Our bodies, quite obviously, have a diverse spectrum of movement. This spectrum, or diversity, is reflected in the diverse architecture of our fascia which models itself in support of our body’s movement needs. In some areas of the body our fascia models itself in a highly organized fashion, along the lines of tension the body creates. In other places it will have an arrangement that seems a little more chaotic. To maintain this multi-dimensionality we have to move multi-dimensionally too. If we only ever train movement along certain planes or in straight lines then our body will lose its capacity for diverse movement. We need variety; to move out of our comfort zone. Without some time spent out of our comfort zone we cannot train qualities like resilience and adaptability.
This resilience and adaptability stands us in good stead as we age because, as we age, our natural movement capacity changes. The older we get, the more important it becomes to ensure that we remain resilient and adaptable, so we need to keep the spectrum of our movement varied. Perhaps unsurprisingly, something that acts as a hurdle to multi-dimensionality is actually mindset. We have the tendency to stick with familiar exercises or familiar movement patterns because we feel uncomfortable with the unknown. Recognising this, it can be helpful to set a longer-term movement goal and work slowly towards it, one step at a time. Training fascia is not a ‘quick fix’ endeavor. It takes time (months or years) to change the architecture of our fascia.
In training multi-dimensionality, the focus is on movement variety. Include movement that changes rhythm, that switches between core and global action and is simultaneously differentiated and integrated.
If we can do this, slowly and steadily, we will ensure that we can sustain our movement in a way that is adaptable and resilient across our lifetime.