This has been a rather inspiring and hectic year with certifications, teaching, lecturing and holding weekend courses in Oslo, Tromsø and Trondheim. This summer i got my level 2 certification in Timani and also my certification as a Restorative Exercise Specialist from The Restorative Exercise Institute™ which now has changed name to Nutritious Movement™.
This is a link to their new webpage : http://nutritiousmovement.com/
But the main part of my teaching still centres around Timani, the amazing program developed by Tina Margareta Nilssen for learning how to use the body with a more natural and beneficial coordination, musicians and non-musicians alike.
For musicians the result is a body that allows you to access all the incredibly finely tuned coordination needed to perform music with the body and mind as an active and conscious helper rather than as an adversary which needs to be disciplined, fought or ignored.
For non-musicians both Timani and Nutritious Movement™ involves a deeper understanding of the coordination needed to use the body in a way that supports it rather than strains it in a negative way. “Affluent diseases” is a term often given to health problems that are seen as a result of modern western living. This includes a diet which is rich in sugar, acid and processed foods combined with a forced sedentary lifestyle. Just like your body needs certain dietary nutrients (vitamins, minerals and trace elements) it also needs its movement-nutrients, as in varied and differentiated use of the whole body.
If you consider you normal day: how many different positions are you dependent on when doing your everyday routines? The most common ones are standing, sitting and walking.
We humans have a tendency to use our bodies in a habitual way. We sit, stand and walk according to a pattern that is largely unconscious and automatized which means that we tend to sit, stand and walk in one specific way. Acctually there are a dozen different positions available just when it comes to sitting and variation is the key: even though this message is being pushed all around:
…the main problem is not sitting – it´s sitting in the same way every time, And when it comes to sitting we accually have rather a lot of options for variety. Here are just a few, collected from around the world by anthropologist Gordon Hewes:
Each of these postures gives the body a different form of load and therefore a different kind of movement-nutrient, just as having this as your default-position for 7 hours each day creates the same kind of repeated load and eventually a movement-nutrient-deficiency:
As long as you have a body you can benefit from Timani and Nutritious Movement.
Have a happy, healthy, varied, conscious and nutritious Christmas and New year!