Surely you have felt that rush of adrenalin followed by a sense of serenity whilst out in a natural environment having just crossed a swollen river or scrambled down a rocky bank. Your body and mind enters into a synergy that gives us a sense of what it is like to be detached from the modern world for a moment, and feel the power of nature and our mastery over movement.
I recall a trip in New Zealand last year with a friend up a river which had recently been in flood. It was remote, narrow in places, exposed in others and full of massive rocks and organic debris. Parts were possible to negotiate by rock hopping, others only by swimming, clambering up banks and jumping back into the river. It was long and winding and totally beautiful. Time was no issue, soreness from scraped legs or sunburn placed behind the feeling of empowerment from being in such an environment.
We rested when we needed too, ate occasionally, listened to the native birds, and tried to improve performance with every jump and climb. This was no technical modality or max-rep workout, this was attending to the way we are formed to use our bodies and our minds to develop alongside, and within a natural setting.
The most common deficiency in zoo humans is a total lack of understanding of their true nature and in most cases a chronic betrayal of it.
In our modern era most people now live in cities, spending most of their time indoors, being deprived of natural light, breathing air which is as polluted indoors as outdoors, eating huge quantities of unhealthy industrial food products and undergoing numerous sensory and psychological stresses while often lacking sleep.
The MovNat philosophy reminds us that like in any other animal, human biology is built upon natural laws that we cannot afford to overlook if we desire true and lasting health.
Among these laws, the necessity of regular movement activity remains a determining influence in our biological balance and therefore on our well-being and health.
In nature, any animal unable to move is condemned. As civilization leads us to increasing physical apathy, it is crucial to underline that constant physical idleness leads inevitably to loss of physical function and innumerable health problems.
If it goes without saying that there can be no real and lasting health and vitality without fulfilling the natural necessity of movement, same goes for other biological aspects of our lives, including nutrition, sleep and breathing, exposure to natural light and contact with nature.
MovNat educates on the fundamental laws of Nature and provides alternatives and solutions to apply in daily life, making it a powerfully life-affirming activity and philosophy.
Our natural perspective helps you realize that an increased respect of your biological needs and connectedness to the natural world will make you stronger and healthier than ever.
“Movement is our nature, Nature is our movement.”
MovNat is an environmental-oriented concept that provides a simple and accessible alternative to anyone interested in a physical activity that has minimal impact on nature.
Trusting our primal heritage
Over the course of several million years, evolution has deeply shaped human physiology and biomechanics with a direct and profound implication for how we are able to move as a species. Our movement capacities as well as many subconscious behavioral patterns are inherited from this collective process of adaptation and natural selection.
Originally, long before the rise of highly specialized sports, we were movement generalists. The natural life our ancestors lived was one of varied movements and efforts, near-constant alertness and adaptive responsiveness to frequent and often unpredictable changes. These very diverse movement skills modern human beings have universally inherited played a major role in ensuring the survival of our species, allowing us to seize opportunities and escape threats. They used to be fundamental attributes of hunter-gatherers.
Still our bodies and minds are designed for the world of hundreds of thousands of years ago and both expect us to live like our ancestors!
They are structurally adapted to a wide range of movements and efforts, ranging from brief in duration but extreme in exertion to low intensity and prolonged.
MovNat is primarily based on rediscovering and optimizing instinctual movement patterns. It is in the first place about re-wiring the entire system of the human body back to its original mode and function. It focuses on unleashing the wild movement potential in us and on reviving skills that have been proving to be the most efficient and vital ones for millions of years.
The evolutionary philosophy of MovNat makes us understand how important it is to trust this universal and primal heritage.
Modern lifestyle has made natural movement skills become optional.
So why run? Why jump? Why climb? Why lift? Why…walk?
Because we believe that even a highly civilized world holds a multitude of situations where our evolutionary capacities remain indispensable.
Not only they are still useful in a potentially vital manner, but any specialized approach would inevitably lead to failure.
MovNat training emphasizes the body’s natural ability to move in an adaptive manner, i.e. in relation to a situation or context. Consequently, the movements trained can always be linked to a practical application that justifies them.
The situational philosophy of MovNat training is designed to expand your comfort zone in performing daily-life tasks as well as building your preparedness and situational intelligence in dealing with more challenging circumstances that could arise unexpectedly. It is an orientation that is simple, direct, practical and unspecialized.
MovNat trains you to become a well-rounded natural athlete, ready for a wide range of practical actions in various kinds of situations.