My take on Movement Culture in clinical practice

After a brief interlude, I thought I’d begin my writing again my starting on a mini blog, in lieu of my upcoming piece de resistance on ‘manual therapy; lung fish or dinosaur’, which is something I’m finding very difficult to get finished.

I have recently listened to Ido Portal on one of my new favourite podcasts – The School of Greatness, with Lewis Howes – if you’re not on to this, do yourself a favour and give it a listen. Very inspiring and very engaging. I was particularly interested in his most recent podcast with Ido Portal; Ido is one of my biggest influences, both professionally but also in my thinking and motivation. By no means am I as immersed in the movement culture as others in my area, but I use Ido’s methods with my patients every day and I continue to develop in my own movement practice (very) slowly, but surely. I have been ‘ticking away’ at both this and strength and conditioning practices for about 3 years, it has truly revolutionised the way I practice, and definitely the way I live.

So what is it about the movement culture that is useful?

Although eerily similar to a modern-day Marcus Aurelius, in the same breath inspiring and cripplingly contradictory, Ido’s greatest gift to the general populace in my opinion is stimulating a level of thinking in the every-day human (and clinician) that today’s society is NOT suitable for health, community and (obviously) movement. The ultimate trend to buck is the typical ‘daily grind training’ concept that is rife in today’s aesthetically drive social media world, and his movement culture does this exceptionally well; movement is something that happens through every aspect of life, we should enjoy ALL aspects of movement that we do every minute of every day and should enjoy it for its incredible diversity without pigeon-holing it into your ‘best WOD’ or your ‘daily glute workout guide’. Not that there aren’t other similar copy-cat movement practices or ‘groups’ out there that are very similar to the ‘Ido method’, but no other groups in my opinion invest in – and place importance on – the absolute very basics of movement like Ido does; like proprioception ad basic co-ordination. It’s simply more encompassing.

This is something I find incredibly useful in my clinical practice; through some of Ido’s methods, I am able to demonstrate that movement is something to be enjoyed and is a privilege. Most other methods that I’ve tried don’t quite have the buy-in, and his methods are incredibly powerful in painful populations that we physiotherapists deal with daily. Painting a ‘movement picture’ for the patient from the ground-up, shows them the very basics of movement all the way up to complex, dynamic ‘tricks’; this means each individual will pick and choose a take-away from each level, some may stop at the basic levels but each will be able to invest more in their bodies, their movement and their health. This is generally the beginning of a road to a more invigorated body, and fulfilled and dynamic life.

So if you’re not using Ido’s methods as a physiotherapist or allied health practitioner, you should probably attend a course or two and soak in his knowledge. Maybe add another string to your bow, or become entrenched in the culture and change your life. Generally, these cultures tend not to be the most inclusive, just like Crossfit or Yoga, there will always be those who don’t fit or disagree with the methods or outcomes. But paradoxically, the movement culture does allow for social connectedness for those who need this to get moving (as does Crossfit or Yoga). Whether it is ‘functional’ (whatever that means) in this day and age I tend to disagree with, but then again what kind of movement method is functional for the desk-bound society we live in today? For me the functional training for today’s society, would probably be to just simply practice sitting.. sitting really well.. you know, that kind of thing. Anything you do to offset this – Any KIND OF MOVEMENT – is beneficial. So have at it.

I’m now writing again, so please continue to read if you enjoy the blog, and wait for some more in-depth pieces in coming weeks and months.  

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