Natural Mobility is about learning how movement can help relieve abnormal pain and tension, build functional flexibility, and develop the ability to move our bodies more freely through complex environments.
My name is Alex and my purpose is to guide people who want to learn how to maintain balance in their body through movement, awareness, and greater freedom of motion. I teach classes and workshops, create personalized mobility training programs for people, and do one on one training and treatment sessions. I have a weekly newsletter that includes a mini article, a short mobility session with follow along videos, and upcoming class and workshop info. Be sure to subscribe through the link above if you're interested.
Injury Prevention Class
Sunday classes at 11am is focused on injury prevention from now on. This involves mobilizing key structures of your anatomy to build a strong balance between flexibility and stability; developing balance and coordination; and gently introducing the skills of falling safely through break falling and rolling to change your relationship with the ground.
These are absolutely necessary skills and attributes that everyone needs if they want to avoid hurting themselves when they inevitably fall. I don’t even have to know who you are, if you can walk, I can guarantee you will fall sometime in your life, and the less comfortable you are with your relationship with the ground, the more likely you are to sustain an injury, and the older you are, the more profoundly that injury is going to affect you. If you cultivate a familiarity and comfort with the ground, you can prevent that injury and likely walk off that fall without more than a scratch and bruise.
This is a drop in class that is suitable for beginners and intermediate alike.
Location: The Shinobi Village (465 Milner Ave Unit 6, Scarborough)
Time: Sundays at 11am
Cost: $20 per class
DATE: Sundays 11am
LOCATION: 465 Milner Ave, Unit 6
MovNat Parkour Skills Class
In this Natural Movement class we focus on the skills that MovNat shares with Parkour; those concerned with moving through your environment and traversing obstacles efficiently. This mostly involves the skills of running, jumping, vaulting balancing, rolling, and climbing.
This is a great way to develop a strong natural physique as a side effect of learning and refining practical real-world skills. Natural Movement skills are not only fun, but also make daily life easier, carry over to competence in other physical activities like sports and hobbies, and also help make you more useful to yourself and others.
This class is designed in a way that is accessible to beginners and still challenging and deep for those with more experience and ability.
Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays | 7pm
Location: 465 Milner Ave, Unit 6
Workshops & Events
Sotai Structural Alignment Workshop
Next Date: TBA
HEALTH & BALANCE THROUGH NATURAL MOVEMENT
Learn skills that let you take more control of your health & wellness. This workshop integrates self-Shiatsu, a hands-on pressure therapy, Sotai, a movement therapy system for restoring structural alignment, as well as elements from other practices to mobilize the neck, back, shoulders, wrists, hips, ankles, and everything in between, as well as help stimulate optimal internal organ function and support your body's natural healing process. This workshop is about how to repair your body, but also how to help prevent it from breaking down. Learn how to spend as little as 5 minutes a day to make a big difference in how you feel everyday, and help support other efforts you make to maintain vibrant health and prevent weakness and injury.
MovNat Parkour Fundamentals Course
Tuesdays & Thursdays in July
INTRO TO THE BASIC MOVEMENT SKILLS OF Obstacle Traversal
If you feel a bit overwhelmed at the idea of dropping into a random class and trying to keep up, I’ll be offering a course throughout the month of July where you will learn and explore the basics or Parkour from a MovNat perspective and build the skills from the ground up. This course will involve 8 1-hour classes at our usual class times (Tuesday & Thursday at 7pm) at The Shinobi Village in Scarborough, Ontario.
The Parkour skillset mainly emphasizes the domain of locomotion, and is generally characterized in 3 levels; First, traversing obstacles to make your way from point a to point b; Then making that traversal as smooth and efficient as possible; and finally, without sacrificing efficiency, making your way as quickly as possible.
