Practical Science on Movement and Pain

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Play, Variability and Motor Learning

I recently had the privilege of attending a continuing education class at Athletes Performance in Arizona, which is one of the top athletic training facilities in the country, run by Mark Verstegen. It’s a beautiful facility, with a nice grass field, an amazing workout room, and lots of elite athletes walking around and training. It wasRead More

Developmental Movements: Part One

Infants develop movement by progressively learning a series of fundamental movement patterns, which form the building blocks for more complex movements. For example, while lying on the ground and sitting in various positions, an infant learns to stabilize her head so she can see the world. Her head stabilization skills are a building block forRead More

Observations from Toddler Soccer Class

My two year and a half year old daughter Abby started “soccer” class a few months ago. Here are some observations from the class, from the perspective of a father who is interested in movement health. 1. Kids like open green space The class take place on an indoor soccer field. The surface is green,Read More

Interview with Rafe Kelley from Parkour Visions

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting Rafe Kelley, who owns and operates a parkour gym here in Seattle called Parkour Visions. Rafe is a very knowledgeable movement geek, so we had a great time chatting. (He’s also a real movement stud, see video below for evidence.) He shared so much interesting information that IRead More

Baby Liv Part Two

Irene Lyon has just completed a sequel to her amazing Baby Liv video, which I posted about here. Part two looks at Liv’s development into crawling. Watch it first for the cuteness, and then second (and third) to learn something about how humans develop their movement skills. Thanks Irene and Liv, fantastic work. Great illustration ofRead More

Movement of the Week: Baby Liv

I write a lot on this blog about the value of moving slowly, mindfully, gently and playfully as an excellent way to develop efficient and pain free movement. If you want to know what that looks like, watch a baby move…
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Movement of the Week: Monkey Bars

I hung some gymnastic rings over a rafter in my garage. I wish they were in the living room because I really like them. Whenever I walk by I like to swing a little back and forth, left and right, in circles, with one or two arms. I think part of the reason I like swinging on the rings so much is that my ancestors probably engaged in lots of similar activity when they lived in trees.Read More

Better Movement of the Week

I’ve decided to add a new feature to the blog – a (hopefully) weekly showcase of a video of a some excellent movement, along with some brief commentary about why I found it inspiring, or interesting, or exemplary of some of the principles I talk about on this blog. To start off, here is a beautiful video of man spear fishing while holding his breath for several minutes deep under the ocean.Read More

The Importance of Play for Motor Learning

Waste of time? I frequently make the claim on this blog that movement is best learned with an approach that incorporates an attitude of curiosity, exploration and play. Play is one of the central tools used in the Feldenkrais Method, which I think is an excellent way to train efficient movement. The purpose of thisRead More