The Walk for Life Program Rationale Walking with Poles for Health, Posture & Empowered Propulsion
If the prehistoric man was not able to walk long distances in a rhythmic and economical way, with springy propulsion, within harmonious coordination of all parts of his body synchronized to their best – he would not have survived and we wouldn't be here today. Actually the running is even more critical test of existence.
The WFL program is devoted to decipher the complex factors of this evidence proved functional walk.
The course includes out of doors walking in Nature,
as well as indoor coordination Laboratory of simple, yet sophisticated strategies to improve the quality of walking.
Some of the explored themes are: dynamics of Propulsion, Impact, Alignment, Rhythm and the use of Poles for producing dynamic impact in the walk, reorganizing posture and stimulating vitality, as well as stamina.
Self mobilization is the basic existential function of human life. If the prehistoric man was not able to walk well long distances in an optimal coordination he would not have survived and we wouldn't be here today.
Poles are used not only to secure equilibrium, but also to revive the arms primal function of the quadrupeds' front legs. In transmitting the rebounding force from the ground, with each stepping foot they engage each shoulder blade alternately, and thrust it backward to the spine, restoring potential flexibility in the most stiff and non-negotiable area of the upper back. Taking off part of the body weight, as they interact with the ground through the extension of the poles , the arms are freeing the pelvis of its habitual load, so it passively suspend , and enable the lumbar to de-compress and be released of its vulnerability. This is a huge advantage for the bi-pedal civilized man, who tends to over squeeze the lumbar curve with each pounding step.
Walking with poles restores the Evolution winning mobilization model, It revives flexibility to the upper spine and relieves load from the lower back and hip joints.
The poles also empower the ballistic factor of propulsion. Evoking the rebounding force, pushing backward to the ground, they can produce by economical investment more momentum of mobilization potency than what a Bi-Pedal human leg can generate.
In this program students learn how to master the complex components of walking and running, restoring the springiness to their knees, learn to broaden the use of their feet and toes, align their legs with the spine, balance their hip joints, streamline their posture, use their sphincters, decipher effective primal patterns of locomotion, enhance stability, explore different styles and rhythms of walking, adjust breathing paces to different functions, practice strategies for coping with variant surfaces, as well as experience ways of post walk relaxation.
In the Walk for life program students are learning to decipher the optimal functioning of their knees, ankles, toes, pelvis, spine, shoulder blades, neck, coordinating them each in harmonious cooperation with the entire body, following the most essential code of organic life, where every member is affecting and being in effect of any other in the whole organism.
There is a broad consensus as to the crucial contribution of the walking function to health. (John Ratey, The Spark)
Using the aspect of the cleansing rate of body tissues, from the residue of the metabolic process, as an indication of health level, more researches found direct conditioning of health on rate of blood circulation, which is stimulated by walking outdoors or on tread mill, as well as clear increase in longevity.
Walking with Poles is a direct contribution to Health and Biological Optimism. Health means being able to walk freely in Natural quality of dynamic locomotion and enjoying to do that.
The Walk for life program comes to give an answer to this wide spread need, focusing on the quality of walking. Participants go out every day and walk in Nature, applying the ideas which were explored in their own personal movement laboratory of learning in the room.
The Themes include:
Use of walking poles
Management of power
Aligning a streamlined posture
Rhythmic and springy style in walking
Navigating propulsion force throughout the skeleton
Securing vulnerable joints in dynamic walk, like knees, lumbar, neck
Using patterns of coordination from evolutionary models
Dynamics of safe and useful impact
Adjusting to variant surfaces
The Walk for life program consists of personal laboratory part of exploring walking ingredients indoors, as well as applying the self discovery insights in out--of--doors spontaneous walk.
The Walk for Life programs 1+2 include unique processes which serve to improve quality of life through easy, well coordinated and pleasurable walking . As each process is independent around its own theme, the order is not crucial. In fact, the nervous system is at its best when given to set its own order from raw un ordered information.
The poles are used not only to secure equilibrium, but also to revive the arms primal function of the quadrupeds' front legs. In transmitting the rebounding force from the impact they evoke from being pushed into the ground, the poles work to thrust the shoulder blade backward to the spine, restoring vital flexibility and cooperation, in the most stiff and non negotiable area of the upper back, addressing the core issue of disproportional distribution of articulation in the vertebrae, which tends to accumulate into specific over-reactive are a disturbances, defying capacity to walk.
Poles, being an extension of the arms, activating the shoulder blades, work to upright the posture, by articulating the vertebrae of the upper spine, the most stiff and un- negotiable area of the by-pedal, free arms, human vertical walk.
The poles also empower the ballistic factor of propulsion. reaching to interact with the ground, can by economic investment produce an impact of pressure of more mobilization potency than what a Bi-Pedal human legs can generate alone.
Poles empower the ballistic factor of propulsion. reaching to interact with the ground, can by economic investment produce an impact of rebounding pressure of more mobilization potency than what Bi-Pedal human legs can generate alone.
Based on Feldenkrais approach to somatic learning , Walk for life program is awakening the movement intelligence of the organism for correcting its functional failures, through a process of sensing unused options of coordination. This channels the organism to sense, compare and arrive at new conclusions of changing its operation policy.
The Feldenkrais principles of roots learning is used in the WFL program in a context of actual dynamic activity, vertical plane, management of power in impactful, rhythmical and springy walking style, as essential for building bone, withstanding posture within gravity, supporting health and enhancing well being.
Based on Feldenkrais approach to somatic learning , Walk for life program is awakening the native movement intelligence of the organism to correct its counter-productive habits, through an experience of checking unused options of coordination. This channels the organism to sense, compare and arrive at its own conclusions and spontaneously change its operation policy.
The new, specific Walk for Life program has been researched by New Hampshire University, kinesiology department, finding significant improvement of 5,2 % in fitness parameters, after 5 days course, in comparison to control group.