Gary Carter : Creating Healthy Conditions For Movement & Practice

Gary Carter : Creating Healthy Conditions For Movement & Practice

As movement practitioners and teachers when we can often ask our students to perform gross bodily movements in order to achieve a posture or finish an exercise. What many people don’t realise is that a different approach may be far more useful for our bodies. 

Studies have shown that the best results can often be achieved by a total rethink of how we initiate a movement in the first place.

For example, fascial research has proved that the more subtle soft touch therapies have a greater effect on our systems rather than deeper or stronger therapies.

Here is the key – Your fascia

Fascia is the biological fabric that holds us together. Understanding fascia is essential to P1350772 copythe connection between stability and movement – crucial in yoga, Pilates and fitness. It’s an integral part of recovery from injury and disability.

Our traditional understanding of anatomy and movement tend to reduce us to dated biomechanics of forces, vectors, and levers as if we are made from bricks and mortar. This is a very limited viewpoint that explains some behaviours of our system but hides others. 

And besides movement – fascia has a profound effect on our neurology and hormonal system. It can be thought of as one of the major components to our well-being.

Are you teaching with an understanding of fascia?

Do we really want to teach in a way where we are purely loading bones and stacking joints? Do we want to instigate the breaking down of tissues and creating injuries?

No – we want to approach the body with a deeper understanding of how it is organised. We want to work safely with our own bodies and our students.

In my course, we will delve into a much deeper understanding of the elasticity and importance of free movement in the spine.

What you will learn on my intensive course

  • A different way to initiate movement and where movement comes from.
  • How correct movement will initiate our fascial web to take care of itself to organise our bodies.DSC00313 (1)
  • A new language for your teaching.
  • How to sustain our bodies and those of our students while reducing injury and illness.

My studies into movement and Fascia are not new. This information has been around for a long time. Working with people like Vanda Scarivelli, John Stirk and Pete Blakerby has given me better insight. Over the last 20 years, these studies have provided me with a great platform to share my knowledge with you. This is just the start of your journey to a deeper understanding.



About the author: Gary Carter

Gary Carter

Gary Carter has been teaching for 20 years in personal training, physical awareness and yoga. He is also a practitioner in Structural Integration, Cranio-Sacral therapy, Shiatsu and Nutritional Therapy. He studied yoga with Mary Stewart and Sophy Hoare and after a brief meeting with Vanda Scaravelli, he now studies with Diane Long in Florence and Rome whilst continuously developing his own practice and teachings. With a keen feeling and study for the nature of Fascia he met and studied with Thomas Myers in Structural Integration and the ‘Anatomy Trains’ theory in 1998 and has co taught with him in the USA and UK which has led Gary to deepen his explorations in taking the understandings of complete functional integration into many practices. Gary has been teaching Anatomy and Movement for over 14 years to Yoga, Pilates, Gyrotonic, and Massage schools in the UK and Europe along with Athletes and Personal Trainers. He has studied dissection at the Institute of Anatomy in Vienna and now runs The Yoga & Anatomy training course all over the UK ,Ireland and Scotland. He is also principal lecturer in the “Science of Movement and Anatomy” on the Dance Sciences Degree course at Middlesex University. Over the past 10 years he has run two successful yoga teacher training courses, from his centre, Natural Bodies, in Brighton.

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