Animal Flow

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What is Animal Flow®?

Animal Flow® is an amazing program, designed to incorporate natural human movements that we have lost over time and that are crucial to keeping our physical health.

It is a program that can be modified for any age and any fitness level, and works particularly well with clients over 40, as it is low impact. Due to its beneficial effects on the whole body, including core strength, flexibility, and overall co-ordination, Animal Flow is also a spectacular way to support your fitness and abilities in other physical activities, from yoga to golf to tennis. Most importantly, it’s fun!

Absolutely no equipment necessary. All you need is your body and some open space. Group classes and one-to-one personal training  available. Online or face to face.

THE SIX COMPONENTS

WRIST MOBILIZATIONS

Wrist mobilizations are simple yet effective movements used to prepare the hands and wrists for the challenges of Animal Flow. Healthy wrists are so important to the success of both novice and experienced flow-ists, that it’s always our first component.

ACTIVATIONS

Our activations are a way of “waking up” the body and encouraging it to communicate. The AF practice uses two activation positions, Beast and Crab, which are foundational forms in the overall program.

FORM SPECIFIC STRETCHES

FSS are full body stretches that begin in a base animal position and then move through various ranges of motion. The goal of the FSSs is to encourage a combination of flexibility and stability (i.e. mobility) throughout the entire body, building “strength through motion.”

TRAVELING FORMS

Traveling forms are our animal locomotion movements. They represent the way we mimic animals to improve the function of the Human Animal. We group these forms into the ABCs of animal movements: Ape, Beast, and Crab, along with their variations.

SWITCHES & TRANSITIONS

The S&Ts make up the bulk of the “flow” in the AF practice. These are dynamic movements that can be linked together to form endless combinations, or can stand alone as a powerful exercise or drill. The four base S&T categories are Underswitch, Side Kickthrough, Scorpion and Front Kickthrough.

FLOWS

FSS are full body stretches that begin in a base animal position and then move through various ranges of motion. The goal of the FSSs is to encourage a combination of flexibility and stability (i.e. mobility) throughout the entire body, building “strength through motion.”

Animal Flow benefits

Strength & Toning
Complete Cardio System
Flexibility & Balance
Back Pain Prevention
Stress & Anxiety reduction

What is Animal Flow and the benefits?

Services

Group classes are the right option for you if you:

  • don’t have any serious body limitation or injuries
  • (if you have mild back pain, Animal Flow can be an excellent preventative, but group classes are not for you if you have severe back pain)
  • don’t have any major health problems
  • have done some kind of exercise before in your life
  • would like to meet other people and have fun together

Personal Training is the right option for you, if you:

  • have serious body limitations or injuries
  • have health issues
  • are unfit or seriously overweight
  • need a tailored plan
  • would like to benefit from mindset coaching
  • have low levels of motivation and discipline.
  • (often clients will do some one-to-one training with me before joining a group)