Understanding physical movement can be referred to as Physical Literacy, a term originated by Margaret Whitehead. She is a professor and author whom Mary uses her ideology to base her teachings off of. Throughout her career, she studied existentialism and phenomenology and created this term based on these studies.

Physical literacy is a phrase for learning how the body works, by examining physical movement in the body. This enables people to strengthen, lengthen, and relax their muscles to engage in exercise. 

Awareness is the first step in solving every problem, and physical literacy does just this. By becoming aware of what’s going on physically when verbally discussing it, clients can then work on meeting a personal physical goal with Mary’s personal instruction and encouragement. 

Whitehead, Margaret. “The Concept of Physical Literacy.” European Journal of Physical Education, vol. 6, no. 2, 2001, pp. 127–138., doi:10.1080/1740898010060205. 

Whitehead, Margaret. Physical Literacy. 1st ed., Routledge, 2010.