About injuries & neurological damages
"According to the laws of aerodynamics, the bumblebee can't fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know anything about the laws of aerodynamics, so it goes ahead and flies anyway."
After a brain or a spinal cord injury, as in some other kinds of serious injuries involving musculoskeletal system, at the end of the rehabilitation program provided by health care services many people come back home thinking they cannot achieve any further improvement. Actually, recent researches and studies show us that the nervous system has much more plasticity than we supposed before. The brain and all the nervous system are a universe unfolding itself to the scientific world, and so does the fascia, the amazing tissue that connects every element in our body. These findings give us more and more suggestions about new type of interventions aimed to promote the recovery process and to re-integrate abilities that seemed lost.
My experiences show me and my clients that sometimes “impossible” become possible.
When I started to work with my first two clients (a quadriplegic guy with a spinal cord injury occurred 15 years before, and a 69 years old lady who had a stroke one and half year before), even if the prognosis was “impossible to have any further improvement” we decided to work anyway integrating different methods. I've started to give them individual sessions lasting 90-120 minutes in which I integrated sensory-motor imagery with Rolfing Structural Integration & Rolf Movement, Cranio-Sacral Therapy and fundamentals of Beamish Bodymind Balancing.
In some months, we achieved extra-ordinary results (the quadriplegic guy recovered a remarkable ability to feel and to manage the balance of his trunk, as you can see in the video "The case of Claudio B.", and the lady recovered the ability to stand, walk and move by herself), and since that moment I have dedicated my work to some other “impossible” cases, achieving very good results probably because of neuroplasticity and the brain’s ability to relearn through an appropriate kind of training, lasting enough time.
Finally, thanks to a number of successful experiences, I created a specific method, a sensory motor imagery training combined with a series of exercises, that I named "Move-in Mind™ Training", aimed to develop the most functional way to activate proprioceptive, interoceptive and motor neural networks promoting neuroplasticity and the achievement of new skills about perception and coordination. gives fabulous results in the field of performing arts and high performances.
The Move-in Mind Training, that by the way helps to achieve fabulous results in the fields of performing arts and high performances, can be specifically adapted and addressed to professionals working in healthcare field (physicians, nurses, physical therapists, practitioners in complementary and alternative medicine and rehabilitation techniques, psychologists, etc.) who would like to integrate sensory-motor imagery in their practice, helping their clients and patients, especially people with impairments related to muscle-skeletal injuries and neurological damages (due to illness like for example Guillain-Barré syndrome), to find and use functional imagery able to support them in their recovery process.
How sensory-motor imagery works?
Here some facts and hypothesis underlying the effectiveness of this approach:
- the motion and the coordinative act occur in the brain before than in the body
- when we imagine a movement, a part of our brain fires as if we were really doing that movement
- activating neural networks by using motor imagery, the brain can learn or re-learn movements, creating new circuits, neural networks and nerve connections;
- when we see a movement some specific neurons (probably mirror systems) "participate" as if we were doing that movement;
- we can recruit and engage the tonic muscle fibers (not ‘voluntary’ but responsive to environmental stimuli) by using proper words in order to create proper motor imagery.
The "Move-in Mind™ " Sensory-Motor Imagery Training course addressed to health professionals includes also practical experiences aimed to experience fundamentals of movement exploration, Structural Integration, Beamish Bodymind Balancing® and The Listening Touch®.