Movement Screening with Art and Colleen Glenn
Your mini-camp experience will be a memorable one where you’ll get help organizing the new series of movements into a warm-up routine that complements your daily running perfectly and understand why they’re important.
F. M. Alexander (1869-1955), a pioneer in mind-body education, developed a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support, and flexibility. Today this remarkable work has exciting implications for all human performance including running. The technique helps us identify habits of thought and movement and prevent them from interfering with the natural and efficient coordination we once knew as children
“Where the head leads the body follows. The relationship of the head to the torso is of vital importance. The perfect running posture is tall. Imagine a pulley attached to your breastbone lifting your chest gently upward. The back is lengthened with the head and neck naturally balanced at the top. This alignment pattern is both challenged and strengthened by leaning slightly forward to gain momentum. Disturbing the natural balance of the head by thrusting it forward brings a downward pressure that creates shortening along the front of the torso, restricts breathing, and puts strain on the lower back.” – Malcom Balk – Master The Art Of Running
Core & More – Periphery Power!
What’s Periphery Power? – The head, hands feet are incredibly important for providing the body with support, balance, mobility and feedback about your physical position, both in space and on the running surface. If the joints and nerves that provide this feedback are working incorrectly, these important functions will be compromised. Your camp experience will be a memorable where you’ll learn exactly how the peripheral body segments receive and transmit forces from the core, synergistically, to create muscular energy, running efficiency and fatigue resistance.
The Head – Where the head leads the body follows. So the bodily equilibrium of the head and torso is vitalizing, creating more space throughout the chest to enhance breathing and releasing downward pressure by lengthening and broadening the back. This is challenged even more when the runner leans slightly forward to gain momentum.
The Hands – Try visualizing the effect of removing your arms from the running action and it’s easy to imagine the additional stress on your trunk musculature caused by the rotational forces of your legs. Stimulating the connective tissue in the hands actually increases your sensory motor awareness of the timing, rhythm and speed of your arm drive which then has a strong invigorating effect on your forward movement.
The Feet – 30% of all running related injuries happen in the foot and ankle which contain thirty-three joints and over 100 muscles, tendons and ligaments to help absorb the peripheral pounding that occurs every time your foot strikes the ground. So barefoot drills and ankle conditioning exercises that target the tissues in this region may be the most important of all!