Is Your Body Impacted by the History of Modern Fitness?
Modern fitness and your ideas around good posture started in the 19th century under the influence of the first fitness gymnasts: the bodybuilders.
They emerged out of an international movement of mind, body, and spiritual awakening. This movement became a necessity after the industrial revolution started because people spent more time indoors working in offices, stores, and factories rather than outdoors.
Additionally, for the first time in history, people could own a mirror in their home and they started looking at themselves and others. Little by little, they started developing new ideas and feelings about their appearance.
Also, in this new economy, even people who did not come from money could earn lots of money, travel, buy artworks or at least see them in museums.
Given that the 19th century was a time of rediscovery and interest in ancient times, the gymnasts became aware of the initial Greek Olympic Games. They were mesmerized by the athletes’ naked bodies as portrayed in paintings, potteries, and statues. So, they loved what they saw and decided they wanted to look like them.
They did not, however, explore or understand that the greek athletes became fit-looking through a well-rounded education. They used to study sports through games and whole-body activities, but also math, poetry, spirituality, to name only a few of their activities. So their focus was not body parts in isolation, it was not about pumping their muscles to look a certain way either.
The initial bodybuilders just assumed that working each muscle was the way to look like these Greek athletes. That was the beginning of a fitness style based on a body part focus, as practiced in most forms of modern fitness.
The thing is, our body is not made of single body parts that need to be exercised separately. Our body is made of relationships between parts and it functions best when all these relationships work well together as an integrated whole.
This course takes you through the 5 major relationships in your body. It is designed to create awareness in yourself as to how you are handling these relationships in daily life and how this fuels your level of excess tension or pain both on or off the mat. Once your awareness expands that way, you will also discover more organic ways to handle them, ways that have nothing to do with holding or controlling your body muscularly.
That is the journey that guides you away from chronic tension and pain developed unknowingly and over time out of musculoskeletal misuse. Note that you are not responsible for the way you were taught to use your body. It is due to the widespread misconceptions about fitness you have inherited. No one is really at fault here, we are in an evolutionary transition, learning how to stay fit and what it really means to be fit and healthy. Thankfully, this journey can set you back on the pathway towards natural effortless good posture, ease of movement, and the joy and peace of mind that comes from feeling good in your body.
To access Part 1 Introduction, click on the Part 1 title in your left sidebar! Good luck! And have fun with this discovery process!