Five Principles of Healthy Movement

There are five principles of healthy movement, and those come before I start doing whatever it is I’m going to do, whether it’s lifting the baby, or gardening, or scrubbing the bathtub, or playing tennis or working at my desk. And the principles are very easy to remember.

The first one is that I come into my body. That I become aware of my body, physically. The second one is that I remember to breathe, to exhale. It sounds funny, but it’s true. The third is that I line up the spine and the limbs. I line up my head, and shoulders, and sit bones, and knees and ankles. Whatever it is I’m doing, I line up in that position.

The fourth is that I remember to relate the part to the whole: I move with the whole body. And the fifth is the flow of force. I’m flowing through the movement.