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.
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Most athletes focus on strength and increasing their power when they train but one area that is often overlooked is balance and proprioception. Proprioception is the sense of the relative position of body parts and the strength and effort being used in movement. Basically, you inherently know where your body is and how it's moving. Everyone has the skill. However, some are better at it, and this can have dramatic effects on sports performance because it plays a critical role in controlling your joints and muscles during movement. With better balance and proprioception, you are able to keep control of your body by understanding where it is in space which is important for virtually everything you do in sport or in the gym; this ultimately enables you to perform with more power and strength, because you won't waste energy on unnecessary movements. It also helps prevent inury, often a common side effect of overtraining.
Mounting evidence also demonstrates that when we challenge our proprioceptive system, we see major improvements in executive function, working memory, and psychological health.
Proprioceptively demanding activities that challenge us in novel situations, rather than the rote movements of traditional cardio and strength training exercise, provide a greater challenge to use your brain and lay down new neural connections.
NeuroMovement provides the brain with the information it needs to lay down new neural pathways to improve body awareness and proprioception. Though the use of subtle, gentle and innovative movement patterns, you can really attend to and feel how your body moving in space.
If you’re an athlete serious about wanting to improve your performance both physically and mentally, compliment your training regime with NeuroMovement.