"The body is a unit. An integrated unit of mind, body, and spirit." - 1st principle of osteopathy It all starts with movement. From the moment the first two cells meet, foetal development is based on movement, then, after birth, we strive to move, first by rolling, then by crawling and finally, we can walk. If you can't move well, you can't express yourself to your fullest. Fluid, pain free movement is an expression of health and vitality. To move is to live. Unfortunately, we live in a world in which we don't need to move in order to survive. The only problem is, we need to move in order to thrive. Poor movement affects every aspect of health, from muscles, bones and joints, to heart, gut and brain health and beyond. Neglecting movement causes you to lose it, negatively impacting your whole body. You can't separate anything. The good news is, movement that has been lost can be found again. My approach through Integrated Strength centres on using movement to restore health. I break it down into 3 components, which I call 'An osteopathic approach to fitness': 1. Osteopathic treatment: The natural state of the body is health, not disease. Using osteopathic techniques, I aim to restore the balance between structure and function, to allow the body to heal itself via its innate homeostatic mechanisms. 2. Corrective exercise: used appropriately, corrective exercise provides the next step on the journey to restoring health through movement. Proper corrective exercise involves not only the muscles and joints, but stimulates the brain and nervous system, invoking a whole body response to restore lost function. 3. High performance training: high performance training means different things for different people. From keeping up with the kids to breaking world records, high performance training builds strength; not only physical, but mental and spiritual strength too. When you have faith in your body's ability to perform, life is a world of possibility. Start with my blog (linked). Then, connect with me on Facebook, twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn (all linked) and to see how I can help you (linked to services).