body mechanics – The application of kinesiology to use of the body in daily life activities and to the prevention and correction of problems related to posture. Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.
bod·y me·chan·ics – The study of the action of muscles in producing motion or posture of the body. Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
body mechanics n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb) – The application of kinesiology to the use of proper body movement in daily activities, the prevention and correction of problems associated with posture, and the enhancement of coordination and endurance. The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton MifflinCompany. All rights reserved.
body mechanics Correct positioning of the body for a given task, such as lifting a heavy object or typing. McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Elements of Body Mechanics
Physical body movement demands coordinated neurological integration into muscle for action potentials inside neurons to communicate with the cells in your muscle fibers to fasciculate and create electric (energy) signals for them to move. Assuming your body’s internal blueprint is working as it should, one is able to move their body in space, but that does not mean they are doing so correctly, efficiently or safely. If one can voluntarily move their limbs then the only skills necessary for achieving optimal body movement are all based on ones relationship to gravity.
We are three dimensional objects with mass, we take up space, we need things and we interact with gravity all day; with her weight and her pull and her pressure. When we pay attention to our relationship to gravity we become more aware of what is required of us to maintain a healthy and recipricial relationship with gravity. These skills are foundational elements of body positioning or posture and alignment, balance, and coordinated movement.
The benefit of acquiring, studying, applying and working towards mastery of these skills is a healthier and happier vessel/body during our time on earth, as integrated optimized and continuous body alignment brings body parts into position to promote optimal balance and body function. We also benefit from more balanced sleep and waking hours and bowel movements and less inflammation and less pain and more energy and more stamina and more focus and more oxygenation of our cells and so much more. When the whole body is aligned in an optimized way, whether lying, sitting or standing, the strain of any part of your body from your muscles to your ligaments to your tendons to your joints is minimized or eradicated because when we are aligned as we were meant to be, we are well oiled machines that need very little from the external environment not only to survive, but to massively thrive!
These skills then help one to develop the skill of proprioception, or their awareness or perception of the position, alignment and movement of the body. Proprioception is like the sixth sense and is mediated by mechanosensory neurons and proprioceptors located within joints, tendons and muscles. This is why body mechanics training is so powerful at any age or any stage in life; regardless of if you’ve had surgery or other physical trauma and you need to retrain your brain and body to work together after trauma, or you’re 65 years old never having really ever learned how to move in your body and want to improve your time left so you can spend more time with your grandkids, or if you’re near the end of mastering Ashtanga Yoga’s third series and need help in the tiniest of refinements to your practice so you can finally understand the thing you’re missing to master one or several asanas. These are powerful life skills you are rarely taught, you must seek the knowledge.
Tuition and enrollment:
Body Mechanics Evaluations are done in person. The consultation fee includes our initial 75-minute session and an hour followup/$275. And additional sessions you seek for continued body mechanics/physical movement education, assessments or programs are $175/60 minutes | Special pricing is available through packages and memberships in our Shop. We offer a 20% discount to those wishing to pre-pay for a pack of 10; a savings of $350.00. We offer a 10% discount for those wishing to pre-pay for a pack of 5 sessions; a savings of $88.00.