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Introduction
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The Communication Network
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19 min
The Changing Brain
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18 min
Movement from the Body Up
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18 min
Reflexes ~ Signals from the Body Up
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The Motor Cortex ~ Movement from the Brain Down
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Building Connections from the Body Up
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Building Connections from the Brain Down
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8 min
A Note on Music
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Neuroplasticity
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Spasticity
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Learned Non Use and Learned Misuse
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Mirror Neurons
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Workshop 1334: Neuroscience and Exercise

3 hr 10 min
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Mind the Movement – Improving Neurological Conditions and Enhancing Performance

Pilates is considered mind-body exercise. But what does that really mean? In this enlightening workshop, Pilates teacher (and MS patient) Mariska Breland will take you through a basic understanding of the central nervous system, the role of sensory and motor systems to control and refine movement, the fascinating phenomenon of mirror neurons, brain maps, and the homunculus, and how our growing understanding of neuroplasticity is a game-changer for movement professionals and exercisers alike. Specific applications and exercises will be included for working with neurological conditions and brain injury, but the understanding of how to truly harness the power of the mind-body connection can improve the performance of any student or athlete.

Objectives

- To think beyond the muscles, joints, and ligaments to what is happening in the central nervous system to actually initiate and control movement

- Learn exercises that demonstrate the mind-body connection

- Learn about different neurological conditions and the shortcomings in healthy individuals

- Learn ways to improve the function of the central nervous system through exercise

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Jan 31, 2014
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Brilliant workshop I learned a lot, my husband has MS so really useful, thank you.
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So glad you liked it, Debbie!
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I am very excited to watch Mariska's new Mind the Movement workshop. I completed Mariska's Pilates for MS teacher training course in London recently. I found it extremely interesting! Learning about Neuroplasticity and how physical exercise can help rewire and heal the brain was fascinating! I feel much more confident to work with not only my client who has MS but also my clients who suffer from other neurological disorders as a result of Parkinsons and Strokes.You really do see the quality of people's movement and strength change which then gives them confidence and belief in themselves. It has been very rewarding work! Not only is Mariska absolutely lovely to work with, she is also just so knowledgable on on the material. Her delivery on what I think is a very complex subject was spot on! I recommend her courses to everyone and look forward to seeing what else she has planned to teach us all in the future! Rachel Parker, Pilates Instructor Birmingham UK
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Thanks Rachel! It's so nice to hear how everyone's work is going post-workshops. I'm coming to London again later this year - I hope to see you then!
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Very informative workshop. The complex information is presented in a clear and accessible manner. I feel much more confident working with clients with neurological challenges. Additionally, the knowledge gained regarding how the brain processes information, is easily transferable to all students, making this workshop even more valuable.
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Thank you Mariska! I have a friend with MS and this has opened my eyes to a whole new range of possibilities on how I approach her workout on the reformer and cadillac. Great job!
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I can't seem to print the handout, the workshop is great! Any hints on printing the handout?
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