The Art and Science
of Human Movement
Craft your Personal Practice, Recharge your Energy, and move Pain Free
Andrew Dowler: Exercise Physiologist and Acupuncturist
I help people Recover, Rebuild and Restore their health and fitness with customised exercise and lifestyle programs designed specifically for you.
Being an ESSA accredited Exercise Physiologist and AHPRA registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner I offer a unique approach of integrated Eastern and Western Movement Medicine, incorperating Modern exercise Science with the Traditional wisdom of Eastern Movement Arts
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Assess and Plan
Lets assess where you are at right now and plan on how to get where you want to go. I want to know what brought you here and how I can help you best. I'll ask you a lot of questions and we look at how you move and dig down into your roadblocks that's been holding you back
I will design an intelligent program for you that you can do at home, or in your gym. Each person has an individulised program design to meet their unique needs. This may include functional strength training, yoga, pilates, kettelbells, core conditioning, rehab exercises, breathing drills and whatever else will get the job done for you
Coaching and Instruction
I will teach you how to do each exercise correctly so that you have the confidence and ability to practice. Each exercise has detailed videos for you to follow along with that works on any mobile device
Progress and Review
We will schedule regular sessions to keep you focused, consistent, and moving forward. For your exercise program to work we need to allow the appropriate amount of time, making progress and review sessions a vital part of your program
Four ways you can work with me
I Live in Batemans bay NSW, a beautiful coastal town in southern New South Wales, Australia. I'm loving working in studio, and in the online space where I literally get to work with folks all around the world and help with get Better, Fitter, and Healthier
I have a private, secluded studio in Batemans Bay ideal for those who want to work with me in person.
Imagine visiting my studio, being taught how to move well, working on resolving any rehab issues, maybe an acupuncture treatment, and then finish with some tai chi, Qigong or Yoga on the beech.
Online - Telehealth
Online removes geography as a barrier to work with me, where you can literally be anywhere in the world that has internet and we can work together.
Currently, I am working with clients in all states of Australia plus internationally. No longer is location a barrier to working on your health
Distance coaching is a blend of studio sessions in person with me, and online coaching.
Come to see me at my Batemans Bay studio for an assessment, treatment, rehab or training session.
I then coach you online for 12 weeks, with weekly check-ins. Its a great way of accessing my hands-on skills as well as online coaching expertise
Teaching and Consulting
I'm passionate about teaching health professionals how about the Art and Science of Movement Medicine, and am currently developing professional development content i this space
I am also available for private consulting, where I can spend a full day with you or your organization delving deeply into the Movement Medicine Principles,
What is Exercise Medicine
Exercise is one of the best natural medicines that we have, our bodies thrive when we do the right type of exercise, with good nutrition, quality sleep, and the right mindset
Exercise has been proven to help with musco skeletal conditions (hips, knees, backs), metabolic disorders (diabetes, obesity), mental health (anxiety, depression) and Longevity (staying healthier as you get older)
As an Exercise Physiologist and Chinese Medicine Practitioner, I love to combine modern health sciences with Eastern health traditions.
My forte is helping folks build their healthy lifestyle by teaching them the skills, habits, exercises, and strategies that work for them.
I specialize in helping folks rebuild their body, with an integrated health and rehab model that incorporates Physical Therapy, Rehab exercises, Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation, and functional strength training.
No one client gets the same program, everyone has a customized, individualized program intelligently designed where we take the time to ensure you can do the exercises correctly and safely to build your confidence to develop your own practice
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Do it again
slow is smooth, smooth is fast
A different Approach
My guiding principles to Movement Medcince
Recently I reflected on 20 years of practice and what i feel are important principle in movement medicine. I do things differently, I dont subscribe to a specific ystem or style of exercise, but rather use what works best for my cleint, guided by the principle of Human Movement, Sports Science and Chinese Medcine
Train Movement first
Our bodies have fundamental movement archetypes or patterns
Instead of training muscles, lets train movement first. Muscles work in teams to produce rather complex movement patterns, if we get the patterns right we can resolve 1000 problems.
Fundamental movement patterns include Respiration/breathing, squats, lunges, hinges, pushup, pull-up, dip, press, and gait
The spine has 6 fundamental patterns which integrate to produce all movement, being flexion, extension, lateral flexion, rotation, anti-rotation and neutral (stiff spine)
Treat the Root
What's the REAL cause of the problem
Often the bit that hurts is not where the actual cause of the pain is. For example, many knee conditions are caused by poor hip and lower back mechanics.
