When we move, our brain controls our muscles.
Movement Control can be defined as the ability of the nervous system to control the contraction of the muscles.
There are multiple stages of movement control which include intent, planning, programming and execution of the movement.
The Baseworks method focuses on understanding the intent and working on improving the ease and precision of the movement outcome.
For people who are not used to working with their bodies, the intention of movement may be pragmatic.
For some people, the intention of movement may be related to creative self-expression.
For others, it is the way they present themselves in either a professional or social environment.
For some, the intention of movement is tied to their athletic performance.
Others like to move simply because it makes them feel good.
More and more people begin to move their bodies therapeutically when they start to notice the detrimental consequences of their sedentary lifestyles.
Sometimes the movement outcome does not match our intent if we lack the strength and flexibility, or the ability to control and coordinate the movements.
Sometimes, we don’t even understand the intent.
Baseworks Practice is designed to allow anyone to develop:
- motor skills required to perform increasingly complex movements
- a level of awareness needed to understand the intentions of movements of others
- the awareness and understanding of the body necessary to avoid injury
Distributed activation is one of the key principles of Baseworks approach to movement.
The whole body is constantly kept in the state of low-intensity activation (muscle contraction).
This principle was developed empirically by Patrick Oancia based on his personal experience and observation that with this technique his students were learning better.
With Distributed Activation, the brain intentionally sends more signals to the muscles than is minimally necessary to perform a movement.
Distributed Activation together with constant micro-movements allows the brain to receive more proprioceptive feedback.
With Distributed Activation, the brain receives more sensory input.
The more sensory input, the higher the possibility of it to reach conscious awareness.
The brain is a pattern-extraction machine.
By using Distributed Activation while decreasing the intensity of the signal sent to the muscles, the brain can better select those muscle co-activation patterns that best fit the goal of the movement and “save” them as motor programs.
Applying Distributed Activation allows to better sense and equalize the distribution of strength across the whole muscular-skeletal system.
This stabilizes joints and promotes a deeper understanding of how different body parts are functionally connected.