I learned that the ability to perceive where our body is in space is due to ‘proprioceptors’, or nerve cells located in muscles throughout the periphery of the body. When we practice coordination, we use those specialized nerve cells. Here are examples of ways to consciously train proprioception
After doing some stability training exercises with John, during my first week of going to prehab, my core was sore in a way that I’d never experienced after doing my usual core exercises (like sit ups or plank). John explained that it was because we worked on stabilizer muscles. That was new to me! Now that I know more about what stability training is and how to do it, I’m excited to implement it consistently. What about you?
We’re conditioned to move in certain ways: Lie down, sit, stand, walk forwards... If you think that’s not true, try going up to a wall and doing a spinal wave. You’ll probably feel pretty weird! I did, when we did this in Prehab class the other day. Most people just don’t move their spine in a wavelike motion, and definitely not next to a wall.