The Franklin Method isn’t a system of exercises; but rather a new way of thinking about movement.
Structured around functional anatomy and the natural design of the body, everything done in the Franklin Method is based on scientific evidence and the most recent research in biomechanics. It essentially teaches ‘you’ to yourself. You are learning your own anatomy. With all of the things that we learn throughout life, we’re not really taught what it is that we are made up of or how to use our body correctly. The Franklin Method does this. The key is that not only do you know anatomy and function, but that you also EMBODY it. Embodying means that you bring it into your physical experience. A form of experiential anatomy.
The second portion of the Franklin Method is that along with its use of anatomy it incorporates mental imagery or visualization. In other words, how you can apply your thoughts and mind to create lasting positive change in your body.
We have somewhere around 80,000 thoughts per day. We are a product of these thoughts and a product of what we are repeatedly doing. Our movement and thought patterns are mostly automatic. The body as a system uses an energy efficient way of keeping itself going; by cycling through what it has always done. Years and years of habits create strong patterns. Some of these patterns can be good and supportive but others can actually be detrimental and unhealthy. In order to make an intervention and change a pattern, the mind and nervous system must be incorporated. If the mind and the nervous system can be involved, then the body will start to shift and re-pattern.
One of the greatest discoveries of the 21st century is the plasticity of the brain; that your life will shape your brain and your brain will shape your life. The Franklin Method is at the forefront of practical neuro-plasticity; showing you how to use your brain to improve your body's function.
Posture and movement are driven by imagery, our thoughts and the mental pictures we have in our minds. If the image in your brain doesn’t correspond to the way the body is designed, the result will be a steady decline in function. By contrast, the best way to improve function is to start with an image that corresponds to how the body is designed.
Imagery has been proven to be the fastest way to produce change in the body while coupled with movement.
The Franklin Method teaches you how to harness the transforming power of the mind; It all starts with the knowledge that YOU have the power to change.