MovementWise is a program for empowering individuals to live their best lives despite obstacles, ailments and disability. This series of films and real-life experiences displays how small changes in posture, movement and lifestyle habits can positively impact quality of life. MovementWise gives access to quality resources that give competence and self-confidence to move forward by means of active experiences that inspire individuals to connect with their bodies, with nature and fuel passion for life. Tania Cotton and her team of MovementWise Mentors have positively impacted the lives of Olympic athletes, Cancer survivors, World Champion bikers, concert pianists and beyond to enable them to live their best lives, driven by meaning, purpose and direction.
At the age of 40, with pain in his knees and a diagnosis of ‘arthritis’, Dave believes that he has to give up the sports he loves playing. His work takes over his life, and the stresses and strains take a toll on his mental and physical health. His world falls apart when his wife is diagnosed with breast cancer. Forced to delegate at work and bring healthy eating and physical activity back into is life, Dave embarks on a performance journey that makes him feel and look 10 years younger and that gives him a whole new outlook on life. At 50 he now rarely feels the pain in his knees, and he is doing twice as much as he did at 40. His family notice that embracing physical activity as an integral part of his life enables Dave to ‘manage’ stressful situations in a way he was unable to do before. For Josh, his son, his father is a role model – his experiences have taught him lessons that have impacted his own life and that he wants to pass on to others.Watch Now
A week before her 50th birthday, Kate was diagnosed with breast cancer. Overwhelmed by fear and a belief that the best years of her life were over, Kate and her husband Dave sought expert support from gynecologist, Dr Magdalena Kohlik and ESCA Cancer Care who highlighted the health benefits of regular exercise. MovementWise Mentor, Tania Cotton guided her on a journey to cycle 160km (100m) from Olympic Park to Buckingham in England, even though Kate had never ridden a road bike before. Overcoming her fear of failure put Kate back in control of her own health and performance destiny and showed her that if she took care of her body, the best years of her life could be about to begin!Watch Now
As a teenager Sam suffered, like more and many teenagers today, from the fear of 'not being good enough'. The pressures perceived or real, of 'being judged' lead to disabling low self-esteem and depression. When the very things that give her the most comfort are taken away from her - her horse and her sport, her life feels shattered. With the help of a MovementWise mentor Tania Cotton and Dr Finn Mahler a sports medicine specialist, she begins to set herself realistic and achievable goals. She embarks on a journey to follow her equestrian dreams and rekindle her passion for life. In doing so she embraces life with a new understanding that health and performance is a journey and not...Watch Now
Hugo, at 27 years of age, feels that the best years of his life are over. Physical activities he used to love now to cause him pain so he avoids them, falling into a vicious cycle, sitting for up to 15 hours a day at his computer and withdrawing from an active social life. Unaware that he has a problem that has a solution, a MovementWise mentor, Tania Cotton, takes him on a journey that teaches him how to adopt new lifestyle habits that ‘change his life’.Watch Now
Robbie, 15 years ago, was resigned to a life of pain and disability, and then he experienced a philosophy of health care centered not on treating him as an injury or a disease but as a whole person in the context of a real life. Robbie highlights the importance for each of us to build a team around ourselves with the expertise, experience and above all an attitude that can enable us to bridge the gap between our medical needs and our performance goals.Watch Now
From not being able to walk more than 15’ on the flat, Nicole has gone on to climb mountains in winter conditions with skins on her skis – climbing the Briethorn (4164m) and skiing over challenging off-piste glaciated terrain to the valley floor in Zermatt (1600m) – a descent of over 2550m! Nicole and her dog Laya now enjoy exploring the mountains together.Watch Now
Experiencing new symmetry and balance in her body is transforming Vanessa’s life. Armed with a new understanding of her own body, Vanessa has become passionate about enabling others to reconnect with their bodies, with themselves and to preventing pain and optimize their performance at work and in life.Watch Now
Mairi has lost 2 stone since beginning her MovementWise Journey and was able to ski confidently with her family the first winter after her final operation. This year Mairi completed the Tour du Mont Blanc, a unique long-distance hike around the Mont Blanc Massif, with an old school friend. Together they walked 170km ascending and descending Swiss, French and Italian mountains, staying in high altitude mountain refuge huts and carrying everything they needed in rucksacks on their backs. Pain free and feeling stronger each day, Mairi Watson has founded Les Jolis Dames – walking and yoga experiences for women. You can get personal insight to Mairi’s MovementWise Journey from her BlogWatch Now
Eric Boquet is an athlete in sport and in his professional corporate life. With his newfound form Eric regularly runs with his daughter, Millie, also an athlete and an avid animal lover! His MovementWise experience prompted him to get specialist advice on his shoulders. He has now regained full range of movement in both shoulders after years of pain and limitation. He wants everyone to know that knowledge is power, but knowing is not doing, and when you have the courage to do things differently you can feel 10 years younger!Watch Now
Our health and the health of our planet are inextricably linked. Nicole Schwab, founding director of the forum of young global leaders and an active leading light in mobilizing a new 'restoration generation', highlights the importance of 'coming back to our senses'. Taking care of ourselves begins with valuing our planet, redefining success and discovering how, when we all play a part, small things can make a big difference. And the time to act is now!Watch Now
