Which strikes you as true? What have we been taught? Where does our knowledge come from?

Body literacy 'truisms'

An astounding amount of body knowledge exists that is rarely taught in schools. An astounding amount of body ‘myths’ continue to be perpetuated in our culture. What ideas need to be abandoned? What new experiences & understanding need celebrating & to be taught? Below is the beginning of an ongoing list, a kind of mirror to explore where we each stand in regards to our own beliefs about the body & movement. We use them as body literacy ‘public’ stickers, they also make great tweets & prompts at parties…!



Our bones are living & bendable

We cannot be disconnected from our bodies

Balance develops in relation to the movements we make

Posture is not static

Joy can be present in all movements

Be interested in your breath

Be interested in your imbalances

We are all embodied, all of the time

You have been taught things about your body that are simply untrue

You have been taught things with good intention that lead to injury

What do you know about the body that could be wrong?

What is your favorite movement?

The muscles that move our eyes are like any other muscles

Relax your tongue

Comfort & joy in movement are right–they are not always synonymous with the path of least resistance

Body learning always happens gently

Muscles do not learn

The mind is not inside of the head

Relaxed muscle tone can look like weakness

We cannot be disconnected from ourselves

There are many out-dated ideas about the body

The heart lifts on every exhale or voiced expression

How much movement do you have in your foot?

26 bones in the feet = 33 joints = 66 places of potential movement in our feet

Everything in your body is connected to everything in your body

It should not come as a surprise that pain in one part of you may have it’s root cause in another part of you

Any joint that does not allow for movement transfers the forces running through it to the next movable joint or region

If you release the fascia in the foot, it effects the entire body

Living tissue can dry out

Aging can be considered a process of drying out

Aging develops in relation to the movements we make

Strength develops in relation to the movements we make


Bones develop in relation to the movements we make

Arches develop in relation to the movements we make

Emotions develop in relation to the movements we make

Balance develops in relation to the movements we make


We are different near the ocean than when we are in the mountains

We are not our genes

We are not our

We are not only our genes




What CAN you feel that you thought you COULDN’T?

When you Inhale you Exhale internally

What is your experience of your interior?

What Internal movements can you feel?

We are different depending on where we are.

Imagine the beating of a stranger’s heart

Our shared actions are our reality

Emotion is movement

When you Exhale you Inhale internally


We do not = movement

We are not our bodies

We are not our movements

Is there a way to take an action without making a movement?

Reading this on a computer effects you differently than reading it on the street

If you sit at a desk, do the top of your legs have the room they need to be totally comfortable?

Most things are designed for looks and usage, not to fit easy, varied movement of the user.

Noise effects your organs

Embodiment is NOT a pursuit

Health is NOT a pursuit

Breathing is NOT a pursuit

Stillness is NOT a pursuit

The nervous system is occupied mainly with movement

The ability to move is important to self-value

Awareness is not essential to life

Breathing is movement

Most parts of the body have more than one function

Greater effort doesn’t equal better action

Genes are only the starting points of our individual developments

Body tissue is more changeable throughout our lives than most of us assume