One of the best ways of getting somewhere new is to imagine yourself already there, looking back:
I can remember getting up one morning and thinking there must be a simple form of exercise that I can learn easily and will give me a basic level of health and well-being that can form the foundations for everything else I care to do. Something that isn’t some secret something or other and makes logical sense to me.
This book is the result of those years of search, practice, research, reading, false trails and thinking.
With the benefit of hindsight, I can now say it’s not that complicated, but when I started out it wasn’t that obvious either. One of my personal missions is to share that knowledge so you don’t have to go down the same journey of trial and error and disappointment that I did. Hence this book.
There are some simple, essential aspects that form the core of what you learn in this book:
- It is deliberately simplistic to start with. I find it incredibly frustrating to be told that you have to wait months or years for any tangible results or benefits. This book will have given you some immediate results – small but immediate. And you do have to be realistic. In order to get better, you will need to change your ways and your body. This will take time. You couldn’t skip before you could stand and it is the same with this approach.
- Breathing and how you breathe is incredibly important. It will change what your body can do. Things will work without you paying attention to your breathing – but you will get a fraction of the benefit you will get if you focus on your breathing. What you breathe in is also vital – the fresher and cleaner the air, the better it is for you.
- Strength and effectiveness is not about how big your muscles are: it’s how well your whole body works together including your muscles and tendons, ligaments, bones, and your circulatory support systems.
- The role of your circulatory support systems is to deliver nutrients and remove intermediary and waste products to and from every part of your body. This approach works on improving your whole structure, in particular your circulation and other support systems.
- For your body to work well it is also vital that what you eat and drink is as good as you can get.
- Relaxation is far more than just feeling relaxed, your mind and muscles need to retrain themselves so that only the elements you need to use are used. For example, if a muscle is tense and another muscle pulls against it, it has to work far harder than if the muscle only does what it has to rather than fight against something unnecessary. So relaxation here is more about minimal resistance rather than being floppy. And in your mind only think about what you have to, not half a dozen different things that don’t really make any difference. Focus on what you are doing – not on what you aren’t doing. Your default state should be relaxed.
- Moving is vital – even when ‘still’ your body is in motion, your blood is moving and air is exchanging in your lungs. An important aspect of this is that all your motion should be cyclic, not stop and start. Everything. No corners!
- Everything is synergistic – by that I mean it all works together. Nothing in your body works in isolation. An improvement in only one aspect of your body will be far less effective than improving a bit of everything. Think of body builders that only train their upper body and you’ll get a good mental picture of what I mean!
- Health is not the same as fitness. You can be fit but unhealthy and unfit but relatively healthy. This book is about keeping and improving your health – the fitness is a welcome side effect. Health also includes mental-health. The ability to cope with stress has become more important than avoiding stress. Mindfulness reduces stress.
- The concepts in this book, although relatively simple, develop over time and you will discover some wonderful nuances. A major objective of this book is to get you to develop your own nuances and feel what is right for you; to stimulate your appetite for learning about yourself and developing an approach that works for you.
- Enjoy. This book is about enjoyment – learn with enjoyment. Enjoyment of feeling better, enjoyment because you are less stressed and enjoyment because you are smiling. Smiling is a big part of your mental and physical relaxation. When you flex your horizontal bows – your whole body is smiling!
What you will have learned is: simplistic, realistic, helps you to breathe well, gives effective structure and strength, which helps to improve circulation, in a relaxed manner. And it does all this with cyclic, continuous movement, giving health and joy – that is, Threnergy.