Re-coding micro-movement fundamentals is what we do to quickly get you moving better. The Kinetic Bridging technique is how we do it. There are two unique aspects of Kinetic Bridging—
- The micro-stretches. We use highly specific stretches to re-synchronize functional groups of muscles. The stretches are gentle and are often described as having Yoga done to you.
- The movement sequences mimic movements found in early infancy so the changes are self-reinforcing and long lasting.
Bridge is a verb or noun meaning to connect two parts. We find we connect correct movement reactions to those not working so well, forming a bridge of functional movement. Restoration of movement is a bridge to daily function in school, family and community. We provide the bridge for clients to get back to living their lives!
The science of the technique lies in principles of maximal shortened/lengthened muscle groups pairing up with each other when a perturbation is applied. In other words, a stretch with a twist is the key to resetting the muscle memory.
The key references for very early sensory-motor development at the Hawaii Early Learning Profile (HELP) and a compendium of fetal movement research, ‘Fetal Behaviour: A Neurodevelopmental Approach’, Christa Einspeiler, PhD, et al.
Why Developmental Sequences Matter
Just as code is the essence of computer programming, the tiniest of movements learned in first months of life are the foundational code to how we move at any age. A key aspect to all of the early movement development is the integration with guiding sensory systems—auditory, vestibular, visual and proprioceptive.
We often find aspects of movement and sensory systems which function fine but are not tightly integrated together. Function cannot transcend to new complexity needed with age. The hidden gaps are also why injuries in adults do not repair in the time frame expected.
We assess and restore 10 Stages of Starting Moves. These fundamentals can be incomplete at birth for many reasons. In older children and adults the same fundamentals can be disrupted by injury, illness or intervention.
For Children…There are many reasons for children to have gaps in their early micro-movement fundamentals such as a pre-term or traumatic birth. The children are often able to develop motor skills but lack fluency, efficiency or the ability to transition to the next level of complexity. We often see visual skills and motor skills that are poorly integrated; this integration begins at 10 weeks of age! We restore the micro-movement fundamentals needed to close these gaps allowing children to blossom!
For Adults…Micro-movement fundamentals are the underlying elements of pain-free fluent movement at any age. Injuries and illness at all ages create accumulated layers of compensations. Over time these begin to slow down and restrict ranges of movement. Stress from tightness and asymmetrical function is often the source of your unresolved pain or stiffness. We restore your micro-movements to original working order and you move better without pain and stiffness. This is possible at any age—13, 45 or 85!
Why Kinetic Bridging Changes Last
A key part of the Kinetic Bridging technique is the passive assessment of movement to identify what works well and where a gap in function is causing stress. We use gentle rocking movements and stabilizing stretches to restore the coordination between functional muscle groups. Restoring the foundation and subsequent layers corresponds to the sequence of movement children develop so the new skills are self-reinforcing.
The new relationships create pathways that function more efficiently. The body shifts to these simpler combinations immediately and doesn’t go back to the harder way of functioning. We reboot muscle memory, not retrain it!
The Backstory of Kinetic Bridging
An electrical engineer who holds degrees from the Illinois Institute of Technology and Northwestern University, Cara Lindell jumped from technology management and consulting to personal training, starting the strength training business Fully Fit Lifestyles in 2002.
Her initial focus was functional strength and balance training for older adults (sadly, age 50 is statistically considered older). Her engineering background kicked in as she began exploring the science of balance and strength, which led to a specialization on coordination and balance. She began working with clients on a new level blending kinesiology, biomechanical principles and neuroscience to effect meaningful and sustainable changes in strength, stability and coordination.
At the same time Lindell’s work started yielding amazing results for her adult clients, an interest arose in applying the same coordination concepts to children – children who had challenges in school and also had poor coordination, posture and/or handwriting. Anecdotally these types of coordination gaps these children have correlated to school performance. Parents were searching for non-pharmaceutical ways to help.
The early work with children revolved around exercises and coordination. Over time, specific correlations where observed linking neuromuscular function to cognitive and sensory functions. These common threads led to understanding how neuromuscular stability played a pivotal role in coordination, emotional development and cognitive skills.
A pivotal period was 2006 when work with Lindell’s son ultimately led to the stretch-based technique now named Kinetic Bridging. She discovered that the Kinetic Bridging stretches stimulated body-brain connections in unique, fast and lasting ways. Not only did coordination change from the improvements in stability, there were profound changes in sensory processing and cognitive skills. Parents were reporting changes in spelling, reading, math, visual processing, attention, social skills and self-confidence.
Distinctive patterns were emerging and in the summer of 2008 infant developmental sequences became integrated into the technique. Not only were these patterns necessary at all ages, the body built patterns on its own when the stabilization patterns were developed in this sequence. Over time fetal development and movements have become part of the movement sequences too. These foundations of movement impact every other domain when they do not develop correctly, or when they are impaired by illness or injury.