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 North American Sponsor of Bones for Life®,
   Chairs, Mindful Eating, and Solutions

  Foundation for

         Posture, Locomotion, and Personal Ergonomics


                                                Walk for Life
Engage your Spine, Enhance your Stance

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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Walk for Life is a new program in optimal gait dynamics that helps participants learn to walk “the way Nature meant.” Developed by Ruthy Alon, creator of Bones for Life® and founder of the Foundation for Movement Intelligence, this program is based on Ms. Alon’s prior work and 40+ years’ international experience as a Senior Trainer of the Feldenkrais Method of movement re-education.

In this program the use of walking poles not
only helps us to maintain equilibrium, but also redistributes effort, reviving our arms’ primal function — like the front legs of quadrupeds —
to produce pressurized impacts into the ground.

The resulting counter-force from this pressure [aka GRF, or ground reaction force] thrusts our shoulder blades back toward the vertebrae, helping to restore flexibility in this often stiff, non-negotiable area of our dorsal spine.


Pole usage when walking also increases our vitality, since the non-habitual interaction of the arms with the ground (through their extension via the poles) employs a long lever that boosts the ballistic force we employ
for propulsion.

In format, the Walk for Life program consists of experiential indoor movement lessons to convey simple-yet-potent strategies that effect beneficial long-term change in flexibility, coordination, posture, strength and well-being.

It also incorporates a real-world outdoor component — walking in nature using Nordic poles — to help participants integrate patterns characteristic of a lively, pleasurable and health-promoting walk into their daily lives. Factors covered include optimal alignment, coordination, pace, propulsion, timing and impact.

Improvements in balance and gait have been validated by the University of New Hampshire’s Department of Kinesiology.

“Walk for Life participants
 improved their walking speed,
 step length, and time spent on
 each leg during walking.
 They also experienced an
 improvement in their overall
 balance confidence.”

— Erik E Swartz, PhD, ATC, FNATA
     Associate Professor, Clinical Coordinator
     Athletic Training Education Program
     University of New Hampshire

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