For most, movement is most certainly habitual. Unless we work to observe our movement habits and break past them, we can become locked in body and in mind. We need to be aware of the way we move, as it shapes the way we see ourselves and subsequently live our lives. The opposite is also true, the manner in which we perceive ourselves shapes our movement. Sharing this sentiment is wisdom from four movement gurus I've been studying from recently.
"Distortions of body structure are primarily caused by responses to life experiences that engender habitual ways of perceiving and moving in the world. Over time, such patterns of response distort the body's natural form and movement to that structural imbalance becomes self-perpetuating, and may even block opportunities for personal growth." ~Ida Rolf (1896 – 1979)
"We move according to our perceived self-image." ~Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984)
"Movement can heal - giving sense you can move beyond familiar limits." ~Ohad Naharin (Mr. Gaga) (Born 1952)
"Neuroplasticity sits in the heart of our system's redundancy and adaptive ingrained capability. Essentially all parts of our system are able to function in an infinite array of ways, hence it is important to keep ourselves challenged and ever evolving but not towards one fixed utopian point." ~Ido Portal (Born ~1980)
Can you feel the connection between how you move, how you feel and how you live your life? I certainly can and the more aware I am of this connection, the more empowered I feel to make the shifts I want to experience.
Move + grow!