Evan Osar

“The Integrative Movement System (IMS) is the movement based solution to the health care crisis we are currently facing. 

The future of rehabilitation, training and performance enhancement is in identifying movement dysfunction and developing programs that respect, effect and improve the nervous system.

The Integrative Movement System is based on the principles of human function and movement. 

Consider this:

  •  Everything we do in life effects the nervous system whether it is for the good or bad.
  •  The number of orthopedic surgeries are going up
  •  The number of joint replacements are going up
  •  The ages people are receiving the above surgeries is occurring at a younger age
  •  Americans are taking more medicines
  •  More people are experiencing trauma and chronic injuries”

As a trained IMS specialist I not only help people achieve their health and fitness goals I also improve their movement efficiency and help decrease chronic pain. 

“Why is IMS so effective?

It is because of the very disciplined approach to following the 3 principles of the program.      

  1. Respiration
  2. Centration 
  3. Integration 


  • Respiration is the driving factor behind all movement.
  • Respiration must be optimized, and this activity must be coordinated with activation of the deep stabilizers.
  • When we breathe right we can stabilize correctly.

When respiration is normalized you can develop optimal stabilization.  When you have optimal stabilization you can stop a lot of the chronic gripping and tightness that is created because of a lack of optimal stabilization strategies.

Centration (Align and Control)

  • Neuromuscular ability to maintain an optimal axis of rotation.
  • Requires activation of all muscles surrounding the joint
  • Optimal centration allows for proper stabilization and dissociation at the appropriate joints during movement.

Joint centration.  When the joints are aligned and centrated and there is optimal loading and co- activation of the muscles around the joint, the joint is in a position where the client can take the pressure off the wrong areas and put pressure in the areas where it belongs and use the muscles the way the muscles are designed to support the joint.  This stops a lot of chronic joint pain and dysfunction and overuse of certain muscle areas and under use of other areas.  It allows the muscle system to start to become more cohesive in how it is functioning. 

When we develop proper respiration patterns and joint centration we can move into the third principle.


Once the client learns how to breathe, centrate and align/control the joints, they can learn how to integrate these components into the fundamental movement patterns of pushing, pulling, squatting, lunging and rotation”.

Want a more detailed explanation of the IMS approach click here to get access to the full document.

Evan Osar is the developer of the Integrated Movement Specialist™ certification designed specifically to aid the fitness professional establish themselves as an invaluable part of their client’s health care team.  Click here for more information on the program.