Wow Wow Wow
Where to go from here?
But maybe I should start at the beginning… 🙂
OD On Movement is run by Gareth Houley, who learned, amongst others, from Ian O’Dwyer, who is an absolute genius when it comes to efficient and intelligent movement of the body. He developed basic principles and guidelines based on the fascia, the connective tissue that holds together our whole physical structure, to enable people to get back in touch with themselves, move better, and most importantly, reduce pain that so many of us experience when moving.
And this weekend I was lucky enough to be there and learn from this genius himself, as well as Gareth Houley who is just as brilliant, at this world wide first ever Intensive OD On Movement Workshop (there have been other seminars and mentorships around movement and fascia, but this was the first ever workshop as such).
What did I take away from it?
I guess the main thing is that it is ok, to step back and just watch and observe and take my time to do so, to let my intuition guide me into the right direction so I can apply the knowledge I have about the human body.
Sometimes I get caught up in pleasing the expectations of people of how a session should look like, rather than doing what I think and feel needs to be done to get proper results.
One sentence I found very profound was:” We do not feel pain where things are short!”
You can take a balloon and squeeze it till it pops, but where does it pop? Where was the force of the pinch distributed to to create enough “tension” to make the material go “bang” at some stage? Not where you applied the force, but further along the material where it expanded, where it lengthened.
Now apply that to the body and what does it tell you? When we feel pain, it is not because of a tight muscle (and by the way: what is tightness? Think about it! Something I had to get my head around myself this weekend 😉 )
We feel pain in areas where the tissue has been lengthened and lengthened and lengthened up to a point where we experience that as discomfort first, then as pain, and if we do not do anything about it, it will break.
So why has the tissue lengthened? Because somewhere else in the body it is glued up ( for various reasons: hydration is a big one, as well as emotional stuff!!!!, but also injury and inflammation!!!!). When fascial tissue is glued up the body needs to compensate in other areas and give more length, so we can still walk and move around as usual, well at least we think we do.
With application of certain subtle intelligent movements, we can unglue the tissue, to take off pressure further along the line and therefore reduce discomfort and pain, and restore mobility as well as stability exactly where it is needed.
And if you combine this with some fun and get the happy hormones out, AWESOME!!!
Now, I haven’t written about fascia before, but those who train with me and get treatment from me, would have had to listen to me quite a bit about it over the last few months.
I am still just at the beginning of my journey down this road, but it just makes so much more sense to me to see the body as a fluent connection of tissue, then a mechanical structure with levers.
So excited to go back out and play and apply new knowledge and regained confidence.