The real reason for brainsPosted | 2 comments
I like to say that that “movement comes from the inside out.” When teaching movement efficiency, MovNat instructors frequently remind trainees to be “mindful” when moving. It doesn’t mean that we need to think of movement in an analytical way when moving, but we do want to sharpen our proprioceptive sense to finely tune motor-control. “Body intelligence” stems from movement. As a matter of fact, intelligence and and thinking both stem from movement. Rodolfo Llinás, a distinguished neurophysiologist at the New York University School of Medicine, once said:
“That which we call thinking is the evolutionary internalization of movement.” Rodolfo Llinás
In the presentation below, Daniel Wolpert explains the real reason for brains from the same perspective:
“We have a brain for one reason and for one reason only, and that’s to produce complex and adaptable movement“. Daniel Wolpert
Movement is the most important function of the brain: without the necessity of movement, there is no need for a brain.
“Once you don’t need to move, you don’t need that luxury of that brain.” Daniel Wolpert
According to Rodolfo Llinás again, active movement—what he calls motricity—is the very source and main stem of mental life.
From Greek gymnastics to British sports, the European culture of the human motricity has passed through the history of western civilization. This culture of movement was organized based on technical knowledge, and systematized as Physical Education. Since the time of its classical origins, that technical knowledge has been accompanied by pedagogy and medicine.
MovNat is the modern outcome of this history of physical education. It is a culture of human motricity. We understand that we are meant to produce complex movement that is adaptable to the environment, i.e the real world. Therefore, MovNat is first a physical education method geared toward the development or restoration of the full range of human-species specific, evolutionarily natural movement aptitudes. Second, MovNat is a fitness system entirely based on those acquired skills. This is why we place movement skills at the bottom of the pyramid of fitness. All physical and mental qualities, strength, coordination, flexibility, endurance, etc. stem from the development and practice of practical and adaptive human-species-specific movement aptitudes.
“We have a brain for one reason and for one reason only, and that’s to produce complex and adaptable movement“.
The more complex the movement patterns and environment to which movement must adapt, the more plastic, smarter and younger the brain becomes. Moving well and moving more is the key, not only to greater well-being, but to greater brain function. Life is movement, movement is life.
Erwan Le Corre
Founder of MovNat
P.S. If you want to learn intelligent, i.e., efficient movement, and keep your brain highly functional and young in the process, come train with us in one of our one-day workshops!