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How we move is mapped out in our brains and central nervous system (CNS). From the time we started moving in life through all the changes; injuries, learned habits, posturing from emotional and physical experiences, we developed compensatory movement patterns. All these experiences have had an impact on how we move and feel in our bodies.  

Motor programs are used by our brains and CNS to organize our movements. These programs permit communication through out our body, and every learned movement involves a motor program. Altered motor programs from injury, poor habits and weakness can lead to pain, spasm, strain, overwork and shut down. Over time these changes to our "programming" can become habitual and lead to compensation patterns. The longer this goes on, the harder it can be to reverse. Using regular mindful, efficiently mapped out pathways of movement connecting from your feet through your core teaches the brain healthier movement habits and patterns. By training the brain in this way we can begin to reverse the unhealthy learned habits. This is good for the musculoskeletal system, nervous system and good neurologically.*

When it is difficult to achieve ease of movement, or even painless movement on your own then incorporating a hands-on modality such as Massage Therapy or Deep Tissue Therapy may be an appropriate approach. This can help to release tension and stuck tissues that may be impairing movement and sensation.  However, only receiving bodywork will rarely make the deeper changes found with re-training the brain.  An effective bodywork treatment plan paired with a solid practice of mindful movement can help to achieve positive long lasting results.

*Hasegawa, K., (2015). Core Movement Integration, Introducing Six Pathways to Lifelong Fitness and Wellness