What is good movement?

With science confirming that standing up straighter won’t reduce your pain and that simply building muscle isn’t the answer either, what exactly is good movement?

Somatics practices like Feldenkrais and Body-Mind Centering help us build body awareness (interoception as well as proprioception) and movement nerds following the likes of Ido Portal seem to be able to safely and dextrously perform near super human feats.

Yoga for Pain can learn a lot from these practices: not least how to avoid injury, build strength and find fluid movement.

One of the greatest lessons these movement fields offer is recognising none were developed in isolation: you don’t do Feldenkrais in order to do more Feldenkrais, you do it because it affords greater ease in daily life. Body-Mind Centering developed further when practitioners applied it to fields like dance, psychotherapy and music. (Ido Portal enthusiasts win ninja warrior competitions.)

Good movement for someone with pain? From a Yoga for Pain perspective teachers and health professionals should be looking for movement that:

  1. Doesn’t cause more pain (ahimsa or non-harming)
  2. Allows the student to progress in yoga (foundations firmly in place)
  3. Enables the students to do what they find most meaningful (which may change as they discover what their body can do)


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