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Written By: Robert Cocuzzo | Photography By: Brian Sager

Priscilla Ryan Graham brings healing through NeuroMovement.

Island resident Priscilla Ryan Graham specializes in NeuroMovement, a science-based approach that uses neuroplasticity—the brain’s ability to change and adapt—to promote healing, rehabilitation and development. Emphasizing that movement is the language of the brain, Graham guides students through physical movements to form new patterns and neural connections. NeuroMovement can lead to an elimination of aches and pains, increased strength and flexibility, and even improved cognition. The purpose is helping adults and children move beyond pain and limitations by achieving higher levels of differentiated movement.

How did you discover NeuroMovement?
I first came across NeuroMovement in 2007 while living in Switzerland. This modality was an absolute game changer for my oldest daughter who has Down syndrome. I initially began the training because of the remarkable impact it had on her, but I also saw how NeuroMovement alleviated my chronic shoulder pain that I had suffered from since I was a teenager due to a serious injury. That really changed my perspective on the possibilities of this work, who it could help and who I wanted to work with.

Who do you typically work with?
I can really work with anyone, from infants all the way to people in their eighties and beyond. Whether you are in good health or have a limiting diagnosis, this method can improve the quality of your life. The majority of my adult clients suffer from chronic pain, or are recovering from a sports injury or a stroke, or have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis. My younger clients are either children with special needs and learning differences or adolescents and teens who are looking to address a repetitive sports injury.

How does NeuroMovement work?
I use gentle, slow variations of movement to help a client find more optimal ways to move or hold their body. It’s about moving with the least amount of effort. NeuroMovement helps lead your brain to reorganize your skeletal system and movements, bringing your body to a more organized state. It also shifts the paradigm from fixing to connecting.

How does NeuroMovement promote overall wellness?
We feel better when we move better. When we move with greater ease and higher levels of differentiation, it upgrades our brains while also improving our balance and the quality of what we do. When our balance is better, we are less likely to get injured and become better at doing things we love. What we put into our bodies matters. We often think about that in terms of the food we eat, but it is also the quality of the information we ingest. I think of NeuroMovement as being the quality of the information we provide our brain to help us move, function and think as easily and clearly as we can.

Priscilla Ryan Graham trained at the Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement Center in San Rafael, California, and went on to complete higher levels of certifications specializing in children with special needs, vitality and anti-aging, and high performers. She opened her practice in 2015. Book an appointment with Priscilla at www.proteamovement.com.

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