Movementum

WHAT AIM IS

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AiM is a new way of looking at the relationship between pain and the way your body moves; through assessment and analysis it identifies and treats the underlying cause of your pain, discomfort and restricted movement.

When the knee joint is stiff and cannot move properly, the foot or hip joint may have to compensate; this in turn may affect the spine, shoulders or even the opposite leg as, when movement is lost, it can cause other structures to work harder than they normally would. If every joint in the body could move throughout all the potential ranges of motion without restriction, then the chances of being in pain would be very low.

AiM founder Gary Ward created the Flow Motion model which is a 3-D map of how all the joints in the body move together through the gait cycle. This map helps understand the limitations of a persons mechanics and enables movement patterns to be restored.

 

What conditions does aiM treat?

  • Postural problems

  • Back & neck pain

  • Knee pain

  • Foot pain

  • Sprains

  • Shin Splints

  • Non-Specific Pain

  • Chronic pain

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Hip pain

  • Bunions

  • Recurring injuries

We often adjust to pain by changing the way we move and eventually these compensatory habits becomes the new normal; our body can maintain this perceived normal for years which not only perpetuates the original problem but can also cause new ones. If a movement asymmetry shows up in your gait, it almost definitely shows up in all your activities.

For most people it's the same spots that frequently cause all the trouble; maybe you felt better following treatment only for the pain to come back a few days later. This is because the site of pain is rarely where the problem originates from and if we continue to concentrate treatment on just that spot, we not only waste time and money but rarely see any long-term results.

If you suffer from issues that haven't been resolved with conventional treatment, AiM could be for you.

WHAT AIM ISN’T

AiM Isn’t a Quick-Fix Solution

Many people want quick relief from pain that may have taken years to develop.
AiM may offer immediate results in some circumstances. On very rare occasions, clients experience enough improvement after the initial session, that follow-ups are not necessary. This is the exception, not the rule. In other circumstances it may take some time to unravel the challenges and several sessions may be needed to get the desired result.

There is tremendous power in expectation and your expectations govern and predict the outcome of your treatment.

Everyone is different so I can’t predict how long it will take you to unwind patterns, habits and lifestyle choices to allow you to reach your movement goals. It’s hard to manage expectations as many factors will influence this - age, baseline strength, mindset, commitment, how sedentary you are in daily life, if you’re overweight, if you’ve had invasive or replacement surgery.

AiM Isn’t A ‘Cure-All’

It’s tempting to buy into promises of instant relief from pain without having to do much ourselves. Sometimes complex beings need support and time to discover what is at the root of their unique issue. AiM is one tool that can be used to effect change in your life, however uncovering the mechanical, environmental or psychological triggers that cause or exacerbate pain may require a range of professionals to help.
Remember, despite what many people online will tell (and sell) you, there are no shortcuts - we get to where we want to go through putting in the work and cultivating self-discipline. Healing isn’t linear and requires a lot of work!

AiM Isn’t Right For Everyone

This work is best suited to people are proactive and are committed to getting results and are self-motivated, patient and determined. I work with you - not on you - to assist the process of reminding your body of the most efficient ways to move. If you are looking for a passive healing experience there are many other modalities and practitioners that can aid you.
For those of you who are sitting on the fence about booking a session with me, I highly recommend buying AiM founder Gary Ward’s ‘Wake Your Body Up’ online self-assessment.

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before booking a session with me

It’s important to define your goals and expectations before you choose to work with me. If you are curious to learn about your movement limitations, how your injury history contributes to your present situation and be an active participant in your healing then this journey may be for you.

To expect long-term, chronic problems to resolve overnight is not realistic and having such expectations only leads to disappointment. Keep in mind that this is an active treatment approach and change can only happen if you are willing to take the time and commit to doing corrective exercises a few times a week otherwise it is unlikely you will see the results you are looking for.

