Episode 15: Understanding and Freeing the Body Through Anatomy in Motion with Gary Ward


““Movement is the answer””


As seen on BBC's Dr. In the House - Gary Ward is an author, educator and speaker on the subject of human movement and anatomy. He is the inventor of the Flow Motion Model: a simple description of what the body does and when it does it… A powerful tool for both assessment and intervention of the human body in the quest for health through movement. Gary is the author of ‘What The Foot’ and teaches his work all over the world.

In this episode we talked about:

  • Gary was originally a ski boot fitter in the Alps, where he became fascinated about anatomy and movement

  • Training as a massage therapist and personal trainer, to have the quickest way into working with the human body

  • His work has developed into this: “ An anatomical description of the movement of each joint in the body through all three dimensions of movement, over a single footstep”, by generating a map to see those movements taking place

  • The evolution of the Flow Motion Model, which consists of 12 phases

  • Teaching his work to personal trainers and therapists

  • Freedom to observe, test, feel and learn the movement connections throughout the entire body

  • The joint shape dictates everything

  • Joints act, muscles react

  • Taking ownership of the body

  • The only person who can heal you is you. You have to create the right balance in your system

  • Doctor in The House

  • ‘Finding Centre’, an affordable programme to help people to understand their bodies

  • “The therapist shines the light on the dark spaces”

  • Healing- giving the body the opportunity to achieve its optimal, efficient state

  • What if better movement improves a number of modern illnesses?

  • Tension in a muscle is stress in the body

  • “People will walk into your room with their problem tattooed on their forehead if you can just learn to read it”

  • It doesn’t matter how much pain you are in, you can always find a comfortable position

  • Encouraging kids to be active and not restricting their movement

  • “Movement is the answer”




What The Foot Book

Wake Your Body Up