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Neuromuscular Re-education / Core Intelligence ('pre-pilates')

A Balanced Nervous System, Better Posture, Ease of Movement

Our body is a master at adapting to life's challenges, it keeps us going in the midst of trauma. Certain neuromuscular patterns are established in response to injury- some muscles shut off and present as weak (inhibited) while others become stiff, tight and overactive (hyper facilitated) in an attempt to 'splint' and stabilize the injured area. Often these patterns become solidified even after the initial injury has healed. An example would be a patient with a history of knee or hip pain, who might still be limping although the pain has resolved long ago.

Postural patterns develop over time and are often beyond our conscious control- they become second nature like the very common 'forward head posture', which is accompanied by a variety of complaints like headaches, jaw pain and pain on top of the shoulders. These patterns are- again- comprised of neuromuscular imbalance 'pairs': some muscles are too short and tight, while others are weak and overstretched. Both require treatment and re-education.

During your evaluation and treatment we will identify your postural and movement patterns to target muscle groups that need to be retrained for optimal freedom of movement.

I use Marie Jose Blom's core-intelligence approach to assess and fine-tune recruitment patterns of your deep core muscles. Before working out harder, we have to learn how to work out 'deeper'. Once you found your connection to your 'core' and know how to activate your deep abdominal muscles while keeping the breath relaxed and open, we can progress to building fluid strength form the core out.