Scientific research confirms that physical movement enhances brain development, improves mental health and increases our ability to learn and focus. Workplaces and organisations that provide opportunities for movement will literally change the brains and bodies of their staff – to the benefit of all!
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The body and mind are inseparable. All experiences are stored in the body memory. Body movement reflects inner emotional states and changes in movement behaviour lead to changes in the psyche.
Holistic movement practices, such as Yoga, Tai Chi, and traditional Martial Arts, integrate the mental and physical, bringing about a sense of inner and outer balance. Or as is said in Kalarippayat – we reach a state of union when “the body becomes all eyes.”
These traditional practices also have the power to renew and sustain our connection to nature as we begin to experience through the body, the reality that we are a microcosm of the natural world. This encourages a reverence and respect for the environment which logically fosters a sustainable lifestyle.
Many traditional movement arts share a philosophy of individual expression and freedom with modern movement disciplines such as breakdancing, Krump, and Parkour. As tracer Belle explains, movement is not simply a set of actions, movement is about overcoming and adapting to mental and emotional obstacles as well as physical barriers.