OVERCOMING DIGITAL-DEMENTIA AND HUNCHED-STILLNESS
EXERCISE DOESN'T HAVE TO HURT
It was really weird, I felt like I'd worked but not on the outside
like you’d think, it was all on the inside.
Jacqui Dale, Marathon runner
Why our workplace wellness works
Everyone knows excessive sitting causes us harm. The bigger problem is our only solution, exercise or "moving-more," is agonizing pain, hard work and hurts... a lot! But that's because exercise science is so precise, our picture of the "best things to do" is incomplete and Broader Thinking reveals how.
Our natural design gives us our “best” abilities. But, the environment producing that design has changed. Use it or lose it. Today, we sit, hunch forward and over phone; we don’t use our body (it), so we’ve lost it! Deep, structural, "holding-us-up" muscles are first to be lost..
…we collapse, become wonky, move awkwardly and use more energy
Yet our brain, the strongest body organ, “normalizes” our feelings and we don’t notice this structural collapse, awkward moving—collapse, friction, inertia, wonks—and how much harder we make exercise, sport and "life". Which is like running uphill when we think we're running on flat ground.
My body's experienced a paradigm shift. I'm no longer sore
but energised, awake, alert and I can move so much easier.
Christine Grolman, Accountant
More than yoga, standing desks & the gym
Collapsing buildings do not need their foundations ignored (standing desks), more bricks on the outside (gym-muscle strength) or only lengthening the collapsed bits (yoga).
They do require deep, foundational, gentle, uplifting-strength and softening the outside and lengthening the collapsed bits: or to consciously move in our structurally-correct ways within the body, until it becomes unconscious again.
In other words, our re-structuring platform is designed to make re-structure the body and make movement a lot easier than it is at the moment: lift, lengthen, grease, lighten the body; structure before strength, efficiency before effort, quality before quantity; sensations before pain.
Body Control Pilates is Europe's leading Pilates institution and the only one used by the objective and therefore world-leading National Health Service (NHS)
in the U.K. All BCP teachers work to a Code of Practice governing teaching standards, professional ethics and continuing education.
Enjoy the advantages of a body...
..with all its joints free and balanced
..its muscles working in harmony
..an integrated unit operating with minimal strain
..under all conditions?
John Stirk, Structural Fitness
HEALTH, PERFORMANCE, "LIVING MORE" "WITHOUT THE HURT, LUNG-BURSTING EFFORTS OR "NO PAIN-NO GAIN" DEAL
As an ex-rugby player, if it wasn’t fast-paced or didn't hurt I thought it wasted. I couldn’t
have been more wrong, I can honestly say these classes have changed my life.
Marissa Bolanos, I.T.
Re-think - STRUCTURE - Refresh
In Banff National Park, Canada, signs read: "If you give a wild animal food, you take away the very thing that makes it special—its wildness." As "still-hunched-forward-over" humans connecting more with our phones than real people then, we're not just eating food... we're eating GOURMET. And so..
..people who find exercise hard aren't lazy, injured athletes haven't 'over'-worked and maybe people aren't as anxious as statistics suggest.
We're all a product of today's "still-hunched" environment that is against our inherent design, and hand-held devices could come with health warnings!
Great structure gives energy because less effort is required: muscles are at their correct length (would you then need to stretch?) and the forces of gravity fall perfectly through the centres of each joint (preventing wear and pain) optimum positions are afforded the inner organs.Everything works as designed.
This is why The Times (U.K.) reported in 2017, that well-taught Pilates was better than any pain-killing drugs, why the Guardian (U.K.) in late 2019, similarly reported that while people who droned on about well-taught Pilates were annoying, it was actually life changing and why the Washington Post
(U.S.) reported in 2018 workplace wellness programs routinely fail.
And so if you're not experiencing profound benefits you know you're not doing structure. Check the claims of other structural experts such as Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, Clinical Pilates, Anatomy Trains to name only a few.
It started slowly, but boy did it build-up! It's like I had tunnel vision before but now have a new concept of reality.
Colin White, Engineer
What no-one sees..
Our wide science/social theoretical research shows how there are many unseen elements of exercise that make movement, sport, exercise much easier.
1. Exercise knowledge distorts to "hard work" and "strength" not because these values are true but because they built our industrial/capitalist world.
2. Normal science is so precise and structural muscles too deep in the body to measure, as a general rule, structural knowledge is held back.
3. Practicing structure is a new need because it's mainly "being-still-hunched-over-non-movement" that creates structural atrophy/waste.
4. As a result, most people believe "structure" involves "outside-strength" because that's what used to help us.
5. Or most people believe "core" stability involves any combination of "hard work/strength" (e.g., holding plank as long as possible).
6. The brain, as the strongest body organ, "normalises" our feelings, we don't feel our structural collapsing issues:
- deep-lying structural/foundational muscles atrophy (waste)
- outside muscles shorten and lengthen (to cope with the collapse)
- outside muscles overwork (hold us up and move us)
- outside muscles get re-selected for movement by the brain, so that
...bones get pulled onto each other (increasing wear & tear)
...internal organs constricted (increasing tiredness)
...normalizing the increased strain, wear and faulty movements (muscle pulls/joint pain)
- a disconnected, dis-jointed, unharmonious body, that we are completely unaware of!
7. Because of all the above, we often think we're practicing structure when most often we're not, unless we access a genuine expert with "years" of
structural health training.
Moving forward. If we can learn to equate our pains, injuries, muscle tightness, movement restrictions, headaches, inability to clear simple infections and general tiredness to our body-collapse and if we can start to value the small, deep, gentle, subtle, nuanced positions and movements great rewards wait. As Joe Pilates said, "developing minor muscles naturally helps to strengthen the major muscles."
I feel so strongly about this re-thinking body, I'll write the
benefits down with my blood if you want.
Lazar Dzamic, Advertising Executive