Your Fascial Sytem
To become a Running Technique Coach I studied bio-mechanics and various disciplines of running form in the U.S and U.K. This was a great base for my education and I still use many of the ideas and facts that I learned to this day. However as I started to coach I came up with lots of new questions and felt that I was missing some parts of the jigsaw that is our movement.
From day one I was keen that my coaching should be based on my own research and not just a course I had been on or a franchise that I’d joined. To this end I decided to start researching in Africa, most notably Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda to understand natural movement and how to coach it.
What I saw was movement that is synergistic, elastic, connected and fluid. I immediately stopped calling it running and started to see it as dynamic movement. It soon became apparent through my research that the system largely responsible for this beautiful movement was the fascial system. Our fascia is a connective tissue that forms a three-dimensional web, which surrounds and supports the muscular and skeletal system.
Since those early days I have been studying and working with experts in the field of the fascial system and the concept of tensegrity to better understand how these two features are responsible for our potentially fluid and efficient movement.
I believe our movement is largely influenced by our perception of it – if we change that perception we can change the movement itself. Our body is held together in a sea of tension by our elastic system and our dynamic movement will always be an extension of our static posture (how we stand and sit). This means our everyday life has huge potential to improve and effect our dynamic movement.
My research on fascia and its effects on our dynamic movement and posture are indefatigable. I now spend time in extreme environments such as the Jungle, Desert, Arctic and Mountains to compliment the work I carry out in Africa.
During your coaching with me you will understand how to utilise the effects of elastic recoil and elastic energy created by our fascial system and how to manage the effects of impact on the body.