Physical Health

Let’s talk about how Moving your body has a massive effect on your state of being.

Learn how the Movement Flow System can enrich your life.

Joyce Ralum Lo
Author/Teacher

The New Movement System Improving Your Mental & Physical Health

Different types of exercises bring us different improvements and progressions. In this paper, we will study the new movement system- Movement Flow, and how this education can simultaneously improve our mental and physical health.

 

1. Boost your proprioception

WHAT IS PROPRIOCEPTION?
You may or may not have heard the word “proprioception” before, but what is it exactly, and why is it essential to our body?

Proprioception is our body’s ability to sense movement, action, and location. This ability includes perceiving relative position and location between ourselves and our surroundings, as well as balance and equilibrium. Our bodies contain proprioceptors that receive internal and external stimuli. The job of proprioceptors is to gather this information and send it back to the brain. With proprioception, you can move without consciously thinking. For example, try to touch your elbow with your eyes closed; you can do it automatically because, through prior experience and your brain’s ability to extrapolate from experience and make predictions. This ability is proprioception. Therefore, movement and motor skills are vital to proprioception because “our proprioceptive system develops only through movement itself” (Brown, 2012, p.52).

There are two leading roles of proprioceptive information in motor control; one is external, and the other is internal. External input is about how our bodies respond to external stimuli, including unexpected disruptions or changes in the environment.

The planning of movements also requires attention to environmental constraints. This is especially true concerning the selection of strategies for the maintenance of postural control. (Riemann & Lephart, 2002)

The other role proprioceptive information plays in motor control is planning and modifying our internal motor commands. Before and during any movement, the motor control system must instantly consider the multiple motions, directions, and functions of muscles and act accordingly. At this moment;

Proprioception best provides the needed segmental movement and position information to the motor control system. (Riemann & Lephart, 2002)

The concept of the ground flow from Movement Flow is the interaction between your body and the ground for strengthening your motor control internally and externally, thereby gaining proprioception. With floor work, you must use the potential of literally any surface to propel yourself into motion. Through training, you will gain insight into how to roll, twist, jump, and absorb seamlessly, transferring one movement into the next.

 

2. Educate your Brain and Coordination
Exercise is not just training your body, but also your brain, but how? The human brain is divided into two matching halves or hemispheres. Each hemisphere contains four distinct lobes that control every aspect of our bodies, including movement, visual, auditory, planning, and conceptualizing. To work efficiently, the two sides of our brain connect and work cooperatively; this has to be developed by physical movement. One efficient training is to do a “cross pattern” movement to build a midline bridge. So, exercise can train the brain by training the body; the new Movement Flow system steps in to improve your mind and body.

In the Movement Flow system, we use a variety of games, techniques, and simple props to rewire our nervous systems to become vigilant and responsive to their environment. With those exit strategies, reaction training, and flow-transitions creation, we will unlock our potential and build a midline bridge in our brain. Through practice, we also can “retrain the brain to improve dual-task and multitasking abilities.” (Sterling, 2020, p.143)

 

3. The Importance of the Community
In his 2017 paper, The Exercise Pill, Norwegian ethicist Sigmund Loland raised an intriguing question: “If it becomes possible, should we replace exercise with a pill? Does exercise have such values, and if so, what are they?” (Loland, 2017). What exercise brings us is indisputably far more profound and meaningful than merely physical health. Movement brings us joy, identity, community connection, open-mindedness, and positive thinking to all the challenges.

In the book The Joy of Movement by Dr. Kelly McGonigal, a chapter discusses why overcoming obstacles brings us joy. McGonigal explains that humans are a social species; we are hardwired to help others and like to overcome challenges together. The teamwork obstacles carry out different meanings for either receiving or giving end. “We humans- so used to hiding our weakness or minding our own business,” and we need to practice this call. “I am here. I need help”. “I am here; let me help you.” When you receive the support, you also feel “you matter”; when you offer help, you also think “you matter” as you can help. (McGonigal, 2019, p.134)

In the Movement Flow system, we create a comfortable, nurturing environment and community allowing participants a safe space to share their practice. Each person’s strengths and weaknesses are different, meaning we all have a chance to be both givers and receivers. This potentiality of engagement is the moment when identity, community connection, and positive thinking come through by having the dual role of helping and being helped; as we know, humans are meant to move and move together.

 

4. Mind VS Matter
Body, brain, and mind are three cooperative aspects of a fantastic machine working together in a perfect state of the subconscious and conscious harmony. Our bodies connect to our brains, and our brains to our bodies in a perfect symbiotic loop; essentially, our experiences, thoughts, sensations, and feelings create the mind and sculpt the body and its reactions. We store every experience in our brains and create a personalized checklist of how to respond to each situation we are presented with based on our accumulated knowledge.

In the 2019 article, “New study asks: Should we replace mental health meds with exercise?”, author Beres states:

The mind-body split has destroyed our understanding of our inherent animal nature. The notion that there’s an ethereal process inside the biological workings of our bodies — the ambiguous “soul” — has resulted in a severe dissociation between physical movement and psychology.

The first step to connecting mind and body is to know what our minds can handle. A mind is a potent tool and often holds us back most in our movement practice. In the Movement Flow system, we are introduced to various techniques developed by Slava, the founder, to explore where any gap exists between the body and mind. Through those diversified movements and approaches, we will reconnect them.

We all are eager to taste freedom in space, but at the same time, when we see those smooth acrobatic moves, the feeling of terror and horror grips our brains. The difference between terror and horror is that the former is expecting something to be terrible, and the latter is the tangible experience of being horrendous. Of course, sometimes there is no connection between these two, but sometimes the trauma, injury, or negative experience will bring us even bigger terrifying feelings.

The Movement Flow is a course designed specifically to enhance and target your movement development. This course will give you the tools and knowledge to address your strengths and work on your weaknesses, teaching you the necessary skills to become faster, slower, and more controlled while keeping a fluid calmness in your flow. When training, we create and nurture a feeling of safety, allowing our body to let go of fear, and realize terror only exists in the imagination. But HOW?

Take the soft acrobatic moves as an example. These exercises in Movement Flow are meant for every level of practitioner. This section will teach you how to access the fast-twitch muscles in various movements. Not only will you gain insight into the basis of all acrobatic movements, but you will also begin to get a taste of freedom in space. We customize drills, progressions, and regressions for each student. We design this personalization not only to avoid injury but also to maintain the motivation to progress towards higher achievements. In cognitive studies, the Goldilocks Principle states that we stay motivated when working on an achievable task or action right on the edge of our current abilities. This so-called sweet spot keeps us happier and motivated to continue to push forwards. This rule underpins how the Movement Flow system can be differentiated for all levels and upgrades each person’s skills based on their abilities.

Further to guided progress, building blocks are essential in the path to higher-level skills. This section of the program will guide you along the path to unlocking your capabilities through understandable and attainable progressions. For example, to achieve an aerial, you will first have to master a cartwheel, then a one-arm cartwheel. Together we will challenge ourselves, test the boundaries, and increase the endurance of our minds to begin to experience our full potential.

 

Conclusion
Through studies, research and practice, Movement Flow can demonstrate the full range of benefits through exercise and flow. Such values of movement are not merely theories generated by academics in the theoretical world; the benefits of movement are tangible, achievable, and can be fully experienced in our bodies, hearts, and energy. Movement is fundamental to our life experience both as individuals and as part of a human community. As Roland said, “Ejecting exercise means rejecting significant experiences of being human.” So, let’s move like humans, feel like humans and support others like humans. (Loland, 2017).

 

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Article written by Joyce Ralum Lo
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