by Andre' Miller
If you’re here, you are most likely much like the many others and myself who have been a part of Roots for years. You may find yourself asking: What is fitness? What is health? What does it mean to be strong, feel good, be free of disease and have the ability to maintain if not improve upon that as I age?
Honestly, we don’t have all the answers and, more importantly, don’t let anyone else convince you they do either. We are, however, willing to share our knowledge and walk with you along a path that will help you answer these questions. Let’s start with movement.
The fitness industry and exercise communities are evolving rapidly. I honestly believe we are in the Renaissance of fitness. With so many different sub-disciplines out there, it is difficult to consolidate it all into a cohesive system. At Roots we have devised such a system that we call the “Veritable Forest of Movement,” or simply “Movement web”. “Veritable,” because it takes nothing more than observation to realize an interconnected network of movements with one leading into and away from many others. The movements seem to take us into positions of strength and stability, away from the peripheries of weakness and instability and back towards more familiar territory; essentially, a web of never-ending connected movements. Some people and animals have much more robust and diverse movement systems, while others seem frail and limiting to one’s lifestyle and overall awareness. It is understood that a more diverse ecosystem is more resilient and can sustain itself after a shock or stressful event better than a less diverse ecosystem. Our bodies are much the same; by embracing diversity we adapt to our ever-changing environment. Only by “doing” can we begin to construct a more robust system, but as with many other matters, a proper assessment is in order. It is first important to observe the fundamental reality of your own veritable forest of movement before changing its quality, diversity, or scope of such a thing.
Beginning with the most fundamental of movements, breath, we make our way to rolling and grasping as infants which eventually develops into a variety of crawls, low gait, bent-arm support, and straight-arm hanging positions. As we begin to pull, push, and rotate ourselves upright, we develop bent-arm hangs, straight-arm supports and high-gait capabilities. A strong foundation is key; as adults, many times our breathing and rolling must be free of dysfunction if we are ever to achieve a way of living where the demands of our lives are met with ease and comfort. Below is this “Veritable Forest of Movement” as we see it at Roots; this web you see is only the start as there are many more details that connect all these movements. We will continue to explore these principles in future blog posts.
If you are interested in exploring this web, contact one of our trainers today.