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Movement as Health: Are You Training to the Razor’s Edge? - On Target Publications

Movement as Health: Are You Training to the Razor’s Edge? - On Target Publications | Brain Food | Scoop.it
How many of us encourage clients to fully embrace the experience of movement? Are we even up to the challenge? We are if we look at movement as health.
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Jump!

Jump! | Brain Food | Scoop.it
By Pavel Tsatsouline, Chairman So you want to improve your jumping ability. First get strong and symmetrical. Then start “greasing the groove” with all sorts of jumps… Speaks Victor Lonsky, Distinguished Coach of the USSR who prepared a whole school of elite high jumpers in a small town: In our gym there are no objects…
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A great article written by one of my mentors that challenges those that believe specialization is the key to performance improvement.  Think again!

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Got chronic pain? Just un-learn to live with it...

Got chronic pain? Just un-learn to live with it... | Brain Food | Scoop.it
At the recent conference of the Australian Pain Society, I was delighted to see what had come of a very interesting research thread that I had been introduced to a few years ago. It concerns the role of…
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Interesting to learn more about the role of 'implicit' memories in cases of chronic pain and how one might 'un-learn' how to deal with it.

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“She will dance at her wedding”: Healing the girl born without part of her brain

“She will dance at her wedding”: Healing the girl born without part of her brain | Brain Food | Scoop.it
The origin of Moshe Feldenkrais' therapeutic method reads more like a spy thriller than a neuroscience textbook
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A chapter ouT of the new book: The Brain's Way of Healing. The story is quite incredible.  It is in regards to Dr. Feldenkrais, including an anecdote involving his colleague and my mentor Anat Baniel.  THIS WORK IS POWERFUL!

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The Feldenkrais Method for dummies

The Feldenkrais Method for dummies | Brain Food | Scoop.it
If you’re sore from sitting at a desk for long periods or troubled by an old injury, there are a range of treatments and activities you could try. One of the lesser known options is the Feldenkrais Method, which teaches bodily awareness.
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My favorite part:  "(This approach) comes down to basic engineering principles in a way... If you want a system to be able to self-improve, it has to have some data coming back into the system, telling it about its performance... So it has to self-monitor, and the clearer that data or information coming back into the system, the better the quality improvement. '

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Explainer: The Feldenkrais Method

Explainer: The Feldenkrais Method | Brain Food | Scoop.it
We become aware of the effects of what we are doing, try new ways, and then we integrate those ways that work better.
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It is sometimes a challenge to describe the Feldenkrais Method to someone who has never heard of it.  Here, a neuroscience professor from the University of South Australia gives it a shot.  One of the quotes in her article that stuck with me: "You learn how to learn; you practice the foundations of improvement."  Well said!

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How to Grow Stronger Without Lifting Weights

How to Grow Stronger Without Lifting Weights | Brain Food | Scoop.it
A study finds improvement from pretending to move muscles
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More studies showing how important a component of our physical well being is tied to being 'mindful' with what we do - even when we're only capable of 'imagining' the action.

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Can Brain Training Give Athletes a Winning Edge?

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It will be interesting as we see more studies completed on 'brain training' as to how they will quantify the results of applying contextually relevant movement to the protocols.  From my experience with the clients I work with, their development always progresses more than the highest of expectations.

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The newly mindful Anderson Cooper

The newly mindful Anderson Cooper | Brain Food | Scoop.it
On a mindfulness retreat, Anderson Cooper puts down the microphone and learns to love silence, as well as life without a cell phone
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The deceptively simple practice of mindfulness is quite powerful.  Even to an initially skeptical Anderson Cooper.  

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Strength?

Strength? | Brain Food | Scoop.it
The word strength does not have the level of communication and accountability that it should.
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What is strength?  ...And is WORK CAPACITY what we should really be discussing/ valuing/ developing?   I surely believe so...

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Can You Act Your Way Into a Leadership Role?

Can You Act Your Way Into a Leadership Role? | Brain Food | Scoop.it
People can learn techniques to promote mental agility that will enable them to change their mental approaches and behaviors to meet particular objectives.
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According to the authors' "the body drives the mental state rather than the other way around".  I can't agree more! You can change the way you affect others by understanding how to move and act in different ways.  A question to you: have YOU used this in your leadership development?

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The_Human_Dimensions_of_Resilience.pdf

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An extremely detailed and referenced paper recently published by the Garrison Institute entitled "The Human Dimensions of Resilience."  They make a very strong argument (and back it up with over 280+ references - the majority of which come from peer-reviewed scientific papers) for contemplative practices as being part of the foundation for anyone/ group that needs to develop the characteristics that make up our ability to be resilient  (i.e. EVERYONE!)

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Self Hug Reminder Move - YouTube

Remember - Go Slow! Reduce your Effort. Do LESS than you maximum. The more you slow down and the more you reduce your effort, the more you will be able to pe...
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If you've got about 20 minutes, give this 'reminder move' a try.  This is an example of what I might provide to a client in order to continue the learning we've done together.  This sequence of movements will enable your spine to move more freely.  I'd love to hear any feedback from those of you who give this a try.  Happy Friday.

