HOME | FORUM | COACHING | CONTACT | EVENTS | SHOP

One foot at a time | One sole at a time | One hell of a good time

HOME | CONTACT | FORUM | COACHING | SHOP

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Methode Naturelle : Georges Hebert 1875-1957



Update! Erwan's updated version of Methode Naturelle which brings MN into the 21st century is called MOVNAT:

MOVNAT is an outdoor functional training method designed to develop, maintain or restore the full range of natural human movement capacities such as walking, running, jumping, climbing, moving on all fours, balancing, lifting, carrying, throwing, catching, swimming and defending.

Through practice, fundamental physical qualities such as speed, strength, endurance, coordination and flexibility are developed. Training also necessitates and promotes the growth of essential mental and moral qualities like self-control, courage, will, focus, alertness, and respectfulness, solidarity, cooperation, and reciprocal altruism.

Lastly, just as MOVNAT promotes the return of the body’s natural physical capacities, it also encourages respect and concern for nature. We train to be able to move naturally, we train in nature, and we train to connect ourselves with the natural world and to care for it.

"One's got to be strong to be useful, not only to oneself, but to others" GH


"Any person", whoever he is, if he really wants to live his life to the full of his abilities, has towards himself some physical duties to fulfill, just as he has, in another point of view, some moral duties to perform and some social obligations to respect. These duties constitute
physical morality. They can be embodied in a double formula: to develop oneself and to preserve oneself in order to be able to help others.

Appearing in France in 1905 and elaborated by Georges Herbert (1875-1957), the Natural Method is more than a simple concept of training for the body, it is a genuine physical and moral education method, based upon reliable experience and on over a century of history. Here is the definition given by the inventor himself:

A methodical, progressive/graduated and continuous action, from childhood to adulthood, aiming to ensure integral physical development; to increase organic resistances; to highlight the aptitudes in all kind of indispensable exercises, both natural and utilitarian; to develop the energy and all the other qualities of action; finally to subordinate all physical and manly gain to an idea of a prevailing moral: altruism!

Training by The Natural Method privileges movement in all its forms. The exercises are classified into 10 families which are:

Walking
Running
Jumping
Climbing
Quadrupedal movement ( moving on all 4 limbs)
Balancing
Lifting
Throwing
Defense
Swimming

All these exercises flow from one to another during a session of 40 to 60 minutes and enable complete and utilitarian physical development. Moving about, flexibility, freedom of individual action, continuity, alternation of effort and graduation of the intensity of work are the main teaching principles of the method. The sessions take place preferably outdoors in purpose-built spaces or not, but can also be held inside for reasons of convenience.

The Natural Method is intended for people of any condition regardless of age, sex or starting level of fitness. It has a practical and immediate application in everyday life, as well as in emergencies or danger, giving the ability to assist others in whatever form.

The motto of the method,
to be strong to be useful, is in fact the condensed formula of the following sentence:

"One's got to be strong to be useful, not only to oneself, but to others".

Learn more about Georges Hebert here.

BFT

Erwan in Corsica

Labels: , ,

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, what a surprise, I wasn't expecting this little preview to be posted here, thanks Ted ! It is good to see people training, moving, enjoying the natural way all around the world. I hope we can meet one day and go run together :-).
Regarding the Methode Naturelle, it's not only a physical and mental training method based on human natural possibilities, but it also follow an ethics, a moral principle which is altruism. In a nutshell, full physical and mental capacity might allow you to not only help people in many daily life situations, but also to why not rescue them in a more perilous one. No matter what your capacity is, whenever you train you just don't forget that what you're doing might be helpful to others lives, anytime, starting by your own life. One's got to be able to walk, run, jump, balance, move on all fours, climb, lift, throw, defense oneself and swim. All those capacities are necessary and useful to all of us at different level of importance through a lifetime.

I was really really happy to discover your blog, looking at the pics in the Grand Canyon, really enjoyed the fantastic feeling of freedom that emanates from them.

Cheers !


Erwan (the guy in the video)

Thursday, October 26, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But don't go Running on the edge of bridges.

Friday, October 27, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Right on. Reading and seeing these things renews my passion to break free from this zoo and be my primitive self instead of suppress my in built natural passion because of what society deems "normal". Thanks for the refresher!

-Victor Lo Forte

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

 

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

 

HOME | BAREFOOT RUNNING COACH | CONTACT | SHOP
Copyrighted 2004-2010 Barefoot Ted's Adventures