2521 4th Ave. Seattle.

[within Demco Fitness]

Private training, partner training & initial consultations.

Typical hours.

Weekday       6 am - 2 pm

Weekend       8 am - 11 am

 Customizable sessions.

*Exceptions exist, please inquire.

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© 2019 by UNO Training

The processing of experience.

BODY

(Peripheral Nervous System)
[ how we experience ]

HUMAN

(Nervous System)
[ how we PRocess ]

BRAIN

(Central Nervous System)

I train the nervous system. Rather than directing my focus on the response of soft tissue or even the neurological aspect of training, it makes more sense to me, to train that which controls the adaptations of both. My approach to movement training revolves around the manipulation of experience, therefore, the response.

By developing sensory perception of what's happening within the body, we are more accurately able to assess our physical condition, providing opportunity for honest discussion between our thoughts and our feelings - wants vs needs. Validating our physical state allows us to be, human. To do as we need. It enables us to take responsibility in caring for our own self and offers solace against the dozens of external sources that inundate us with conflicting input. It recognizes that every day is different, and adjusts with us.

 

To be human is to be in process. Wellness is not a destination that you can arrive at. It is a constant exploration and examination of our practices- what is it that we truly care about? Do our intentions match our actions?

 

The purpose here is to develop a physical practice that teaches you how to care for yourself- through connection. In organizing our complex lives and identities, we tend to dissect them into progressively smaller parts, gradually disconnecting ourselves, until we are just pieces no longer recognizable to one another. A physical practice that allows us to feel how our body is connected as one sentient being, offers us a metaphor as great or as small as we need apply it- a body connected by systems to provide movement, a brain that is connected to a body, how we connect to other people or our environment, how we connect to ourself or to purpose and meaning, how we connect ability to expression.. Connection is the bridge to expansion and growth, the more we connect, the greater comfort we have. Fear resides longingly in our unfamiliar and disconnected places.

where do you fall?

ego centric

As the cognitive creator of needs and wants (ambition/goals), your mind tends to get carried away with it's own best interest. It is highly motivated by reward and/or shame. Lover of coffee.
ambition
We've got a lot of things to do in our day, so to get more 
accomplished, we outsource the work to body until it crashes.
Typically the vehicle to the more influential, ambition. Your body is just trying to survive in a relatively comfortable place - it's pretty fond of that longevity idea, also naps.

BODY centric

WORK

effort vs efficiency

which best delivers on getting you what you want?

There is a cultural agreement that the harder you work and the more effort you put in, the better your life will be.  When laid out in the simplicity of an equation, however, the logic doesn’t add up.

physical work     ever increasing effort     ever increasing difficulty

+

=

We are trained to believe that exhausting ourselves leads to progress.  If we consider, though, that we have limited resources of time and energy, making things infinitely harder lessens what we are able to do.  

Imagine that you have a never-ending labor job — the task gets more demanding the longer you do it.  Eventually, the cost of doing starts to outweigh the reward.  With no set finish to satisfy the process, you stop, and wonder how you could have failed with everything you've invested. Working a desk job does not free you from this fate.  That physical stress comes in the form of emotional stress, which is a lot trickier to regulate...

We need to rethink our rationale so it makes sense.

What if we made what we did easier?

physical

work

+

=

ever increasing       ever increasing

ability

efficiency

Taking less time and effort to achieve the same state means we can get further utilizing the same resources.  We can gain ground versus exponentially spinning our wheels.  The process of refinement leads to improved results.  The struggle comes in the form of learning and connecting — which makes future work (a constant, remember) more productive.  Capacity grows as the process requires less and less to sustain itself.

safety

feeling of

nervous

system

needs

environment

awareness

development of

external

internal

+ community
+ surroundings
+ relationships
brain
emotional condition
body
physical condition
spine

24

hours
per day

100%

are spent in a combination of...

(

laying
sitting
kneeling
standing

)

breathing
supports
structure
not to be confused with providing it
posture

If efficiency and ability are to share a mutual relationship, then we need to create a foundation dependent upon how we spend the majority of our time. These positions need to be our safest and strongest, if they are to allow us to do all that we want in a day, especially if we intend to load these positions with additional weight or time.

The spine is the literal connection of your mind to body - it's context is imperative

to your well being. Efficiency looks like these four positions  dependent upon

one postural system, not four separate. This system produces a dynamic multi-dimensional sliding-scale of flexion and extension, orchestrated by rotation.

The arms and legs serve as extensions of this system, their function is a reflection of the coordinated effort of the whole.

posture
efficient
external
structure
internal
structure
breathing

The key to manipulation of experience.

movement
allows efficient
body
peripheral nervous system
allows change
autonomic nervous system
[ determines ]
sympathetic
nervous system
feels like
- increased heart rate 
- holding/irratic breath
- reduced ability to move
- discomfort
- high tension/rigidity
- fear/anxiety
- no tension
[ fight / flight ]
unsafe
parasympathetic nervous system
[ rest / digest ]
safe
body
)
)
)
(
)
(
(
brain
(
you
feeling
thinking
(you cannot change one without the other)
both are dependent on the other to process
experience.

The brain is to comprehend with available information- 

to create expectation based on past experiences,

a known.

The body is to feel- to let go of a created known, in order to find what is.

It is vastly different; to be within a body, instead of having one. When you have a body, it tends to create a lot of questions and hardly any answers. What do I do with it? What does it need? It seems like conversation with a stranger, because it is. The difference between a stranger and friend? Time spent. All the rules for building healthy relationships also apply to the building of one with ourself. We must begin with where we are and with what we have.

My job is to get this conversation going. To objectively show you 'here' and build a personalized framework towards 'there'. Having comfort and confidence in our bodies stems from understanding how they work. My goal is to provide guided sessions that get you closer to yourself and any ambitions you choose to pursue.

how?
movement
exploration

The ability to take an exercise and break it down into parts which can be understood both in concept and through feeling. It is the development of body awareness that brings any goal closer - whether it is based in strength, skill or flexibility. Since we are all unique by means of function and past experience, movement exploration allows for an individual to adapt exercise to meet their current needs. (Rather than having to adapt to the exercise). This is a tool that allows for continual advancement.

how to feel
+
how to connect
an
alternate
perspective

Chris Ruffolo, the fantastic human behind, Post Competitive Insight and ThinkMovement, was intrigued enough to write a few pieces about my movement principles, which offers perspective on my philosophy and approach to movement.

rotational 
organization
pushing 
down
understanding
slings
a non-central
axis
care
gives
purpose

 I give my time and attention because I care for those who care to work with me. Individuals that know how to care for them self and feel cared for, are the ones that can create relationships and community which transcend convention and idealism. That is the purpose in which I want to contribute.

I provide my services in the way any good friend would- I start by listening and doing my best to provide an appropriate environment for growth.