WHY MOVEMENT? WHY THE BRAIN?
The Brain controls all functions in the body. Movement is the means by which we first explore our surroundings and the gravitational field to seek nurture and safety. That is how we begin to map our bodies in our brains when we are babies, not only of the individual body parts but of their dynamic relationships in gravity (as adults we also might need a “remapping” to break through old patterns of movement or to improve on them). The more abundant and varied the baby's experience in movement, the higher the resolution of the map, the more mature the function. The map does not become "fixed" at a certain age, as previously believed, but we can change it at will (Brain Plasticity), for better or for worse depending on the quality of, and the frequency with which we feed new information to our brain.
If you look at a graphic representation of the homunculus (motor/sensory cortices), you will notice that the mouth, tongue, hand, and thumbs occupy a large part of the motor cortex in the brain. The reason being that speaking and writing are very complex functions that require a lot of differentiation and fine motor skill, hence the need for a large and well-defined map of the parts involved. Notice also that the area occupied by the pelvis is much smaller, even though the bigger, more powerful muscles in the body cross it. In sum, skill requires more brain than brawn.
"...There is no other reason to have a brain. Think about it. Movement is the only way you have of affecting the world around you." -Daniel Wolpert, NeuroScientist
“…a richer range of body movement experience leads to a more detailed, and hence more accurate, mapping of the body image on the motor cortex.” -Dr. Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, from the article “Ecofeminist Science and the Physiology of the Living Body”
HOW DOES THIS RELATE TO ABM® NEUROMOVEMENT®?
NeuroMovement® is a "learning-through-movement" method that communicates directly with the brain by using touch and movement helping people discover their untapped potential in learning new and better ways of doing what they do through attention-to-movement and brain-body remapping. NeuroMovement®, when practiced regularly is a process in which one never stops learning and never stops improving, consequently enhancing all aspects of human function, including physical, cognitive, emotional, and social.
Such improvement of function tends to yield therapeutic results as in:
improved freedom of movement
increased vitality and resilience
In Mauricio’s own words: “…true healing comes not from ‘fixing’ but from self-learning and growth.”
HOW IS NEUROMOVEMENT® APPLIED OR PRACTICED?
NeuroMovement® is delivered via two modalities:
Transformational Movement Lessons (TML). Verbally guided lessons by a teacher to a group or a sole individual. Participants lie on the floor or sometimes are in sitting or standing.
Functional Synthesis (FS). These are private, one-on-one lessons in which movement is introduced manually from teacher (practitioner)to student (client).
NeuroMovement® also relies on its Nine Essentials that you can readily apply in your daily life to potently drive changes in your brain. You can start implementing these essentials today. You soon will notice a significant difference in how you feel and how you start being more aware of yourself, your actions and your interactions with others and your environment (Learn more and download the free 9 Essentials e-book by using this LINK).
or find a practitioner in your area for private lessons. Sign up for group lessons when/where-ever possible.
MORE RECOMMENDED READING
“Move Into Life: The Nine Essentials for Lifelong Vitality”, by Anat Baniel.
*Spanish Edition: “Movimiento Consciente” , by Anat Baniel
MORE RECOMMENDED VIEWING
Highly recommended video about playful, life giving movement: “When The Moment Sings-The Muse Within”, on youtube