Exercises and information from Luise Walther
Personal trainer and author of numerous publications on the subject of neurocentric training
What is Neurocentric Training
A new training approach promises innovation here. Neurocentric training is a brain-based training that focuses on the neural processes of the body. Movement and pain arise in the brain. This is where the training starts. The success of neurocentric training and its innovation stand and fall with people's openness to change. Brain-based training, starts where the disease originates, in the brain.
Fight or flight
The human fight-or-flight response ensured the survival of our ancestors. The body reacts to the incoming threat with the release of adrenaline and cortisol and thus starts a fight or flight. Even though we no longer have to flee or fight threatening animals these days, we instinctively react to everyday threats, such as stress, using the same mechanism.
The neurocentric training approach leads to stress reduction and promotes cognitive performance. For example, breathing and mindfulness exercises stimulate the prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain that is particularly responsible for emotions such as satisfaction, empathy, regulation and planning. It also increases the ability to learn and innovate. It can even stimulate the formation of new cells in the hippocampus. In addition to emotional regulation, this area of the brain is responsible for absorbing new information.
Neural plasticity is the basis of the positive effects of neurocentric training. It creates the perfect conditions for the formation of new neural connections.
The training increases focus and concentration.
Neurocentric training is a holistic and sustainable training system. Based on neuro-biomechanical processes, it supports everyday agility and flexibility and creates ideal conditions for overcoming traditional patterns of thought, behavior and movement
What can you train specifically?
Both the biochemical and the biomechanical optimization of breathing have positive effects for people with Parkinson's disease. Breathing is controlled by the central nervous system and should be three-dimensional and equal on both sides in the chest movement for optimal mobility and stability. In order for the nervous system to work well, good utilization of oxygen and carbon dioxide should also be trained.
An even expansion of the chest also has a stabilizing effect on the middle of the body and ensures stabilization and movement control. Thanks to the optimized breathing pattern, the muscles can be better supplied with oxygen during movement. This leads to increased energy production in the muscle cells and thus to better endurance.
The improvement of the oxygen supply in the brain also reduces the stress level and ensures cognitive performance.
FFor beginners who have not yet had many points of contact with breathing training, we recommend starting as follows:
How does neurocentric training work in Parkinson's?
The basis is a neuro-analysis, i.e. a detailed test focused on gait and posture, breathing, the balance system and eyes. The human body is viewed from different perspectives to ensure holistic training. The entirety of the information to be processed in the brain is examined carefully:
- How good are the eyes
- How stable is the equilibrium system?
- How targeted can joints be moved?
- How synchronous is the breathing?
- What posture do you adopt?
The structured three level model builds on one another and thus ensures sustainable training success. A detailed record of your physical condition forms the basis for further recommendations for action.
Based on this, the neuro-rehabilitation takes place:
- Restoration of impaired body functions
- Reduction of imbalances and pain
- Consideration of the entire body, including the neural control and movement patterns
- Creation of an individual training plan
The combination of classic and modern training concepts with neural movement approaches creates an innovative training stimulus. This leads to
- Improvement of the movement sequences
- Reducing pain
- Increase in quality of life
This holistic approach allows sustainable success.
The last stage is then the expansion of physical performance and everyday performance increase through neuro-performance. The objective here is to increase effectiveness and efficiency in 5 steps:
- Perfect shape to be achieved
- dynamic posture
- synchronized breathing
- Balance of tension and relaxation
- Rhythmic movements
This is very different depending on the level of health and performance and must be adapted according to these initial conditions
Parkinson's is a nervous system disorder that cannot be cured. However, you can use different interventions to set targeted stimuli to train certain areas of the brain. The training uses effects to keep sending new impulses to the nervous system. It should always be about empowering you, the person affected, to take health into your own hands.
There are many ways to individually adapt the training and to adapt it to the corresponding general health conditions.
The most important thing is to keep moving. With the eyes, the balance and the physical movement. The more varied and versatile this happens, the more your brain is challenged!
Always start with a scope and intensity that you feel safe and comfortable and then challenge yourself bit by bit, step by step
Luise Walther - Neurocentric Personal Training I www.neurocentrictraining.