Analyzing human movement (biomechanics) was typically reserved for athletes and special populations, until biomechanical scientist Katy Bowman decided to apply these same engineering principles to the every-day use of the HUMAN MACHINE for the purpose of reducing common disease.
Initially starting her college career as a mathematician turned physicist, she eventually combined her love for anatomy and physiology with her strong engineering background. Katy completed her undergraduate degree in Biomechanics and Kinesiology and began work designing safe exercise programs for injured or post-rehab patients seeking to re-establish a higher level of activity.
After working in the field for four years, Bowman, with physics and engineering skills aiding her, observed that specific gait patterns and anthropometric dimensions were similar in people with similar degeneration patterns. Wanting to study more, Katy returned to her biomechanical studies at a graduate level. In addition to large skeletal movements, she began to study micro-biomechanics: the physics of blood flow in the cardiovascular system, the relationship between neurological function and cellular health, and the role of the pelvic floor muscles in supporting organ positioning and function.
While completing her Master’s program, Katy opened her first “restorative exercise” studio – a facility dedicated to the ABCs of movement. While many people enjoy regular fitness habits, most do so with poor gait patterns and low, all-over muscle use. This studio provided little-known information on how to increase body awareness and performance and quickly developed a large reputation for aiding many in pain reduction, increased bone density, and increased metabolic health. After outgrowing 2 facilities, the Restorative Exercise Institute moved to the building currently housing the B.E.A.C.H., and in January of 2011 transitioned to an entirely online Institute, training both professional and laypeople all over the world. The B.E.A.C.H. carries Katy’s Aligned and Well™ DVD series, a prescriptive line targeting specific ailments or body parts most susceptible to biomechanical issues. Katy also serves as scientific advisor to Earth Footwear, and just finished writing her first book, Every Woman’s Guide to Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Healthy Feet, due out in the Fall of 2011.
In August of 2011, Katy and her family moved up to Washington State to open up a Northwest Alignment Center which will primarily be a training facility for practitioners, and to try their hand at homesteading. Whenever she is in Ventura, you can bet she’ll be in doing her favorite thing of all- teaching biomechanics at The B.E.A.C.H.!