The Body is a Machine

1024px-Bonsack_machineThe body is a machine. Like any machine it has a specific design and will break down if not used properly.  If you were to buy a new piece of equipment it is usually wise to read the instruction manual before beginning operation. Good advice but not always followed. I can’t tell you the number of times I have taken something out of its box to begin use only to have to go back to the manual to get a better read on how to use whatever new toy I might have purchased.

I think many people’s relationships to their bodies follow a similar dynamic. There is an instruction manual for the body. It might not be written into our DNA but plenty of well trained professionals know how it is supposed to work. In fact, at the turn of the last century deportment, or movement, classes could be found in many schools in europe as well as north America. Today there is an endless amount of available literature on how and why the body works.  But most people plow through life and don’t really think about how this thing called a body works until they get injured and wind up in a physical therapists office to get them back on track.

Almost everyone is an expert on something. If you have a profession you know it inside and out and can probably talk at length about your given subject. I propose that everyone should take on another form of expertise. Become an expert about your own body and learn about proper mechanics and the benefits of ideal use and alignment.


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    • Hi Alfredo, It’s always nice to hear from you. Frankly that was a difficult article to read. Not to be mean to the writer but Blah, blah, blah. I really don’t think much about what or who is right. I will borrow/steal from any modality. I think all pain is a combination of structural, emotional, genetic, etc. We are not easily pegged people. But that said, I am in the business of helping people find their way out of back pain. I encourage everyone to do the same things and I have had a lot of success. Those things are all structural. Simple stuff. People need to align their bones, tone the muscles that surround the well aligned bones, and learn to breath better. In the end I’m not sure what the author is suggesting that people do for their pain.

  1. I think part of the writer’s solution would be mobilization and targeting trigger points. Here’s his article on mobilization, which I haven’t read yet. (Yes, I’ll probably read the blah, blah, blah too).

    In the end, it’s all about results. No one can argue against positive results. My Feldenkrais teacher summarizes it nicely:

    “When the movement is dispersed well through the system the system responds with better alignment. As the alignment improves the movement disperses better still. Love the circle of it. Let there be a place of positive discovery for everyone who has ‘ears’ to listen to their system and not over run the feeling of their system with the agenda of some belief of how it should be.”

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