Remarks on the Body - Mind Problem
Once an intention of action is formed, communication is sent from the motor system to the sensory systems to prepare the body for the intended movement.
This communication is called corollary discharge, a little-understood aspect of our neuromuscular functioning. Learned through repetition that is performed with sensory awareness, the corollary discharge is highly developed in people of skill (musicians, athletes, surgeons…) and becomes an integral part of their self-image, allowing them to have ease, fluidity, and congruence in their movements.
Yochanan Rywerant brings this subliminal aspect of our selves to conscious awareness, both for the appreciation of the function and so that we may become more able to deeply sense and enhance our motor functioning. Through this mastery of mind-body education, he teaches us how to utilize corollary discharge to resolve conflicting patterns and open the channels of communication between our motor and sensory systems.
In Corollary Discharge, The Forgotten Link, Rywerant (b. 1922, was one of the main assistants of Moshe Feldenkrais) brings his mastery of the field of mind-body education to bear in understanding a very present, but little-understood aspect of neuromuscular function. It brings this sometimes subliminal aspect of our worlds to our counscious awareness, both for the appreciation of the function, an so that we may begin to make more conscious use of it. The expansion of our awareness of corollary discharge has huge potential for enhancing motor functioning.