Natural Movement Workshops

Would you like to see if natural movement is for you?  OurNMCnaturalmovementworkshop
workshops enable you to sample this incredible form of fitness and discover how it can help you.

Introduction to Natural Movement Workshops:

Friday August 19th, 5- 6:45pm

Friday September 9th, 5 – 6:45pm

These workshops are a perfect way to discover if Natural Movement is for you.   The workshops include both movement, discussion and post work out nutrient dense drinks & snacks.


  • Learn the natural movement way to warm up and wake up your body  with our ‘natural developmental sequence’
  • Learn to Re-Balance with fun and sometimes challenging balancing sequences
  • Integrate your right and left sides, wake up your core and strengthen your pelvic floor with natural movement crawling patterns
  • Recover your shoulder and upper body mobility and strength with an introduction to climbing (even our 70+ year old members are being introduced to climbing – you are never too old)
  • Wake up your feet and hands with stretches and mobility exercises


  • What is natural movement? & how it can help you reclaim lost abilities
  • The physical and mental health benefits of natural movement
  • Our story… how we chose natural movement
  • How to become a member

Eat & Drink:

After you’ve worked hard and had ample mental stimulation you’ll get to enjoy our ‘on tap’ Happy Belly Kombucha and delicious raw, vegan snacks from Basic Roots.   We believe that what you refuel with after a work out needs to be good for your body and mind which is why we’ve searched high and low to find the best local, organic food and drink to fill your belly with goodness.

Parent & Kids Natural Movement Workshops: Kids Summer Camp

Thursday August 25th, 4:30 – 5:45 pm, 7 – 12 yrs old + an adult/parent

In these playful workshops you and your kids will be taught the most efficient way to move.  You will have a safe place to explore and reclaim your natural movement abilities. You will: 

  •  Enhance your motor skills
  •  Learn mindfulness in movement
  •  Get both a physical and mental workout

Natural Movement is a study of practical, real-world movement. It is a rehabilitation, fitness and lifestyle program grounded in the knowledge that healthy movement gets to the root of our problems. It will change how you move—and more.

Call us on 403 229 9214 to book a workshop.


Osteopathy and Natural Movement, a Perfect Synergy of Health

By Ed Paget

  •  Can you get up from the floor without using your hands?
  • Do you have the strength and flexibility to move into and out of a deep squat position?SquatIf you can’t, you should take note…a recent study from Brazil showed that people who used their hands and knees to help them get up from the floor have an increased risk of dying in the following 6 years when compared to those who can go down and get up without any support.

With this type of research in mind our osteopathic clinic is evolving to include a centre dedicated to the practice of natural movement.  Personally I used to be all about what I could feel with my hands but I’ve shifted my interest to look at how people move.

Ed Lunge

I’ve been following the leading lights in the industry for some time (think Vern Gambetta, Gary Gray, Gray Cook, Gary Ward etc.) Recently I’ve noticed there has been an emergence into the mainstream of a form of movement called ‘natural movement.’  It seems odd to me that movement needs a qualifying word in front of it but I can see why it’s necessary as ‘movement’ means so many different things to different people.

I see a similar situation to what we currently have with food; when we go to the grocery store some food is labeled as organic, well in actual fact food that is grown without pesticides, herbicides and synthetic fertilizers is just normal or natural.  It’s as if organic food should have no label because it’s natural, and all other food should have labels specifying what’s different about it or how it’s unnatural.  Natural movement finds itself in the same predicament.
Squatting, sitting, crawling, jumping, running, climbing etc. are not new movements, they are perhaps some of the oldest movements that we, as humans, have.  They are innate to our species.  From an evolutionary sense more modern movements used in activities like cycling, most team sports and even the gym are relatively new to our bodies and provide a stimulus that is…well…different.

Lucy and I have noticed how some of our most injured patients or those chronically in pain seem to be the weakest.  In addition to The 2014 Brazilian Longevity it doesn’t take a group of scientists to tell me that the more mobile and stronger I’ll be in my 70’s, 80’s and 90’s the better quality of life I will have.