Géraldine Fasnacht is a base suit jumper, wing suit flyer and champion of the Verbier Extreme Snowboarding Competition in Switzerland. She shares with us her personal health and performance journey and teaches us that most of our limitations exist within our minds. She shows us how to overcome adversity, encourages us to follow our dreams and above all to value life and to live life fully.Watch Now
When you suffer health challenges that threaten your quality of life, you have 2 choices: either to be a passive player in what you may believe is your inevitable decline; or to activate an inner armour of strength that will enable you to discover your true potential. Claudio Alessi and Sacha Décosterd – world champion Martial Artists, show us how most of our limitations exist within our minds.Watch Now
Through passion and dedication, artistic ice-skater Stéphane Lambiel became both a multiple world champion and Olympic Silver Medalist. He knows that to be the best is not just about working toward one goal or one medal but allowing your curiosity to drive your creativity so that you keep exploring and discovering new ways of fulfilling your performance potential. Stéphane teams up with world-class pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and challenges himself: ‘if she can be so precise with her music can we be as precise with our movements?’ Keen to see new Swiss ice skaters at future Olympic games, Stéphane sets up his own school on ice. He emphasizes the importance for young athletes to have coaches and mentors who believe in them and who allow them to develop in their own time and in their own way empowering them to achieve their performance potential.Watch Now
Tracy Moseley, a 4 x World Champion Mountain Biker, reveals what it takes to stay at the ‘top of your game’. In today’s world, children practicing sport are increasingly pressurized to specialize early. Tracy emphasizes the importance of ‘just being a kid’ and how trying different activities makes you adaptable, giving you the physical competence and self-confidence to get out and explore the natural beauty of the world we live in.Watch Now
Ice hockey has been a way of life for Patrick since childhood. His passion for the sport and the special bond he enjoys with his teammates make it difficult for him to cope with the turmoil and isolation of being injured. Rehabilitation after 2 hip operations failed to prepare him for the rigors of this intense contact sport on ice. Bill Knowles, a world-renowned athletic development coach, uses ‘the power of play’ and reconditioning to prepare Patrick’s mind and body for return to competitive sport, without pain. Professor Jacques Menetrey, a ‘Return to Play’ expert, highlights the importance for individuals to be exposed to a broad range of movement experiences that develop a rich ‘movement vocabulary’ that prepares them not only for sport but also for life.Watch Now
Khatia Buniatishvili is a concert pianist – a musical athlete who engages her whole mind and body within her art. An opportunity to perform alongside Stéphane Lambiel, a multiple world champion artistic ice skater, reveals a special connection between them that continues to develop through their mutual passion for music, dance and self-expression. They share the joy of connecting with their audiences, and desire to touch something deep inside them that will inspire them too to live life fully.Watch Now
Gerry, a competitive road cyclist, walks away from physical activity and ‘piles on the pounds. Living in denial of his physical decline he loses his confidence and self-esteem. Robert Lustig, a professor of clinical pediatrics, is an expert in nutrition and how it affects the biochemistry of our bodies and how this dictates the energy we have now and the health we will enjoy in the future. Our ability to perform at our best is affected both by the quality and quantity of our movement and eating habits. Dr Robert Lustig provides us with sustainable solutions for living in a healthier, happier world.Watch Now
All children deserve to be recognized for the type of learners they are and to receive the quality of teaching that allows them to unlock their full potential. The Windward Way – Teachers Transforming Lives reveals how, when teachers are taught how to apply the best scientific evidence on language development and learning, all children, including those with Dyslexia and other language-based learning challenges, can most effectively learn to read and write, and become happy, confident and productive participators within society. First and foremost, teachers need to be given the tools to reach all children. We need different types of brains and many children with language-based challenges are ‘big picture – out of the box thinkers’ of extraordinary intelligence. Albert Einstein, Leonardo da Vinci and Richard Branson are just a few examples of people who have used their dyslexic brains to positively impact the world we live in.Watch Now
Tania is a Movement Analyst, Chartered Physiotherapist and Performance Coach with over 25 years’ experience working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds, including Olympic athletes. After 12 years working as a consultant for the Swiss Olympic Medical Centre in Geneva, Tania founded MovementWise to give everyone access to practical ways of overcoming pain and injury and to living a healthy, active, fulfilling life.
Tania has produced and directed over 15 MovementWise Films on health and human performance to spread a message of hope that will inspire people to take action. Tania uses the power of storytelling to show people how they can overcome health and performance challenges to do things in their lives they may currently believe impossible. This 2’ short film will give you insight into what it means to become MovementWise.
As part of her ongoing commitment to promote interdisciplinary collaboration and raise awareness of the expertise that is available, Tania hosts the LifeWise Podcast. You can watch LifeWise Podcast #15 ‘Becoming MovementWise’ with Tania Cotton here or listen to it on Spotify or iTunes:
To learn more about Tania and to get access to all of her films and podcasts, you can go to the MovementWise Website: www.movementwise.org/about