Our Philosophy

The system of work used at Movement & Performance is based on a Creationist worldview, which regards all humans beings as intelligently and purposefully designed. With an integrated nature of body, soul and spiritual potential, the measure to which any of us experience health or wellness, is dependant on the measure to which we experience wholeness on all 3 levels of our being.

 

Subsequent to many years of experiental and conscious living, I've converted this worldview into the following functional principles to guide the work I do.

Principle 1: The Whole is greater than the sum of it's parts

The human being is an integration of body, soul and spirit, wonderfully and intrinsically designed to function as a whole. In the same way that a breathtaking African sunset is so much more than the appearance of diminishing light particles from a star over a horizon of mineral elements on a planet called earth, the miracle of human life is vastly more than the isolated parts of it's existence. Any attempt at improving well-being through isolation or treatment of only one aspect of the human being, is therefore being ignorant of nature (see Principle 2).


Principle 2: Respect for the natural laws that govern life

Spend enough time studying natural life around you, and one cannot help but to be in awe of the complexity, consistency, and accuracy of nature. Although there are more to this majestic experience called life than can be accounted for by reason, the existence of some fundamental laws responsible for the order in nature, deserves our attention.

 

Take a look at the ant for example, and the principle of respect is very evident in it's disciplined and organized behavior. In the same way, for the farmer to pick good fruits, he needs to work in harmony with the laws of nature: planting the right seed, at the right time, in the right soil, diligently caring for his crop until harvest time.

 

While the 'I want it now' culture of today screams for immediate success, there is no short-cuts to achieving optimal wellness or peak sports performance. By staying in harmony with the natural laws of life today, we lay the foundations for tomorrow's sustainable success, and add longevity to our sporting careers and a healthy life.


Principle 3: Quality over quantity

Albert Einstein said “everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted”. Our left brain dominant Western society has become so obsessed with the quantifiable, that we've been numbed to the cost of chasing after those fancy numbers and formulas. Whether in nutrition, fitness evaluation, or exercise, our bias towards quantity has led to a disregard for quality.

 

Since all sporting or recreational activities involve movement, it makes a great deal of sense to concern ourselves firstly with how well we move, before we chase after capacity. Also this principle is evident in nature and live: we first develop competency (quality) before we develop capacity (quantity). It's unnatural to develop capacity on incompetency, and certainly does not lead to sustainable success.

 

Movement Science has taught us that fundamental movement pattern limitations or imbalances are aggravated with higher volumes or frequencies of training. This is why Functional Movement Systems' slogan reads: “First move well, then move often”.


Principle 4: Individual dynamics

Although all human beings belong to the same specie, there are so many variants that make each of us unique, ranging from genetic make-up, personality characteristics, history of exercise and injury, lifestyle and movement habits, and of course goals and aspirations. Due to these individual specific dynamics, we all develop unique strengths and a unique combination of weaknesses.

 

When it comes to improving individual performance therefore, no one magical program can address the needs of everyone. Commercial trends in fitness mold people to fit their program, leading to the development of movement imbalances, chronic pain and ultimately injury. A training program should instead be molded to fit around the individual's needs. Be the best version of yourself, rather than a copy of someone else.

“Always be a first rate

version of yourself and

not a second rate version

of someone else.”

Judy Garland


Principle 5: Proactive freedom

Conditioning and circumstances can play a powerful role in our lives. But, thanks to our uniquely human capacity (which animals do not poses), we have the freedom to choose our response to any stimulus. The more we learn to exercise this 'response-ability', the less we empower conditions (the environment) to control our behavior, and the more our lives become a product of principle based decisions. Taking the initiative for your life is the essence of pro-activity.

 

Rather than being forced to spend time, money and effort on rehabilitation from injury or disease, cultivate the necessary habits of making small daily investments, to align your current behavior with future goals. Fostering this more proactive approach, not only prevents injury and loss of game time (pre-habilitation), but helps you develop the discipline, character and confidence needed for optimal performance, and purposeful living.