Original Strength

Original Strength (OS) was founded by Tim Anderson with the core belief that the OS system will help anyone, regardless of age, physical or mental abilities to breathe, move and live better.

Moving is winning. When Pressing RESET you will move from good, to better, and then to your best.

Pressing RESET on your system is similar to when a computer locks up, we reboot it or Press RESET, allowing it to go back to its original functionality.  The OS Big 5 Resets (breathing, head nods, rocking, rolling, and crawling) are designed to help a person Press RESET and regain their original strength.

Renee is OS Level Two certified and is ready to help you Press RESET.  Whether you attend group classes, or work with Renee on an individual basis, she will help you discover some of your original strength through RESETS.

Moving is winning.  When Pressing RESET you will move from good, to better, and then to your best.

Crawling

Crawling doesn’t even have to be on the ground to help RESET your neurology.

Crawling comes in many forms.  Generally the beginning is baby crawling which moves on to leopard crawling and spiderman crawling.  leopard-crawlThis type of crawling builds your reflexive strength, making you stronger and more resilient.

Leopard crawling (pictured to the right), is one that really builds reflexive strength, which is your “original strength”. It is the foundation that started when you were 23 days old to approximately three years old.  Reflexive strength is what got you upright, mobile, running around, and climbing. As an adult, it is subconscious and automatic.

A loss, or lack, of reflexive strength creates movement dysfunction and compensations.

Have you ever experienced an “almost” fall, where you managed to stay standing and had no idea why you did not sprawl out on the ground??  That is a prime example of how reflexive strength is keeping you strong and safe.   back_cross_crawl

Crawling doesn’t even have to be on the ground to help your neurology turn back on.  Pictured to the left is cross lateral crawling behind the body.  Have you picked up a suitcase and felt your obliques (abdominal muscles on your side) on the opposite side your body automatically contract?  If you instead feel your lower back contract this is a sign that you have lost some of your reflexive strength!

In short, reflexive strength is what allows your body’s stabilizer muscles (such as: gluteus medius and rotator cuff) to stabilize the joints before, during, and after movement so your larger prime movers (like your gluteus maximus, hamstrings, deltoids, and lats) can actually move your limbs.

A loss, or lack, of reflexive strength creates movement dysfunction and compensations (muscles working that really should not be).  In order to do what you were made to do, like pick up heavy stuff and put it down, you must have your reflexive strength.

The X Factor

Think of your body as a great big letter ‘X’.

Strengthen your core with moves that cross your mid-line, contra-lateral moves.

Neurologically speaking, your left hand is connected to your right foot and your right hand is connected to your left foot.  The middle is known as your “core” and the stronger it is directly relates to the potential of power the rest of your body has.

Contra-lateral (opposite arm and leg) or mid-line crossing movements is one of the best ways to strengthen your core.  To the right is a cross-lateralpicture representing a contra-lateral move.  In Original Strength this is considered a cross crawl.

These movements increase strength and the neural connections between the two halves of your brain, making your brain and body cooperate effectively.  These movements tie your body together, making the ‘X’ strong.  Doing moves like these will have you doing one-arm or one-leg push-ups in no time!  A true sign of a strong core.

Rocking

Each rock back and forth engages deep muscles of the pelvic floor and abdominal.

In order for a baby to move it starts with small determined movements that are deliberate and patterned.  Rocking is a base move that will Press RESET on your system and bring your neurology into strong communication with your ‘X’.

rockingRocking is very soothing, it activates your vestibular system.  This is where all balance comes from, it is the system that helps with equilibrium and spatial awareness.  Ever feel like the room is spinning?  This is a direct sign that your vesitibular system is confused and sending incorrect signals.  Rocking resets this system.

Reflex stability is what supports your body quietly, rocking builds this stability in a big way.  Each rock back and forth engages deep muscles of the pelvic floor and abdominal. These muscles are not exercised in the same way as your prime movers (big muscles).  Rocking tricks your stabilizers into activating to save you.

Even more fun?  Rocking will strengthen your pelvic floor and help with better posture.  Setting your body up for strength in everything from walking to sitting at your desk.

Crawl and rock away that sore back and feel the power of intentional movement!