Why We Do What We DoDec 18, 2019
Recreating the innate pattern that saves joints, prevents muscle tears and unnecessary itis's has been a long and tedious path, Coach Gil, Frequently talks about "cognitive dissonance" and the same cognitive dissonance he experienced almost 30 years ago before he found Pete Egoscue. Cognitive Dissonance defined by oxford is "the state of having inconsistent thoughts, beliefs, or attitudes, especially as relating to behavioral decisions and attitude change." Should I listen to my Doctor if my body always hurts or Should I stop working out if every time I try too, if it strains my knees or my back?" If you are cognitively dissonant toward the world of recovery and posture than your answer may be "yes," I will listen to my doctor and get an overpriced surgery that will be hard if not impossible to recover from. Or, I will listen to my Doctor telling me I need to take pills to solve a minuscule pain in my knee. Or... "no" I want to look for different, more modern solutions to my problems like finding more efficient ways to diet, changing the way I workout and stand, or buying expensive and modern recovery equipment. If we put all the BS aside for a moment and really think outside the box for solutions than we may just find what we are looking for. The reason Coach Gil preaches about cognitive dissonance is not to harm or strike the fear of God into his audience, he warns us about cognitive dissonance because before the day came when his back was out of pain due to his change in posture, he was also cognitively dissonant to why he was in pain and had sustained so many injuries throughout his life. Once his posture was so good he could run again even with severe injuries to his lower back there was no turning back, he knew that the answer to his questions were at there most basic foundation, in our natural posture and the way we stand and he made it his mission from there on, to teach as many people as possible to not make the same mistakes that he had made with the way that they stand and posture themselves, to prevent them from also having the same or similar injuries.