The Science of Mindfulness
What is Mindfulness movement?
Bringing mind into body together, slowing down the breath and actively relaxing muscles can enable the frontal cortex of the brain (busy mind) to switch off, as the focus is brought to the breathing pattern, the natural rhythm of the breath, body and individual muscles. Mindfulness Movement techniques engage the most intelligent part of the brain, the Neocortex, as you begin to deeply relax and tune in to this part of the brain that is naturally connected when you are deeply asleep (unconscious mind) you become acutely aware of the quality of movement in each muscle of the body. It focuses on the most common postural positions that create problems for people. Remember we are using only 10% of our brains.
Recent research in the form of Neurobiology has differentiated Brain (mechanical functions) with Mind (conscious energy) and how mind relates to the body and therefore the interrelations of your family, friends and community.
This is ground breaking research. Karen is passionate about it and believes that awakening your Mind is the new craze of health for everyone. There are lists of health benefits from this type of exercise as it has systemic effects on bodily functions such as heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure and associated disease.
Less is More.
To move with mindfulness is a series of exercises that once mastered are profoundly transforming for the body. Our bodies hold on to tension, pain and positions it has accepted as normal. Over time these positional changes to the mechanical body can create pain, discomfort and poor biomechanics. Physiotherapists see this every day and attempt to empower patients through exercises to improve/change these patterns (passive treatment). Our efforts as therapists are limited if we are not accessing the deeper centres of the brain to change and re-pattern movement. The key to this is to slow down the movement and lessen the effort, increasing the awareness. Less is more. The emphasis is on the breath, we exhale into an effort, necessary to contract a muscle past the resting muscle tonus and then focus on slowly lengthening the muscle on the inhalation. Each exercise is repeated only 2-3 times and followed by a complete switch off. This is the moment the brain inputs the new information of muscle length and position.
This is neuroplasticity. This is re-programming. This is re-patterning. This is re-connection.
This is re-calibration.