What is Tactical Movement for First Responders?
Tactical movement, as described by the military, is movement of a unit assigned a tactical mission under combat conditions when not in direct ground contact with the enemy. It is an offensive action. It prepares the unit to engage in defensive action. Tactical movement for first responders follows the same foundational basis: it is movement created to prepare first responders for defensive action in urban combat conditions via offensive movement practices that increase endurance, strength and flexibility. By utilizing these tactical movements, TMFR prepares first responders to take action with increased focus and endurance while reducing the chances of injury during defensive response.
In Chinese medicine the yin and yang are considered the underlying principles of philosophy and medicine. When there is a balance between yin (internal) and Yang (external) you will find good health. This is the foundation of TMFR. All classes are a balance of internal and external, meaning each class begins with a external, or dynamic active, sequence of postures to build strength and focus. The class then shifts to an internal, or passive and cooling sequence of postures meant for stretching connective tissue and reduction of stress and the effects of trauma. A balanced class follows each individual into their day or their shift allowing for increased agility, focus, strength and overall job performance.
While TMFR includes some postures that are considered yoga postures, we believe that health and wellbeing is more about movement than labels. Some yoga postures have been known as kinesiology stretches long before yoga became a popular aspect of our Western culture. Instead, we prefer the use of the word movement as each class is a sequence of movements specifically chosen and designed for specific aspects of the human body. It is not a yoga practice, but rather postures that have been used to increase agility and strength in athletes, police officers, military members and other first responders for years.
TMFR utilizes body weight postures to improve strength and agility while using restorative postures held for longer periods time to increase focus, reduce stress and the effects of trauma. These restorative poses have also been proven to stretch and lengthen connective tissue decreasing the chances of on the job injuries in law enforcement and other first responders.
TMFR also utilizes the benefits of tactical breathing to prepare the body for calming and grounding. Each class incorporates this specific breathing technique to train the body to remember its benefits while releasing stress simultaneously. This particular technique has been utilized by the military, law enforcement and firefighters for years. It helps stop stress in its tracks and combined with mindful movement is an excellent tool in bringing the body back to itself allowing for better job performance and stress management.