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Moving The Brain Part 2

Novel Motor Learning

Vital to the brain and body is motor learning.





Motor learning is learning by doing with your body. Experiential learning means learning by doing. We can also call that motor learning.




Novel learning is new learning. =

Always be learning.





The How of Novel Learning Experiences


Here are some ways that you can learn new skills that require hand eye coordination and motor learning:


  • Try a new sport like Disc Golf

  • Practice a martial art like Capoeira or Kalarippayattu

  • Start a crafting project or work towards mastering your abilities in one type that you already enjoy

  • Improve on your physical work skills- building, mechanical, grasping, throwing ...

  • Gardening-try a new species or variety

  • Implement new tactics for speed, power or balance

  • Try a new way of organizing cupboards or kitchens

  • Identify, find, harvest and/or prepare new types of plants or animals-foods or medicines.

  • Start speaking and writing a new language



Motor Learning, novel learning experiences, hands-on learning keeps the brain body connection active.


Different activities or actions require different coordination's to the mind.


We want to challenge ourselves to keep up the growth/ the plasticity/ mobility by doing things that are new to us.

When we do the same thing all the time we create patterns in our body and grooves and channels in our brain. This makes doing it easier. There's a flow, an easefulness. We become practiced. Conditioned to the thing that were used to doing. By challenging yourself to improve on skill or learn to do ANOTHER new thing with your body and mind you build new grooves-new highways. Motor learning regenerates brain activity.



Nerves and neurons, are like a tree's roots (rootlets) and branches (& tips)-sensitive to their inner and outer environments. Always communicating back and forth. The trees in conversation with deep soils and waterways below-and with sunshine and air above.



Using our brain, spinal cord, nerves and neurons we communicate in hyper speed, within the body and without, through our nervous system.


Neurons are connectors of body to brain and brain to body. Neurons make the electrical sparks that keep us moving and thinking. For fun, imagine them as sparkles.



You have a reptile brain, an emotional brain and a rational one. Brainstem at the bottom of the brain. It is at the top of the spine cord where scull and spine meet. This is where you find the reptile brain. Tail bone at the bottom protects the tail of the brain- the bottom of the spinal cord. The emotional brain and the rational are sort of cradled, sort of stacked over the brainstem/reptile brain. So what I am saying is that basically you are like a brilliant shiny sparkling beast.



Aerobic Activity, along with Novel & Motor Learning Experiences and Focused Attention Exercises make up what is known as The Neuroplastic Triad. These 3 key actions are known to increase the brain's level of maleability, which is also known as neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is THE indicator of brain health.



To optimize neuro function, you need novel motor learning experiences as well as aerobic movement, and focused attention practices which we'll look at in depth in part 1 and 3. Links at bottom of page.


The three keys to optimizing neuro function can be summed: move, learn & pay attention.





Although it can get super complicated and nuanced, basically all we're doing is tying the mental, emotional & physical together.


We're not merely brains or merely physical beings. We know that brain and body impacts emotions and that emotions impact brain and body.

Studies in Health & Human Development and Exercise Sciences help to explain how and why. We know these things in our body even without the language to say how it is so.

Working as an emergency medical technician and as an American College of Sports Medicine physical activity and public health specialist, I've had the privilege to learn, witness, see and know how truly remarkable the body brain is. You can practice moving (aerobic movement), hands on learning (novel learning experiences), and tuning in or tuning out (focused attention practices) separately or you can do things that combine all three.



Slowly, carefully attentively is good. I love to combine all three. It gets me reaching into flow states. We can talk about this later.


Biblio/resume:

Norman Doerge The Brain That Heals Itself

Curt Thompson Anatomy of The Soul

John Ratey & Eric Hagerman-Spark

Sozo Somatics-Michelle Theillen

Nikki Myers Y12SR

Yoga for Addictions by YogaFit

ACE PT, EX SC, Health Coach Cert.

National Emergency Medical Tech.

American College of Sports Medicine Physical Activity & Public Health Specialist


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This is how I train. This is how I coach. Whole body health. Mental. Emotional. Physical. Whole.



When I say Fields of Recovery, I'm talking about

  • Recovery of Land based practices and hands on learning

  • Recovery around mental health, behavioral health, addictions to things that harm us and the community and fellowship that comes with it. Patterning healthy habits with lifestyle medicine as a group.

  • Day to day physical body recovery. Healing the body with preventative medicine. The necessity of intentional active recovery for optimum physical performance.

You need to have ebb and flow- recovery and rebound. I especially value endurance - sustained effort. It requires organizing your conditioning in concert with the functional demands of your daily life being certain to incorporate healing time= recovery.



Train with me and my teachers in the Adventure Wellness Club. Reach out. Call. DM. Find a way to get what you want FOR your body & From your body. I can help you to get moving.



I use many of these strategies that support optimum brain function. Breath. Slow attentive movement. Tuning into your surroundings, heightening the 5 senses-, counter movements to support daily demands and stresses, periodization, scheduling rhythm and routine... stealthily moving from fight or flight to rest and digest and back again as necessary.



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See part 1 Aerobic Movement



We'll look at Focused Attention in Part 3


Focused Attention Part 3 link:







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