Our practice has developed out of a unique fusion of theories within movement science, and compounding applications of various training methodologies.
Pillar Principles, a philosophy of human movement created by Eric Weldon, is one such methodology, and is foundational within our approach to training. Eric’s concepts, and their applications, focus on developing physical sensitivities and strengths so that we can become more efficient in our ability to hold positions and pattern movements.
The Flobility practice revolves around one central pursuit - retraining movement of the spine.
We all have a primary point from which we anchor our movement. Ideally, that anchor would lie at the base of the pelvis (the sitz bones), allowing us to initiate movement from the hip.
However, due to excessive sitting, text neck, restrictive clothing, and other modern day trends and behaviors, many of us lose our ability to move from the hip, and begin to anchor movement in the lower back; subconsciously and habitually bending from the lumbar spine.
When this occurs, not only do our hips immobilize, but our upper backs freeze up and we lose the ability to flex and extend through our thoracic vertebrae. Essentially, our lower and mid backs become hyper compressed as they bear the majority of the load generated as we move or hold positions.
This flip flops the structural conditions required for efficient movement, as outlined in the Joint by Joint theory, and creates physiological issues that reverberate beyond just posture and movement.
Our system is designed to decompress by strengthening the hips, and gradually installing mobility higher and higher up in the spinal column.
THE HIP HINGE
One of the biggest issues affecting our ability to move well, is the tendency to initiate movement at the wrong joint(s). The most prevalent example of such a tendency is improper hip hinging.
The hip hinge is a fundamental human movement, and many people have lost their ability to hinge effectively.
Many of us initiate and finish the movement from the spine instead of the hips. This places significant stress on the joints in our lower back and creates tension in our knees, neck and shoulders.
The first intervention prescribed by our practice addresses this inability to hinge effectively and calls for:
core and glute training geared towards creating lumbar stability (learning lumbo-pelvic control)
stillness training challenging time spent in hip flexion
Progressing and mastering the hip hinge will drastically improve your quality of life.