Friday, March 14, 2008

Organic Movement

Unless driving is justified, we usually walk to get from point A to point B. Not saunter, strut, or stroll. Certainly never to skip or hop as an adult. In a way that defies our organic nature, we move like machines with repetitive regularity that’s hard on the joints and muscles. Interestingly, industry is trying to make robots appear more human at the same time our own movements are becoming more robotic.

Humans are alive, organic, so our movement should emulate living things, not machines. Organic movement is non-repetitive, non-structured, circular. It can be done on a treadmill, but other exercise, like undulation or swimming, is more likely to enhance our fluid nature. In this YouTube video, Emilie Conrad, the founder of Continuum Movement (, explains how eliminating organic movement starves the body, which puts it on an aging fast track.

Emilie is amazing and one of my inspirations to write the book about undulation. At age 70, when I first met her, I was staggered by her grace and strength and fluidity. What does she do to stay vital? She uses organic movement, including undulations, every day.

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