Naomi’s Teaching

Naomi’s teaching method arranges the techniques she offers into a cohesive plan, so that a client can call up the mind-body techniques as needed. When one wants to improve in sport or performance it is vital to put together a strategy for the mental game. These conditions contribute to the making of a successful athlete or performer.al – yet many athletes do not have coaches who dedicate time specifically to mind skills training for sports. The athlete or performer who wants to perform and compete to the maximum of their skills, is the athlete who makes learning and using mind skills as much a priority as training their sports or performance skills.

Investing time in one’s mind skills development and practice is essential – yet many athletes do not have coaches who dedicate time specifically to mind skills training for sports.  The athlete or performer who wants to perform and compete to the maximum of their skills, is the athlete who makes learning and using mind skills as much a priority as training their sports or performance skills.

“In sports, an athlete’s ‘mental game’ is at least 50% (and in some sports recognized to be 95%) of realizing one’s success.”

Foundation of Sport & Exercise Psychology
by R. Weinberg/D. Gould

Investing time in one’s mind skills development and practice is essential – yet many athletes do not have coaches who dedicate time specifically to mind skills training for sports.  The athlete or performer who wants to perform and compete to the maximum of their skills, is the athlete who makes learning and using mind skills as much a priority as training their sports or performance skills.

Naomi’s working philosophy is to address athletic development that lacks focus on developing mental game skills by providing coaching to fill that gap.

She founded Movement Max to offer her specially selected modalities to provide a customized mix of mind skills training, mind-body awareness and core training.  These three Movement Maxskills are below.

Movement Max™ Skills

She founded Movement Max™ to offer her specially selected modalities to provide a customized mix of mind skills training for sports, mind-body awareness and core training.  These three Movement Max™ skills are:

The Power of Mind™

More and more top athletes, including tennis champions Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Olympic figure skaters Sasha Cohen, Michelle Kwan, have discussed the importance of mind skills training for sports in media interviews. When their game is off, they place their mind skills training as a first priority.

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The Feldenkrais Edge™

The Feldenkrais Method®, developed by Moshe Feldenkrais (fel-den-krais), has been used for over 60 years by professional athletes, Olympic medalists, artists and performers to shake out of their performance limitations, and to improve their game.

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In combination they become a client’s personalized Movement Max Mix™.

Naomi is acutely aware of the mind-body connection due to her years of specialized training in dance performance and physical fitness, as well as her early career as a fitness instructor.

These mind skills are commonly associated with activities such as martial arts and yoga.  There are, however, other highly efficient, consciously orchestrated forms of action to increase an individual’s capacity to flow through movements quickly and to incorporate unexpected actions with accuracy and finesse.

The Feldenkrais Method® and Pilates were both developed to meet needs not specifically addressed by yoga or martial arts.   In particular, The Feldenkrais Method® was developed in 1963 and is a relatively young method.  Yet, it has been called ‘ahead of its time’ in providing advanced changes to body mechanics.

After years in the physical fitness business, Naomi Saunders realized that the unconscious mind can limit an individual’s range of motion. These ranges are defined in our early childhood by movement patterns and lifestyles.

As children, we generally stop exploring our complete potential for physical activity earlier than we realize. However, very few of us have access to movement experts when we are young. Thus, we lack the awareness to improve our most basic movement patterns and habits.

 

As we grow older and begin to play, we adopt additional physical skills or sports abilities; but, we frequently take our early postures, alignments and conceptions with us. Our abilities then evolve with limitations that are a result of these early choices. For example, if a child chooses to master baseball, he or she is unlikely to explore the physical agility that is offered by gymnastics.

Over time our basic patterns of movement are established, and we literally ‘move in a groove’ with each passing year of repetitive activity.

In order to improve or change our physical abilities we need to move out of our existing physical habits and mind patterns. Both the body and the mind need new experiences in order to expand and improve our capabilities.  In order to address these needs, Movement Max combines the Power of Mind™, Feldenkrais®, and Pilates Power™.