Nature as a guide
Jump, run, climb, lift, throw… These exercises that, out of necessity or for entertainment, our ancestors practiced in everyday life, and which assured them the health, strength and beauty of natural bodies, are no longer usual to us today.
If we try to compensate for this lack of activity by practicing sports or fitness, too often the key words that govern these practices are above all, performance, competition, silhouette, repetition…
Performance took precedence over health, silhouette over utility, repetition over variety, rule over the unexpected…
And the stadium or the room, replacing nature, then completes to disconnect us completely from the latter.
Let us be clear. It is not about living like our ancestors. But wouldn't a reasoned return to natural principles and our own nature be much more effective…?
At the beginning of the twentieth century, a man was concerned about the physical health and mental strength of his contemporaries.
His name: Georges Hébert
Its ambition: to revive to as many people as possible, given our current lifestyles, the simplicity, the efficiency, the completeness of natural exercises. Not by going back, but by designing a method based on a simple principle: using the gestures that are those of our species to acquire our perfect development.
In a word: re-discover our own nature.
Georges Hébert, whom nothing predestined for this, devoted his life to elaborating and developing what he called the "Natural Method" and which fame called "Hébert Method" or "hebertism".
Live the experience of hebertism
And well beyond a simple physical practice, hebertism is articulated at the crossroads of three specific but closely related and inseparable cultures:
Hebertism uses the natural gestures proper to man, that is to say walking, running, jumping, climbing, etc … in order to produce a dose of activities close to that represented by a whole day of life in the fresh air!
The variety of natural exercises ensures integral and harmonious physical development, increases resistance, breath and endurance, develops musculature, speed, skill, balance, etc.
He uses, through outdoor practice, the benefits of contact with the natural elements, air, water and sun as well as as much as possible with nature itself.
Culture of action
To develop energy, courage, willpower, composure, firmness and other qualities of action, we face real difficulties during collective training sessions.
Only the confrontation with reality, by the jumping of real obstacles, balances in height, struggles of all kinds … will develop these qualities.
The acquisition of these qualities will also prove to be very useful in self-knowledge and self-control, and especially valuable in the face of dangerous or even dramatic situations.
Because the strength and energy of full physical development can serve both positive and nefarious purposes, an ethic must preside over the use of acquired force.
Beyond self-interest, this ethic will consist in being able to put at the service of others one's own physical capacities and actions.
Thus, going beyond simple physical culture, high qualities such as benevolence, respect, mutual aid, dedication, in a word: altruism – will make it possible to claim a true education.
"The real strength lies not only in the muscles, the breath, the skill,… but above all, in the energy that uses it, the will that directs it or the feeling that guides it."
Find a training
To discover, to train for oneself or for others by becoming an instructor, follow the trainings:
Find a center or monitor
To discover and practice, whatever your age and level, to find the joy of moving naturally, look for the Hebertist center (associative environment) or the coach (independent) closest to you.