By Coack KB
(If you are new to the POINT Gym and Kitchen blog and want to learn what the Movement Minute Challenge is all about, check out the introductory post here.)
This week’s Movement Minute is inspired by the work of David Weinstock, founder of Neurokinetic Therapy (NKT). NKT is an application of neuroscience that combines motor control theory with manual muscle testing and kinetic chain analysis. In short, the general idea is that if we want our bodies to do anything we have to talk to the brain first.
We create dysfunctional movement patterns through a specific trauma or, more likely, repeated motions we do day in and day out - looking at a screen, sitting in our cars and at our desks (if you have read previous MMs are you noticing a trend here???). Our whole body is one interconnected system, so if our peripheral vision does not get used often or if the computer screen we look at for 8 hours a day is off to one side of our desk it can affect the way the whole other side of our body gets used. Additionally, scars can inhibit neuromuscular communication so other parts of the body might not be receiving important signals. And would you believe that people with TMJD (temporomandibular joint disorder) often suffer from “tight” hips? The TM joint, the SI joint, and the hip joints mirror each other and are connected! I have said it before but I will say it again: The. Human. Body. Is. Crazy. And. AMAZING! The point here is that we cannot move in any way - even a dysfunctional way - without our brain being in control of that movement. Which means we can manipulate those movements through intentional practice. His general thought is that we are looking down and sitting too much.
Which brings me to this week’s Movement Minute Challenge. Last week’s MM was around using our peripheral vision and feedback from the ground through our feet. This week my challenge to you is simply to stand up and look up! Get out of your chair, reach your arms up toward the sky, and look up! What sensory information does the ceiling or sky give you? What is in your peripheral vision when you look up? Can you walk in a straight line while looking up and only using your peripheral vision as cues to guide you? It’s fun! And challenging! Try it out. For at least a minute. ;)
*This Movement Minute was inspired by Episode 13 of the Liberated Body podcast.