NeuEra - Certified Movement Architect - Module 2, Mastery of Tension

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“An attention deficit or a tension deficit?” 

Where our first module made us explore and refine our “movement vocabulary”, module 2 teaches us a little more about the notion of control. Many of those who are adept at physical performance do so naturally and often have difficulty explaining how they achieve it. When we ask for advice, very often we can be told the “way” to do it, if we are lucky, we will have progressions to get there, mThe most successful people are often those who have the best compensation strategies (or just ways to cheat the moves) but rarely will we have an understanding of how and why. 

 This limits our ability to transfer what we have learned to other movements or other sporting practices! 

Inside this module on how to control tension, we'll dive into some concepts beyond just the training protocol. It is important to understand the factors that can influence the intensity of tension in our movements and movements. Concepts such as the bases of support, the manipulation of the center of mass and the understanding of the different levers on the transfer of force complement our process of acquiring new movements. It allows us to understand how to make exercises easier or more difficult, but also to perceive the ways in which we too often manipulate exercises to our advantage in order to make them easier or accessible. 

I also introduce, at the beginning of the module, the concepts of research, creativity and exploration. In a training world, whether indoors or outdoors, in the rehabilitation sphere as well as in recreational or performance environments, we become very mechanical/protocol: do it this way, do your periodization in a very structured way to optimize your results, eat according to this philosophy to lose weight, etc. 

We then leave aside the whole approach of play, curiosity, research and connection to how our body moves and reacts within our practice! Vital parts of many approaches to physical and psychological wellness and healing constantly redirect us toward connection to the body, “embodiment,” “incorporating” our experience. Have you ever heard of the mind-body approach? Unless you've been living under a rock for the last 50 years, I figure you must have an idea! There is therefore not “one” approach, but rather one way of approaching our practice. For example, a bodybuilder may very well do it in a way that helps him make the connection!

No more discussions! To get back to the heart of the matter, our capacity to create or sustain tension is often very limited. We have the ability to produce tension in very specific amplitudes, but what happens when we have to produce tension outside of this “comfort” zone? Usually, this is where the problems arise: stretching, straining, tearing, contracture, sprains… So what would be the interesting thing to do? Develop more control, i.e. have the ability to control tension over greater joint ranges? Why not! In this module, you will have the opportunity to revisit traditional movements with very specific variations, but also, you will be able to discover slightly more “funky” movements (Salt Bae squat? Salada split?) with the aim of allowing you to develop an extraordinary capacity for adaptation!

Bridging the gap between rehabilitation and performance. Come join me in module 2 to deepen your knowledge of Movement Architecture!


Charles Robert


Massage therapist-physiotherapist

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