The How, What & Why of CPEP
What is Wellness?
When I was in school back in the 1970s our professors defined wellness as a state of optimal well-being, not merely the absence of disease. Today, what was heretical then has increasingly become conventional wisdom. “Everyone knows” wellness is more than not feeling sick, and this mindset is increasingly accepted as current research is showing how long-term subclinical conditions and poor choices in daily habits can dramatically contribute to the onset of disease and early mortality.
I talk about wellness with experts ranging from DCs to MDs, massage to physical therapists, trainers and nutritionists and others–and they may have different terminology and different ways of describing it, but when you come right down to it, we’re all talking about the same body in the same state.
Depending on how you slice it, the classic way of looking at achieving wellness focuses on three or four factors:
- Structural (a subset of physical)
- Chemical (also a subset of physical)
- Mental (including attitude and possibly encompassing emotional realms)
- Spiritual (including attitude and also possibly encompassing emotional as well as a connection with something greater than ourselves)
And regardless of how you slide them, the interdependence of these realms is increasingly blurred. Studies show your attitude not only affects how you feel, it also affects hormonal chemical balance as well as your physical body. What you eat and your posture not only affects your attitude, it also affects chemical balance. Church-going people live longer! It used to be body & soul…and then it became mind & body… but as our understanding of physical reality and ourselves grows, current ideas seem to be leaning more towards what I call body-mind. In other words, body (structural and chemical), mind, emotional and even spiritual are all interlocking gears. Wellness is how well the gears are meshing…how it’s all working together.
Which brings us to where CPEPs (Certified Posture Exercise Professionals) fit in.
The WHAT of CPEPs is Improving Motion
Helping someone’s body work better is what a CPEP does. Retraining someone to improve the alignment between their physical perception of their body and objective reality means creating Posture Consciousness (initially with a picture, and reinforced with body aware exercises) and cultivating habits to promote moving with control of full-range, symmetrical motion.
The HOW of CPEPs are the StrongPosture® Protocols
Along everything else you do in your practice and along with other intelligent LifeHabits, StrongPosture® exercises to regain, strengthen and maintain control of posture and motion.
My bottom line: the WHY of CPEPs is Wellness by strengthening the connection between mind, motion and breath.