A New Chapter Begins

Feb 02, 2015
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I have pursued my goal of walking without devices full-time for more than 8 years. I have had many transitions on my journey, but throughout these years, I have stayed at the same fitness facility.  On December 1, 2014, I started a new chapter when I began to work with a new training team.  The Movement Specialist and trainer with whom I worked successfully for more than five years moved on to another professional opportunity. 

As a result of his departure, I received a call from Korey McCoy, the Owner and Director of the fitness facility that I attend.  He expressed his appreciation for my patronage and said, “Kerry, we are ready to work with you, and I hope you will stay with us.”

I have known Korey for more than 8 years. I trust his experience, his staff, and the philosophy, methods and techniques that are applied with clients.  After reflecting on my progress, I made a commitment to continue working with him and his team.  Korey clearly understands the need for continuity and consistency in my program.

When we initially spoke, he recognized the importance of forging a plan which would help me to continue to move forward with my goals. Korey has always supported staff on his team to take on the challenge of helping me reach my goals.

This most recent transition required a period of planning, assessment, and evaluation to learn from the lessons and outcomes of previous work, as well as to identify new areas of work and emerging needs.

Korey’s contributions to initiating this new chapter of my program echo well-recognized principles of corrective exercise. These principles include the idea that “stretching facilitates a range of movement and alignment and that coordinated strengthening helps to reteach movement cues between the brain, nervous system, and the rest of the body.” [i]

Our new work plan also acknowledges the teachings of Moshe Feldenkrais, who said, “If a professional does not teach a client to feel and recognize what they should do to perform a movement properly each time, then the training will never be successful.” [ii]

I have asked Korey, to further explain the principles, approaches, and techniques that are being applied and integrated into this new chapter of my exercise and walking program, and his review follows.  – Kerry A. Wiley

The Composition of Kerry’s Walking Program

Kerry’s sessions begin with myofascial release (MFR). “Myofascial release focuses on releasing muscular shortness and tightness. MFR techniques stretch the muscular structures.” [iii]

We’re trying to get some type of neural stimulation from the variety of myofascial techniques we use. We are trying to cue Kerry’s body to develop awareness of muscle activity. We’re also trying to work Kerry’s body in a way that is systematic, where everything is working as a unit, so that we link and make a connection with how the body is designed to move.

Core Activation

We are trying to stimulate a neural connection with the core.  The core includes major muscles within the belly and the mid and lower back.  The core provides support and stability in walking and related movements.  We want the core to “fire” or activate with the limbs.  We are working to make sure the core is firing simultaneously with extremity movement.

Getting the core to fire properly is an important part of human movement that we try to emphasize with any client.  The body operates better as a system then in individual parts, so Kerry’s legs are not going to be able to function properly unless the core is integrated in stabilizing and facilitating movements.

“Original Strength” Model

The “Original Strength” model emphasizes developmental movement patterns like rolling and crawling. The emphasis is on movements that stimulate the vestibular or balance system.

For more information on the “Original Strength” Model and application of the model, take note of the following:


According to “Original Strength” model, there are five “neural resets” or movements that stimulate the vestibular system.  The resets include: breath, head nodding, hip rocking, rolling, and crawling.

We have incorporated these “neural resets” into Kerry’s program, specifically hip rocking, rolling, and crawling. Using MFR, manual manipulation, and related techniques, we are trying to get Kerry’s body to know what it’s capable of doing.

Kerry’s program also includes work on contralateral movements (exercising muscles on opposite sides of the body from one another). People walk with contralateral movements – that is, use their opposite arm and opposite leg.

To achieve Kerry’s goal, certain prerequisite skills are required. We are trying to support Kerry to learn and connect to what is natural movement. – Korey McCoy   **Kerry’s Co-Author, Korey McCoy, holds a Bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Washington State University and a Master’s in Kinesiology from Indiana University.   ________________________________ [i] Price, J. (2008, January). Corrective exercise: coming full circle: from medical gymnastics to self myofascial release and beyond, corrective exercise continues to help humans with physical dysfunction. IDEA Fitness Journal, 5(1), 40+. Retrieved from http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%

[ii] Price, J. (2008, January). Corrective exercise: coming full circle: from medical gymnastics to self myofascial release and beyond, corrective exercise continues to help humans with physical dysfunction. IDEA Fitness Journal, 5(1), 40+. Retrieved from http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%

[iii] Saratchandran, R., & Desai, S. (2013). Myofascial release as an adjunct to conventional occupational therapy in mechanical low back pain. Indian Journal Of Occupational Therapy, 45(2), 3-7.

Author: Kerry

  • bobl07

    As always Kerry, you continue to stretch the limits of your own ability level. Continued success! Go for it!

  • Kerry Wiley

    Hello Bob, thank you for your well wishes. The “A New Chapter Begins” article is meant to touch on the importance of planning and forging a plan to ensure continuity and progressions.
    Kerry Wiley