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Brain Matters workshops continue with Emotions Matter.


This course module will equip you to look through the emotional lens to assess cognitive ability, performance, pain, and recovery. Sometimes we have purely mechanical limitations (i.e. “I can't do __________ because I have a muscular or structural deficiency”). However, most of the time, our limitations have an emotional component. Sometimes, emotions are the main cause of the limitation - “I can't _________ because I am overwhelmed by stress and anxiety!”

When our brains are performing well, emotions tend to be managed; neither absent, nor all-consuming. In this workshop, we will discuss:

  • Parts of the brain involved in emotion: (Insular Cortex, Limbic System, Vagus Nerve, Vestibular System, Visual Systems, Hippocampus, etc!)
  • Strategies to assess these areas
  • Exercises and drills to maintain, and improve these areas (Can we exercise our emotions?  :  )
  • Key ingredients: breathing, laughter, and meditation 

When working well, emotions cause us to pause, pay attention, consider the feelings of others, and connect with others empathetically. When emotions are not working well, they can consume us with worry, anxiety, and fear.


How do emotions get unhinged? What role do they have with pain? Why does “just being more positive” not work? What do addictions have to do with emotions? We’ll discuss these concepts and more in Emotions Matter!


This module will be movement oriented, combining teaching with application. Comfortable athletic clothing is recommended.

A study guide will be provided for the workshop ten days before the class, via email. The cost for the workshop is $789. There is space for 20 participants. At check-out, you will need to enter your Shipping Information (nothing is shipped; no shipping charges will be applied).



Emotions Matter

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  • The workshop begins at 9:00 AM, and will end at 4:00 PM. 


    We will have a one hour lunch break. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to pick up workshop materials, and bring a snack!

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