Instead of treating the symptom, let address what's causing the pain in the first place. this approach is often a little slower, bad provides lasting results which can often fully resolve an issue
Slow is smooth, smooth is fast
Practice, Perseverance, and Position
The exercise medicine approach is not a race to the finish, but rather a way of building up progressive improvement, bit by bit.
We take it slow, work each exercise with good technique, so its smooth. Because we take out time to do it right we save time in the long run by avoiding injury, poor habits, and wasted time with sloppy reps
The 4 Ms
Mindset, Motivation, Movement, and Mood
Mindest - pay attention to the stories you tell yourself, your body reacts to how you perceive your body
Motivation - is about creating positive daily habits that allow you to build the skills techniques, tactics and systems that allow you to get it done. willpower is a finite resource, a plan, program and system is a smarter approach
Movement - your body craves daily movement, make sure you feed it wisely
Mood - How you feel is effect by your Food, Exercise, Relationships, Work and Stress...its not just about exercise
Stay on the Path
Life training requires you to stay on the path
I believe what we are really doing is training for life, taking every day as an opportunity to learn, teach and grow.
To do this we need to stay on the path, the road that leads to health, fitness, and longevity
It's all the habits, actions and decisions we take that move us forward. should you stray off the path that's ok, what's important is making sure you get back on
Balance is Dynamic
Homeostasis is yin and yang in action
Consider the natural cycles of nature, day-night cycles, 4 seasons, ect, there's a natural rhythm to life, a dynamic balance, ebb, and flow.
The body is in a constant state of ebb and flow, and homeostasis is when all the flows are in balance.
Exercise can be viewed the same way if one thing is overactive, done to excess, or not enough, this can cause dysfunction.
The cause and effect of exercise
Exercise is often the gateway to healthy living, and I find there are often keystone habits that if built, trickle down to other aspects of life
exercise is one
When someone starts exercising often they become more organized, eat better, build better relationships and are happier
There are certainly movement practices that also have keystone effects, like learning how to breathe correctly, getting stronger in a deadlift, or getting sweaty with interval training.
I help take the guesswork out of what to focus on
"the body adapts to the forces we place upon it"
Wolfs Law is a principle in anatomy and physiology which tells us that whatever it is we do, the body adapts to it, for good or bad
When they first sent astronaunt up to space they were suprised to find out that they were comeing back with weak bones. No gravity in space reduces the forces on the body, so the bone got weak really fast.
I believe we need to be mindful of all the forces and stressors that we place on our bodies, from exercise, how we sit, posture, sleeping, and life stressors. They all impact our bodies. This also means that if we train in poor positions, with bad technique, and overdo it our bodies will respond poorly
I help you place the RIGHT type and amount of forces into your body so you adapt positively
To grow we must learn
I believe in being a lifelong student, learning, teaching and growing. This not only helps me to be a better person it helps me to be a better Movement teacher.
Every year I study with Movement professionals who are world class so I get an opportunity to learn, new skills and pass this knowledge onto my clients
I love the process of studying, learning,, teaching and growing
I am a student and teacher of movement and will work with anyone willing to practice, learn and grow
"Im here to help"
Hello, thanks for stopping by, I started my Exercise Medicine journey when i managed to break both my legs when I was in the Australian Army at age 18. Medically discharged with no clues how to fix my busted up body, feeling lost, with no purpose I took a wrong turn in life and went to Art school, and did all those things young artists do...and wound up with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
After some time a got sick and tired of feeling like crap, with doctors having no clue how to help I resolved to dig myself out of this hole. I attended a tai chi class as I heard it was good for energy. 8 years later I emerged with a degree in Human Movement, a post Grad in Exercise Rehab, and a Masters in Chinese Medicine, feeling happier, healthier and fitter than I was when in the Army.
It's been my mission since to help others find their own path back to wellness using an integrated approach of Eastern and western health systems
Inhale - Exhale
the most important movement practice
What type of Movement Medicine do you need
Movement medicine is Rehabilitation, work on a specific injury, get out of pain, restore energy, or rebiuld your posture from the inside out
Move and Groove your joints
Your joints are where bones connect to other bones, like your knees, shoulders hips, and spine
Joints are designed to move, sliding and gliding across each other which allows the bones to move.
