Move In Mind© & movement rehabilitation
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After a brain or a spinal cord injury, as in some other kinds of serious injuries involving musculoskeletal system, at the end of the rehabilitation program provided by health care services many people come back home thinking they cannot achieve any further improvement. Actually, recent researches and studies show us that the nervous system has much more plasticity than we supposed before. The brain and all the nervous system are a universe unfolding itself to the scientific world, and so does the fascia, the amazing tissue that connects every element in our body. These findings give us more and more suggestions about new type of interventions aimed to promote the recovery process and to re-integrate abilities that seemed lost.
My experience has been showing me and my clients that sometimes “impossible” become possible.
As a dance performer and a movement coach, I used to integrate mental imagery in my approach to movement training.
When I started working with my first two clients (a quadriplegic 33 years old man with a spinal cord injury occurred 15 years before, and a 69 years old lady who had a stroke one and half year before), even if the prognosis was “impossible to have any further improvement” we decided to work anyway integrating different methods. I've started giving them individual sessions of Structural Integration in which I integrated a specific sensory-motor imagery training, developed for this purpose, and I called this method "Move In Mind".
In a few months we achieved extraordinary results in both cases, and since that moment I have dedicated my work to some other “impossible” cases, achieving very good results probably because of neuroplasticity and the brain’s ability to relearn through an appropriate training.
The Move In Mind© method is aimed to develop the most functional way to activate proprioceptive, interoceptive and motor neural networks promoting neuroplasticity and the achievement of new skills about perception and coordination. It helps achieve extraordinary results both in performing arts and sports, and in movement rehabilitation.
The Move In Mind training can be specifically adapted and addressed to professionals working in healthcare field (physicians, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, practitioners in complementary and alternative medicine and rehabilitation techniques, psychologists, etc.) who want to integrate sensory-motor imagery in their practice in order to help their patients and clients to find functional mental imagery able to support them in their recovery process.
How sensory-motor imagery works?
Here some facts and hypothesis underlying the effectiveness of this approach:
the motion and the coordinative act occur in the brain before than in the body
when we imagine a movement, a part of our brain "fires" (works) as if we were really doing that movement
by activating neural networks by using motor imagery, the brain can learn or re-learn movements, creating new circuits, neural networks and nerve connections;
when we observe a movement being performed, some specific neurons (so called "mirror system") "participate" as if we were doing that movement;
we can recruit and engage the 'tonic' muscle fibres (which are involuntary, but responsive to environmental stimuli and spatial directions) by using appropriate words in order to create specific motor imagery.
This approach might also be useful considering new research about the use of mechanical prosthesis and other brain-computer interface, facilitating people to learn how to control those technological devices.
A TV interview given during a one-week training course addressed to Certified Rolfers. In the course I taught how to integrate the motor imagery training which later I named "Move In Mind" in Rolfing structural Integration sessions.
Rolfing® Structural Integration integrated with the specific motor imagery training which I named Move In Mind, applied to a case of quadriplegia 15 years after the injury occurred to Claudio B. (spinal cord damage between C6-C7).
Move-in Mind - Sensory-Motor Imagery Training workshop at RISI, Boulder, CO (USA), 14-16 June 2013.
The workshop was dedicated to Michael Mathieu, Certified Rolfer who in August 2012 suffered from a Spinal Cord Injury due to a bike accident (his spinal cord appeared to be severed at C5). Michael came to the workshop all three days in the afternoon with his partner, Beth, who on the last day of the training had requested to learn how to dance with Michael again (they were both trained in Contact Improvisation, a form of dance improvisation in which points of physical contact provide the starting point for exploration through movement improvisation).
In the video, you can see me giving support to Beth and Michael, dancing together.