“The emotional content, the emotional factor is something we have to bring back into an enjoyment. We have got to destress the body and allow the physical stress to start to melt. And once we can start to clear it, it’s amazing how the tissues start to respond.” * In this episode, Ian O’Dwyer, performance movement specialist, director of OD on Movement, and co-founder of PTA Global, tells the story of his movement background, from raising horses throughout his childhood to playing Australian rules football. Ian discusses lessons learned from co-founding PTA Global, a leadership company focused on professional fitness development. He offers advice on empowering clients in the fitness industry to see themselves as their own healers. Ian reflects on the role of emotional stress in athletic performance, and in turn, provides insight on the importance of recovery in order to move and live optimally. Lastly, Ian reveals upcoming ideas and projects he is working on.
“There are not as many people, at least I don’t meet as many people that understand the concept of work. And I don’t mean loading bales of hay or physical work. But, the understanding that you are going to have to have your hand on that plow for years, a decade, two decades, and during that time you are going to come across the most fatiguing delays, the most mortifying disappointments, and the presumptuous judgement of the ignorant on what you are trying to do. You are going to face those things and you have to keep your hand on the plow and go.” * In this episode, Tom Myers, founder of Anatomy Trains and Kinesis Myofascial Integration, discusses how he was first introduced to the power of movement in his undergraduate studies of theater at Harvard University. Tom recounts his exploration of different movement and spiritual groups in his nation-wide travels as a young adult. He explains his introduction to the structural integration work of Ida Rolf that eventually lead him to develop Anatomy Trains. Tom describes the journey of solidifying both Anatomy Trains and Kinesis Myofascial Integration and his experience teaching these modalities. Lastly, he offers insight on developing body intelligence in an increasingly industrialized world.