lubricating every single joint in your body and teaches you how to increase complexity in your ability to move freely. Ageless Mobility Reborn was developed over many years of teaching this practice in a class format, where common mobility deficits in people of all ages were exposed.
There is an intelligence inside of us all that can be tapped into if we follow a specific sequence. This sequence is obvious if we observe the motor development of babies. In the womb the developing fetus starts out as a large mass with a tail growing off of it; this mass will develop into a brain, and the tail into a spinal cord. After 6 weeks of conception we start to see arm and leg buds. Upon birth babies learn how to use their upper body before their lower body and develop motor skills from the center of the body outwards. From top to bottom, and from the inside out. This development is referred to as the proximal-distal cephalo-caudal trend and was what Coach Sonnon used to develop his systematic approach.
The link between physical health and exercise has been recognized since antiquity. After the Industrial Revolution it was observed for the first time in human history that exercise was now a necessary daily activity for overall health and well-being. Ageless Mobility Reborn is not the first attempt at offering individuals a simplified approach to maintaining their health. Walter Camp (1859-1925), known as the “Father of American Football,” created the Daily Dozen in the early 1900’s for this same reason. Around the same time the feud between Eugene Sandow (1867-1925) and Arthur Saxon (1878-1921) for the “World’s Strongest Man” was raging. From a purely observational study, all of these individuals had one thing in common when it came to exercise…. structure. Heels together, feet out at 45 degrees. This platform of the lower body provides a base for the spine to elongate from, creating space between each vertebrae.
This truth allows us access to the intelligence that is hibernating inside of our bodies and can be sensed in a feeling, the feeling of holding your spine strong. Mobility is the goal, but it is important to note that not all joints are mobile. There are some joints like the knees and the lower back that are required to be stable to hold us up. Unfortunately life has a way of providing just enough distraction to keep you oblivious to this feeling. Ageless Mobility Reborn is an attempt to provide you with a reminder that you have more control of your body that you perceive, and the more you can stay connected to your spine, the more freedom you will gain in your ability to move without aches and pain. Alice Hoffman is credited with the quote “Once you know some things, you cannot un-know them. It is a burden that can never be given away.” This is the burden that we impart upon you.
There are sensations in your body that you will be prompted to continuously remain aware of throughout the program in order to maintain this connection. These sensations that are felt provide feedback for our brains that we are maintaining correct posture. Remember that your brain is essentially locked in a dark box and uses the senses to interpret the world around it. Only when posture can be felt as a sensation can it truly be practiced in movement. This practice is more than just mobility, it requires deliberate intention to stay present… to be mindful at all times. Again you must first develop the sensation of holding your spine strong! If this connection is lost then your brain shifts right back into compensation mode without you even knowing it. That is why the program is broken into three different segments, attention is a muscle and must be trained as such. There is a time limit on our ability to stay engaged in a given task especially when it is a new experience and that time limit is different for everyone. When you find that your mind is drifting and the connection to your spine has been lost hit pause, take a break, and return when you can connect once more.
Once you get connected to this feeling, the rest is simple, just follow the sequence. You see every joint in our body has a specific way to move, we refer to these as ranges. The jaw has 3 ways to move, the neck has 5 ways to move, the shoulders have 4, the arms have 6 and so on. These are the fundamentals we discussed earlier. If any of these ranges are forgotten due to disuse our brains find a way to move regardless and mobility must be leeched from other places in order to accomplish the patterns you call it to perform; compensation is the result. Every time you attempt to move without first connecting to your spine and removing these compensations they get stronger and inevitably lead to dysfunction. This is not the end of the road, our brains continually stack these compensations against us if not addressed and dysfunctions eventually lead to pain…. it is the last thing to come… Read more…
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