Applied Movement Neurology is a method based on understanding the controlling mechanisms of the body, i.e. the brain and nervous system. The study of this course is fascinating, and what I’ve learnt so far ties in beautifully with what I’ve learnt about biomechanics. The surface of our skin, muscles, fascia (connective tissue between muscles), tendons, ligaments and joint capsules are all covered with thousands of tiny receptors which perceive things like temperature, pressure, pain, vibration, joint movements, speed, tension and stretch, and these receptors feed all this information through the nervous system back to the brain. The brain then interprets these movements with our emotions, past experiences, beliefs and intentions, which ultimately creates our current experience.
That means that complex and varied movement stimulates the brain, and cool things happen when your brain starts thinking about all of the movement options available, instead of the 3 or 4 patterns we tend to stick to. Want to age well? Don’t just think about aesthetics with your exercise, in fact don’t think of exercise as your only movement, because overall health is about more than having a six pack or burning calories, and definitely more than paying penance for masses of sedentary time. The more novel our movement is, the more your brain has to pay attention –and the better your movement is, the better your brain is, so you get the benefit of improved memory and concentration along with movement free of aches and pains!