Life is a playground, a laboratory, a blank canvas.
Immerse yourself in all of it.
— Kellen Milad, Movement || Life

 

My Practice of Free Movement

Movement is how we navigate the world.  Therefore, how we move is a direct reflection of how we live. 

I choose to live prioritizing self-awareness, learning, creativity, connectedness, and expression.  These values are infused in my health and fitness so that I may practice and refine them every.damn.day.  I've come to call my style Free Movement.

I explore an array of movement disciplines, psychology, and anthropology.  I spend my time weaving together the threads of physical, cognitive, and emotional self-development.  

 

The goal is the process; the creation of an integrated life where the body, mind, and spirit are all developed and all support each other.

 

When we deconstruct the boxes that restrict our thoughts and actions we can begin to interpret life on own terms. Free Movement is not a proprietary training method. It is a framework to guide thinking about movement in a broader context.  Free Movement is PLAYFUL, PRACTICAL, PERSONAL and encourages a rich human experience. 

  1. Play fosters learning and interaction to bring joy and creativity into our lives. Research has shown the extensive physical and mental benefits of play.  Play paves the way for finding the work that we love.
  2. Practical training drives and maintains active everyday living. Movements like lifting, carrying, balancing, running, and jumping are the foundation of what it means to move like a human. Developing skill in these movements encourages exploration and paves the way for expression.
  3. Self-expression is a basic human need.  Everyone has a unique style of movement to develop.  This expression helps us overcome negativity, judgement, and comparisons.  Expression promotes inner balance and connection to the world.

The Tenants of Free Movement

  1. Movement is a vehicle to practice mindfulness and develop self-awareness.
  2. Mastery of our physical body contributes to the formation of positive self-image and self-confidence.
  3. Training for high quality movement enhances performance and promotes longevity.
  4. Movement has the capacity to heal injury and correct dysfunction.
  5. Movement training should increase the ability to meet practical demands and build capacity for self-expression.
  6. Everyone is responsible for their own movement practice.
  7. Movement is a pathway to experience greater freedom.
  8. Movement is central to our lives and can be integrated into every waking hour, i.e. the movement culture.

 

I coach individuals to build their own practice of Free Movement.  The process is unique for everyone; our work provides the tools and the space to allow that process to unfold.