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For once something is as simple as it sounds. Sometimes the question how to actually achieve natural movement sounds a lot more difficult than it actually is.
What is „natural movement“?
Natural movement simply happens when the body is used at peak efficiency in regards to bodystructure and coordination. Natural movement is not a specific form of movement pattern such as dancing choreography or a yoga or Qigong exercise. You can learn to move “naturally”. To swim, to run, even to dance, whereby it depends on the kind of dance how much choreographic freedom is provided.
Natural movement is to perform a movement, no matter of which kind, in such a way that the movement of the joints and the body is coherent with your own joint geometry, tension of the muscles, energy etc. You might say now “well, I can’t move in another way than how my bones allow it, anyways”. This is not entirely true. In the body there is not a single pure hinge joint how you might probably know it from a door for example. Of course you can bend your elbow as if it was a hinge joint or open your shoulder like a gate but the joints in shoulder and elbow are no actual hinge joints. Even though they can be used in such a way they consist of quite complicated geometric surfaces which allow several degrees of freedom for movement. A completely “clear” and seemingly simple movement such as bending the elbow without turning the palm of the hand is actually a far greater coordinative effort for the muscles. Natural movement also means that every movement is performed in such a way that the pressure in the joints and the use of energy in the muscles are minimal. This is reached best when the musculature is in an energetic and yet relaxed state which allows for the joints, at movement of the adjacent bones, to control the exact trajectory. Thereby, movement becomes softer and more spiral like in its expression from the inside because it correlates to the joint and not because the muscle forces the bones to perform a rounded movement. The result is a highly individual movement pattern for which you need less energy. Thus, friction in the joints and the tendons through too much pressure or malposition of the joints can almost completely be avoided.
To acquire natural movement is simple, because, as the name already says, it is our natural movement pattern. It only takes a certain regularity of training to “unlearn” less optimal coordinative patterns again.
Animals are much freer in their movements than most people and are therefore a great example how delicate and graceful natural movement can look. Humans can reach a similarly free state. A lot of “extraordinary” achievements of people who made use of this potential again are proof. A lot of this “liberation” which is necessary for a free, natural and holistic movement is reached without exposing the body to enormous strains. If this has happened you can begin to train further build-up of the muscles or to learn new movement forms.
Advantages and short overview of natural movement: