DNS or Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization is a mind-body exercise approach based on Dr. Pavel Kolar‘s explorations into corrective physical therapy practice to improve athletic performance, to overcome physical disabilities, and to assist children in developing the healthiest, most functional bodies possible. (Dr. Kolar’s work comes from a clinical lineage out of the Prague School in the Czech Republic’s Charles University of medicine and rests on the research and development done by Twentieth Century rehabilitation professors Vaclav Vojta, Karel Lewit, Vladimir Janda, and Frantisek Vele).
DNS exercises require mental focus and practice, similar to other mind-body exercise forms like Pilates and GYROTONIC® exercise. Unlike those exercises forms, it is not a complete workout system. Instead, the Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization exercises consist more of an approach to assessing and treating physical “glitches” or dysfunctions so that individuals can improve how they feel in their bodies, refine their athletic performance, or overcome chronic pain and injury.
To discover where the body is not working at its best, the certified DNS exercise instructor asks the individual to execute DNS tests and slowly, gently guides him or her through exercises to correct the biomechanical pattern that has been causing the chronic pain, ineffective movement pattern, or blockage.
By observing infants developing their motor skills, Dr. Kolar developed an exercise system based on these automatic motor patterns with which every human being is born. These innate movements became codified exercises that help people to “reset” their central nervous systems, similar to what happens when people reboot their computers. Instead of learning a complicated exercise system over time to alleviate chronic pain, DNS exercise clients can re-learn simple motor skills, improve the way they execute those movements in increasingly challenging contexts, and feel relief immediately.
Movements a DNS exercise client can expect to perform would be lying on his or her back or exercises based on turning over to a crawling position.
Each exercise is performed with attention to a quality of calmness, centeredness. When infants grow and learn at their best, their bodies stabilize in a steady, consistent environment where they can breathe with ease and comfort. Breathing in this relaxed manner with stability helps infants develop stamina in positions ranging from sitting, standing, lying on their sides or backs or stomachs. Sound like human adult movement? Of course!
Before explosive athletic activity can occur on any plane, there must first be a relaxed and stable “neutral” position that each person can sustain without excess strain. DNS exercises return people to living and moving with ease and comfort so that they can function at their best!
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