Stability comes from our Tripod
I like to see patterns in things around me and today I wanted to make the connection between the architecture both around and inside of us. Our bodies are fantastically engineered, it’s just that we can’t see it as it’s hidden from us (unless we’re dead and in that case I’m not sure it’s relevant to us by then). The body uses geometry and patterns to create structures and the strongest shape is widely accepted as being the triangle because of its ability to distribute force equally along all of its sides.
Three arches make up the tripod of the foot - the medial longitudinal, lateral longitudinal and transverse. The three points of contact with the ground should be the heel and the 1st and 5th metatarsal heads, which together form our base of support and the second cuneiform marking the centre of mass for the foot.
The wider our base of support is, the greater stability, so if we can’t access the widest possible tripod structure when we stand and walk then compensations can occur. If we are more stable with a wide base of support, then it follows we are less stable when it is narrow; imagine how you would feel if your own contact with the ground was the size of an ice skate. No doubt with an ice skate sized base of support, your postural setup would be sub-optimal and this adaptation echoes all the way up the body because the foot isn’t languishing alone in the wilderness; it’s connected to everything.
For all of us that walk, this has implications. Every step we take, we’re using this tripod and if we’re ice skating everywhere it’s very likely this will create problems in our body. There is no predictable way to know what strategy each body will use to cope with dysfunction as it varies from person to person.
If you feel you have pain that no one has been able to resolve, I look forward to connecting over a session.
i. Have a look at your foot; feel all along the bottom of it and see if you can feel any calluses or places that feel as if they bear weight. This will be apparent by the quality of the skin; the softer the skin, the less wear and weight it takes.
ii. Swap feet and do the same with the other foot. Is the pressure and wear at the same points on both feet?
iii. Walk around slowly and see if you can feel where you place your foot each step you take. Visualise the areas that you noticed were callused as they touch the ground.
ARTICULATE : The connection made between bones in the body, commonly called joints
BASE OF SUPPORT : The area around the outside edge of the sections of your body in contact with the ground/surface
CENTRE OF MASS: The point representing the mean position of the matter in a body
GEOMETRY : The shape and relative arrangement of the parts of something
METATARSAL HEAD : The metatarsal bones are connected to the bones of the toe and the head is the closest point of the bone to the toes
SECOND CUNEIFORM : This is a bone which articulates with the second metatarsal, and is jointed to the bones of the second toe
As time moves on and more research is done on the subject it becomes increasingly clear that sitting at a desk all day isn't good for us, in either body or mind. The modern office based lifestyle is very different from the lifestyle of our prehistoric hunter gatherer ancestors, and yet our bodies aren't all that different at all, and this is the crux of the problem, our bodies just aren't equipped to deal with long periods of being still, if we were, we would be a tree, perfectly designed to sit in one place of years upon years.
We spend a large chunk of our lives lugging around inherited beliefs and assumptions without ever stopping to take stock of whether we believe them or if they serve us; we’re the product of our environment, the caregivers who shaped us, instilled their values into us. Now we’re all grown up, we reflect it back out into the world and these stories we tell ourselves shape our internal model of reality.
Here at Movementum, we’re wishing you a very happy Christmas and New Year!
Enjoy a few alternative Christmas songs we’ve selected; the perfect accompaniment to a mulled wine and mince pie.
Who among you has sworn off coffee because it doesn’t fit into your clean living regime?
Coffee is one of the first things to be sacrificed on the altar of health and giving it up is a sign you’ve committed to the task of upgrading yourself.
For a lot of people, this marks their off-season of outdoor training, either retreating to the indoor gym or the sanctuary of the sofa. Wind, rain, cold and frost can be seen as signals to bed-in and hibernate because, as humans, we are naturally drawn to comfort and seek it every chance we get.
If we are more stable with a wide base of support, then it follows we are less stable when it is narrow; imagine how you would feel if your own contact with the ground was the size of an ice skate. No doubt with an ice skate sized base of support, your postural setup would be sub-optimal and this adaptation echoes all the way up the body because the foot isn’t languishing alone in the wilderness; it’s connected to everything.
Over-training in its broadest sense is the imbalance between training and recovery; if sufficient rest is not included in a training program then regeneration cannot occur and performance plateaus. The most common symptom is fatigue as well as becoming moody, depressed, losing enthusiasm for training and disrupted sleep patterns.
We decided to create a journal where we’ll share our blogs and videos about the concepts around natural movement and lifestyle, the AiM philosophy around pain & injury as well as some behind the scenes of us when we’re performing and choreographing.
MovNat is a physical education & fitness system based on the full range of natural human movement abilities. These include the locomotive skills of walking, running, jumping, balancing, crawling, climbing & swimming. In addition we practice the manipulative skills of lifting, carrying, throwing & catching. How we move is how we train.
To develop physical courage first we need to start with the mind; there are so many obstacles to overcome and many of them are self-created. I think of it sometimes as a form of psychological warfare I engage myself with. Fear is the root of them all and they manifest in so many forms - fear of injury, fear of people watching, fear of judgement, fear of failure.
How can we know what we are capable of achieving if we never move in to the unknown? Our limits are only stretched once we step outside into what is known as the edge. I found it curious that this place is a psychological one as well as a physical one.
Handstands have taught me that to achieve anything requires patience, persistence and determination. Even once upside down, to find that point of balance isn't finding the static point but mastering dynamic equilibrium.
In practice Parkour focuses on developing the fundamental attributes required for such movement, which include functional strength and fitness, balance, spatial awareness, agility, coordination, precision, control and creative vision.
Greater specialisation is necessary to succeed professionally and we pay the price by becoming adapted to narrow and frequent use patterns.
Often people either assume natural movement training is either too east or too difficult for them; the reality is it's for everyone, no matter if your goal is to climb a tree with your kids or compete in the CrossFit Games; you can start at any age, ability, or fitness level.
Hope you enjoy this showreel I made from my time in Leicester. We've got a Gimbal and plan on getting a drone and a mirrorless camera so the quality is going to go up significantly!