To me, moving with ease means making a complex thing look easy; having control in a chaotic environment; being able to access dynamic power; moving without fatigue or risk of injury. What does moving with ease mean to you?
We can get stuck in compensatory patterns from old injuries or postural habits, and our brain forgets how to move efficiently. Or perhaps we've only learnt how to run/lift/squat by copying someone else, forgetting that they have different body shapes to us!
Poor movement - whether repetitive or just the once - can lead to pain and injury. We've all heard of someone who put their their back out putting on socks. While manual treatment can solve the pain problem at the time of injury, it doesn't always prevent recurrence.
I've been exploring the art of movement coaching with the fabulous Joanne Elphinston since the start of 2020 and it has changed the way I give patients exercises and stretches. It has also allowed me to explore my own movement and troubleshoot my dodgy ankle with good success. I've felt incredibly fortunate to have discovered this resource during the Covid-19 pandemic, because the format of movement coaching really suits Telehealth!
It is almost a separate beast from an osteopathic session, because the focus naturally shifts to the patient gaining an awareness of what is happening in their own body rather than for the practitioner to make the correction. While there are now there are plenty of online cardio or strength-based pilates and gym classes, what I am doing in these sessions are giving specific, individualised movements geared towards neuro-muscular integration i.e. how do we teach your brain to find the easiest and least painful way to perform an action?