And I just can't bear it anymore...

Since Covid (but to be honest I haven't moved as much as when I was living abroad) I have restrained my movement vocabulary. And my environment didn't really help with that, living for the most part in cities rather than countrysides, forest or shores...

Although, I feel even more restrained right now, having a very small bedroom that is not even mine to decorate, I feel that something has got to give. My body has stiffened, my body (knees, back, ankles and more) is aching, I don't even know if I could do great massages anymore not having enough stamina. I can't sleep during nights anymore...

Excuses like "I'm too old (nearly 48 years), I don't have the right space, I don't have the equipment, it's winter, I won't be able to do it on my own,..." are not doing me any good... and if I want to reclaim my energy I need to activate my resources. My body has certainly huge resources at his disposal. And it's certainly not too late.

For a long time I have had my eye on a course and a practice that really attracts me and makes total sense to me. I already did a small course of it but I guess I needed to have a broader understanding: Danny Clark (Movnat Instructor) and Kate Bowman (Biomechanician - Nutritious Movement) have created an e-course called "Natural Movement® Fundamentals"  along other Movnat online training and certifications to help "restore (one's) movement skills & improve (one's) fitness naturally".

Katy Bowman has helped many people including seniors to reclaim their range of motion. Four of them decided to write a book to talk about their experience and show that it is possible.
I have seen them in an video and they are definitely crushing the belief that one can't move at 70 or 80...

So you get it by now: I bought the course. ?

There are 7 lessons in this course:

  • Ground Movement
  • Crawling
  • Gait (I'm still unsure what it is, maybe walking)
  • Lifting & Carrying
  • Throwing & Catching
  • Jumping
  • And Climbing

That gives a beautiful well-rounded base of movement.

I am still wondering how I am going to approach it: Will I focus on each movement at a time according to what I can do (space wise) and what I have on hand in terms of props? Or will I do a mix of different movements? The course is giving free-range of motion here (pun-intended) and I have no idea yet what will be my rhythm. I'll explore this as I go along. And to help me with that I am going to journal my experiences... and why not practice sketchnoting while I'm at it.

Can't wait.