Body and mind are a closed circle of action and reaction. It is impossible to see one without the other. Everything has an interrelated effect. The body is in need of moving but coordination of movement is a matter of mind and neural transmission. Movements are complex neurological events. Neurons do not only transmit information to muscles but also to related tissues as blood, bones, joints, and tendons. Each has a function in movements and all are based on electric impulses.
The body is an “instrument” of development and evolvement. Every age period has specific movement series. To analyze these series organization is important.
The first task of the body is to resist gravity and air pressure. These two external forces are the main powers working on the body all life. To mention a few moves which are completely influenced by both: standing up from the bed in the morning, raising from a chair and walking the stairs. These are basic movements.
For study purpose we split movements into groups (sample list);
In general, all movements are RE-action movements based on experience and situations. During childhood, the goal is to learn “perfect” movements. While growing up movements change due to many external influences such as:
Every person has individualized movements, these are called ingrained movements. They slowly become part of the personality due to the physical structure, certain thoughts on how to move, image copying and social connection, often the person is not even aware of it. The way of walking is a typical sample of this. Experts can recognize a person on the way of walking. The criminal analyst uses this for distinguishing and evidence.
The biological problem of Ingrained movements is found in wear and tear of unnecessary places in the body. Often whole structures (movement mechanisms with at least one joint inside it) become less functional. If one structure is dysfunctional it affects others. When the individual is over 30 / 40 it is not possible to take away the dysfunctionality but use the bypass model to restructure a movement pattern.
To strengthen body and mind there are physical and mental exercises. Depending on the person it should be considered as options such:
All combine part body and part mind as an instrument of the movement.
Movement is a way to accomplish an action. This action must be coordinated. Body and mind take part for a certain percentage. Depending on the action the percentage of involvement differs. From a practical side it is important to ratio the level of involvement as in samples:
The first step is movement awareness. As from the table above it is clear that most of the movements are made without full consciousness. Depending on the safety of the environment is this safe or unsafe. This is the main reason why at most workplaces new safety regulations are installed every 3 – 5 years. It is proven that the conscious behavior of people is changing with the passing time.
To create awareness there are tools. One of them is the movie recording. The first step is a selection of relatively simple movements, preferable repetitional. A movement is recorded as a movie and analyzed. Analyzing a movement is different from critical observation. The movement is taken apart in steps and awareness is created by confrontation within each step. Each part of the movement is followed slowly with complete awareness. Muscles, joints and neurological processes come along and exposed. While repeating the movement the used muscles and the neural system is stimulated or requested to move in opposing direction or stimulated to a faster contraction of certain muscles. Control is vitally important, that is why all movements are relatively simple.
A simple but effective training is catching while falling. A soft object with a certain weight is dropped to the floor and the test person has to catch it before hitting the floor. Sometimes it needs speed and other times all can be done in a relaxed mood. Speed variation is one topic to stimulate neural control and transmission. NEUREX is a strong example of this action/reaction training.