Functional Mobility and Movement with Richard-Dean Sumares

In this episode, Tarryn sits down with Richard-Dean Sumares from Crawl Project to chat about about Functional Mobility, Anatomy and Applied Physiology. Richard is a Movement Therapist with a background in various fields such yoga, personal training, natural movement and functional mobility conditioning. Listen as we break down key components of ‘mobility’ and ‘movement’ as well as discuss his exciting new online course in Applied Anatomy and Physiology.


Richard-Dean is a movement therapist and facilitator, from Cape Town, South Africa.

Richard has been in the fitness industry for over a decade, starting off as a personal trainer and sports massage therapist some twelve years ago. He grew up playing sports such as soccer and rugby and got into lifting weights when he was fifteen.

Despite being driven to find the most beneficial ways to train the human body, he spent ten years lifting heavy weights and playing rugby and two years of competitive CrossFit as well as just generally giving his body a really poor deal when it comes to movement nutrition. “I fed some areas of my body and become exceptionally strong in those areas but I had starved most of my body, especially my joints, of real nutritious movement and I paid the price with pain, discomfort and fatigue. Even in my twenties, I suffered with extreme pain and a chronic joint issue that severely impacted my performance.”

About seven years ago, Richard made the decision to reevaluate his training and relationship to his body by stepping towards practices that required mindfulness and awareness and to bring him to a deeper understanding of what it means to be embodied. Along his path of research he has exposed himself to many movement art forms such as Capoeira and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, dance and contact improvisation, natural movement/natural parkour, Yoga, Qi-gong and Bouldering.

”My goal is to give you the capacity to do anything you want to do by helping you to learn the tools that will bring you more freedom. For me, Movement is a philosophy. It’s a never ending research process and I am drawn to the seemingly never-ending layers of depth and complexity that reveal themselves through a committed and dedicated research process.”


Music produced by Dan Schultz / Vocals: Tarryn James

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