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Why One Neuroscientist Started Blasting His Core

Why One Neuroscientist Started Blasting His Core | Brain Food | Scoop.it
A new anatomical understanding of how movement controls the body’s stress response system
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While I disagree with the title (...Blasting His Core) due to the fact that it will create some confusion, the content in regards to this discovery confirms what I've known experientially for the last 15 years.  How you move and how you are 'organized' to use yourself have a direct link to the way in which you think.
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When Good Is Stronger Than Bad - Dr. Rick Hanson

When Good Is Stronger Than Bad - Dr. Rick Hanson | Brain Food | Scoop.it
Preliminary Findings on the Taking in the Good Course Rick Hanson, Ph.D. [For more information, contact Jenna Chandler: jenna@rickhanson.net. To be notified when this course is available to the public, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.] Overview The Taking in the Good Course – six, 3-hour classes combining presentations, experiential activities,
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A great article about how to harness our brain's ability to create new, more efficient patterns through what is called 'experience-dependant neuroplasticity'.  Humans have an inherent 'negativity bias' that, when left unchecked, causes learning and neural structure changes in the brain that reinforce the negativity.  We must make an effort to facilitate the 'good' experiences becoming inner strengths for us ,that in turn will be built into our brain's structure.

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The Method - by Robert Slatkin - Tablet Magazine – Jewish News and Politics, Jewish Arts and Culture, Jewish Life and Religion

The Method - by Robert Slatkin - Tablet Magazine – Jewish News and Politics, Jewish Arts and Culture, Jewish Life and Religion | Brain Food | Scoop.it
A couple of weeks ago, an old jiujitsu friend asked if I had heard of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. I had not. He mentioned something called the Feldenkrais Method. It didn’t ring a bell either. Then he went on to tell me about a book called Higher Judo, published in French in 1951 then in English in 195...
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An article providing great insight and detail into the Judo and Jiujitsu background of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais.  An interesting read if you're interested in how this work might be applied to enhance performance.

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UM study: Training a soldier’s mind

UM study: Training a soldier’s mind | Brain Food | Scoop.it
A new University of Miami study suggests mindfulness can help soldiers headed to war steel themselves against lapses of attention and a wandering mind.
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Another significant study from neuroscientist Dr. Amishi Jha on mindfulness training in a very important population - pre-deplyment soldiers leaving for a war zone - Afghanistan.  Soldier benefits included an increased capacity in their working memory as well as improved mood - all in 1/3 of the time of other mindfulness studies.  Only 8 hours of training!  Powerful stuff.

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For Olympians, Mental Training Matters Just As Much As The Physical

For Olympians, Mental Training Matters Just As Much As The Physical | Brain Food | Scoop.it
By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK, Feb 17 (Reuters) - For everyday athletes hoping to glean more than vague inspiration from watching the elite compete at the Olympic Games in Sochi fitness experts say let the mind games begin. ...
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There are no magic bullets for sure, but both knowing how to 'relax' as well as being able to harness the power of your breath are paramount to peak performance!  

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Merzenich Interview on Neuroplasticity and the Feldenkrais Method | Better Movement

Merzenich Interview on Neuroplasticity and the Feldenkrais Method | Better Movement | Brain Food | Scoop.it
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A great summation of an interview with Dr. Michael Merzenich in regards to how he views movement from a brain plasticity perspective and how it relates to the Feldenkrais Method.  Thanks to BetterMovement.org for posting

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An NFL Strength Coach’s Kettlebell Journey

An NFL Strength Coach’s Kettlebell Journey | Brain Food | Scoop.it
By Jeff Fish     As we travel on our career paths, we will inevitably encounter events that can alter our course and lead us into direction we may never have seen coming. This evolution of a belief system, or philosophy, is sometimes presented to us when we least expect it. These events can make…
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I love it when I hear of those training the elite in sports talk about how important focusing on MOVEMENT is to training their athletes.  Great story!

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Scientists to Stanford: Research Shows Brain Exercises Can Work

StanSan Francisco, CA (PRWEB) December 17, 2014 -- Scientists tell Stanford to look at Cognitive Training Data for the Open Letter

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A great rebuttal by Dr. Michael Merzenich re: the positive effects of brain training that has been documented to be possible in hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific studies.  Increases in gray matter are definitely achievable as long as the principles that govern brain plasticity are adhered to.

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Variations in movement patterns indicate severity of autism spectrum disorder

Variations in movement patterns indicate severity of autism spectrum disorder | Brain Food | Scoop.it
Imperceptible variations in movement patterns among individuals with autism spectrum disorder are important indicators of the severity of the disorder in children and adults, according to a report presented at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in November.
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In my experience with the kids I've worked with, the more I am able to help them refine their movements, the more they are able to progress developmentally.  Early intervention is key!

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Mastering speed, with Stan Madiri - Athletics Weekly

Mastering speed, with Stan Madiri - Athletics Weekly | Brain Food | Scoop.it
Stan Madiri, an IAAF elite speed coach, was at a recent England Athletics coaching conference and Matt Long was there to hear his thoughts
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Another article which speaks to the importance of 'movement efficiency training'.  Movement needs to be addressed at a fundamental level in order to develop what IAAF elite level speed coach Stan Madiri calls, "the mechanical resilience to survive training and competition".  Well said!

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From Locker Room to Board Room: Tips on Bringing Mindfulness Into the Workplace From Down Under

From Locker Room to Board Room: Tips on Bringing Mindfulness Into the Workplace From Down Under | Brain Food | Scoop.it
Paul Roos, a legendary Aussie Rules Football player and coach, encourages his players to do every day in the interest of helping them become "better players and better people."...
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Even some hard hitting, tough-as-nails Australian footballers are using Mindfulness training in order to better their performance - as well as to make them better people.

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Mindfulness Training May Assuage Early-Life Trauma | MIND Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Mindfulness Training May Assuage Early-Life Trauma | MIND Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Brain Food | Scoop.it
We live in an increasingly stressful world. There’s an aspirational sense things should improve with time, witness the U.S. War on Poverty or the U.N. Millennium ...
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Another great article in which it talks about how mindfulness helps to develop the qualities that constitute our ability to be resilient.

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