With this in mind, I’ve begun to question a lot of the activities my patients do to keep fit and remain strong.  I’ve asked many of them to tell me what they want to be capable of when they hit their 80’s (play with grand kids, ski, jog etc.) and asked them how their current activities are leading them towards that.  One recent case was a gentleman in his 50’s who’d just discovered CrossFit.  He loved it, and started training 5 days a week.  He lost weight, and saw rapid strength changes with the movements he did but still couldn’t sit down on the floor without using his hands, which is one of the indicators of early death in the Brazilian study. Like most people, he chose not to focus on and improve what he couldn’t do, but instead he added more weight to what he could do.  The challenge for him became about how many pounds he could lift with no real end goal in mind – just the next personal best.  Now, if you think about that type of motivation for a second, what is the most likely outcome for him? When would he stop?  You guessed it, it’s when the weakest area of his body gave out, which in his case was one of his knees.  So he has now spent 8 months not being able to lift anything; losing all the gains he had, but more importantly he is now further away from any goals he had in mind for his mobility in his 70’s and 80’s then he did when he started lifting weights.

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MovNat Certification and Workshop Calgary

MovNatIntrinsi is proud to be hosting the second Calgary MovNat Level 1 & 2 certification and workshop.

Friday May 27th- Sunday May 29th, 2016

Intrinsi’s Natural Movement Centre
#101, 17th Ave S.W (next to the clinic)

Cost and more information here:

Certification – $1,350$1,770

Workshop – $420



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Osteopathy and Plants – A Rich and Significant Connection

Written by Anna King

“Make yourself a child of inquiry and a student of nature”
Andrew Taylor Still M. D.  D.O. 1892  – 1917
(First practitioner and teacher of Osteopathic medicine)

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In 1892, A.T Still opened the world’s first Osteopathic Medical School in Kirksville, Missouri, USA.  A.T Still was an insightful man and pioneered the way for Osteopathic principles; describing it both as an art and science that stems deeply from following natures natural laws of innate wisdom, and the ability to self-heal provided that our environment (internal and external) is sufficiently nourished. Any disturbance in the normal physiological functioning affecting blood, nerve and lymph flow will affect the functioning and health of the whole body.

It was a privilege to attend an international Osteopathy Conference and Founders Day celebration at the A.T Still University in 2014. I was equally delighted to see an apothecary medicinal herbal garden; A.T Still wanted to interconnect plants with Osteopathy and it was wonderful to see that his dream was literally alive and doing well.

Click here for a guide to 19th Century medicinal use of A.T Still’s plants, many of which he came to understand through his rich connection with a variety of American Indian nations.

So why plants and Osteopathy you may ask? Plants provide us with the very air that we breathe, and provide essential nutrients and medicine that can help our bodies heal faster. A.T Still ‘discovered’ osteopathy in nature and was fascinated by local American Indian and Midwest settler’s uses of medicinal herbs and plants which he would often prescribe before or after a course of osteopathic treatments.

Plants have the intelligent ability to communicate with the complexities of our natural world by responding/reacting in a unique way to areas of air and soil pollution; one will see more growth of plants that help stabilize air quality or re-mineralize soils. Plants do this by producing more of the natural elements that are attractive for certain animals or birds; this entices them to eat more, pass more seeds and other plant matter through their digestive system which in turn improves the fertility of the soil and escalates the growth of more plants and trees. So begins the natural cycle of life, creating balance and harmony within our environment.

Stephen Harrod Buhner, author of The Lost Language of Plants, puts it eloquently:

“Plants and their chemistries, do even more, of course. They are intimately interwoven into the lives of all organisms on Earth. They exist not for themselves alone; they create and maintain the community of life on Earth, they produce the chemistries all life needs to live, and they heal other organisms that are ill.”

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