Notes From the Classroom
Currently, I am embarking on a year-long course on functional anatomy taught by Gina Schatz, creator of The Schatz Method. Read on if you are curious.
The body is astoundingly complex with layers upon layers intertwining, overlapping, coordinating both on a physical and energetic level.
Beginning with bones...we have 206 of them. Even though we talk about "dead bones," bones are actually alive and made of organic material. We love our bones because they store our blood cells, our fatty acids, minerals, give us our framework and anchor our muscles, allow us to facilitate movement and of course, protect our vital organs!
All movement happens at the joint where two bones meet. Joints allow us to perform flexion, extension, hyperextension, lateral and medial rotation.
Mobility: a function of ligaments
Flexibility: quality of the muscles
Range of Motion ROM: measured by bone movement and affected by bone formation
For these joints to making movement happen, we need some connective tissue. Ligaments connect bone to bone; and tendons connect bone to muscle. Fascia, both superficial and deep layers is the most dense and the strongest of connective tissue. Fascia creates our shape! Fascia needs movement and warmth to change so getting foam rolling and pile on the heating pads.
Last but not least, cartilage deserves a shout-out because the three types of cartilage in our bodies cushion and line our bones allowing for safe movement.
Did someone say nervous system?
Yep yep. Our nervous system is responsible for every function in our body! It is a "mainframe computer" and "electrical circuit board." Complexity is the name of its game and so is speed. Nerve cells conduct info at 270 miles/hour! That's a lot of fuel needed to power THIS supercomputer. Brain cells require twice the energy and 25% of our total energy daily intake. Anyone up for a medley of beets, avocado, broccoli and salmon with a side of dark chocolate?
To affect change in our bodies we have to re-create new patterns and repetition is required. Our mirror neurons need at least seven repetitions to fully comprehend new information and thus form new patterns of alignment and movement. So, take up your new exercise routine with fervor and do it repeatedly.