Who does natural movement benefit?
The range of those who would benefit from natural movement is broad. The two ends of the spectrum are:
It benefits those who have become disconnected from their natural movements patterns through normal modern living (e.g. sitting a desk for many hours of the day or never getting down to the floor) and who are experiencing fear of certain movements through previous injury or a lack of stability or strength.
It is also beneficial to those who want to challenge their movement skill set to find gaps in their movement patterns and to train in a different, more ‘natural’ way in order to complement their current movement goals.
How can natural movement help in my everyday life?
The sessions give practical methods to move safely and efficiently in daily life by breaking down natural movement patters into trained skills & techniques.
The movement skills are taught giving real-life, ‘practical’ examples (where possible) so that you can use the skills you learn and become aware of the best technique to enable you to perform the activity safely and beneficially in your everyday life.
How often do I need to practice to see benefits?
Like all movement practices, the more you fit into your daily life the better.
To see benefit, and to learn the skills & techniques weekly practice would be the minimum amount needed.
In lessons I also talk about ‘life-stacking’ which is a great way to add in many of the basic movements on a daily basis to see the benefits more quickly.
Consistency is always the key to moving and feeling better, but if moving (or exercising as people in the fitness industry say) becomes a chore, or you don’t feel the benefits, then it is hard to persevere. I love practising natural movement as it makes sense to my mind and body and because of that, I just can’t stop!
How we move in every hour of our lives determines our strength and flexibility (not just what we do in a hour’s class) and ultimately contributes to our overall health.
I have quite limited movement ability - is this not for me?
It is absolutely for you! The beauty of teaching natural movement is that all skills are broken down to be able to start re-building strong foundations at any level of ability or stage of life.
To be able to join group classes I would suggest starting with 1to1 or 2to1 (from the same household) coaching sessions to start to build your mobility and gain confidence in your movement abilities.
Everyone will start at a different place and we will establish where your personal start point is during the FREE New Client Assessment where you tell me about your movement history and goals. This assessment will then guide the content of the sessions.
Which type of coaching should I choose - Mobility or Skills sessions?
If you are having 1to1 sessions, I will assess your current physical capabilities during the New Client Assessment and discuss your goals. This will help determine which type of coaching session is the most beneficial for your current aims.
I would normally recommend that starting with Mobility sessions if you feel you might not be able to access the full range of MovNat skills yet, have mobility difficulties or injuries in your past that are affecting your current movment abilities and therefore want to start to build your repertoire more gently.
Through the use of restorative exercises (that can also be practised regularly at home), the aim of the Mobility sessions is to gently increase the range of movement needed and strength as the foundation for the skills we practise more dynamically in the Skills sessions.
Skills coaching sessions can be more challenging, but are still tailored to your specific level in an 1to1 session or I offer regressions and progresssions for movements in group sessions.
Training in natural movement is a new way of training your body, so it will take a few sessions to start to get used to the terminology and to become familiar with how the sessions run, but you will always come away having moved your body in different ways, having safely challenged yourself and learned news skills.
1to1 or Group?
If you live in or around Oxford and can work with me in my private gym, I would highly recommend booking in for 1to1 or 2to1 sessions as you will always get the most out of these sessions as I plan each session based on your personal movement abilities.
Friends Groups are fun for 3 or 4 friends who decide to practice together as a private group. These can currently be held in my garden so that social distancing is possible, or on Zoom from your own homes.
If, however, you are not able to visit me in person, then I offer 1to1, 2to1, Friends Group and Group sessions on Zoom. If you sign up for a Group session you commit to a half-term of 6 sessions so that you can see a good range of what natural movement sessions offer. These sessions are planned for a variety of abilities and progress through the term.
What is the format of a session?
We start with a warm up including breathing exercise and then ground movements, moving into an Emphases section where we break down and practice a few key skills and look at variations of how we can practice it. The session culminates with a Combo which is a circular repeated flow of 4 or 5 moves that we move through for a number of cycles or for a set time. This is for conditioning and puts the skills we've learned into practice.
