Movement vs Exercise: Changing the Way We Move to Prevent Future Health Problems

Our bodies are one structure with many different postures, but every day Canadian adults spend about 10 hours of their waking time sedentary. This includes: sitting at a desk, sitting on the couch, sitting in the vehicle to get to work, and sitting at mealtimes. While sitting is a necessity, it is also detrimental.

Most sedentary habits lead to:

  • bad position,
  • weak core,
  • neck pain,
  • low back pain,
  • pelvic dysfunction,
  • bad breathing,
  • and digestive issues…to name a few.

The good news is that the consequences of poor sitting posture can be easily corrected with proper education in functional and static movement patterns. The result is “active sitting”, where sitting actually becomes a form of movement!

Movement is medicine

For Jenine Saunders, somatic therapist, BSc. Physiotherapist and owner of Moetus Health in Sudbury, these words mark the first step in a patient’s journey to improved wellness. “This is where we need to honor the body in its complexity,” says Saunders, adding that “movement and exercise are not synonymous.”

Movement represents actions that stimulate the body’s integrated network of systems: cardiovascular, nervous, respiratory, endocrine, musculoskeletal and digestive.

Moetus Health helps people discover how to move their bodies the way they were designed: primarily.

“Bodies thrive on dynamic movement practices,” says Saunders. “Pilates is an example of a brilliant practice that incorporates resistance training, meditation and yoga.” Qigong, Suspension Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Interval Training are all different practices that aim to educate people on how to move again”.

Patients and course participants at Moetus Health benefit from a range of practices and programs that heal the body and strengthen the mind. Twelve experienced instructors lead a total of 38 movement class for infants, children and adults. “The movement classes are offered collectively. Beginning in September, Moetus Health will expand and move to its new space at Unit 12, 2037 Long Lake Road.

Saunders invites everyone to visit the new clinic and experience the healing benefits of movement in an inclusive and inviting setting. “We provide a space where people are invited to come together as a community. We bring like-minded people together to support each other. That works! We’ve been in business since 2010, but now is the time to expand what we’ve created.

Contact the Moetus Health team at 705-674-1877 or via email at [email protected]. Pay them a visit online here.

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