1. How would you define your personal practice? My personal practice revolves specifically around what my body and mind need. Nobody knows themselves better than themselves and is important to recognize that, listen to what we need rather than what we want and build from there. Asking myself what I need today and using my education and play to find, fix and better whatever it is that needs more work. These things may range from sleep, eating, mobility, cardio, moving my glenohumeral joint better and without pain, or be in nature. Basically anything we choose can always be better.
2. What turning points have you encountered on your movement journey? I have done a lot of continuing education in my 17 years as a personal coach, including massage therapy school. This decision to become a manual therapist turned out to be the best decision of a lifetime. It helped me mold the person and coach I am today.
3. What role has injury played in cultivating your current niche? Having played and done a wide variety of sports from a competitive water skier to rugby to my Strong First Level 2, I have had many dings and been HURT a great number of times. I have been INJURED fewer times thankfully. In each instance it has been a huge mental battle and obviously physically. To find ways to get better faster and safer while stroking the ego a bit to stay sane. I accomplish this by constantly playing and incorporating everything I’ve learned and know about myself to explore outside the box and do what is best for ME.
4. Do you consider yourself a teacher? Why or why not? I most definitely consider myself a teacher. I always wanted to be a teacher when I was younger. Although, in the classic school setting has morphed into a massage table, a gym floor and nature as my classroom.
5. What has been your experience with physical education, both in the schooling system and sought out knowledge/ know-how elsewhere? I have never taught in a school other than helping out with the Stanford Rugby Team for a short while. Each year I do take continuing education courses to expand myself, learn so that I can help myself and have a greater impact on others.
6. How do you involve your mind/ emotions into your physical routines? I love to play and practice everything I preach as much as possible. The more I play, the more I can find ways to help my coaching clients along with my manual treatments. Always incorporating regressions to ensure prerequisites are stable before a loaded task and teaching that awareness.
7. What are your personal aspirations regarding movement? How do you hope to find purpose and use in the skills you have built? My aspirations for “movement” is to have a neurological wealth of knowledge when it comes to any physical task and be able to execute or find a quicker and safe way to accomplish the task. As long as I can play and practice I can keep learning, exploring and creating.
8. How can people find/ contact you? Do you have a site or social media handle to share? Currently my website is in the beginning of being created. I have an Instagram account @briangfox and Facebook as Human Animation. I am also in the gym website where I contract out of www.evolutiontrainers.com