A biomechanist by training and a problem-solver at heart, Katy Bowman, M.S. has earned an international reputation for achieving unprecedented results in reducing pain, increasing bone density, improving metabolic health, and solving pelvic floor mysteries.
Katy is the founder and director of the Restorative Exercise Institute, a large organization and online training program that teaches the biomechanical model of preventative medicine to health professionals and laypeople worldwide. The author of Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Healthy Feet (2011), Alignment Matters: The First Five Years of Katy Says (2013), and Move Your DNA (coming Fall, 2014), and more. Katy’s writings explore the relationship between cultural habits, movement, and disease. She is the creator and talent of the Aligned and Well DVD series and blogs regularly at Katy Says. You can also, of course, find her on Facebook.
About “Nutritious Movement™”
The following information is from the Nutritious Movement™ website:
It’s clear that no one in our culture moves enough””there’s even a new category of movement alongside “active” and “sedentary” called “actively sedentary” to describe the movers among us, who move on average only 4 percent of the time and spend the rest of their time as sedentary as the couch potatoes.
Because of our time spent sitting, and because of other ways we’ve immobilized ourselves””casted our bodies””with shoes, constrictive clothing, and cultural expectations, our bodies have adapted by becoming stiff and unable to move all of our parts, all of the way. This has created areas in our bodies that are cellularly sedentary even when we are moving.
For instance, we’ve been wearing shoes practically since birth. Shoes with a cushioned sole, limited space for the toes to move, and a heel””even if it’s a short one. And so movements of your toe bones, ankle joints, arch-supporting muscles, and even of your foot-skin don’t happen in the same way had you not always worn shoes. This means that even when your “whole body” is walking, not all of it is actively walking or receiving the right amount of “squish” your cells need to thrive.
For the same reason it matters what you eat. When you eat food, the nutrients in that food communicate with your cells, and cause your cells to behave in a particular way. Movement is similar.
The bending and squishing of your cells that happens when you’re walking is an input””just like dietary nutrients. Cells respond directly to mechanical input through a process called mechanotransduction.
Your cells are just as affected by the movements you do and do not feed them as they are by the foods you do and do not feed them.
Your cells respond to nutritious movement the way they respond to a healthy diet.
We’re not just missing movement — we’re missing nutritious movement; movement that includes all of the right bends and squishes at the right amount for all your parts to work optimally.