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Discover The Facets of our Movement Practice

The facets of our practice are interrelated. First we need to cultivate our health and balance. Then we need to reinforce our resilience against injury. Finally we need to be able to move freely. These are vital life skills:

Self-Healing with Sotai & Shiatsu Therapy

Self-healing doesn't mean magically healing yourself, rather it refers to doing everything you can to facilitate your body's own natural healing process through the wisdom of Japanese Shiatsu, & Sotai self-regulation techniques, along with natural movement principles.

This facet of a balanced movement practice includes both treatment administered by a professional therapist, and self-care techniques to maintaining the momentum of your healing process.

The self-care elements involves learning how to use palm and finger pressure to treat your own muscles and joints, stretches and joint mobilizations that you can do to make your joints more limber and free of restriction or pain, and special techniques to bring balance to your postural alignment. This is both preventative and complimentary medicine while being adaptable and suitable for everyone.

This is delivered in the form of Sotai/Shiatsu Therapy sessions, Personal Mobility Training, Online Coaching, and Workshops every few months.

Injury Prevention

Injury Prevention includes joint mobilization exercises, safe falling techniques, and proprioceptive training techniques.

One facet is the foundation of improving mobility of the hips, shoulders, spine, ankles, and wrists to prevent injury. Proprioceptive training involves a focus on balancing skills. Ukemi means to receive, includes falling safely with proper breakfall and introductory rolling techniques.

This is taught in a way that is scalable to suit all levels, though some may want to stick with the safer, initial progressions presented.

This is delivered in the form of Personal Mobility Training, Online Coaching, and Workshops every few months.

Natural Movement

MovNat is a system to cultivate natural fitness and better movement in the body by reconnect with your innate movement capability as a human being.

This training introduces you to the full spectrum of human movement skills, and imparts an approach to improving these skills that empowers you to continue to lead your own improvement.

This includes ground movement, the obstacle traversal skills shared with Parkour, and manipulation techniques of lifting, carrying, throwing and catching. MovNat is the owner's manual for human movement in the real world.

We offer MovNat Workshops regularly, a weekly MovNat class, and certification courses. Our Personal Mobility Training can be completely directed to developing Natural Movement skills. Online Coaching or one of MovNat's E-Courses is a great way to get started.

Meet Your Guide

What is Alex all about, what does he have to share, and where did the content of his program come from?

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Alex Schenker

Natural Movement Trainer

MovNat Team Instructor

Sotai & Shiatsu Therapist

Life-Long Martial Arts Practitioner

I have dedicated nearly two decades of my life to freedom of movement & vibrant health. It is my vision to share what I have learned with those who can benefit from this and are ready to learn. To make it accessible for everyone, I want access to these resources to be available at no cost.

I was raised in a health conscious household and introduced to meditation, yoga and healing energy work as a young child. I also had the influence of strength training and a deep passion for martial arts as far back as I can remember, but started taking it seriously when I discovered Taijutsu in 2004, earning my 5th degree black belt in Japan and becoming an instructor (Shidoshi) in 2017.

This all worked together to influence my enrollment in a 2 year Shiatsu diploma program in 2005 that included meridian stretching and Sotai therapy. I have been practicing professionally ever since, and teaching the self-treatment techniques that go with these therapeutic practices.

In 2015 I discovered MovNat, and in 2018 became a master trainer, and now as a team instructor, I teach the trainer certifications, workshops, and classes as well as one on one sessions.

Through the therapeutic modalities I can address foundational imbalances and help resolve issues of pain, tension, dysfunction, and misalignment. MovNat helps to build a solid practical foundation in the way we move as human beings. Ukemi from Martial Arts teaches us how to fall safely and prevent injury. To me, this is a complete system that can be used to bring your body back into natural balance in every way. Each element a vital piece of the puzzle.

I enjoy working with people one on one, as well as sharing skills and working together as a group. I hope to meet you and work together some day soon!



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

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