Why Mind Re-Training at Movement Re-Training Center?
This is a very good and intelligent question.
What does it have to do with movement?
Mind Re-Training is a forum where we choose to address questions that link both physical and psychological questions, like:
- What is the place of physicality in the way people move in the 21st century?
- What is the best method to move?
- What is the best movement therapy in an age when more and more people are sedentary?
For people to actually internally connect to the movement, it is important to approach the different emotions and feelings triggered by the exercise in a physical way as opposed to an intellectual way. You have to try to feel with your body instead of with your head. The intellectual approach is analytic and overloads you with a lot of thinking about which muscle to tense and when. You are thinking but you are not truly moving. There can be a lot of reasons for that but very often the mind is trying to avoid confronting situations by filtering physical feedback. This is impairing your progress in training. The most important point is that you can cheat your head but you cannot cheat your body.
Why cannot I cheat my body? Let’s keep it simple!The mind has three functions: Thinking, Feeling and Wanting.
The function of Thinking is to create meaning and to figure things out. This function is stimulated by making sense out of our life experiences: being aware of what is going on, analyzing what is happening, detecting patterns.
The function of Feeling is to monitor or to evaluate the meaning created by the Thinking function. How positive or negative is the situation? This is how feedback is created on what happens in your life. I am doing really well! Or watch out, I am in trouble!
The function of Wanting allocates energy into action. It is keeping track of what is desirable and what is possible. It continually tells you: this is what is worth getting. Go for it. Or conversely it tells you: this is not worth getting. Don’t bother.
WHAT does it mean?
We will educate your mind to focus on the body parts that you are training and at the same time to observe your body part responding. This process can awake many emotions and judgments: “but my shoulders”, “I don’t feel anything”, “I can’t control what you ask for “. Because of this focus on the mind, you are losing your true focus on the physical process. During a moment like this, the mind is all over the place due to our past experiences with specialists, teachers, other methods or physical traumas. At this stage trust is still missing. You will first need to build trust in yourself and in us. It requires a methodical, systematic and structured training scheme.
Our training, rehabilitation and bodywork programs as well as all the services we provide require specific skills, guidance, attitude and creativity. The key is to make sure your mind gains skills, gets guidance, becomes flexible enough for your attitude to change and begins its creative process. Then you will be able to implement our training in your daily life on functional, physical, emotional, and energetical levels.
The Mind Re-Training plays the most important role in all our services. In all our services (functional training, rehabilitation, somatic bodywork, group classes, education and performance) we need to identify individual needs and build up trust. We do it through transparency.
At the Movement-Re-Training Center, transparency is based on what you want to know and hear. We developed a list, called “self-curriculum” that summarizes the most common problems clients face. These are the main points that we are dealing with in a transparent way, in order to build trust.
The self-curriculum consists of:
- Self-awareness: observing yourself and recognizing your feelings.
- Personal decision making: examining your actions and knowing their consequences.
- Managing your feelings and monitoring “self-talk” to control negative messages such as internal put-downs.
- Handling stress: learning the value of exercises, guided imagery, relaxing methods.
- Empathy: understanding others.
- Communication: talking about feelings effectively, becoming a good listener and learn how to ask questions.
- Self-disclosure: valuing openness and building trust in a relationship.
- Insight: identifying patterns in your emotional life and reactions, recognizing similar patterns in others.
- Self-acceptance: feeling pride and seeing yourself in a positive light, recognizing your strength and weaknesses, being able to laugh at yourself.
- Personal responsibility: taking responsibility, recognizing the consequences of your decisions and actions, accepting your feelings and moods, following through on your commitments.
- Group dynamics: knowing when to lead and when to follow.