Ground Control Functional Meditation .... Think Differently About Movement Workshop
Ground Control Functional Meditation Workshop
Movement starts in the brain.
Pain is often wrongly blamed on structure.
Ground Control is a movement-based functional meditation program designed for athletes and the active general population. It can be used both for prehab and rehab purposes. It is based on the principles of Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilisation (DNS) and Neuroplasticity.
This workshop is for coaches, personal trainers and therapists who want to learn the Ground Control exercise protocol.
Workshop participants will learn six positions that their clients can perform – regardless of chronic pain or injuries – for rehab or prehab purposes. Each position is based on an infant development milestone and can be increased in difficulty depending on the ability and injury level of the participant.
The Ground Control protocol can be used with high-level competitive athletes as a performance program to expand the client’s body awareness and deepen motor control, thereby filling in the gaps in their movement patterns. It has been shown to prevent injury and increase power & fluidity of movement.
Ground Control focuses on the milestone position progressions that are part of an infant’s motor control development process when learning how to stand. Through its series of exercises, participants activate deep core stabilizers, correct their posture, reduce pain (if any) and gain body awareness, to name just a few of the benefits. The process creates an activation effect where the brain is reprogrammed to recruit the appropriate stabilizing muscles with greater ease. This effect is termed reactive stability.
The building blocks of Ground Control include 6 positions and their advanced variations.
Motor re-programming is a neuroplastic process where three conditions must be met:
Motivation : The participant must have motivation to perform the program (pain is the ultimate motivator).
Practice : The participant must hold the position for long periods of time. Time under tension creates a constant state of contraction which the participant must control.
Focus : The participant must maintain focus, hence why Ground Control is considered Functional Meditation. Focus is difficult to monitor, so each participant must complete a checklist of body positioning throughout the hold. The brain tends to wander from pain, so we try to embrace the pain and continue without reacting with a sympathetic (or fight-or-flight) response. The parasympathetic system is trained during these sessions.
The sensory system provides essential movement signals to the CNS, helping to reprogram/rewire the sensory map of the brain. With training, pain signals lessen, and the participant can focus on feedback from joint position, skin sensation and other subtle sensations, which are usually blocked by chronic pain signals. Dopamine release accompanies the solidification of the neuroplastic process, so participants are encouraged to continue further updating if their sensory map via pleasant sensations, replacing the pain inputs.
The DNS principles of Ground Control are research-based and taught by the Prague School of Rehabilitation.
Dr. Jeff Almon is a chiropractor, CSCS and the owner of the MVMTLAB Sports Performance Clinic in Vancouver BC. He created the Ground Control Functional Meditation protocol by studying DNS, adapting the infant milestone development positions, and incorporating long periods of hold time necessary to elicit change in the brain (neuroplasticity). His protocol is a result of two years of clinical research with some of the world’s top athletes.
Ground Control Workshop Agenda Sunday March 19th, 2017 10am – 6pm
CEC’s: 7 BCRPA
Learn the pain process and rewiring of sensory maps
Understand the basic principles of neuroplasticity
Learn infant movement development positions and how to apply them to client’s pain conditions
Welcome and Introduction
Overview of day’s agenda
Practical assessment demonstration
Effects of exercise
Research and supporting studies
Infant Development Process
Practical assessment demonstration
Ground Control: what does it address?
Sustained motor patterning
Practical Component (handout will be given)
Six positions of Ground Control
The Bear (passive & active)
Straight Jacket Sit Up
Question and Answers