Wellbeing is something that requires constant practice. Humans have a great capacity to adapt to different circumstances and situations, but the downside of this is that sometimes we also adapt to conditions that are not entirely playing in our favor, especially in terms of physical wellbeing, ergonomics, and health. For example, we get used to living with pain, we accept pain and discomfort as a part of «normal life» and we slide slowly into states of unease that end up becoming our new normal.

This series of Intelligent Movement® sessions aims to bring your attention to the practice of wellbeing and to the awakening of a greater inner sense of awareness. When you develop your body awareness, you stop accepting states of lesser wellbeing in all the areas of your life. So we will explore this awareness from the physical perspective, and little by little we will see how we can bring this learning to areas beyond the physical part. Welcome to this journey.

In this session we used for the first time an external element to work with the body: a book. Playing with a book on the foot is an excuse to acually work on the pelvis, in this occasion from a distal prspective.

We have seen before how small movements that are apparently not connected to the main action can have an effect on the improvement of this main action. This happens, for example, with the eyes and the movements of the neck. In this case, we used the movement of the toes to give more freedom to the pelvis.

Here is the full audio of this session:

 

 

And here is the video class of this session:

 

Book on foot 1 from Ernesto Cortés on Vimeo.

In this session we worked with two main ideas: on one had, exploring how a change in the relation with gravity can help us discover different things about the same function; on the other hand, how we can make a movement easier by amplifying the parts of the body that we involve into the action.

Parallel to these goals, this class is a great opportunity to help your head find a better place in space and in you.

Here is the full audio of this session:

 

 

And this is the videoclass that correspond to this session:

 

The head in its place from Movimiento Inteligente on Vimeo.

In this session we worked with many different things at one, using directed and distributed attention as well as coordinated movements and synchronization to accomplish an everyday activity: rolling from the floor to come to sit up or to lie on the belly.

So, this class has two purposes. On one hand, developing the skills to perform an activity; on the other hand, learning how, by integrating more part of the body into one action, this action can be made in a more organic and coordinated way. There is a lot of information in this lesson, which is why I suggest to you to do the video class several times, and to do it on the other side as well, so that you can integrate this new pattern of movement into your habits.

Here is the full audio of this lesson:

 

 

This is the video class of this session:

 

Rolling with more of yourself from Movimiento Inteligente on Vimeo.

In this session we worked with the muscles of the neck and the upper back from a distal perspective, using the movement of the hands and the arms as an excuse to mobilize the group of muscles that hold the head in its place and reminding them that the effort has to be distributed more evenly.

Here is the full audio of this class:

 

 

And here is the video of this session:

 

Relaxing the neck and shoulders from the arms from Ernesto Cortés on Vimeo.

In this session  we did a class inspired in the of the Bones for Life method, developed by the Israeli doctor Ruthy Alon. This class gives us the opportunity to connect with the pelvis by engaging it into a very primitive reptile movement with the help of the wall and different configurations with gravity. Understanding these ancient patterns of movement allow us to amplify the possibilities of our modern skeleton and body organization.

Here is the full audio of this session:

 

 

And here is the video of this class:

Bones for life video class from Movimiento Inteligente on Vimeo.

In this session we explored the spine, understanding its sections by mobilizing them in different directions and configurations.

Here is the full audio of the session, which you can do as many times as you want. I would recommend that you take the time to do it at least one time before our next session and see if it’s different to do it a second

time. Does the fact that you «know what to expect» change the way you do this lesson? Can you find something new every time you do it? How is this second time different?

 

I have made a short version of this class so that you can practice only a part of it in 15 minutes. I suggest that you do this as a practice to begin the day, or to take a break in the middle of your activities. It can be an interesting way to mobilize your body either to prepare it for action or to give it a rest. Try it as many times as you want along the week:

 

 

Finally, here is a videoclass that you can do anywhere, standing up, where you will evoke some of the movements we did in the class on the floor. Notice what changes when your relationship to gravity shifts, and pay special attention to how is the movement of your spine at the beginning and at the end of the class.

 


 

In this class we worked with creating a 3-dimensional inner image of the body using 4 corners as pointers: the 2 shoulders and the 2 hips. Usually we work towards the front, or moving upwards; in this occasion we also included movements towards the floor, playing with different levels of pressure.

This is the full audio of this class:

 

 

 

And this is the video that corresponds to this session:

 

Mobilizing the corners to find the center from Ernesto Cortés on Vimeo.

In this session we played with several ideas around the shoulders. One of them is the activation of the shoulders from the distal, by moving the fingers and the wrist. Another idea the ability to distribute your attention in several things at the same time without diminishing the quality of the movement. Another deeper idea that we explored in this class has to do with decisions: what do you do with your body in certain situations?

We explore this last idea in the final part of the class: when you are doing two opposite actions (pelvis and shoulders), what do you do with your head? Which way should you move it? Where does it make more sense? So, if you translate this to your daily life, what decisions do you make with your body that affect the outcome of the action? Do you always chose what makes more sense to your body?

Here is the full audio of this class:

 

 

And here is the video class that you can do in a chair and that will help you access this sense of integration between the different parts of your body: