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Primal Movement Patterns

By syoungJuly 3, 2012

In everyday life, we perform very natural movement patterns…that is, unless you’re just lying on the couch all day. Our 6 primary movement patterns are exhibited and performed with little conscious effort. They are: Push, Pull, Bend, Squat, Lunge, Twist and Bend. In order to optimize these primal movement patterns and limit exposure to injury, it’s important to ensure you’re performing these movements correctly.

In Paul Chek’s book, “Movement that Matters,” he refers to the proper form for performing these movements. Most importantly, he emphasizes this insightful thought: It’s not simply pracitce that makes perfect; instead, “Perfect practice makes perfect!”

Developing the neuromuscular response to how we move is an engrained process that’s very much a part of us, just as is our DNA and Fingerprints. You may not be aware of faulty or unorganized movement patterns that create harmful neuromuscular response patterns between the muscles and the brain.

As a CHEK Certfied Instructor, reviewing primal movement patterns to ensure they’re performed properly and the correct neuromuscular responses are created is part of the training session. Did you know that the body remembers that last few reps of a particular exercise? If not performed correctly, you could be creating a disruptive response during your exercise regiment. However, if performed correctly, you’ll be able to move throughout the day pain free, limiting your exposure to risk of injury, and feel a sense of vitality through your natural movement patterns.

Now…get out there and move like your body is intended!

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