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Neuroplasticity is

the ability to change the neural connections that enable the use of our body and mind.

 
 

Everything Begins and Ends in the Brain

Each of your experiences influences what neural connections get created, strengthened, or deleted in your brain. The neural connections that remain become the starting point for your next experience. In this way, your brain organizes the movements of your body and mind to create an understanding of yourself, your abilities, and your limitations. 

Generally, it does this fairly well on its own. However, age, injuries, disabilities, and other factors can inhibit the brain—limiting its understanding of the possibilities, reinforcing unhelpful patterns, and creating physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional challenges.

 
 
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We Can Influence What the Brain Learns

As neuroscience has come to recognize, the brain is changeable and open to learning throughout our lives; this is called neuroplasticity. We can help the brain reorganize what it knows, reclaim what it has forgotten, make new neural connections, and eliminate unhelpful ones. Often, the resources you need to relieve pain or learn something new are already within you. The brain just isn’t seeing the possibilities.

However, there is a catch. Only under certain conditions will the brain be a willing learner and create the new neural connections that we need for positive change. With NeuroMovement, it is not only the movements that we do but also how we do those movements and the context in which we do them that creates change.

 

How NeuroMovement® Uses Neuroplasticity

NeuroMovement practitioners are trained not only in the biomechanical, cognitive, and developmental workings of the human body but also in the science of neuroplasticity and how to create the conditions that enable the brain to change. As part of their training, NeuroMovement practitioners spend hundreds of hours exploring movement variations within themselves and others to understand the most subtle connections between movement and the brain. When they are working with a client, they are creating an experience that can become a “lesson” for the brain (which, even for cognitive and socio-emotional challenges, often begins with moving the body). More specifically, they are doing three things: 

1. They are looking for clues about how the brain understands the body and mind and where there are gaps or errors in that understanding.

2. They are considering why the brain has been closed to new learning.

3. They are identifying the next easiest thing they need to teach the brain about the body or mind.

 
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