Recapping from my last post on 6 September

Founded by Eric Franklin of Switzerland in 1994, this method brings together the mind, body and spirit. We use it to underpin our Pilates sessions to great effect. Catch us at the studios or on TMRNOW+ LINK. In this post, we will go through some more detail about the details of the Franklin MethodⓇ

We say that the brain is neuroplastic … meaning that you can change both the structure and function which is how you can repair and injury or learn a new trick. The Franklin Method marries the concepts of imagery with personal anatomy knowledge to create positive long-term change, this is known as Dynamic Neurocognitive Imagery or DNI. This goes on to include experiences with movement-related imagery inputs and sensory cues, proprioception, self-talk, and self-touch.

We use this at The Movement Refinery so that our clients enjoy benefits in three domains

1. Movement – improves the quality of movement, efficiency, proprioception, focus, and facilitates the movement learning experience

2. Health – improves posture, breathing, the function of organs and the regulation of the nervous system

3. Psychology – improves mental resilience, self-confidence, motivation and agility

Our clients often tell their teachers that they have improved body awareness, a better sense of posture, more confidence in their daily lives. Bravo! Much of this can be accounted for because of our super-computer brain being neuroplastic. In addition, your teachers at The Movement Refinery work truly as teachers, helping you to understand your body AND increasing your knowledge of anatomy and movement so that you can carry on with heightened awareness through our daily activities.

What is ‘embodiment’?

Step one…. learn the bones and muscles of your body.

You’ll soon get more out of your sessions and body when you can remember the different roles of your hip flexors or calf muscles … but this approach can be limited and limiting. The Franklin Method educates anatomy from the perspective of evolutionary design…. so we aim to go beyond the cognitive sense of anatomy and develop a ‘felt sense’ of your anatomy, it’s what we call embodiment.  If you want to improve your physical function, create more power in your body prevent injuries or the deficits of ageing, this type of embodiment is where you want to be.

Get embodied …. If you can’t get to the studios for classes, subscribe to TMRNOW+, you’ll find a host of videos we offer in sitting, standing, lying on the ground with and without props. Voila, physical and mental freedom!

Chris Kelly