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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. I am a movement educator, manual therapist, and martial arts practitioner. I have been practicing Shiatsu professionally since 2007, teaching self-care workshops and private lessons since 2008, and teaching MovNat Natural Movement and martial arts since 2015.

 

My vision 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.

Classes

Ground Movement & Balancing

In this Natural Movement class, we focus on enhancing range of motion and movement potential through fundamental skill training, building a strong foundation for daily life. These sessions are lower intensity, and accessible to everyone, but by no means are they easy. We focus on slow, controlled movements and skill refinement in these classes. This approach serves to establish new neuropathways, and replace old inefficient habitual patterns and unnecessary compensations.

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We explore quadrupedal movements, getting up from the ground, safe-falling, balancing, hanging, and other elements of the human neurodevelopmental sequence. This class is largely based on MovNat Natural Movement training.

DATE: Sundays 11am

LOCATION: 465 Milner Ave, Unit 6

COST: $20

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
Cost: $20

 

Workshops & Events

Sotai Structural Alignment Workshop
Next Date: January 8th, 2022

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.

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Ninjutsu Fundamentals Workshop
Next Date: February 26th, 2022

INTRO TO THE BASIC MOVEMENT SKILLS OF THE NINJA

Ninjutsu is an umbrella term for the practical techniques of the historical Japanese Ninja Warriors. Ninpo Taijutsu is the hand-to-hand combat they employ. Ninjutsu also includes many non-combative skills including locomotion like running up and across walls, leaping, climbing, rolling, falling, and more. This workshop has a strong emphasis on the movement skills of the ninja. One thing that separates this kind of movement from something like Parkour, is that there is usually a context of either stealth or escape, providing a unique element of body control.

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MovNat Elements 1-Day Workshop
Next Date: March 26th, 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! 

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

✦ 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

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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.

60 minutes: $100

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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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Testimonials

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