A primary focus in the practice of PyM is to increase energetic flow within the body. Similar to health on earth, maintaining body health is dependent on sufficient fluidity throughout its flow systems. Almost 80% of the human physique is all or part of a fluid medium. Movement in general including breathing stimulates flow in the various fluid systems. The more we move, the more circulation and flow through the organs and the more energy is generated. This cycle increases capacity to move in the future if physical training is also directed to build strength and endurance. Conversely, flexibility and balance may also be enhanced as ligament and tendons, the stabilizing bands of connective tissue which attach to bone and/or muscles are ‘juiced’ by stretch and movement.
The fluid systems of the human body are considered to be in six major categories. The systems are separated by placement in the body or by differences in their properties, particular function, or by their chemistry characteristics which transform with movement. The health of each fluid system whether circulatory, interstitial, intercellular, cerebrospinal, lymphatic, or synovial all support and feed the cells of the body. They are also all connected. The individual signature of the heartbeat sets the pace of blood flow through the capillaries. Breath moves not only the blood circulatory system and digestive system but the cerebrospinal fluid along the spinal column with diaphragmatic movement. Simple movements of arms and legs may also act as a pump to move fluids and work to nourish the organs by their flow. In the spine, cerebrospinal fluid and the lymph drainage systems are especiallyt stimulated by movement of interstitial fluid, as is the synovial fluid in the joints which facilitate drainage into intercellular fluid and through tissues. Furthermore, even the slight expansion and contraction of the cranium in the sutures of the skull is yet another pumping mechanism. The list goes one, suffice it to say, movement connects all systems. The human body stops adding fluid to cerebrospinal system when our physical growth is complete around the age of 24. While all fluid systems tend to slow down with age; for the cerebrospinal fluid — the only mechanism by which to keep the fluidity of the spine juiced and flexible after 24 is through movement.
Space between cells also factors into how mammalian fluid systems flow and maintain the health of cells. This is because cell density can have a direct impact on cellular reproduction rate. Researchers have found that the gel-like matrix outside cells which surround and capture all our cells like to have their space. Cells linked together in the extra-cellular fluid have better cellular function in a spacious environment rather that a crowded, cluttered environment. Flow of fluids with movement causes our interstitial tissue pond to provide space for cells to divide, grow, die to renew youthful health. Movement and contraction followed by stretch opens spaces within our bodies. Researchers have found that in a constricted environment, cells grow more slowly and can even stop cell division. Although tissue structure, mechanical forces and cell growth and regeneration are poorly understood as regulators of cell behavior; mechanical induction and distortion through movement, compression and stretch does keep cells and whole tissues in a certain shape. It makes sense to assume that such actions make it easier for cells to continuously divide and differentiate in how to regrow.
Tugs and Prods on a Cell, Not Just Genes, Determine Its Fate in the Human Body, S. Piccolo, Scientific American Magazine, Oct. 20 2014