Gary Carter : Creating healthy conditions for movement and 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 the 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.
- 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.
The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.