Get Your Glow Back – Episode 32 – Simon Stratton
I am joined today by my friend Simon Stratton, Simon is a movement coach and the founder of local motion studio in London, one of my favourite places to exercise. We spoke all about why barefoot is best, how to strip parenting back to basics and let your children inspire you and how we can make the most of our connection to our environment. I hope you loved this episode
Simon’s Movement philosophy – awareness and connection
movement brings about physical and emotional awareness and connection to yourself and your environment.
What makes local motion different to the typical gym
Play is a really important element
You workout barefoot
The focus is on natural movement and creating a community
The aim is to build an adaptable body without injury rather than for aesthetic gain
Starting your own business
Establish a base to use your time effectively
Learn your business plan and work from passion and believe in your own dream
Stripping things back to basics
By wrapping our feet in shoes we limit our experience of the ground beneath us and also change the shape of our feet with detrimental effects on our health
Reduces the amount of shock going through the lower body
Allows us to use our feet dexterously
Helps to reconnect and ground to the environment
Choose shoes with the lowest tread or barefoot shoes
Kick off your shoes whenever you don’t need them
The Benefits of Hanging
We lose grip strength as we get older but once you redevelop grip strength it opens up a lot of exercises like pull ups, dips and hanging.
Hanging is amazing for our posture to decompress our joints realign our spine.
Implementing movement into our children’s lives
Allow your kids to inspire you and join in with play
Inspire them to see and use their environment as a space for movement and keep things adventurous and playful
Simon’s Parenting Philosophy
Treat the children as individuals
Controlling your own feelings
Creating a safe space for your children to feel and emote and articulate there world without imposing your own
Taught kids sign language so they could express themselves from a young age before they could speak
Tech neck exercises:
Repetitive strain injury from looking down at phones, laptops and screens.
Solution is to get more movement in your neck
Some exercises you can do are drawing circles with your neck, reversing neck to make a double chin, pushing head back chin up, moving your eyes around.
Simon’s 3 key messages:
Where to find Simon