Movement is life – moving well is a better life – moving optimally is a transformed life.
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Welcome! This site is dedicated to helping you learn to excel in all that you do and transform your life. Here we get back to basics:
How did our brain evolve to function?
Science now knows the reason we have a brain and nervous system is because we move. As neuroscientist Daniel Wolpert says, “The only reason you have a brain is because you move.” The brain is defined today as a neural organism that constantly rewires itself.
Our culture must transition from the perception that we learn from what we think to the reality that we learn from what we feel – and movement is the source of what we feel. In addition, it is not just any movement that makes us smarter, but the quality of our movements that lead to greater intelligence emotionally, physically, intellectually, and spiritually. A society of people that feel the consequences of every action or decision is one that is less inclined to be destructive or harmful to oneself or others.
The plasticity of the brain is in its ability to rewire itself throughout a lifetime, so it is never too late to change.
The benefits of our approach are:
– Change your body shape – as your muscles conform to the contours of your skeleton you move and look more beautiful, elegant and graceful.
– Improve intellectually as your thinking reflects the better balance, coordination and agility of your movements.
– Feel emotionally balanced as you gain clarity and become less reactive in all that you do.
– Enhance your spiritual life by becoming more quiet, contemplative and at ease in your body and mind.
– Some people have even reduced high blood pressure.
– Better blood flow leads to higher oxygenation of the entire system often resulting in less headaches, cramping, stress, toxicity and more.
All learning is based on how your structure is designed to balance for movement in gravity.
Integrate your thinking brain with how it feels to move optimally and you reach the zone – focus, technique and performance is optimal and effortless. You are fully present and at your peak.
Anyone with the capacity to move can learn to move more optimally, intelligently and joyfully through life. The goal of optimal movement is a healthy body and sound mind free from pain or limitation.
Anyone who has had a stroke, brain injury or other neurological damage can regain functionality through intelligent movement learning that integrates the parts of you that are missing from your awareness. As you regain functionality your intellectual capacity increases just as it did when you were a young child.
Move beyond cellular memory
Movement affects cellular and conscious memory of injury sites, emotional trauma and more. We work to ‘normalize’ damaged and injured tissue, address function so that you are no longer moving like you are injured, which removes the emotional charge from your memories.
This learning is also a path to spiritual growth. This may seem counter-intuitive, because Western tradition tends to draw a line between body and mind and typically encourages us to think of our bodies as the “least spiritual” part of us.
Others such as Eckhart Tolle say enlightenment occurs from inner body awareness. Our approach further defines enlightenment as attained through optimal movement that leads to total awareness (inner body) in every moment (being present) and is potentially the shortest route to the spirit.
Our body always exists in the “now,” so becoming aware of how it feels to move shifts our attention to the present, to reality. Our body is the essential link to becoming fully present in each moment of our lives. And when we are fully present – undistracted by thoughts of the past or future – we can remember our goals, priorities and our ability to choose. The present is where we are able to see things as they are and take responsibility.
Exploring and improving movement quality helps us connect to others. If you are not open to how it feels to move within you, you cannot be open to the life within someone else. If you cannot feel your body, you cannot fully connect to another person and another body. Balanced, centered movement is an approach you take toward life. From this place you are ready to bring more of you into relationships, work, play and spirit.
People who benefit range from:
- Elite and recreational athletes
- Musicians, singers and other performers
- Adults with stroke or other neurological damage
- Children with special needs
- Pain like chronic fatigue syndrome, carpal tunnel, back, hip, knee, shoulder
- People who want to improve function
It’s never too early or late – our clients range from 6 weeks old to 91 years! The practices are NOT EXERCISES so you can do them while watching TV, cooking, cleaning, brushing your teeth, sitting at the computer, meditating, in short, during any activity.
“We have a brain for one reason only —
to produce adaptable and complex movements.”
— Daniel Wolpert, Neuroscientist
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