Natural movement is a lens through which we look back in human history to see what activities were essential in the evolution of our bodies. It is a belief that we can not effectively train our body through isolation of body parts and muscles, but only through regular practice of whole body movements that are varied, complex, practical and adaptable.
So what are natural movements?
From many anthropological studies we know that humans were great movers and even better manipulators of tools. In fact, it is our ability to work with tools that may have forced us to be more up right creatures so we can squat, stand, or sit while manipulating something in fro...
You are probably familiar with Tutors from your academic days. They were someone you could meet with to help you with a problem or subject you were struggling with.
If you are like me, you might look back on your college or high school days and wonder why you didn’t use the tutoring services more often. There was a crew of people available more advanced in the subjects I was struggling with. I’m sure there were people there who would have saved me hours of headache doing calculus homework, people who could edit my papers, and help me decipher the text of my religion courses.
But in those days I was a prideful young-un who didn’t think I needed help. No...
To be honest it’s a new term to me as well, but it’s a concept I’ve known to be true for a long time. Forest bathing is the act of going into the forest to take in nature in a way that is therapeutic. The term comes from a Japanese tradition called “Shinrinyoku” which literally means “taking in the forest”.
As a native to the Northwest I know how rejuvenating and invigorating a day in the woods can be!
In addition to my personal opinion on the healing powers of the forest, research shows that being in nature can reduce stress hormones, decrease symptoms of anxiety, depression and anger and increase immunity.