Frequently asked Questions
Here are some answers to the questions I get asked most often.
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What's the scientific evidence?
The NeuroSomatic method I propose is based on a compendium of evidence-based practices, methods and tools. The basic principle, which has evolved out of decades of brain research, is neuroplasticity, or the ability of the brain to change, to reorganize itself, and to create new connections. Any form of learning requires some form of brain rearrangement, and we can see that evidenced more starkly in children. But studies have shown that brain plasticity exists until much later in age, and that it can be mobilized easily. Below are examples of the different modalities I use, and links to the supporting scientific evidence.
What is NeuroMovement® and how does it work?
Movement is one of those ways that can mobilise brain plasticity, and it is available to us at all ages. There are numerous studies showing the beneficial impact of movement and exercise on brain function, and science documented many years ago the intricate links between our minds and our bodies. This method therefore mobilizes the brain to change the body, and the body to change the brain.
It is a therapeutic approach that provides your brain with new but clear information that stimulates its natural plasticity. By introducing slow, subtle movement and easy-to-follow concepts, your brain has the opportunity to perceive slight differences. The perception of differences is the cornerstone of learning anything. This new perception allows your brain to then to reorganize and form new neural connections and patterns. This new sensory and motor information can help you discover easier ways to move and override inefficient movement and thought patterns that lead to pain and suffering.
This method is different from other conventional approaches because we work with the brain and the body as one. For example, we begin treatment by focusing on connecting with the brain and not by “treating” the problematic body area. By re-establishing neuro pathways in the brain, improved mobility and function become possible. We do not force the brain or the body into learning, so the method is painless; we merely indicate to the brain how it might regain connectedness. Find out more here.
What are some of the methods you use?
Throughout my search for a better way to deal with physical and mental development, I have delved into numerous techniques and practices. I have taken formal training and certification in the following methods, which I use daily with my clients, and the list continues to grow, as I learn more every day:
Anat Baniel Method of NeuroMovement ®. This method is founded on the principles of the Feldenkrais method, for which you will find an impressive body of research evidence here.
Life Coaching and Counseling are two forms of providing psychological support to a person during any of life's events.
HeartMath® Hearth Coherence Mentoring: heart coherence helps with emotions, thought patterns, and the creation of stable peaceful conditions in which to learn. It works by connecting through the breath. The scientific evidence of this method is collected here.
Thought Field Therapy and Emotional Freedom Techniques (TFT and EFT): These are two methods of using gentle tapping along acupressure points located in the meridians (following ancient Chinese medicine) to identify and address negative thought patterns as they get imprinted into our bodies. You will find scientific evidence here, among other pages.
NeuroLinguistic Programming is a technique that decodes the thought patterns behind language. It is used in coaching or counseling.
Do you give receipts for insurance?
Yes! NeuroSomatic Therapy is recognized as a natural therapy and as a member of the Association of Quebec Naturopaths and the Regroupement des Thérapeutes en Médecine Alternative, I can give Naturopathy receipts that are recognized by most insurance companies.