The human organism is a complex machine, and how we use it can profoundly affect our health. If, for instance, we habitually strain joints and shorten muscles, back trouble and joint pain can develop. Constant rushing and worrying can cause stress-related symptoms. And collapsing while sitting interferes with breathing, muscle tone, and organ function.
All of these problems can be medically treated after the fact, but we can understand their causes only by understanding how the organism functions in action based on a comprehensive knowledge of its design. This cannot be achieved simply by exercising, learning about body mechanics, or practicing forms of relaxation. The human body functions as a complex psychophysical whole, and understanding this system requires a knowledge of how it is designed for movement, how action is produced, and how to gain greater awareness and control of this system in action.
One of the Institute’s goals is to develop educational solutions for health problems that can be implemented in the classroom and taught by trained professionals. More information on the core ideas behind this approach are presented in the article “A New Field for Prevention”.