5 Nov 2016: Neuroplasticity Workshop
Retrain your brain – enhance your right mind for whole brain functioning! Fun filled day with some info, lots of fun, creative activities for everyone, Ageless Grace fun fitness.
A selection of feedback from participants:
- Really enjoyed the workshop, would love more information on the subconscious mind
- Very interesting, keep new information coming!
- Should really be longer J – felt we could have got into more detail, looking forward to the longer retreat.
- Thank you very much for today!
- Thank you very much for a soul nourishing day
Date: 5 November 2016
Topic: Neuroplasticity Workshop (Retrain Your Brain)
Venue: Anja’s Tea Garden
Workshop time: 9h30-13h00
Price: R490, incl. 2.5-3 hour workshop (with practical tips and creative activity), refreshments and a goodie bag
Your brain is amazingly adaptable. It never ever stops learning, depending on how your mind set (rigid, stagnant or flexible, adaptable, keen to learn) supports this natural ability, of course. It changes because it is constantly optimises itself, reorganizing itself by transferring cognitive abilities from one lobe to the other, particularly as you age. After a stroke, for instance, your brain can reorganize itself to move functions to undamaged areas.
A little background information:
Old thought: ‘In adult centres the nerve paths are something fixed, ended, immutable. Everything may die, nothing may be regenerated’, written by Prof Santiago Cajal in his 1928 publication ‘Degeneration and Regeneration in the Nervous System’.
He believed that brain neurons were unique because they, of all cells in the human body, lacked the ability to regenerate.
New thought: published by the journal Nature Medicine already in 1998, a report indicating that neurogenesis (growth of new brain cells), does indeed occur in humans.
As Sharon Begley wrote in her book ‘Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain’, ‘….the discovery overturned generations of conventional wisdom in neuroscience.
The human brain is not limited to the neurons it is born with, or even the neurons that fill in after the explosion of brain development in early childhood’. Within each of our brains there is a population of neural stem cells which are continually replenished and can differentiate into different brain neurons. We can all do our own brain stem cell renewal and regrowth therapy every moment of our lives, by opening up to new learning, new experiences, exploring new horisons, possibilities, or elsewhere of thought! The ‘how’ is what my regular workshops on this topic, is all about.
We lead busy lives, often on autopilot, therefore we almost never pay any attention to the fact that we can retrain our brains at any given stage. In medical terms, this ability of our brains to send the troops where help is needed so to speak, is called neuroplasticity. Plasticity means ‘mouldable’ with the ability to form new patterns and shapes, like clay or play dough. This is the potential that the brain has to reorganise by creating new neural pathways to adapt, as needed.
Anri van der Merwe
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