Thomas Organisation of movement / activities The brain organises movements in movement patterns rather than singular muscular activities. Lots of health practitioners tell their clients to strengthen or stretch muscles which relates to the brain’s capacity to activate. In order to move the brain needs both the capacity to activate and inhibit. After an injury or accident there is a tendency for all the muscles to contract. Therefore the main focus has to be on developing the ability to inhibit muscular contraction. Once the brain has learnt a particular pattern, it becomes easier to transfer that skill into an other area of life. In my experience TAKETINA enhances the coordination between the different parts of the brain, it works strongly with activation and inhibition. Establishing a rhythm with the feet and shifting the weight from side to side engages and improves the communication between the two hemispheres of the brain. Clapping with the hands in every second round is an activity of the frontal cortex. Any pattern which can performed/executed without conscious awareness is directed by lower brain centres. Tonic and phasic muscle fibers Each muscle consists of tonic and phasic muscle fibers. The tonic muscle fibers function is to stabilize, muscles closer to the spine and skeletal joints have a higher % of phasic muscle fibers. Tonic muscle fibers can work for a long time without getting tiered. The main function of the phasic muscles is to initiate movements. Tonic muscles fibers can switch off and on, often after an accident, resulting into a feeling of heaviness, requiring more effort to lift a limb. In my experience tonic muscles can activated by evoking skeletal support. Creating order and chaos The brain has the capacity to recognise pattern. People often want to do the “right” thing or “correct” thing. With that attitude they limited themselves in the learning process to a wider range of experiences. By first creating order and then introducing variation, change or chaos makes it easier for the brain to recognise what works and what does not work. Creating a good learning environment In order to learn any activity requires a certain amount of repetition, lying on the back means the brain does not have to provide stability to ensure the body remains upright. It can focus more on moving the various body parts. It is therefore much less information for the brain to process. In order to learn the brain needs to time to integrate. When a person feels tiered, taking time to pause allows the brain/nervous system integrate the learning. Learning a movement is like learning a language. The first aspect is to learn correct pronunciation. Once a word can be pronounce correctly, pace and volume can be increased. Allowing participants to rest whenever they feel allows time for integration. Practicing within a range of comfort makes it easier to explore possibilities. By going always to the limit, the only thing a person experience is there limitations. Overcoming trauma As Peter Levin describes in his book, awaking the tiger, animals which are chased, will collapse and freeze if they feel they have no chance of escaping. The animal will shift from a highly activation to total immobilisation within a spilt of a second. If lucky, the animal will be perceived as dead and survive. Once the danger is over, the animal shakes itself to release the build up energy /charge. In my perception TAKETINA creates a sense of chaos within a safe environment. In normal life a chaotic experience can be traumatic leaving a person with a sense having no control. As a result a person can withdraw and be reluctant to engage in a similar situation. A traumatic experience can lead a person to be in a state of being constant hyper vigilant. As a result of the over activation the ability to accurately process incoming information. TAKETINA provides an opportunity to experience chaos and relearning to engage and interact with the environment. To develop an awareness of the inner and outer environment. To me it change the association I had with loosing chaos and loosing control to experience chaos and being able to stay totally present with it, even so it was not pleasant. Heart rate variability / Biofeedback During the inhalation the heart rate increases, during the exhalation the heart rate slows down. Using the visual feedback allows a person can learn to regulate the breath to enhance the function of the heart. Some research suggests that breathing at the optimal breathing rate can help to reset the various body rhythms. I assume that TAKETINA has a similar effect, establishing or resetting the natural rhythms of the body.