The skills of traversing obstacles mainly include balancing, jumping, vaulting, swinging, climbing, running, quadrupedal movement and rolling. So it’s basically MovNat without the domain of manipulation. From the MovNat perspective we can apply the progressional approach of learning and improving these skills in a way that anyone can find a comfortable “on ramp” to each skill.
By the end of it, you’ll have a clear understanding of the skill set of Parkour, how to progress to more complex variations of each skill, and how to apply them in natural and urban settings. These classes will still be available for drop ins by our regular participants who can’t make every class, but it will be best received in its entirety if you can free up your schedule for every Tuesday and Thursday.
Location: The Shinobi Village (465 Milner Ave Unit 6, Scarborough)
Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays in July
MovNat Elements 1-Day Workshop
Next Date: July 16th, 2022
LEARN THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF NATURAL MOVEMENT
Take the opportunity to experience an immersive full day workshop taught by Ontario's only MovNat Master Trainer. Our one day workshops are designed to introduce you to Natural Movement, and give you the most important basics that you can practice in your daily life. We will focus on areas that need the most improvement and we will teach you routines that you can use and practice at home in twenty or thirty minutes a day. This is a great introduction, as well as a perfect MovNat immersion for those who love and practice it!
✦ 6 hours of professional instruction, including short lunch and snack breaks
✦ Safe, step-by-step progressions for all ages, abilities, and fitness levels
✦ MovNat’s principles, and how they will change how you think about the way you move
✦ Understanding MovNat’s approach to developing movement skill --and improving fitness
✦ Special emphasis on ground movement for restoring stability and mobility
✦ Introduction to each of MovNat’s movement domains, from crawling to climbing
✦ How to incorporate MovNat into your existing fitness routine
✦ How to incorporate MovNat into an at-home practice or busy lifestyle
✦ Supplementary materials to help you implement your Natural Movement practice
MovNat Level 1 Certification Course
Next Date: June 10-12th, 2022
The MovNat Level 1 Certification program introduces the fundamental principles, movements and methodology of Natural Movement Fitness. Students learn how to train themselves and others using the MovNat method through home study materials, class lectures, beginner-level practice sessions and competency tests. Whether you’re an enthusiast or an experienced professional, Level 1 is the ideal starting point on your journey to becoming Strong By Nature. All abilities are welcome.
Natural Movement (1 on 1) Training
These one on one training sessions are focused on the natural skills of human movement to develop functional flexibility, practical strength, and adaptability.
Functional flexibility and practical strength go hand-in-hand and they mean expanding and developing active control of your range of motion to be able to move more freely through your environment. This establishes your conditioning; adaptability is about applying that conditioning to various technical challenges. Ultimately adaptability is the candid application of technical skill to the myriad of variables in real-world application.
Training in this way simulates what our natural environment would demand from us. The design and function of our bodies were selected to adapt to this planet's environment. Reconnecting with that birthright and helping to develop the most physically competent potential of yourself is what our training is all about.
30 minute sessions: $50
Longer Sessions & Session Bundles by Request
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Shiatsu & Sotai Therapy
This treatment involves a combination of both Sotai and Shiatsu Therapy for the purpose of relieving abnormal pain and tension and restoring structural alignment.
Shiatsu involves pressure applied with the thumbs, fingers, and palms along chains of tension that run longitudinally along the limbs, head, and torso. The purpose of Shiatsu is aligning the bone structure, balancing the autonomic nervous system, and improving the function of the internal organs.
Sotai is a form of active therapy that involves comfortable joint movement against gentle resistance with the aim of correcting patterns of distortions in structural alignment. Shiatsu is a more passive form of therapy, whereas Sotai requires the recipient to be actively involved in the treatment process.
We also help determine lifestyle elements that may be causing the issue and also select the most relevant home exercises to do between treatments.
Treatment Rate: $100 + travel fee
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Alex is a great health & fitness professional with variety of skills and knowledge. His treatments helped regain mobility and eased the pain I had in my neck after an accident.
— Daiki Matsumaru