Naomi SaundersPhilosophy of Practice

Tennis mostly mental.  Of course, you must have a lot of physical skill, but you can’t play tennis well and not be a good thinker.  You win or lose the match before you even go out there.

Venus Williams, Ranked World No. 1
Winner of seven singles Grand Slam titles
4 Olympic gold metals and five Wimbledon singles titles

Naomi Saunders is passionate about improving lives by teaching mental skills, as well as improving physical movement. As a specialist in mental skills and movement coaching, she supports her athlete clients with ‘lifting the ceiling’ and moving the edges of their perceived performance limitations, thus improving the overall quality of daily life.

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 mental skills development and practice is essential – yet many athletes do not have coaches who dedicate time specifically to mental skills training.  The athlete or performer who wants to perform and compete to the maximum of their skills, is the athlete who makes learning and using mental 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 mental skills, mind-body awareness and core training.  These three Movement Max skills are:

  1. Power of Mind
  2. Feldenkais® Edge
  3. Pilates Power

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 mental 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.  Read more…