Animal Flow® includes a wide range of exercises and movement combinations that are grouped into six components, each designed to elicit specific results. The six components can be mixed and matched in many ways, and you can incorporate one, some, or all of them in your workouts! The six components include:
>Wrist Mobilizations include a range of simple exercises designed to increase the flexibility and strength of your wrists, which is particularly important for any practice where you are spending a lot of time on your hands.
>Activations are static holds we perform to connect the body before we start our practice. Examples include: Static Beast Hold, Static Crab Hold, and Limb Lifts
>Form Specific Stretches are full body stretches that start in an animal form and then move through a wide range of motion. This increases your mobility and flexibility throughout the entire body. Examples include the Ape Reach, Beast Reach, Crab Reach and Scorpion Reach.
>Traveling Forms are exercises that mimic the movements of animals. You’ll start with the “ABCs” – Ape, Beast and Crab – to get you going on these full body conditioning moves. The traveling forms are essentially how we move like animals to improve the function of the human animal.
>Switches are dynamic movements that we perform one after the other, creating the “flow” of Animal Flow. You can transfer from one form to another, or repeat the same one as a drill. Examples include the many variations for Underswitches, Side Kickthroughs, Front Kickthroughs, and Scorpions.
>Flow: Your Flow is where the real magic happens. You’ll combine the Animal Flow moves by linking them together in a fluid sequence, seamlessly transferring energy from one move to the next. Flows may be a choreographed sequence practiced over multiple sessions, or may be created freestyle!
About Morteza Tafakory:
Morteza Tafakory initially studied physiotherapy at the University of Applied Sciences in Utrecht, Holland. While enjoying this study, he has come to understand the value of this discipline but also the shortcomings of this field of medicine.
His whole life he has been active in various sports and as a result, he unfortunately suffered some serious injuries. At the time he went into a physical therapy treatment program, and during this time he noticed the imperfections of a singular therapy form. The common tunnel vision often leads to treatments that must be performed according to specific protocols.
Because each person is unique, he does not believe in an approach that forces a therapist to remain within set frameworks. In his experience, physiotherapy is just one piece of the complex puzzle within path of recovery. For that reason he has gone on vast research to expand his toolbox as a therapist. Thus, he ended up with a variety of disciplines that complement each other, therefore he can offer a more complete method of treatment. Through these specialisations, he has developed his own approach that is explained under “vision” on this site.