The moves in Fully Body Movement are more progressive, complex and challenging. They incorporate and utilize the entire body as much as possible, including the feet, the spine and the core, in conjunction with the various hand jives of volume 1 and volume 2. Thus they are considered to be intermediate to advanced maneuvers and only attempted after one has mastered the hand jives. For example, one exercise may involve making a circle-opp pattern with the hands (i.e., one hand makes backward circles while the other hand makes forward circles) while the feet make a diamond pattern, or perhaps a total body yoga warrior lunge pose to incorporate the spine and trunk rotation. They may be done like a dance maneuver to music, or more slowly and gracefully in a tai chi fashion.
Muscle-Brain Integration (Rhythm Therapy) is a unique art and science of performing specific patterns of rhythmic whole-body movements with precision and grace, done with the specific intent to engage one’s total attention sufficiently to shut out all outside distractions and allow one to focus one’s attention within.
Such focused and conscious attention on the movements, rhythm, and breath serves to curtail the usual thinking process (i.e., the internal dialogue), offsetting the restrictions and limitations imposed by language, verbalization, and conceptualized thinking. One can thereby attain sufficient inner silence, stillness, and relaxation to achieve all the DIRECT BENEFITS OF MEDITATION as well as the added benefits of whole-brain learning, sensory-motor re-patterning, and neuro-muscular re-education. These added benefits can not be accomplished via still or sitting meditation, only through intricate rhythmic patterns done with precision and awareness in movement.
To learn more about Muscle-Brain Integration on our Movement Medicine website.