The way we move tells a story. Today’s movements are more than likely dictated by our past. Our present performance is a product of neural patterns that have been laid down over time. We can manipulate these patterns. Retrain them to perform differently.
Yes, I said differently. This could be better or it could be worse. So different is neither good nor bad. We have the ability change the way we move by practicing the new way. Just as they were laid down for the present, we can relay them for the future.
These movements are motor patterns called motor engrams. Consider these as your body’s neural program for movement. When you’re faced with a stimuli you subconsciously go through a process of analyzing the situation and reacting to the demands of the environment according to your motor engrams default program.
Our neuromuscular system is where our motor engrams exist. Putting this into some tangible context: Walking, most of us do it on a daily basis without much thought. We go from one destination to the next on autopilot. Now, take a skill that is not natural for you. This unfamiliar environment requires unnatural (for you) skills in order to complete the task, but over time it becomes easier (the skill becomes natural) as the motor engram is solidified. What this process of skill acquisition demonstrates is that you are able to adapt to the demands of your current environment and new environments.
I leave you with these questions –
What comes natural to you and How long did it take you to get to that level of proficiency?
What environmental demand do you feel you could be meeting with a higher level of skill?