Animal Flow & Fascia – the practice for your long-term health

Animal Flow is one of the most effective ways of moving that allows our mind and body to deeply connect, improving the ability of our muscles to fully contract and to fully relax. This practice unwinds the fascia, creating health in the long term.

Traditional exercises tend to load the body in an unnatural way, creating constant muscular tension and contraction and emphasizing unidirectional movements instead of multi-dimensional. The different moves and poses practiced in Animal Flow, offer a unique stretch and load on the body’s fascial web – following its natural behaviour. 

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*fascia, represented by the white areas in the picture above.

You may have heard about Fascia before but still haven’t fully understood what it actually is and what function it has in our body. 

The fascia is a very fascinating and essential element of our body that separates and wraps together muscles, organs, bones. When in its natural state the fascia is fluid, strong and elastic and has the amazing ability to make all movements and functions of our bodies possible. 
 

As a result of injuries, stress, repeated movements and traumas – different holding patterns manifest in our body. Often these holding patterns are held in the fascial web as a protective response. If the fascia is restricted in specific areas, the body starts to compensate around the original injury creating more holding patterns. This compensation process is amazing, our body simply wants us to keep functioning to the best of our abilities!

The problem is that we do not pay attention to these holding patterns; instead we keep feeding them by overloading an already restricted fascia which is too weak to effectively respond – causing chronic pain in the long run. We have all experienced so many injuries and traumas from the very beginning. This makes clear that many restrictions may run deep in our body so it is essential to connect with the tridimensional fascial system for a truly effective work. 

Through multidimensional and multidirectional movements typical of Animal Flow, we can prevent the fascia from getting restricted and release holding patterns by deeply connecting our body and mind through movement. This will require us to consciously listen to our body and follow its natural flow. 

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Photo by jeroenberends.nl

When practicing Animal Flow, we need to pay special attention to executing the movements as smoothly and softly as possible. A change of direction, for example, is preceded by a gradual deceleration of the movement and a gradual acceleration afterwards, each movement flowing from the last. This will be perceived as ‘elegant’ and ‘smooth’ and effortless. The more efficiently our body can create tension (contraction) and release tension (extension) in our fascia, the more our movements will look effortless.

Animal Flow stimulates the fascia, inviting you to move your body in different directions. 

Through conscious and fluid movement, we can truly train our fascia so that it can effectively respond to external loads. Animal Flow follows the natural behaviour of our body, improving its functionality by making it stronger and flexible at the same time. Training in a state of flow is still quite a new concept but allows us to truly tune in with our body, forgetting about the achievement and enjoying the process more. 

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