Core Movement Integration


Core Movement Integration (CMI) is a method of improving body functioning by releasing and reorganizing neuro-myofascial pathways through the body’s pelvic-spinal core while providing a body map of the energy vectors through which force travels as we move. The key is in connected movement using known biomechanical pathways of movement transmission, a new approach and technology. You begin by learning better body skills that emphasize less push-pull, more flow, with less pain, more gain.

The purpose is to not only address and eliminate pain syndromes, but to maintain and to “regenerate” the body through improving functional movements of every day life. The goal is to help people live longer and better, reversing the “degeneration” patterns and greatly reducing pain, arthritic conditions, and the need for replacing body parts. CMI is based on the brain/body’s power of healing and improving through smooth, efficient movement organization, right exercising, myofascial pathway science, and the principles of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais.

CMI is a foundation for all other exercise and performance activities, as well as a therapeutic treatment education for repetitive motion injuries, plus back, hip, knee and shoulder-neck pain or chronic pain. CMI works on integration, not isolation, using Dr. Feldenkrais’ awareness through movement process.*

A brief history...

Core Movement Integration was developed by Dr. Josef DellaGrotte, M.A., PhD, RC, LMT and CFP-physio (in practice since 1977), a therapist and movement trainer, with certifications in the Feldenkrais Method®, massage therapy and training in physiotherapy. Dr. DellaGrotte is internationally known for his work on treating difficult body problems and improving movement ability. With exceptional manual skills and his ability to read and assess the body he has worked with 1000′s of clients and also trained 100′s of practitioners worldwide to learn core pathway body mapping and neuro-somatic reprogramming to reverse problems and improve movement function-extending both real health and quality of life.

A once competitive runner and walker, he has long been into distance trekking from the Himalayas to the Alps. In 2014 his love of challenging trekking adventures led him to Spain to complete 400 kilometers of the pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

Core Movement Integration, the synthesis of Dr. DellaGrotte’s four decades of work, incorporates the best techniques and concepts from physics and physiology, from physical, massage and alternative therapeutic modalities to exercise methods-all into a health promoting functional integrative movement system.*  

Today Dr. DelleGrotte maintains his practice in Barre, Massachusetts and conducts CMI seminars in Massachusetts and in Bologna, Italy. He is the author of Instructions from Within: Core Integration – Six Pathways to Lifelong Fitness and Wellness, and Awaken Movement ~The Key to Life~ The Body's Way of Knowing.**   

What to expect in a CMI session...

Core Movement Integration, being a mindful exercise system, is similar to joining a T'ai Chi, Yoga or even a dance class where the student is guided through a set of movements. As the focus of CMI is on functional and natural movements that we use everyday, the lessons learned in CMI can be used synergistically with other movement practices. Body-scan meditations, Awareness Through Movement® exercises (ATM's®) guided and self-directed are utilized to promote awareness from with-in the student. The system is comprised 6 Movement Pathways, each set in the planes of movement we move through in our everyday lives. Participants engage with their bodies learning how to organize their movements connecting from feet to legs through their pelvis, core and center of gravity in their lower abdomen, up the spine through the shoulders, arms, neck and head.  These slow, small mindful movements sequentially executed from body part to body part allows the brain to absorb and assimilate this somatic information. Neurons fire and wire together enforcing more efficient movement patterns at a neurological level.

During a workshop or individual session the practitioner may sometimes offer gentle hands-on cues to guide the student through restrictions in movement. The practitioner will also use the movement pathways while offering these cues to communicate efficient healthy movement to the student. This is a concept known as "somatic empathy", body to body communication. **

 As mentioned earlier in this website we develop compensation patterns of movement often leading to pain and dysfunction in our bodies from emotional habits or habits from some injury. By exploring these pathways we retrain our brains by using our bodies to bypass our habitual compensations. We learn how to move efficiently, and learn how to find our way out of pain and dysfunction. 

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