Coaching Modified Bear

In this video, I coach Jordan in Ideal Modified Bear.
Jordan and I have formed a Company called 5Dmovement which will offer a Membership Web Site, Seminars and Group Training.
We are very excited about the potential of 5D to support our clients and to educate about Physiological Ideal.
Please enjoy this perspective on performing Modified Bear!!!

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Guest Blog. Hans Lindgren. The Real Solution to Low Back Pain. Motor Control as the Basis for Moving Well!
A three-part series about low back pain was published in the Lancet on March 22, 2018.

In the Lancet papers we can read that:

“Low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, and for nearly all the people it is not possible to identify a specific cause of their pain”. (Non-specific low back pain diagnosis)

“Low back pain occurs in all age groups from children to the elderly population”

“Most people with new episodes of low back pain recover quickly; however, recurrence is common and in a small proportion of people, low back pain becomes persistent and disabling.”

“Disability and costs attributed to low back pain are projected to increase in the coming decades”

“By contrast with the large number of trials that assess treatments for low back pain, evidence about prevention, particularly primary prevention, is inadequate”

“Early supervised exercise therapy is typically unnecessary; however, it can be considered if recovery is slow or for patients with risk factors for persistent disabling pain”.

“Improved and better integrated education of health-care professionals could support implementation of best practice for low back pain, help to break down professional barriers, develop a common language, and create new and innovative strategies for practice. Examples of such support include, the integrated education of medical doctors with chiropractors in Denmark”

Following these articles has media worldwide published articles claiming that back pain is not being treated properly.

I would propose that the biggest problem is not that back-pain is not being treated properly, but that the emphasis is on treating back-pain, not preventing it from occurring.


How can the cause of back-pain not be explained when it is such a huge problem worldwide?


The answer is simply that they are trying to find a structural explanation for a soft-ware problem. 

The papers state: “Many imaging (radiography, CT scan and MRI) findings identified in people with low back pain are also common in those without such pain” If the structure is the same what else can the difference be?

The answer is function- back pain is a symptom not a disease, and it is a symptom of movement dysfunction. The problem is that we cannot measure the quality of movement.

The report found that: “People with low back pain often have concurrent pain in other body sites, and more general physical and mental health problems”, which again can be explained by inadequate stabilization of joints during movement. Dysfunctional movements in one area are easily transferred to other regions. DNS (Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization) emphasize the importance of trunk stability for not only prevention of back pain, but also to ensure proper stabilization of all other joints.

Another statement is that: “By contrast with the large number of trials that assess treatments for low back pain, evidence about prevention, particularly primary prevention, is inadequate”

Studies about prevention are not only lacking in number, but when they have been performed they have been aimed at reducing the external strain on the individuals by work-place education, limiting lifting, using back belts and ergonomic furniture. The future emphasis has to be on making people move better and become stronger to withstand both the external and internal forces loading their joints. More injuries are caused by the internal forces imposed on the body by moving poorly than from external forces.  Reducing the external loading on the individuals will only make them weaker and even more susceptible to injuries.

What is the solution?

The entire discussion is about finding the best treatment for low back pain, not preventing it. We need to change our focus and start concentrating on spinal care!

When it comes to back care I usually use Dental care as a comparison- In dental care, from an early age are children taught to brush their teeth twice a day, floss, avoid sugar and visit a dentist 1-2 times a year for a check-up.

Discussions solely aimed at finding the best treatment for back pain would be as if dentist were only discussing whether teeth should be pulled out or drilled and filled. The focus would be on different drills, the best filling material, or whether caps, crowns, implant or dentures would be best for people.

And so with back pain. The problem is not weak muscles or bad postures, the problem is in the inability to control movements sufficiently. It is a software problem not a structural lesion-

Joints are not being overloaded and worn by moving too much, they are strained and gradually deteriorate because they are loaded incorrectly in movements.

A Functional joint movement can be described as a movement with good joint centration.

Joint centration is where there is maximum contact of the joint surfaces and symmetrical activation of the stabilizing muscles of the joint, which allows for maximum loading with minimal strain.



