When someone has a stroke, parts of the brain are damaged and the ability to move or talk is often affected. You may feel like a different person because your brain has changed. Memories shift, self-image changes, even the parts that make up personality may change.
Science has shown us that the brain is capable producing new neurons as well as connections between existing neurons throughout our life in a process called “neuroplasticity”. Our understanding of the brain’s ability to change is pushing the boundaries of what we previously thought possible, especially in the fields of stroke recovery and brain injury, and there is great potential for healing.
NeuroMovement® takes advantage of this enormous potential for your brain to "re-organise" itself to help you recover after a stroke or brain injury. Through the use of subtle, gentle and innovative movement patterns, your brain is flooded with new information and is activated for new learning. With this technique, your brain will be able to reset its map of its “new” body, ultimately growing new connections among billions of neurons, and potentially recovering lost function.
With NeuroMovement®, I do NOT ask you to do what you cannot do. I understand that the loss of function is due to loss of connections in the brain. Instead, I find ways to minimize demands placed on your brain by so it can explore and learn, just like a newborn baby. One way I do this is by working with you lying down to remove the demands that gravity and the need for balance place on your body and brain.
Learn more about group classes or private, one on one sessions.
Watch a group of children move. Children explore their world through movement. You will notice that each individual child uses a tremendous variety of movement, even when performing simple tasks such as standing up from the floor. By contrast, the habitual movement patterns of adults are much less varied, and this can eventually lead to chronic pain and mobility issues as we age.
A Transformational Movement Lesson (TML) is a group class that guide you through a sequence of interesting, fun and exploratory movements. There are over 500 TMLs incorporating thinking, sensing, moving, and visualizing, which generally become more complex as the lessons progress. Unlike traditional gym classes that use multiple repetitions of the same movement to build strength and endurance, TMLs use a rich variety of movement, similar to the way children move. You are encouraged to move slowly and deliberately, while focusing on your movement, sensations, and experience. TMLs tie directly into the functional movements of daily life, such as turning to look over your shoulder, bending down, or moving from sitting to standing. Changing ingrained movement patterns requires you to be engaged, and TMLs tap into your inner awareness to develop this focused engagement. This results in the creation of new movement patterns that allow your body to perform better and overcome limitations. As with other mindfulness exercises, you can expect to feel a sense of calmness and well-being at the end of a lesson.
Classes are approximately 45 to 60 minutes long.
"It is better to try to move to a point in space in 100 different speeds in 100 different ways … than to move 200 times in the same way to get to that point in space."
Dr. Michael Merzenich, PhD, PhD, professor emeritus neuroscientist at the University of California, San Francisco