Practical Science on Movement and Pain

Category Archives: motor learning

Movement Variability and Resourcefulness

I have seen a lot of interesting research and discussion lately on the issue of movement variability. The ability to make small adjustments to a basic repetitive pattern like heart rate, brain waves, energy use and movement seems to be a good indicator of health and function. Experts who perform the same repetitive task (sayRead More

Parasitic Emotions – Can Movement Training Improve Impulse Control?

In part one of this series I introduced the idea of a “parasitic” movement, a term coined by Moshe Feldenkrais. It means an undesirable movement which follows uncontrollably after an intended movement. For example, imagine trying to hit a certain key on the piano with your middle finger, but you end up activating your ringRead More

Merzenich Interview on Neuroplasticity and the Feldenkrais Method

I recently watched a very interesting interview with Michael Merzenich, a well known neuroscientist at the University of California. Merzenich has made some very large contributions to his field, particularly in the area of neural plasticity as it relates to the organization of the body. He is considered one of the leaders in the “NeuroplasticityRead More

The Importance of Play for Motor Learning

Waste of time? I frequently make the claim on this blog that movement is best learned with an approach that incorporates an attitude of curiosity, exploration and play. Play is one of the central tools used in the Feldenkrais Method, which I think is an excellent way to train efficient movement. The purpose of thisRead More