Simply advising back pain sufferers to stay active and do more exercises is generally not to be recommended as their movement patterns are usually poor, and it would therefore not be advisable to load them and further reinforce the dysfunctional patterns. Exercises should initially be supervised by someone who has good knowledge of functional movements. It is all about quality, not quantity!   Movements are controlled by the nervous system and the sensory integration drives the motor output.  We can therefore state that exercises are neurology and the emphasis should be on improving the brains ability to control movements. Centration, stabilization, eccentric control and relaxation are all factors contributing to the quality of functional movements.

People should be informed that their spines are not fragile. Sometimes they can be unconditioned, but that can be changed by Functional exercises with gradually increased loading.
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Transformation Happens when We work in Relationship. Taste/Test/Trust

Taste, Test, Trust is a model for a 3 step process that is also spontaneous in our action/reflection in the moment.  Taste is the initial experimentation that is unfamiliar at this point.  Test is the beginning of the means being familiar and you are also noticing adaptation and change that aligns with what you hoped was possible.  Trust is familiarity with the means, a change in your habitual experience, and a commitment to living like this.  Trust is reliable, consistent, available and present.

I asked Jules to write something about our time together, because he has been so fast and effective at learning that the nature of experience is the ‘teacher’

As you will see from the material below, Jules was coming from behind the 8 ball, and I have seen this time and time again. We feel like we have exhausted all the conventional channels, yet we know intuitively, there is so much more possible, we dig deep and give our all to the exploration.

Jules is excellent at sharing what he has been working on and detailing his experiences. This allows me to shape the experiments that we do, so that he can dive deeper or change gears in his exploration.

Team Trust

My time with Mark McGrath has been nothing short of a life changing. After years of working with multiple experts, across a range of disciplines, no one has gifted me the kind of transformational opportunities that I’ve seen with Mark.

I now exercise and move with a truer sense of alignment, aware of so much more of my body. I now meditate with a deeper, more connected, graceful perspective. Professionally, I feel more comfortable to take risks and back my instincts. And perhaps most powerfully, as an artist and musician, I’ve broken through a type of ceiling where expression and creativity are so much more accessible.

Like all great teachers, Mark shows you the door to your true potential.

From as early as I can remember, I only ever found movement and exercise difficult and painful. Take running for example, it just hurt so badly; pain in my knees, shins, ankles, feet, basically all over. So, the exercise strategy I adopted as a kid stayed fairly consistent for a long time; avoid it.

As you’d expect, the PE teachers called me lazy and that’s a tagline I integrated into my self-commentary. While I always knew there was some ambiguous effect making me less capable than others, I couldn’t help but feel like my lack of application or unwillingness to ‘push through the pain’ was what was stopping me from progressing.

Later in life, I would run into severe – unrelated – health issues, at one point, stuck bedridden for 6 months. After an eventual recovery, my posture and movement patterns were at an unbearable point. I’d avoiding running for a long a time, but now I couldn’t even sit at a desk or go for a walk without debilitating back pain. It had to be addressed.

And so my journey of ‘physical rehab’ began. I saw personal trainers, a number of physiotherapists, did private yoga classes, saw an osteopath, a podiatrist, did it all. This lasted for 3 years before meeting Mark. Each of these professionals contributed positively and helped me move past chronic pain. Despite this though, I never really felt like I understood my body. The gains felt isolated and relatively superficial. I’d learnt to activate my glutes, but still couldn’t run pain free. Years of private pilates, and I still couldn’t squat properly. I knew I was missing a key piece of the puzzle and in the end, Mark would lead me to finding it.

If I could summarise the distinction between working with Mark and other professionals, it would be this; others have you practice effective movement, Mark teaches you to understand the innate effective movement inside of you.

In just one session, I saw deeper improvements than I did in 3 years of paid professional work. How is that possible? Because operating inside Mark’s framework is just fundamentally different, they’re not comparable gains. Strengthening a muscle is one thing, gaining an insight into the global functioning of your body – that’s something completely separate.

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Audio Podcast with Quantum Yoga

I really enjoyed chatting with Jonathon Rickert from Quantum Yoga.

We discussed DNS
How Stability is poorly understood and is the essential aspect to understanding Functional Breathing.
Posture and Stability in Moving and Yoga
Eccentric Control

Please enjoy, audio goes for 57 minutes.

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