Movement Intelligence (MI)
For more information from the Foundation for Movement Intelligence, click here
Movement Intelligence Programs include;
Bones for Life®, Walk for Life, and Chairs
All of these programs are taught by Denise Deig, MS, PT.
With a nod to Howard Gardner’s Frames of Mind we define Movement Intelligence [MI] as our innate capacity to polish the process of transforming intention into action. MI incorporates conventional kinesthetic concepts of flexibility, balance, alignment and strength, as well as integration and endurance, but it is something more: it recognizes the human organism’s ability to organize itself “organically” — elegantly and in its entirety, with spontaneously coordinated harmony — for optimal efficiency, maximal efficacy, and pleasurable, sustainable living. Its hallmark is an intrinsic sense of effortlessness that comes from having and heeding well-calibrated sensory-motor feedback. In line with the latest research on neuroplastcity, MI recognizes that overcoming physical limitations and dysfunctions is as much a matter of working with the “software” of the brain as with the “hardware” of the body.
Just as infants develop their movement vocabularies while learning to make their way from rolling to creeping to crawling, so too can “grown-ups” continue to expand the range and hone the quality of their adult somatic expression, intelligently cultivating and refining their movement repertoire throughout their lives. With an emphasis on not just surviving, but thriving, our infinite ability to improve in this domain — to mature our “movement I.Q.”— is a lifelong endeavor. It embraces aesthetic as well as athletic pursuits, from “pre-hab” to re-hab, and provides keys to healthy aging and a successful, satisfying life’s journey.
A Student’s Diary following Feldenkrais ATM & Movement Intelligence Classes
taught by Denise Deig
Wendy Meredith, a retired Pharmacist, shared the diary she kept throughout her time in Feldenkrais ATM and Movement Intelligence classes. She notes the skills she learns and the changes and benefits she
experiences in the classes.
I have kept asking and asking and asking for pathways, and that alone has kept a small but fading flame burning. I don't think I realized how discouraged I was feeling before coming to you. Your classes and the people in them have brought a renewed glow. I would have to call it HOPE. Without realizing it, my hope was fading.
Until classes start again in August, my gentle, new skills will carry me through. I had forgotten going slowly. I had forgotten "self care." 20% pressure is such a lovely tool. I am using a pencil to feel the souls of my feet everyday. Now, I also feel my heels, which have been "absent" for years. Good body things are happening from that alone. It took a long time, but finally the meaning of integrating function has palpably come through. I am going to keep trying every day and hoping for more body awareness, because with it, comes such a special kind of healing.