As much as I love movement, I love ice cream.

My go to flavor is something chocolatey, with lots of chunks. 

This past weekend however, my sister bought some plain vanilla ice cream for us to share. 

While I had considered vanilla boring, upon trying a scoop I was pleasantly surprised- I had forgotten how comforting and delightful it was.

The reason I bring up ice cream is…

Movements are similar to ice cream flavors. 

On one end, you have your highly complex movements, like an Ooey Goey Butter Cake flavor, and on the other end you have your more basic movements, like plain vanilla.

While vanilla movements may seem overly simple or boring, they can be surprisingly interesting and even comforting. 

Since vanilla movements provide the foundation for complex movements, improving them will improve your Ooey Goey Butter Cake movements. This is why physical therapists and movement teachers often teach fundamental movement patterns. 

Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share some of my favorite fundamental/vanilla  movements. 

Below is the first one called “pelvic clock.” It helps recover lost movements through the pelvis and improves awareness and control through this area- all of which are helpful to so many other movements. 

Hope you enjoy!