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Is fixing faster than learning?

Consciously or unconsciously, many people believe that if they (or somebody else) don’t make adjustments to their movement and posture, at best they will feel the same, but more likely their posture and movement will become worse over time bringing more pain, tension, limiting mobility.

Which naturally leads to what I call “fixing approach”:  a combination of correcting bad habits, creating good habits,  strengthening individual groups of muscles that are deemed “too weak” and stretching muscles that are deemed “too short”.

This approach takes a long time and persistent effort and unfortunately many people still have tension and discomfort even after they corrected their posture and strengthened and stretched their muscles.  Even if you succeed in reducing pain and tension, you have to keep working on it to maintain the change. If you stop correcting yourself you are back to your usual “bad habits”, new “good habits” are gone and your habitual muscle tension is back.

An alternative to fixing is learning

It is possible to improve the way you feel on a daily basis by creating an  opportunity for your movement habits to improve without conscious effort to make adjustments. This process is both more effective and more gentle than making corrections, because it allows you to take full advantage of the intelligence of your nervous system.

If you move slower, smaller, with less effort, you will be able to sense and feel more nuances of your movement. As you become more aware of how you move, your brain and nervous system use new information to improve  movement habits, without you having to analyze your movement or make corrections. This happens naturally, because your brain is designed to rewire itself to make your movement easier, more efficient. 

Once you are done exploring, you get on with your life, while enjoying more ease and freedom of movement, without having to remind yourself to move correctly or avoid bad movement habits.