Fundamentals of Wellbeing - Compass to Wellness part 3: MOVEMENT

Updated: Jun 27, 2020

Take care of your body, it's the only place you have to live - Jim Rohn

Introduction

I am a qualified nurse who has been facilitating wellness for the past 25 years, using an array of healing modalities, such as nutrition, supplementation, functional movement, touch therapies e.g. massage, reflexology, shiatsu, together with energy and plant-based medicines.


Driven by a passion for quality of life, I am a hacker of well-being. Tweaking habits and lifestyle choices towards lighter, cleaner, greener state of living.

#stressmanagement #stressrelief #niccinursie


Treatment philosophy

The physical body is where all other levels - spiritual, mental and emotional aspects - of our being reside, in this life. Our bodies mirror and express our state of well-being, or lack thereof, on all levels.


The body is a vessel to communicate, not only it’s own needs, but also those of the other aspects.


The body’s state of health, or dis-ease, reflects how much we honour our values, and abilities, as well as our deepest feelings. Our thoughts are able to control our internal environment, e.g. think of the stress response feedback system.


Tri-focused approach to healing

These are the pathways to holistic approach to healing and wellness by consideration of each aspect of our be-ing - body, mind & spirit.


It is about the functionality of each of these planes, and the inter-dependence they have upon one another.


Quality & Quantity are key aspects in application.


It is with this multi-pronged approach to treatment, that allows us to introduce the soul plane, of consciousness, into our physical reality, by living in awareness. We are able to super-impose a state of consciousness to our place of dense matter, the body, via the mind.


As above, So below.

As without, So within.

Well-Being is the harmonious synchronicity between body (health), mind (wellness) & spirit (energy & human functionality) - Nicci B

COMPASS TO WELLNESS

These are the 4 essential cornerstones to supporting health and wellness and thus promoting well-being. They are the bare minimum we need to survive, and if we focus on these key aspects, we can sur-thrive;


(quickly, close your eyes and tell me, if we stripped everything away, what are the most important things that we can live without?)

  • Breathing

  • Sustenance

  • Water

  • Food

  • Functional Movement

  • Recovery & Rest

Addressing the third cornerstone, as a natural follow-on we look at the physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual aspects of the process and value of the art of

FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT


MOVEMENT - physical


It is essential to move the whole body, as much as possible, in it's full range of motion (ROM), on as many planes as possible - USE IT OR LOSE IT!


Movement is useful in obtaining food, avoiding injury and for reproduction.


Mostly, we move under a conscious (voluntary) control or in instances of self protection, where the brain initiates a subconscious movement to remove from harm (fight, flight or fright scenario e.g. hopping to prevent feet burning on hot sand).


The musculoskeletal system includes:

  • bones of the skeleton - provides the rigid framework

  • skeletal soft tissue e.g. muscle & fascia - under the control of the voluntary nervous system and serve 3 functions:

  • maintain posture

  • and balance

  • and move the skeleton