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Basic Neurocellular Patterns (7 days)

The Basic Neurocellular Patterns (formely Basic Neurological Patterns) are the words of our movement. They are the building blocks for the phrases and sentences of our activities. They also establish a base for our perceptual relationships (including body image and spatial orientation) and for our learning and communication. The BNP are one of the foundations of Body-Mind Centering® and their experiential study interweaves with and integrates the body systems. The BNP have extensive application in the areas of movement and psychophysical expression. Studied in developmental progression the patterns sequence from one stage to the next, building co-ordination and awareness of the body in relation to the environment in which it moves. The BNP can also form the basis for a deep and ongoing personal movement practice. This course will include:

Exploration of the prevertebrate patterns: vibration, cellular, sponging, pulsation, mouthing, and prespinal.

Exploration of the vertebrate patterns: spinal, homologous, homolateral, and contralateral.

Distinguishing and integrating the actions of yield, push, reach and pull.

Combinations of the vertebrate patterns that facilitate their integration.

Facilitating developmental repatterning in oneself and others.