Mind & Motion

The neural component

Posted in Inspiration by Meghan Pickrell on August 22, 2009

When teaching movement, I often find that clients cannot perform a specific task. There are many questions that come to mind when thinking about why they may not be able to perform the exercise: Do they not understand what I am asking? Do they not know the mechanics of this joint? Are they not strong enough? Are opposing muscles too tight? I think many times other teachers assume that the client must not be strong enough. This can sometimes be jumping the gun. Many times I need to see how the brain is involved within the exercise. Strength comes with practice (so do lengthened muscles). However, learning how they are seeing the movement and what they believe I am asking of them often helps us get on the right track. Many times they need to learn the mechanics of the joint and use imagery to help in performing the exercise. Often times, it is not an issue of strength.

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