After my uni degree in biomechanical science and some time spent in professional ‘people-care’ practice in the 90’s using a merge of human movement science and arts (feldenkrais, yoga, alexander, qi qong, tui na, shiatsu) I found as my life moved along and new activities and realities (running a business, having kids) happened the extent of my direct daily application of movement science and arts gradually took a back seat. That said, I always held the passion deep in my heart and constantly drew from this knowledge in keeping centred while living my life.
Over the last few years as I have become interested and indeed now work in the field of Permaculture I have found an increasingly strong connection between the ethics and principles of this inspiring design science and my interest in people care and movement science and arts.
Now in the 2010’s at the age of 42 and after a decade and a bit of diverse and challenging events I have started to apply the ethics and principles of pemaculture to my movement passion. In reinterpreting my scientific skill and interest in awareness through movement fundamentals along the lines of another albeit ecological design science I have been finding some interesting parallels.
If stress or physical limitation has changed your quality of life, before you decide to go to a ‘specialist’ and expend resources (produce no waste) to get specific advice think about your own power (use and value renewable resources & services) to educate yourself somatically (use small and slow solutions) and take a holistic approach (integrate rather than segregrate).
By slowing down (creatively use and respond to change) and taking notice (observe and interact) how your body functions, you gain feedback (apply self regulation and accept feedback) upon which your nervous system can build enhanced self-awareness and improved functioning (design from patterns to details).
This approach seems to align well with the sort of cognitive approach that I would argue each of us functioning within community needs to adopt in order to develop richness, responsibility and resilience.
It seems to me that this is good permaculture strategy and one based on science that is worthy of further research and development.
Perhaps this embodies a more concrete perma-inspired sense of wellness. One that connects people, projects and places into a more productive whole?