Here is how it works and what it will look like at RedBird:
Our nervous system gets information to make predictions from three major systems: vision (your eyes), vestibular (the canals of fluid in the inner ear that orient you with gravity) and the proprioceptive system (a sense of where your body is in space and effort being employed in movement that comes from proprioceptors in the muscles, tendons and joints). The better each of these three systems is performing, the better our brain is able to predict the world around us and therefore execute movement efficiently. If any of these systems are not functioning at optimal performance, the brain can become confused, and its map of our body is blurry. This confusion, called sensory mismatch, is stressful for the brain.
The RedBird team has been practicing vision, vestibular and proprioceptive drills that will soon appear in classes. We have experienced that the places in our bodies that were constantly holding tension, such as the neck, the hip flexors and the lower back, have released as our threat level has decreased through stimulation and training of the nervous system. These changes have been powerful and far beyond anything produced by stretching, rolling, or even massage.
What if I have poor vision or balance? Can that change?
If you have bad balance, vision or body awareness, don’t worry; you can change the brain at ANY AGE! New research continues to show that the brain retains its plasticity (ability to change) at all ages, as long as it receives new stimulation. Just as skeletal muscles must experience movement to stay strong and pliable, the brain and nervous system must have continued stimulation and use to produce positive change. EVEN YOUR VISION gets better, at any age, with the proper stimulus.
Neurons function on the USE IT OR LOSE IT principle. That means you have to activate and stimulate the neuron to keep it healthy. In order for the DNA that resides in the neuron to do its job, the neuron must receive neurological communication, just as a muscle must be used in order to stay strong. If it is not used, it atrophies. When the neuron receives proper neurological communication, it can produce the necessary components, such as proteins and neurotransmitters, to perform its functions. The simple rule, according to Dr. Cobb of Z-health, is that you don’t want to leave neurons under-activated.
What does this mean for your training?
For more information about brain training and functional neuroscience, check out one of the RedBird Preferred Providers, Troy Dodson. As a Z-health trainer and practitioner of Functional Diagnostic Nutrition, Troy will work with Lee and Elisabeth to develop programming and training that integrate this work into the RedBird method.