From a primal movement intelligence, ancient people did what came naturally. In ancient times exercise did not exist, when life relied on many manual tasks to live, hunt, build, climb and walk, and explore the environment over many different terrains. People in this era were more ambidextrous (use of both sides of the body equally). Through their activities they utilised all of their movement patterns and potentials, reflexes and senses, which led to movement quality and an ‘intelligent’ coordinated body and spine.
All movement initiates from the Spine. Core strength has become an integral part of all sports training programmes, and we are all continuously told we need to ‘strengthen’ our core as an important factor in spinal health.
Neuroscience shows that our movements create nerve pathways or ‘maps’ in our brain, known as brain or nerve maps.
From birth our movements develop reflexes, neurological activity in our brain and the connection between the left and right sides of the brain. Through the activities of creeping, crawling, standing, and eventually walking reflexes are developed that help facilitate our movements and maintain our upright posture and balance.
My journey began in 1969 when I qualified in remedial massage and worked in an osteopath’s clinic in Coventry. I then went on to open my own practice for manipulative therapy and remedial massage in 1974 in Hartlepool.