Move-in MindTM & Rolfing® Structural Integration in Montreal

Movement & Integration 

Monica Canducci

“Move-in Mind” Sensory-Motor Imagery training

How to use words to create mental imagery activating sensory-motor networks


Addressed to physicians, nurses, physical therapists, art, dance, movement therapists, healthcare professionals and complimentary & alternative medicine practitioners who want to increase their efficacy by deepening the worth of language and integrate the use of imagery in their practice.

The first goal of this training is to give participants knowledge and tools concerning the use of language and communication that could improve, in the frame of neuroscience and neuroplasticity, the efficacy of their practice, especially when they work with clients with an acquired nervous system injury. In fact, very often, after the rehabilitation programs in healthcare services, people with an acquired nervous system injury need a specific training to go one step further in recovering sense of balance, perception, movement and coordination.


Training Topics

Neuroplasticity, imagination & imagery, mirror neurons: the worth of listening, language, congruence

1) Neuroplasticity

  • experiencing fundamentals of neuroscience

2) the role of imagination, perception, movement, language, and verbal/non-verbal communication in nervous system “remapping”:

  • the listening
  • learning to communicate at 360°
  • the “right words” for every sense
  • communicating with the client: the role of similarity and metaphors in language during sessions
  • art and science of imagination: how to learn and how to teach motor imagery through the available sensory channels
  • how to create a specific and proper sensory-motor imagery training according to the client and to the current moment needs

3) Mirror system function: from observing to doing

  • the “therapist mirror”, or the therapist as a model of stability, balance and movement
  • how to lead clients to “associate” themselves to the therapist’s (or other people’s) movements in order to re-establish or improve the gesture

The "Tonic Function Model"
  • How gravity shapes our life
  • Responding to gravity, responding to environmental stimuli, responding to feelings, thoughts, emotions

Deciding on intervening or not in a particular case

  • how to proceed before accepting a client (evaluating clinic situation, client’s motivation, relatives’ motivation, mutual compatibility, kind of “challenge”/opportunity, therapist’s motivation, interference from/with the family, environment or others persons giving support to the client, etc.)
  • how to proceed after accepting the client (length, location, frequency, worth, price, monitoring of the sessions; guide lines to obtain useful information from clients and their entourage in order to build a specific, effective motor imagery training to integrate during the sessions; how to establish a priority scale about goals, how to supervise, verify and integrate achieved changes in daily life and usual activities.

Working in the “core”

During the sessions:

  • the “relational container”, the border and the “vicariate” (giving support and increasing autonomy in clients having a different relation with gravity)
  • the “receptors map” (the proper touch addressed to every kind of receptor): establishing what and how the client perceive, in which part of the body, exploring different kinds and intensity of touch (sustained pressure, wobbles, etc.)
  • seeing, hearing, perceiving
  • the importance of feedbacks
  • what could happen during or after sessions (autonomic nervous system responses, memories recall, pain, etc.,) and what to do “just in case”.

Developing the most functional emotional and mental state in order to facilitate one’s work with clients with an acquired nervous system injury

  • therapist’s ability to listen, to observe, to perceive, to recognize: how to increase the ability to feel oneself in relation with the client, calibrating and decoding one’s feelings, perceptions and emotions, distinguishing them from someone else’s
  • neutrality, empathy and “heart values”: no-judgment, openness, compassion, “taking care”, appreciation
  • focusing on the heart – cardiac coherence: regulating the autonomic nervous system activity through breathing and listening to the heartbeat.

Developing the most functional physical state to treat clients with nervous system damage and limitation in their ability to move by themselves

  • basic Beamish Bodymind Balancing® exercises to increase in oneself and in the client the sense of balancing, stability and self-mastery
  • the “tonic function”: how to increase the ability to deal with weight and gravity

Integrating some other useful techniques

Fundamentals about some techniques that could be helpful to support or to improve therapist’s intervention (joining other qualified professionals) and guidelines about the opportuneness to integrate some of them or not:

  • biofeedback - neurofeedback
  • EMDR
  • cognitive rehabilitation