Anatomy in Motion (AiM)
What is AiM?
Anatomy in Motion is a process of working out how all the bones of the body move together in gait and posture and if any are moving to much or too little it involves a way of re-education to get the human body to find its way back to centre.
The AiM system was developed by Gary Ward: the author of “What the Foot?”. You can listen and watch him in the links below on BBC’s doctor in the house and several podcasts.
What does it mean?
After years of helping people in pain with yoga, I noticed that for many they would often walk out the class in their old pain inducing habits, even if I had trained them out of them in their yoga practice.
But there are no walking classes or teachers?!
Yet we walk EVERY day.
Often all day.
So even if someone did yoga 2 hours a day, they could still walk in their painful old habits and nothing really changes.
Why do we have these bad walking patterns?
Injury, ingrowing toes, trauma, working posture, having your wallet in your right back pocket, hyper mobile ‘flat’ feet, verrucas, the bag you carry, having children – so many reasons.
If something is causing your body pain or discomfort your body will subconsciously change the way you move to reduce pain and this quickly becomes a habit. And over time habits become your new ‘perceived normal’.
An example is sprained ankles – the body with shift away from that ankle and may never shift back so after 20 years of being more over one foot – you will get a whole load of pain show up as they body is working much harder than it should on the other side.
A large part of your adaptation will be in your feet. Even if the injury was in the jaw, it will feed down to your distribution in the feet as you walk and stand.
So ultimately the AiM system works with you to bring the body back to a neutral, centred, balanced place. When the body is balanced discomfort usually starts to fade away.
We do this by re-educating your body to move freely again using the full range of movements available to you without fear of pain. That’s what makes it different from other therapies – it educates and empowers so the healing done by each person themselves.
What to expect from the first session
This can take up to 1.5 hrs for injury history, posture assessment, movement and walk.
Treatment will largely consist of learning movement patterns that re-teach your body how to move fluidly when walking. Wear sports clothing. All movement patterns are supported by video links so that they can be recapped from home, without having to remember every last detail by yourself.
Gary Ward’s Anatomy of Motion Flow Model & Foot work – first session £100, £80 after that.