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Bones for Life
Outsmarting Osteoporosis with
Movement Nature Meant


Ruthy Alon
FMI Founder and President

Incorporated in the state of Maine in 2007, the Foundation for Movement Intelligence is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization dedicated to promoting the world’s best movement practices in the service of osteoporosis prevention and reversal. <

  Our current Board Members are:
  Doug Boltson, Treasurer
  Anna Hatrecht, Secretary
  Tancha McKnight
  Mary Jo Healey
  Elinor Silverstein
  Janeen Pirosko
  Cate Thomas
  Past members: Karen Chwe,
  Kelly Feder, Gail French,
  Linda Howell, Gretchen Langner,   Hélène Lévesque, Carol Lingman,
  Deborah Lotus, Richard Rogers,
  Cici Runge, Jileen Russell,
  Marcia Schoppik, Tyr Throne,   Cathy Wright and Sheila Zangara

FMI oversees activities of the North American instructors of Bones for Life® in the U.S. and Canada. We are a proud member of ISMETA — the International Somatic Movement Education & Therapy Association.

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From navigating the Australian outback, to scaling the mountains in the Andes and the Himalayas, to trekking vessels of water and baskets of goods across sub-Saharan Africa, the world’s traditional cultures have evolved ways of moving to sustain life and maintain health which have served humankind for centuries, and which have much to offer our comparatively sedentary twenty-first century society.

In particular, as regards skeletal health, it is notable that African women have the world’s lowest incidence of bone fractures. Yet we all live on the same planet and share the same gravitational field (save for astronauts, who return to earth with bone loss of as much as 2% per month). Could it be that there is wisdom in the water carrier’s walk? That by modeling their manner of moving, as nature meant, and adopting attributes of their graceful gait, we, too, can strengthen our bodies — reversing bone loss and increasing bone resiliency — while we restore our health and boost our biological optimism in the face of our culture’s current concern with osteoporosis?

This is the working premise of Bones for Life® — an experiential training in optimal human biomechanics, whose precise, practical,

hands-on approach to autonomous mastery of posture and movement is being championed in the United States and Canada by our growing organization.

Bones for Life’s key concern is with safety. As an initial step in attaining and maintaining an optimal weight-bearing posture, you learn to align your spine with its innate design, so as to protect its vulnerable joints from injury. Then, later, while intelligently “using your head” — literally — to sustain bone-building loads, you learn to walk once more as nature intended, allowing yourself to lengthen as you strengthen,
and improve as you move.

How does this help your bones? Bones are constantly remodeling; osteoclasts break down old tissue, while osteoblasts generate healthy new cells. When we learn to walk again with a dynamic spring in our step, as humankind has done for centuries, the rhythmic pulsations stimulate growth, fortifying bone tissue in accord with Wolff’s Law.

With this age-old answer to the modern malady of osteoporosis
Bones for Life is acheiving some remarkable results. For improved health and well-being, we invite you to safely explore integrated patterns of natural movement and weight-bearing posture embodied by indigenous people worldwide, and awaken your skeleton’s innate intelligence — both consciously and cellularly. You may discover a resilience inherent in your bones that energizes, invigorates and revitalizes your entire self!

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