Common joint issues I help people with include
- Arthritis - wear and tear of the joints
- Joint surgery prehab and rehab
- meniscus tears
- Joint stiffness, aches, and pains
- Joint inflammation
The muscles that allow movement to happen
I view the body as having 5 "Cores", or centers of movement, they include
- The diaphragm - respiration breathing and Abdominals - the muscle that connects your upper body to the lower body
- Pelvis - the stabilize that move your pelvis and femur, including the pelvic floor
- intrinsic foot muscle - the ones that control ankle and knee position
- scapula - the 17 muscles that move your shoulder blade
- Head and Neck - the muscle that keeps your head in the right spot
Back pain sucs, but there is something you can do about it
Back pain can be tricky, what exercises can you do, what shouldn't you do. What we do know is that exercise is very important in restoring a healthy back.
Back rehab requires a detailed assessment and movement history to formulate the best plan of attack to restore your back to normal function.
Ill help you though a step by step process on how to get our of pan, understand your back, and what exercises to do to regain your stregth and flexibiity
Integrated Yoga practice in your rehab program
Do you like the idea of using Yoga as the basis of your Rehab program?
Yoga has a history dating back 1000s of years and the 8 limb yoga path in itself is a comprehensive robust approach to overall health and wellbeing
Yoga has distinct practices for the physical body (asana), the breath (pranayama) and the mind (Dhyana)
Recovery Tai Chi
The slow-moving mediation to rebuild, recover and restore
Tai Chi is practiced by millions of peple worldwide for its ability to create energy, promote relaxation, and gradually build a healthy and robust body
I have been studying tai chi for over 20 years, and love to teach my clients the depth of what tai chi can bring to your life
Qi is energy, learn how to recharge your internal battery
The energy of Life is called Qi, nd without it we can do nothing. Learning to replenish, recover and store you Qi is what Qigong practice is all about.
Deeply embedded in Chinese medical Theory the path to recovering your energy requires a holistic approach to breath, nutrition, and the mind.
I've had one student describe it as the Kung fu for the mind
How you sit, stand, walk, move and groove
Posture is the sum of how your body moves in its environment, both statically, and dynamically.
Postural programs look at the entire body, and how everything works together.
There isn't really anything as bad posture, just what shapes your body makes, and whether they cause you pain or discomfort. So if you have "bad" posture you'll probably know about it because you'll be in pain, and often other therapies give you some relief, but never fixes the problem
A postural program is the LONG TERM approach to fixing or resolving niggling, persisting injuries that just won't seem to go away
Everyone is on their device, and no one is looking up
Computers, laptops, ipads, tablet, and mobile phone all tend to put folks into a slocch position.
In the rehab world we call this Kyphotic with aforward head carriage, createing a flexed, internally rotated and protracted shoulder position
This pretty much creates a whole range of postural raelted issues inculding
- stress and tension
- neck pain
- shoulder pain
- upper back pain
- lower back pain
- thorasic ooutlet syndrome
- rotator cuff impingement sysdromes
- tennis elbow
- golfers elbow
- Carpal tunnel
Yep. correcting ht common computer slouch could in fact save you months /years of pain, hundreds of dollars on ineffective treatments and male you more productive cause you, not in pain
Got a niggling injury that just won't seem to go away
Injuries that fail to respond to tradition treatment may be missing an important link. Sometimes the issue is not actually where the pain is, perhaps its something you do during the day that setting up your pain, or maybe you are just doing the wrong exercises.
Its my job to put my Sherlock Holmes hat on and investigate what's causing you pain, and how to get out of it
Another aspect returns to normal function, perhaps your pain is resolved but you just can't bring it anymore, you feel stiffer, or weaker and can't do what you used to be able to do, even though nothing hurts. In this case, your body may have adopted a dysfunctional movement pattern
East meets West
Exercise Science Yoga and Kettlebells
Its fair to say that I love to exercise, I think it is one of the greatest gifts of life, and when I can share that with folks it gives me warm fuzzy feelings.
As a student of Movement and Exercise and seek out amazing mentors and teachers to learn from, and in turn, pass on the knowledge to my students and cleints.
My method involves the integration of Exercise Science, Fitness, and nutrition with the wisdom and teaching of traditional movement systems including Yoga, martial arts and Tai Chi.
My personal practice includes morning Yoga or Tai Chi, Functional Strength Training with Kettlebells, and I have just started exploring the world of gymnastics Strength Training.
To me its about crafting a personal practice, what works for your body, and I help people find that
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