The format is similar for both Mobility and Skills sessions, but we spend longer on pure mobility work in the Mobility sessions and less on the conditioning.
What space and equipment do I need for a class on Zoom?
Natural movement skills are not confined to the size of a yoga mat, but having a mat or rug to create a softer surface on which to kneel is useful if you feel your knees may need to be bolstered initially. I also sometimes use a yoga mat rolled up for certain movements too, but you can also used a rolled up towel for these movements or even a cushion.
A space of about 6ft x 6ft is needed, but bigger is always useful for full freedom of movement. I would recommend practicing in the garden on grass if your Wifi will stretch that far as practicing in the fresh air is by far the best way to enjoy the practice. If this is not possible or it's raining buckets, then a carpet or thick rug is far kinder on your joints than a hard surface. People sometimes push their bed aside and work in their bedroom.
If you attend a session in my gym, we use a whole variety of equipment like steps, poles, chairs, weighted balls, balancing planks and even a bar for hanging. Many of these items can be subsituted in the home enviornment with bags full of books, mop handles, hard boxes and so on. I will always tell you the kinds of thing you will need prior to the session so you can come prepared!
What is the process as a new client?
Once I have recieved your enquiry, I will contact you to make an appointment for your FREE new client assessment. I will then send you an email including a link to an online questionnaire & my coaching agreement which you will need to complete prior to starting training with me. I will also send you a copy of the XXX which you need to read to check that you are ok to start movement coaching sessions.
During the FREE New Client Assessment in the gym we will discuss your movement questionnaire responses and I will ask you to perform some movements. These will look at your current movement patterns to find where you move well and your limitations and to be able to record them, to set future goals and in time realise achievements.
Please come dressed to move.
How long are sessions and when should I arrive?
Coaching sessions and classes are all 1 hour long. Please arrive a few minutes before the start of the session then we can start promptly to make the most of your time. If you are late for any reason I will not be able to extend the agreed time period as I wil need to prepare for my next client.
If you are attending a Zoom class I will send out the link and you can join the meeting prior to the scheduled time to be ready to start. If you have any issues, please be aware that I cannot stop the session once I have started.
How do I pay?
Payment is via the secure online payments processeor Paypal. Payment must be made prior to sessions. You do not need to have a Paypal account to make payment through this method.
What is your cancellation policy?
What do I do if I wish to feedback?
I strive to offer a satisfying service for all clients, however please don't hesitate to feedback if you ever wish to. I am more than happy to discuss your issues so that I can improve my service and learn from your experience.
What is the MovNat method?
MovNat is an international real-world strength and fitness method that was started by Erwan le Corre over 10 years ago, that aims to give you a new quality of movement by learning practical skills.
MovNat is characterized by a safe and progressive training practice and can be trained both indoors (in the gym or at home) and outdoors.
Why ‘real-world’? Because it’s about training your body in natural daily movements, to be capable of enjoying all of life’s opportunities whatever your age.
The MovNat method is the breakdown of the skills & techniques of natural movement we are born with. Movements are all either multi-joint or whole-body movements as this is how our bodies react efficiently and adapt to practical situations.
MovNat can be taught to any individual at any age or ability level to enhance their overall movement skills.
What are the key MovNat skills & techniques?
The key areas you will learn are a multitude of ground positions, many different ways to transition from the floor to standing, squatting and crawling, balancing, lifting & carrying, throwing & catching and for those who want to go further; jumping & vaulting, hanging & climbing.
The 'Mobility' classes work on the lower impact, lower intensity movements to improve flexibility and strength in order to then be able to move onto the 'Progressive' classes in time.
All the movements have both regressions (breaking a movement down into its sequnced parts) and progressions (increasing volume, endurance or adding load). In this way we can therefore master the basic foundations of all movements and then build on these foundations to progress as our bodies learn and get stronger.