Why Motor Repatterning?
The structural changes the body undergoes in the sympathetic nervous system state change our movement. As an example, in fight or flight, both the pelvis/hips and the shoulder girdle shift to positions that limit their mobility. The lumbar spine and the cervical spine then become hypermobile to make up for lack of mobility in the hip and shoulders. Hypermobility of the spine can then become a dominant
movement pattern in the body, and this can lead to deterioration of the bones and tissue around the joints, dislocation of ribs, and other problems.
When our nervous system is in the fight or flight state for extended periods of time, these structural and movement patterns begin to dominate. These fight-or-flight-based motor patterns can create problems over time that may manifest as discomfort, injury, or limited movement and activity. They can also trigger our body to return to the fight or flight nervous system.
The Fajardo Method Approach
It is important to address the fight-or-flight movement and structural patterns that the body has retained in order for change to occur. The Fajardo Method of Holistic Biomechanics uses conscious observation to change motor patterns. This allows the unconscious brain to make changes that are most appropriate to the whole body structure. The approach is founded in an understanding of how the nervous system works, which you can learn more about on the Nervous System page.
Effects on Body Structure & Movement
The Fajardo Method’s movement and motor repatterning work can help be helpful for a number of issues. See each of the topics below for more information.