Workshop™ Exercises for a New Brain- Use Mind Power and Movement to Change
Workshop™ Mind and Movement Exercises for Brain Health make it
really possible to change the structure and function of the brain. By
training your mind and movement you can change your brain. Susan A. Matthews,
using decades of experience, combines the ancient secrets of Tai Chi with
cutting-edge science to produce a powerful system which you can use to
tap into the power of the mind and movement to change the way you think
and feel, to reverse age-related changes in the brain, to rehabilitate
and regain lost function after stroke or brain injury. Integrate these
ancient Tai Chi principles to maximize any exercise for improving brain
health and brain function and to maximize mind-body connection. Two-volume
One: Integrating Neuroscientific Principles is mostly lecture
that presents an introduction to how the brain processes information and,
using that information, how to use specific patterns of movement to activate
and create new neural pathways in the brain. Learn how we use mental practice
and visualization to tap into the power of training the mind to affect
mental, and physical, well being, and even to repair brain injury.
Volume Two: 12 Key Exercises to Activate the Brain are combined
to provide a full one-hour practice session. The constant rhythmic motion
is profoundly relaxing. The 4 parts include: 1) Spinal Dynamics, 2) Head
and Neck Circulation, 3) Mental Practice, and 4) Left/Right Brain Synchrony.
In each part we focus on both a physical exercise and mental exercise
that involves a visualization of energy movement.
The beginning focuses on the dynamics of the spine and the concept of
central equilibrium. This is the physical straight spinal column relaxed
and balanced in gravity along with fluid energy dynamics created by movement
and the mind.
Mental Practice is described for each movement where exercises are designed
to train the mind to work within the physical body, generating a visualization
of energy flow. The exercises teach you to create a strong root, or sense
of balance, how to cultivate a sense of qi, and a method of effortless
walking with intent, focus, and energy.
Exercises to balance left and right brain activity have powerful effects
both mentally and physically. Here, the mind is trained to move the body,
balanced around a singular point of focus.
Head and Neck Exercises provide an abundant blood supply to the brain.
Head and neck massage, relaxation and meditation can increase circulation,
particularly to areas damaged by stroke or brain injury as well as open
doors to higher consciousness.
Arm Swings with Mental Intent on Central Equilibrium (Zhong Ding)
2) Gathering Energy using Mental Intent for Up/Down Energy Movement
3) Spiral Up and Stretch
4) Head and Neck Massage
5) Relaxing, Qi Filling Breath Meditation
6) Zhong Ding Rooting and Stretching
7) Left/Right Sinking
8) Qi Walking with Central Equilibrium
9) Sitting Figure-8 Qi Circles
10) Open the Back
11) Backwards Bicycle Punches
12) Arm Swings with Central Equilibrium and Bicycle
two DVDs contain elements of Brain Workshop training for speeding neural
repair and plasticity in patients with movement disability such as those
who are recovering from stroke, brain injury, or who have progressive
neurological symptoms as seen in Parkinson's Disease.
also contains tools and specific movement principles for therapists to
use to aid in learning and memory acquisition. For example, speech and
reading therapists can incorporate rhythmic movement as a right-brain
activity to facilitate left-brain repatterning.
this mind-body integration training uses movement synchronization and
rhythm coupled with mental practice that effects both physical and mental
balance. For mental health, Brain Workshop technique
is like EMDR therapy using the whole body.
registration for any Brain Workshop™ Seminar, each participant is encouraged to use the DVDBrain Workshop™ Mind and Movement Exercises
for Brain Health- Training Your Mind & Movement to Change your Brain
as an excellent introduction to five aspects in her workshops central
in her approach to movement, tai chi, and brain health. She explores them
in class and works with participants to understand their meaning and how
they may be incorporated into any modality:
movement with synchronicity, rhythmicity, and symmetry has been linked
to brain activation during memory acquisition, states of consciousness,
locomotion, neural repair, and rehabilitation.
mental practice, including visualization and movement imagery, are receiving
greater significance for treatment potential. New imaging techniques
show that when you visualize going over movement in your mind (imagery),
neuronal (nerve cell) activity in the brain actually mirrors that movement.
This capacity of the nervous system is just beginning to be explored
in brain injury research and treatment. Tai Chi and other ‘internal’
martial arts training tools greatly enhance mental agility by tapping
into the mind connection between visualization of internal energy (qi)
balanced, integrated, left- and right-sided movement is accompanied
by balanced brain activity. Such movement activates the motor and sensory
neural circuitry of the whole brain. Balance is accomplished by using
two major components of training: 1) “central equilibrium training,”
and; 2) mechanical spiraling in the joints.
engaging and integrating multiple sensory systems both physically and
with mind intention, wakes up the entire body and brain, and can speed
up the healing process. These systems include visual, kinesthetic, the
sense of gravity and position, muscle load, stretching and contracting,
sensors in the skin, and the sensation of qi (vital energy).
using these techniques and others to train the mind achieves three levels
of adaptation. First, increased awareness of the sensation of internal
qi energy flowing in the body. Second, the ability to direct internal
energy and physical movement to flow in harmony. Finally, the training
cultivates awareness of, and harmony with, the energetic movement in
the space surrounding the body.