Whether you’re running, jumping, squatting, swinging a racket, or just going about daily functional life movements, the Fajardo Method® can help you get the most out of your movement and stay safe while doing it.
What’s Unique About The Fajardo Method®?
The Fajardo Method® approach to personal training or movement training takes an in-depth look at how the nervous system creates movement. First, the afferent, or sensory, nerves take in information about the body’s position in space. This information is sent to the sensorimotor cortex in the brain for processing, which then sends out a motor response based on this information. The most effective way to change movement and improve biomechanics is to tap into this process. The Fajardo Method® accomplishes this through attention to nervous system state and open body structure, both of which affect the flow and accuracy of information from the afferent nerves and can improve the movement creation process.
Let’s take a look at an example of the movement training process when applied to jumping.
Creating New Motor Patterns
- Using the jump board brings the body through the same movement patterns as a standing jump.
- Lying down helps the body release its habitual holding patterns, thus allowing the possibility for creating new motor patterns.
Applying New Motor Patterns to Movement
- These new motor patterns can then be integrated into standing squatting and jumping movements.
- Throughout the process, clients continuously gather sensory information via afferent nerves about the body’s structural position during movement. In the squatting image here the client is noticing his shin bone position. The sensorimotor cortex of the brain is able to make adjustments to the shin position, which creates a new motor pattern and continues to improve the movement.
The sensorimotor cortex can handle many more information signals and motor instructions than our conscious brain is able to give attention to or control in any given moment. Using this information processing and response process that is already built into our nervous system is the most effective way to attain proper and safe biomechanics, create sustainable, lasting change, and improve your power, range of motion, and efficiency of movement.
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