From conception through infancy and on to walking, we progress through organized movements, or patterns of skill and organization, in overlapping waves. Each movement pattern is preceded and followed by other patterns that balance the overall developmental progression. From flexing to extending, pushing to reaching, the pieces of development gradually integrate to become purposeful, pleasurable and communicative movement through space.

When all of these movement pathways are available and utilized, then physical, emotional and cognitive growth from childhood to adulthood is supported.

These patterns are an "alphabet" of movement which, when combined in sequence, form the "words" of our movement, which we call the Basic Neurological Patterns.

When any of the Basic Neurological Patterns are skipped or only partially developed, this can manifest in our lives as limitations or problems with our perceptions, movement or thinking. Any interruption in this process, whatever the cause, may result in a rigid survival pattern and express itself in limited choice-making.

The good news is that the pathways in our nervous system that govern Basic Neurological Patterns are not destroyed and can be revived through movement.

When we revisit these Basic Neurological Patterns, with skilled support, we awaken the intrinsic knowledge of our original choice-making process. It will expand our capacity for greater ease in our relationships and with our environment.

Body-Mind Centering® is an embodied and
integrated approach to movement,
touch, repatterning, and developmental principles.

© Canelle Demange 2008, Artwork © Canelle Demange
Site updated Summer 2010