Kinesiology

A holistic approach to the body as a perpetually adapting machine.

We’re exercising our bodies every waking minute of our lives. Consequently, how we move, eat, think – and even sleep – have a large impact on our health. As we put wear and tear on our bodies, small habits and compensations can begin to have an exponential impact on other systems, leading to discomfort, chronic pain and other symptoms. By taking a holistic approach to the body as a perpetually adapting machine, the kinesiology and movement specialists at Comprehensive Wellness work closely with our patients to identify the root causes and drivers of your issues and develop an integrated, movement-based approach to build a strong core foundation, improve resilience, and work toward your health and fitness goals.

Approach

Fitness results from a balance of mindset, movement, diet, and sleep. How you integrate these factors into your lifestyle shapes the quality of your health and fitness. We are here to help create a better reality for you.

We understand you as a whole person.

Some situations require intuitive and novel solutions. At Comprehensive Wellness, we will ask you extensive questions, listen closely, then consider recommendations. For each patient and situation, we identify how to make your body work better. We use feedback as a guide and adjust our techniques to help you achieve success.

We adapt to where YOU are.

At Comprehensive Wellness, we create a healing and learning environment that encourages you to achieve your wellness and fitness goals. Your personalized program will be designed to fit into your existing lifestyle – minimizing disruption and augmenting any treatments provided by your doctor. That’s the path to success.

We help you progress easily and efficiently.

Our kinesiology and movement specialists want you to practice in the most effective ways.  We build each program to make the best use of your time, energy, and commitment. Our systematic progressive approach, with each phase incrementally building upon the previous phase helps you to progress as efficiently as possible.

We transform how you take care of yourself.

Regardless of how you move or use your body, it will respond to everything you do. Our kinesiology and movement specialists will show you how to be in control of your body and bring about positive changes that can last a lifetime, even while coping with ailments and physical limitations. Our aim is to make you an expert in restoring your body to its best possible functioning.

We are part of your team.

Comprehensive Wellness supports you every step of the way. When you’re in pain or feel you’ve hit a wall, it can be difficult to see your own potential to improve. Together we can see the possibilities, identify how to achieve them, and collaborate to overcome challenges. As you progress we’re right there by your side adding to the foundations we’ve built together.

Methodology

The Integrative Fitness Method (IFM) empowers your body to change for the better as you go through your normal activities each day. IFM is a way to access your physical capacity in ways that minimize the effects of our “convenience laden” environment that unfortunately leads to sedentary behavior. It is a systematic process that works on your whole body and mindset. You can feel energetic, look fabulous, and be the person you want to be, and it starts with becoming movement literate.

Movement Literacy and Foundational Movement Skills

To be movement literate means using your body the way it is designed to function, and appropriately adapting to your environment.

IFM provides the map for learning basic movement skills that are foundational to all types of physical activity. The IFM exercise progressions are specifically designed for the “gym inside the body” so that fitness travels with you.

Body Self-Awareness

Our bodies are constantly adapting to the environment all around us – wired to find an easy way to do things. When we fall into bad habits, the body doesn’t always realize it immediately; however, when we repeat mistakes, the body will eventually let us know through pain and performance plateaus. Practicing IFM develops an awareness of habits and our body’s responses.

Assessment and Recommendations

Our kinesiology and movement specialists assess each client before providing guidance and coaching. We know that each person experiences their body differently and want to determine how and why you move the way you do. Once we figure out your habits, we evaluate how effectively you are meeting your needs and goals and make targeted adjustments.

We consider the many factors that influence your time, energy, and internal resources. We ask: “What opportunities, guidance, and efforts would best help you achieve the results you want and need?” Our recommendations may include a combination of our integrative programs, efforts at home and work, and/or coordination with other health professionals.

Habits, Tools, and the Three Body Systems

Over time our bodies compensate for problems—that is, develop habits that exert wear and tear—limiting our ability to do the things we want or need to do, in the way we’d like to do them.

Once you understand how the body compensates, and you become adept at using the tools inside of you, you’ll redirect how your body functions and develops. The moving body engages a large network of nerves, muscles, bones, and fascia to make three essential body systems work cooperatively. They are the lumbo-pelvic block (core), leg chain, and shoulder complex.

The Integrative Fitness Methodshows you how to use these three systems correctly. We’ve created short, on-point movement programs that will rebuild your approach. The exercises are carefully selected, sequenced, and coached to make embodied learning accessible to anyone.

Foundational Movement Patterns

A basic level of fitness is critically important to your health. A healthy person performs normal daily activities without compensating for deficiencies in coordination, endurance, strength, or quickness.

The Integrative Fitness Method maps out an individualized, effective sequence to build basic physical skills so that anyone can develop a comprehensive movement foundation. Our learning progressions were created as a lead-in to any higher-level activities you may want to pursue. As you master these fundamental movement skills, your body will develop resilience to injury and compensation.

Higher Level Movement Skills

Conditioning for personal fitness is important and should be done in ways that prepare you for the activities you love. When you get this right, other objectives like weight loss, building muscle, and shaping the body take care of themselves.

Building on foundational movement skills, you will explore a variety of whole body movements. Adding load, volume, and speed accelerate your conditioning and further establish your new good movement habits.

You can expect your new levels of physical resilience to be expressed as:

  • Strength
  • Endurance
  • Agility
  • Quickness
  • Speed
  • Power
  • Adaptability

Staying Engaged and Active

Getting exercise as recreation and while you go about your usual work has many more benefits than trudging away mindlessly on the proverbial “hamster wheel.” When you exercise, you are developing mastery. It is helpful to remember that practice makes permanent; so ask yourself, “What would I like to be good at? What do I enjoy practicing?”

Some people prefer to engage in just one area, while others like to mix it up. What’s important is how your practice engages your entire body, mind, and emotional self.

Mastery is even more fun when you integrate your skills with those of other people. You can get together to go hiking, cycling, or rowing. You might play on teams for volleyball, basketball, or soccer. Or maybe you prefer the movement arts, like dance, gymnastics, or martial arts. Because you now have intentional control of your movements, starting with a comprehensive foundation, you can participate in a variety of enjoyable activities, while getting all the exercise your body needs.

Personal Improvement Programs

Our bodies are good at adapting to different situations. Some adaptations lead to pain, discomfort, and even injury, while others can lead to coordination, strength, and endurance. Our kinesiology and movement specialists at Comprehensive Wellness tailor programs to your specific needs to put you in control of your movement, balance, and well-being. Your progress will look like this:

Restore Function – Develop a Foundation – Become Your Personal Best

You are different than anyone else. You have a unique history that is rich with experience and may include injuries, health issues, and medical treatments. Or maybe you simply know you could be healthier and have better energy or vitality. Or perhaps you’ve got your fitness dialed and you’re striving for the next level. In any case, your situation will be one of a kind! To improve conditions that are unique to you, we recommend personalized, one-on-one attention. Private coaching can help with:

  • Recent Injury
  • Chronic Pain or Limitation
  • Worsening Function
  • Neuro-Muscular Conditions
  • Obesity
  • Lack of Improvement