The TFM Approach Core Elements
Techniques For Movement (TFM) is the coming together of several complementary strategies and processes that enhance and empower physical wellbeing within the individual.
TFM utilizes hands on techniques (myofascial release) and guided movements to slowly stretch and reposition the body’s fascia, the supportive wrapping of the body, restoring natural length and elasticity to the body through its network of deep connective fibres of the fascia.
By further applying principles of posture awareness, movement education, and targeted exercises the TFM Approach is able to assist with how we stand, sit, and walk – the basic elements for any purposeful daily activities.
People seek the TFM Approach as a way to ease pain and chronic stress, and improve performance in their professional and daily activities. Athletes, dancers, children, business people, and people from all walks of life have benefited from this approach.
The 3 Core Elements
- Posture correction
- What we move – Anatomy of movement
- When we move it – Human movement potential
- How we move it – Freedom of movement
- The highest level of order available to an individual (in a given moment in time)
- How changes affect the ‘whole’ person:
- In a given moment in time
- Both positive and negative changes?
- How best can we adapt to these changes.
What are we saying?
Posture is a static moment in time. It encapsulates a perceived notion of what it means to stand up straight, or sit with poise. In searching for the ‘ideal’ position we can lose sight of the bigger picture:
How do we use the static (posture) to understand and deal with the dynamic?
That is where performance or, movement enters the equation. By developing a deeper awareness and understanding of how to find an optimal posture or position, and then initiating mindful movement patterns we are creating an environment in which efficient movement with minimal energy production can possibly occur. By enhancing synergy and cooperation within the ‘whole’ person, we are encouraging greater integration and wellbeing.
The TFM Approach works with existing models and paradigms that can be found in other complementary disciplines. However, what is not often considered is the association of these elements to work as a comprehensive and cooperative process: empowering the individual.
What do we mean by:
Optimal posture = our best possible structural and postural position in a given moment in time.
Mindful (intentional) movement = moving with intention and understanding of what is expected within a given movement from point A to point B.