Sessions aren’t prescriptive and don’t follow the same structure for everyone and the treatment process varies from person to person. The basic structure is an assessment followed by movement pattern exercises ending with corrective exercises you can do at home. I allow at least 6 weeks in-between sessions to give you time to integrate them into your life and see what comes up from incorporating new movement into your body.

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What happens in a session?

The initial session lasts for around 2 hours and includes:

- A comprehensive injury and health history
- Static postural assessment
- Observation of how you walk
- Joint mobilisation of the feet (this is similar to a foot massage)
- Movement tests to determine range-of-motion limitations
- Foot distribution pressure

After the session I will film your tailored corrective exercises so they can be easily repeated at home without you having to remember every last detail; they will take around 10 minutes. I’ll upload them to a private video on YouTube so you’ll easily be able to access them.

how many sessions will i need?

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PRICES

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Price: £150
Session lasts 2 hours

The Best Option If:
• You want to begin the path of resolving one main issue.
• You want a general overview.
• Your main reason is to have a thorough assessment and understanding of your issues.
• You’re a client I haven’t seen in a long time.

What’s Covered:
• Detailed injury / movement history
• Assessment of movement and resting postural patterns
• Mobilise sticky joints as necessary
• Tailored corrective exercises

Includes:

• Free pair of wedges
• Personalised home exercise programme
• Corrective exercise videos

One session allows me to concentrate mainly on injury history and movement assessments. With the remaining time I will then work on integrating corrective movements. This will scratch the surface and may not entirely resolve your issues but will begin the path of healing.

Pain & Injury Three Sessions

Price: £220
Initial session | 2 hours
Subsequent sessions | 1.5hrs

The Best Option If:
• You want to resolve one big issue
in-depth.
• You want support whilst training for a competition.
• You want to resolve multiple small issues or niggles.

What’s Covered:
• Detailed injury / movement history
• Assessment of movement and resting postural patterns
• Mobilise sticky joints as necessary
• An individual corrective exercise program addressing your specific needs
• Reviewing your exercise program, re-assessing your patterns and adjusting your program accordingly

Includes:
• Free pair of wedges
• Personalised home exercise programme
• Corrective exercise videos

Pain & Injury Six Sessions

Price: £400
Initial session | 2 hours
Subsequent sessions | 1.5hrs

The Best Option If:

• You want time to fully explore your issues and complaints.
• You have a list of different issues you’d like resolved.
• You want to optimise your movement.

What’s Covered:
• Detailed injury / movement history
• Assessment of movement and resting postural patterns
• Mobilise sticky joints as necessary
• An individual corrective exercise program addressing your specific needs
• Reviewing your exercise program, re-assessing your patterns and adjusting your program accordingly

Includes:
• Free pair of wedges
• Personalised home exercise programme
• Corrective exercise videos
• Email support

Frequently Asked Questions

is AiM suitable for Me even if i’m not very fit?

As it is gentle and non-invasive, AiM is open to people of all ages and levels of physical fitness, ranging from athletes to the less active. People in acute pain are advised to wait until their symptoms are manageable to ensure they get the most out of a session.

What should i wear?

Loose, comfortable clothing that does not restrict your movement is ideal; there will be time for you to change if necessary as it's common for people to come from work. Ladies, please wear a sports bra underneath your clothing as it may be useful for me to have a detailed look at your spine.

Where do sessions take place?

I'm based in Greater Manchester and I do home visits in special circumstances. A different rate per session will apply. Please contact me directly for costs and booking.

What payment methods do you accept?

If you pay via the website we use Stripe which accepts most major credit and debit cards. We also accept cash.

Why do you use wedges?

Foam wedges are used as a proprioceptive tool and to mobilise the foot. The aim is to encourage the body to experience forgotten movements and move efficiently without compromise in all three planes of motion. You'll receive a free pair of wedges at the end of the initial session to enable you to get the maximum benefit from your corrective exercises.

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You cannot heal in the same environment you got sick in
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