In the dynamic world of fitness, one concept has been gaining increasing recognition for its transformative impact on performance and overall well-being – flow. Often referred to as the state of optimal experience, flow is the seamless integration of mind and body, where movements become effortless, and individuals find themselves fully immersed in the present moment. Flow is a harmonious blend of movement, coordination, and mindfulness that not only enhances our physical performance but also contributes to our overall well-being and longevity. As one of the 8 Habits of Movement, flow is a key part of the TAP technique to encourage healthy and sustainable movement.
Interestingly, it’s our fascia, the intricate network of connective tissue that weaves through the entire body, that plays a crucial role in facilitating flow state as it dictates our range of motion, flexibility, and the overall quality of our movements. When we engage in activities that promote flow, we stimulate the fascial system, encouraging its elasticity and adaptability; by prioritizing fascial health, individuals can experience improved flexibility, reduced muscle stiffness, and enhanced overall physical resilience – all of which contribute to a more profound and sustainable flow state.
To cultivate coordination and flow, consider incorporating activities that challenge your motor skills and spatial awareness. From agility drills to balance exercises, a diverse fitness routine can stimulate the neural pathways responsible for coordination, paving the way for a more fluid and efficient movement experience.
At TAP, here are some of our favorite ways to FLOW:
Spinal Flossing – Downward Dog into Cobra
Flowing from the inverted V-shape of downward dog to the chest-expanding cobra pose promotes spinal mobility, engages the core, and creates a rhythmic movement in sync with your breath. Incorporating these exercises into a regular routine can contribute to the overall sense of fluidity, coordination, and presence that characterize flow.
Plank to Low Lunge with Rotation
Plank to Low Lunge with Rotation is a dynamic exercise that involves moving from a plank position to a low lunge, incorporating a rotation to engage the entire body, challenge balance, and promote mindful movements, fostering flexibility and a flow state.
World’s Greatest Stretch
The World's Greatest Stretch is a comprehensive exercise that involves moving from a lunge to a deep hip flexor stretch, to a hamstring stretch, providing a full-body dynamic stretch to enhance flexibility, balance, mobility, and overall flow of movement.