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Movement is how the brain develops after birth.  Progressing through developmental movement patterns leads to full-body integration and also teaches the brain how to think and process information.  If these patterns are interrupted at any point it can prevent or inhibit crucial development in the brain and the body.  Even when the patterns are intact, a physical or emotional trauma may occur and disrupt the body’s ability to fully function.   

Movement and other sensory inputs (vision, hearing, smell, touch, vestibular) feed brain development from the time we’re born. Progressing through developmental movement patterns leads to full-body integration and trains the brain to accurately recognize and process information.

Neuro-Movement Assessments:

If you frequently feel “clumsy” or disorganized, have difficulty following along in a fitness class, have difficulty balancing, experience dizziness or nausea or have had even a mild head injury, this assessment could be an excellent way to identify and improve these issues...   

PLEASE NOTE: This is a baseline screening for common neuro-motor dysfunctions and not a medical assessment.  Should significant issues arise, MOVE will offer referrals to the appropriate medical professionals for further evaluation. 

If these patterns are interrupted during childhood, or due to injury later in life, their brain “map” will be affected, preventing or inhibiting strength, coordination, and balance and possibly causing increased pain, dizziness, nausea, poor stamina, and muscle weakness.  Physical or emotional trauma as well as scars may also disrupt the creation of this brain-body map and further inhibit the body’s ability to fully function.  

At MOVE, we’re looking for every avenue to make you a better, more easeful, less injury-prone mover and there is overwhelming research out there to support the importance of including brain training in any whole-body training activities.   

Bartenieff Fundamentals: 
Repatterning the body and Remapping the Brain

Our focus on developmental movement patterning with all of our clients means that our instructors are always looking at our clients through that lens.  If you have fundamental patterns that are missing or dysfunctional, we use that information as part of creating movement exercises and sequences.  We’re not just looking to increase strength and flexibility:  We’re looking to reprogram your brain, reconnect your patterns, and create overall movement improvement. 

Neurological Movement Training: 
Identifying Brain Deficits & Retraining the Brain 
The Brain and Pain

Did you know that pain originates in the brain, not the injured area?  The brain interprets sensory signals coming from the body as a threat, creates a pain signal, and sends it through the nerves to modify your behavior. These pain signals cause neuro-pathways to shut down preventing normal movement.  This inhibition often persists even when the danger of the injury is gone, leading to unhealthy compensation patterns.  It is essential to repair these neural pathways and allow for normal, healthy movement patterns to return.  

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There are many ways to test and evaluate basic brain function that can reveal common brain deficits.  These baseline neurological dysfunctions can often be corrected with repetition of specific sensory-movement exercises.  Developing a regular practice with this neuro-centric training can often clear up movement problems, resolve pain, prevent injury and help to keep your brain sharper and healthier as you age. 

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