Move-in MindTM  - Make of gravity your best supporter 

Movement & Integration 

Monica Canducci

Move-in Mind Training

‘A man was drowning in the lake near a little village. Many people around tried to reach out his hand in order to save him, shouting “Give me your hand! Give me your hand!...” But he seemed didn’t hear them, just continuing to flounder and to drown. 

A Wiseman, who was walking through the village, came near to the lake and asked to people “Who’s that man?” Someone answered “He’s an usurer…the most stingy man in our village!” The Wiseman went near the water, stretched out his arm and told him “Take my hand!” Immediately the stingy one grabbed the Wiseman’s hand and saved himself.’


From traditional Sufi tales

Effortless Movement Control - Make of gravity your best supporter

Increase body awareness, improve coordination and achieve excellence in movement performance.

An incomparable instrument for all practitioners (performing arts,  sports, yoga, etc.), and for those trainers, coaches, instructors, therapists and teachers who want to increase their effectiveness by integrating a new approach to spatial awareness.

The Move in Mind© is a method based on the principles of Structural Integration and devised for achieving excellence in movement performance by taking advantage of the link between visuo-spatial imagery, proprioception, and movement planning. Its goal is to enable individuals to master gravity and to achieve high-precision movements while maintaining the ability to give movements different qualities. 

The Move In Mind method has been revealed to be a powerful tool both in performing arts and  in rehabilitation after injuries, particularly after a brain or spinal cord acquired injury. 

It is particularly suitable for Structural Integration practitioners and all those bodyworkers who wants to explore movement work and “practical neuroplasticity”, in order to enable their clients create new functional movement patterns and habits. 

The principles of the Move in Mind method

Beside strength and flexibility, a superior movement performance has to be properly supported by complex involuntary postural adjustments, which affect movement quality and fluidity, balance, coordination, and therefore the overall movement execution.

The Move in Mind method is based on the idea that by purposefully influencing the basic processes underlying movement preparation and control, people can improve movement execution. To do this, individual-specific mental images with strong spatial, motor, and proprioceptive features can be used to affect motor planning and execution. Such images aim at promoting the engagement of the "involuntary" processes involving mostly our deepest, intrinsic muscle fibres (i.e. tonic fibres), which support every movement by regulating our balance and posture in relation to the gravity field. 

The mental imagery explorations are integrated in a series of floor exercises to obtain both effective core engagement in performing basic movements and the integration of mental images while moving.

Some of the advanced floor exercises were originally conceived for dancers training and included in the Beamish Bodymind Balancing method.


To find an essential bibliography about its sources, click here

To read more about what you can get by practicing it, click here

To read more about how it works, and about its genesis, click here. 

To become a Trainer, or to integrate Move in Mind in your practice, continue reading below!


Move in Mind - The Basic Training


The Move in Mind Basic Training (3-day workshop) is addressed to every professional teaching or practicing sports and performing arts including circus, dance, music, acting, singing, yoga, martial arts, etc., and to those practitioners and therapists who want to achieve unexpected results in the field of rehabilitation. The training can be extended (4-day workshop) for those who want to integrate some elements of listening touch and/or learn how to teach the basic Beamish Bodymind Balancing exercises. 


Actually, when we find the “right words”in teaching, in coaching, in mentoring  (that means the best way to communicate what we would like to see achieved by our students, actually...), we give support to the learning process and we help our students, or clients, or patients (and ourselves!), to do the best and to achieve best results. 

It can be really effective, especially in high performance field, and also working in long-term rehabilitation. 

Workshop objectives


Professionals can integrate in their practice the knowledge and the techniques offered in this training. You will learn:

  • To identify the individual-specific mental images promoting a superior movement performance.
  • To use verbal instructions based on visuo-spatial and kinaesthetic mental images to support movement learning. 
  • To activate proprioceptive, interoceptive and motor neural networks promoting neuroplasticity and the achievement of new skills about perception and coordination.
  • To perform and lead a simple sequence of floor exercises enabling you and  your clients to engage the so called “core” and breathing, in order to support each movement and gesture.
  • To help clients create/activate new functional neural networks and movement patterns.


Program (3-day workshop - Basics)

This workshop is practical and experiential, mostly movement & neuroplasticity based, and includes movement explorations (on the floor, sitting, walking) and work in pairs. At the end of the workshop, the participants will be able to:


  • Explain the fundamentals of the Move in Mind method
  • Explore and lead clients’/students’ exploration of the relationship between words, mental images, and movement
  • Support clients/students in building the basic mental images aimed at integrating functionally breathing and movement 
  • Explain and lead clients’/students’ explorations about how posture and movement respond to different mental images (e.g. spatial directions, textures, densities, etc.)
  • Support clients’ imagery exploration to find the most effective mental images supporting specific movements
  • Lead basic slow-motion movement exploration to improve clients’ motor control
  • Teach the basic exercises of the Move In Mind method aimed at improving the engagement of the intrinsic muscle fibres
  • Support your clients/students in creating/activating new neural networks and movement patterns which are functional to their needs and goals.


A 4-day workshop version is also available and it includes also the principles of the Listening Touch: listening hands, touching words 


 
 

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