You Get Better At What You Practice

You Get Better At What You Practice

This is one of the fundamentals of neuroplasticity. If we practice many hours of piano, chances are with time we will get better at that complex skill. If we practice many hours of piano while sitting in a slouched position…chances are we will get better at that too. Replace the piano by a computer keyboard, and the effects will be the same…the skill now has become “typing on a keyboard with bad posture.” With time passing, we will have developed that skill so well that the bad posture will be integrated in our body. The obvious signs will show when you try to move too far from that practice. Touching the toes becomes uncomfortable or impossible, Arching the spine, or activating deep abdominal muscles is not in your memory anymore. Time to get back to the fundamentals… “You get better at what you practice” Introduce enough amount of a healthy practice to counter the inevitable time spent behind a computer (or TV, or…).     “We do not stop exercising because we grow old – we grow old because we stop exercising” – Kenneth Cooper We use our approach in neuroscience combined with Gyrotonic® to help people improve mobility. Book a free session with me here. Miguel...
To Improve Your Golf Swing, Stop Practicing It!

To Improve Your Golf Swing, Stop Practicing It!

The idea behind this is not to start playing basketball or synchronized swimming instead. It means to stop practicing the golf swing as a full movement. In my previous article, I mentioned 4 critical components for the learning process to be maximized. They are: Move with intention Take baby steps Break down complex patterns Practice good form How many golfers do you know who, as an attempt to get better at the golf swing, just hit a few buckets of balls and then leave because they have a meeting or a dinner or other obligations? Where is the intention there? If you go to the driving range without being mentally there at 100%, chances are you are wasting your time. You need to be mentally present to operate changes that will be ingrained. Concentration is key. See every golf swing as a new opportunity to hit your best one. Now, it’s hard to be fully concentrated on such a complex movement as the golf swing, with explosive and multi-planar components. That is why you work first on segments of the movement. It could be simple rotations first. Checking the hips level of flexibility. Checking how the arms move. Whenever you see a limitation, you should start your practice from there. Those are your baby steps. When one is completed, then and only then, you take the next one. Breaking down complex patterns has a lot to do with baby steps too. It could mean to practice at slow speed, or only a certain range of motion. At this point, we are not even speaking about holding a golf club yet. I was mentioning at the beginning of the article those golf players who just practice hitting the ball in the standard movement. If they have flaws in their...
4 Mobility Tips for Active 50+

4 Mobility Tips for Active 50+

This is not about “magic” exercises that you should start doing. This is not about exotic supplements you should start taking to prevent stiffness or pain. This is about making the best possible use of the brain based on how it works and why it decides to make you stiffer or be in pain. It is clear that sometimes pain can be due to structural damage (torn ligament/tendon, broken bone,…). When this is not the case, the pain or stiffness can also happen as a protection mechanism. According to recent discoveries in neuroscience (, the number one brain’s function is survival, closely followed by movement.  It doesn’t really care about making you stronger or faster or better swimmer.  Among other things, it wants to avoid you from falling, which is potentially dangerous. Without going in too many details right now, one of the best ways to prevent you from falling is to prevent you from moving. What better ways then to send pain and stiffness in those areas responsible for movements…the joints? The very good new, is that regardless of your age (or let’s say youth), you have everything it takes to change that.  That is according to the principle of neuroplasticity , outlined among others by Norman Doidge, MD who wrote “The Brain that changes itself”.  That principle implies that our nervous system adapts to whatever stimulus it perceives.  In other words, we can all keep learning new things until our very last day. Tip 1 Whenever you move, move with intention. That has to do with neuroplasticity.  In order to learn you must pay attention to what’s...
Gyrotonic® & Gyrokinesis®: Exercising outside the lines

Gyrotonic® & Gyrokinesis®: Exercising outside the lines

The Gyrotonic method is an orginal, and unique movement practice which has roots in Yoga, Tai Chi, and dance. Gyrotonic exercise sequences are composed of spiraling, circular movements, which flow together seamlessly in rhythmic repetitions, with corresponding breath. WIth Gyrotonic exercises, each movement flows into the next, allowing the joints to move through a natural range of motion without jarring or compression. These carefully crafted sequences create balance, efficiency, strength and flexibility. The body is designed to work as one harmonious system, to follow arching and spiraling paths of motion, and to transition from one movement to the next smoothly, and efficiently. Gyrotonic method creator, Juliu Horvath , designed a specialized line of equipment around these natural movement patterns of the human body.  The Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis method is a movement method that gently works the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion, and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original, and unique movement practice which has roots in Yoga, Tai Chi, gymnastics, and dance. The Gyrokinesis method is practiced in group or private classes under the instruction of a certified Gyrokinesis Trainer, and can also be practiced at home with a mat, chair, and instructional Gyrokinesis dvds. Because Gyrotonic equipment is highly adjustable, it can be customized to fit each persons unique physique, and ability, adapting for things such as height, arm and leg length and physical ability. Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis classes can be adapted to fit anyone’s ability. The Gyrotonic method is practiced by people from all walks of life, including accomplished athletes and dancers, college students, baby...