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Pregnancy sculpts women’s brains in preparation for motherhood

Pregnancy sculpts women’s brains in preparation for motherhood

Motherhood changes everything Little did I know before I had my boys how completely and utterly being their mother would change EVERYTHING. Having children threw the pieces of my life up in the air. The pieces settled again, but my body, outlook on life, sense of self and emotions have never been quite the same.… Continue Reading

7 principles of neuroscience every coach and therapist should know

7 principles of neuroscience every coach and therapist should know

What does neuroscience have to do with coaching and therapy? Short answer: EVERYTHING! If you’re a coach or therapist, your job is to facilitate change in your client’s thinking (beliefs and attitudes) emotions (more mindfulness and resilience) behaviour (new healthy habits). Coaching builds the mental skills needed to support lasting change. Skills such as: mindfulness… Continue Reading

Imagine this: mental imagery strengthens neural circuits.

Imagine this: mental imagery strengthens neural circuits.

    Imagine this: thinking about exercise strengthens your muscles, even if you don’t move an inch. Mental imagery not only activates the same brain regions as the actual movement but also can speed up the learning of a new skill. Mental imagery and sports performance Mental imagery, mental practice, or visualisation is a technique… Continue Reading

What actually IS neuroplasticity?

What actually IS neuroplasticity?

Last year I flew home to New Zealand for an old friend’s 40th birthday (life is too short not to celebrate, right?).  At Sydney airport I picked up Norman Doidge’s latest book ‘The Brain’s Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity.‘ I’m reading it with my usual healthy dose of… Continue Reading

30 minutes cycling (equivalent to half a spin class) promotes brain plasticity

30 minutes cycling (equivalent to half a spin class) promotes brain plasticity

Don’t have time to exercise? Remember the blog post I wrote about Tony Abbott, Barak Obama and Richard Branson and how they find time every day to exercise? I believe success goes hand in hand with exercise because the world’s most successful people exercise every day. President Obama, possibly one of the world’s busiest people, works… Continue Reading

Neuroplasticity: the battle in your brain

Neuroplasticity: the battle in your brain

Today’s blog comes from my courageous friend and fellow brain blogger, Debbie Hampton, who writes over at The Best Brain Possible. In her words her blog provides: information and inspiration for anyone with a brain and desiring to improve it. The Battle in Your Brain When Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel, he had to work… Continue Reading

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