The walking gait is a movement that Joseph refers to as the spiral engine of locomotion. As all five primary kinetic chains are reciprocating in unison, the connective tissue structures are coiling and uncoiling to reduce muscle output. Spiral Arm drive complements the lower extremity and spinal movements demonstrated in the Gait Master Course. The integration of the scapula and arm spiral is essential for completing an efficient walking gait. These two courses go hand in hand!
This course contains:
- All the elements to help you move more efficiently
- Over 40 videos
- Over 2 hours of movement guided instruction
- Six series of videos starting with bottom up and top down joint flossing
- a progression of skills development necessary for optimal movement integration
- PDFs that introduce the concept of restoring the fundamental building blocks of movement
- A written detail of the important movement cues to help direct you attention on the intention of each movement
- enough material to allow you to refine your movement practice for years to come
This movement program fills a much needed gap. Whether you are an avid athlete, weekend warrior, or movement therapist, this program will bring new insight into how to integrate the complex coordination known as the walking gait.
This program has both video demonstrations and written content. The video portion gives you the necessary building blocks of movement so that you can develop optimal integration.
For the athlete, this program will help you in recovery, rehab, prehab or performance cycles. The movement program is presented in a specific order for our nervous system to optimally learn and integrate. The movement progression starts with the individual building blocks of movement. Then those building blocks are assembled into more sophisticated movements. Finishing with all the pieces fitting together in an integrated walking gait pattern of movement. While it may seem pedestrian, having an integrative gait has carry-over into every activity you do.
If you are a movement therapist, the kinesiology contained in the text will provide a better understanding of how the building blocks of movement are contributing to your client’s presentation. Each of the joint flossing exercises becomes a movement assessment. When you consider movement is the language of assessment, this program will increase your vernacular.
When it comes to performance and longevity, there are no shortcuts. When it comes to technique and integration, as Coach Brandon Jones likes to say “only better is better.”
This course contains:
- PDF’s that define the biomechanics and kinesiology of the Spiral Arm Drive
- Videos that demonstrate the individual build blocks of movement and how those building blocks assemble into optimal integration
The Spiral Arm Drive program is an exploration in biomechanics. When we consider the musculoskeletal system, there are two basic aspects of structure: the axial skeleton and the appendicular. Spiral Arm Drive is the upper extremity of the appendicular skeleton.
By the end of the course, you can expect to bulletproof your shoulders and arms with this journey in biomechanics. If you’re in the movement arts, you can use this program to better assess shoulder and arm movement through this experiential exploration of the appendicular musculoskeletal system.
Movement exploration has two aspects: efficient movement and effective movement.
Efficiency in movement uses the least amount of energy to produce the greatest amount of work. Optimal integration or kinetic chain sequencing are attributes of efficient movement. This allows the available energy system to realize the greatest amount of work produced.
Effective movement is not concerned with efficiency. The work production, or achieving the task at hand is the goal. Effective movement may utilize more energy to produce the same amount of work. Effective movement is good for developing movement patterns. By assembling the building blocks of movement in unfamiliar ways, we are giving the nervous system more options to respond to the movement environment.
Both efficient and effective movement training are useful in athletic development. One is not better than the other. They have different intentions with different outcomes. For example, let’s look at the popular activity of kettlebell training. There are two fundamental schools: soft work and hard work. Soft work utilizes integration and biomechanics to achieve the greatest amount of work production with the least amount of energy -- the focus is efficiency. Hard work is more concerned with the amount of work produced than the efficiency of that work production -- the focus is instead effective.
The philosophical content of this document cannot be appreciated without the time and effort put into the work of developing the skills for an integrated spiral arm drive. Enjoy the process of your exploration.