Move-in MindTM & Rolfing® Structural Integration in Montreal

Movement & Integration 

Monica Canducci

Move-in MindTM Training

How to use words to create mental imagery activating sensory-motor networks (45-60 hours program*)


Addressed to personal trainers, coaches, teachers, instructors and professionals in the world of sport, high performance and performing arts (athletics, gymnastics, circus, theatredance, music, etc.); art, dance & movement therapists; physical education; and to those who want to increase their efficacy by deepening the worth of language and communication, by integrating the use of mental imagery (learning a specific sensory-motor imagery training) in their practice.


The first goal of this training is to give participants the knowledge and tools about the use of language and communication integrated with a specific movement raining in order to maximize, in the frame of neuroscience and neuroplasticity, the efficacy of their practice. This is addressed both to performers (high performance in performing arts and sports) and instructors (trainers, teachers, coaches), in order to achieve the best results and realize “peak performances”.

The training is focused on practice. The theory will be addressed and integrated in the practice through bodywork. 


Training Topics


Move-in Mind: achieving body-mind integration


  • The role of language in the way we feel, breath, move and express ourselves
  • words, neural connections, coordination
  • the role of breathing in relaxation and in movement coordination
  • engaging "the core": effortless movement and maximum control.
  • how to differentiate muscle groups in order to avoid useless muscle tensions
  • about the “tonic function”: how to increase the ability to deal with body weight and gravity, and how to engage specific fibres in muscles
  • how to increase sense of balance, stability, self confidence and self-mastery
  • align the body, focus the mind, achieve integration
  • from the floor to verticality: a sequence of movements and exercises from Beamish Bodymind Balancing® basic train-the trainer program
  • developing the most functional psycho-physical state to perform and/or to train people.

The role of Gravity
  • How gravity shapes our body and life
  • Responding to gravity, responding to environmental stimuli, responding to feelings, thoughts, emotions.


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

1) Neuroplasticity

  • experiencing fundamentals of neuroscience through movement
  • the "body in our brain"

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

  • the active listening
  • learning to communicate at 360°
  • the “right words” for every sense
  • communicating with the audience (both public and students): the role of similarity, metaphors and congruence in verbal and non-verbal language
  • art and science of imagination: how to learn and how to teach imagery through the different sensory channels
  • how to create a specific and proper sensory-motor, mental imagery training, according to the current moment needs

3) Mirror system function: from observing to doing

  • the “ mirror coach”: the trainer/coach as a model (of stability, balance, precision, strength, flexibility or other abilities that a trainer/coach transmit)
  • how to lead the students/clients to “associate” themselves to a “model’s” movements in order to improve the gesture and/or the performance
  • how to establish a priority scale about goals: how to supervise, verify and integrate achieved changes in daily life and performances.

Working “in touch”

  • developing empathy and ability to be “in touch” with the audience (public and/or learners)
  • non-verbal communication: exploring touch as a way to communicate and make effective corrections (i.e. correcting the execution of movements, the breathing, the posture, etc.)
  • seeing, hearing, perceiving
  • calibrating and decoding one’s and other’s feelings
  • the importance of feedback

Developing the most functional emotional/mental state in order to facilitate learning, teaching, training and performing

  • the ability to listen to, to observe, to perceive, to recognize: how to increase the ability to feel and distinguish oneself in relation/rapport with other’s perceptions and emotions
  • 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.

Integrating some other useful techniques

Fundamentals about some techniques that could be helpful to support or to improve professionals working in performing arts and sports (joining other qualified professionals), and guidelines about the opportuneness to integrate some of them in the training process:

  • biofeedback
  • neurofeedback

Supervision of classes and students after the training course (on request)

* The amount of training hours can be defined according to the needs and goals of the participants.