Hello and welcome back to my blog with a free video!

This week I will be talking about pregnancy and brain training. Pregnancy is a very exciting time for mums and dads to be, so in this blog I’m going to talk about some neurology and brain based fun so the dads to be can feel included.

I have taught pregnancy classes since 2010 and its very very easy to just focus on mum and baby, and totally forget about dad!

In this blog I will talk about  parts of the brain/nervous system which are the cerebellum, the vestibular system and parietal lobe and why they are important for mum and baby, but also how the exercises are in fact useful for all of us. My friend who is pregnant kindly agreed to be my model for the pregnancy exercise  video I am currently making. At the end of the blog  there is a link to a 9 min home workout ‘Neuro Pregnancy on the ball’, which is in fact  suitable for anyone interested in improving their brain and nervous system, not just pregnant ladies. The full 1hr video will be available in a few weeks.



Movement and exercise in pregnancy

We all know that being active and keeping mobile is part of a  good healthy lifestyle, whether you are pregnant or not.   In terms of your unborn baby’s development,  the vestibular system AKA balance system  develops very early on, when the foetus is small even at 10 weeks, its pretty much somersaults around in the womb, which is great stimulation, meaning t your baby’s vestibular system/balance  is well developed at birth, where as baby’s visual system and other brain are far behind.  Staying active during pregnancy  is key for helping your baby develop his/hers  balance system and yet another  reason for mums-to-be to stay active and bounce that bump.


Baby Brain 

Firstly, most people who have been pregnant or been around someone who is, which is pretty much the whole population have heard of ‘Baby Brain’, as in getting more forgetful during pregnancy. The jury is still out on to whether this this is fact or fiction.  The results of one study claimed that women ‘tricked themselves’ into thinking they were becoming more absent-minded simply because they had been told this was a likely symptom of pregnancy, so just a placebo effect. Another study suggested that women do in fact become slightly more forgetful with respect to menial tasks, so that more focus and energy can be put into their own inner workings, what the unborn baby is doing and preparing the home for the new arrival. Meaning is selective amnesia, or the brain filtering out information that is not baby related or deemed to be  important. Additional studies suggested that baby brain was possibly caused by lack of sleep, as during pregnancy it can be difficult to get comfortable at night and many women wake during the night to go for a wee.

In my experience, I have found that women who are in their 3rd trimester get better at remembering where they put an object or where somebody else put the object, so they become the car keys and iPhone finders. On the other side of the coin, I have found that sometimes pregnant ladies find  coordinating new  movements in an exercise  class a bit tricky. So why is this? It’s in part becasue the cerebellum which is a part of the brain involved in accuracy, balance and coordination can be affected temporarily by physiological changes which occur during pregnancy, more about this later.

A huge amount goes on in a woman’s body during pregnancy, so I could write a blogs on ‘Pregnancy and Hormones’, ‘Pregnancy and Mindset’, ‘Biomechanics in Pregnancy’, ‘Posture and Pregnancy’, ‘Hypnobirthing’ and then mine fields like ‘Supplements in Pregnancy ‘.  But for this blog it will be about ‘Pregnancy and the Balance System’ as other people who aren’t pregnant, such as Dad can benefit from the content too. So what has the balance system got to do with ‘Baby Brain?’

The Inner Ear and Parietal Lobe 

The cochlea is a  structure shaped like a snail and filled with two fluids (endolymph and perilymph) and deal with hearing. Also within the inner ear are the semicircular canals, the utricle, and the saccule which are the loops on top of the snail in the picture below, which for now we will say deal with balance. These balance organs share the temporal bone space with the cochlea and the same fluid that is in the cochlea. So in order to work the inner ear in part uses fluid dynamics, which gets disturbed  when a woman is pregnant, due to  extra blood volume, it is not damaged or broken. This means during pregancy your balance system can be a bit wobbly at times.

The part of your brain which deals with sensation and where your joints are in space, the parietal lobe also gets disturbed during pregancy as the body shape is changing , baby is growing  so the brain constantly has to process this.

Body parts are not in places it is expecting and also the brain has to re-learn how to move this ‘new body’ with a body inside. So the overall effect is a bit of a loss of spatial awareness and being about to coordinate movement.


Inner, Middle and Outer Ear

During pregnancy a woman’s blood volume slowly increases by 40–50%.


The increase is mainly due to an increase in plasma volume through increased aldosterone. This means that over the course of pregnancy a woman’s heart rate can increase by 15 beats per min.  The blood vessels develop first, to accommodate the new blood volume, and this is why early in pregnancy some women feel lightheaded and get low blood pressure. On this note feeling dizzy and feeling light headed, faint or woozey are two totally different ‘symptoms’ which can easily get mixed up when patients describe how they are feeling to a doctor. Feeling dizzy also shows there is something up with the balance system, and what it means is ‘Do you feel like you spin?’ or Do you feel like the world is spinning? if so ‘In which direction is the spinning’.


The balance system in the body AKA the vestibular system (inner ear) plays a role in cognition and mood, it also integrates and talks to the cerebellum (little brain behind the brain) which controls accuracy, balance and coordination of movement and  cognition.  During pregnancy the balance system is affected due to the extra blood volume, meaning the other systems which it connects to will also be affected.


Our daily lives and balance system

Daily we do movements consist of rotations, spins, bends, forwards/  back and up/down,  translations and side bends, the vestibular system senses all of these in different ways so basically your brain always knows where you are in space (even if you are doing a forward roll, handstand or lying down) , which way is up and also so you don’f fall over every time you move

There are  two main  components to the vestibular system :

1. The semicircular canal system, which monitor  rotational,  turning or twisting  movements of the head.

2.  The otoliths  which monitor  linear accelerations, so in lay terms moving up and down (jumping or squatting)  or forwards and back (sprinting or doing press ups).

When you jump up and down or squat you stimulate part of the balance system called the  the saccule  and when you move forwards and back you stimulate the utricle. 

The vestibular system sends signals to the neural structures that control eye movements and to the muscles that keep us standing up.  The vestibular system’s job is to keep you upright and therefore plays a big role in posture and spine stability.


For those who are interested in neurology

The vestibular nuclei on either sides of the brain stem exchange signals regarding movement and body position. These signals are sent down the following projection pathways, so this is  some of what the vestibular / balance  system talks to.

  •  The cerebellum. Signals sent to the cerebellum are relayed back as muscle movements of the head, eyes, and posture.
  •  Cranial nerves III, IV, and VI. Signals sent to these nerves cause the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) . They allow the eyes and head to work together so you can keep a target in focus without it getting blurry.
  •  The reticular formation in the pons and medulla  area also called PMRF which lives in the brain stem. The PMRF controls global tone on its side of the body, pain,  signals sent to the reticular formation signal the new posture the body has taken on, and how to adjust circulation and breathing due to body position,
  •  The spinal cord. (vestibulospinal tract) Signals sent to the spinal cord allow quick reflexive  reactions to limbs and trunk to regain balance. The vestibular system/inner ear has a large control over legs and spine
  • The parietal lobe.  V2 area  in the primary vestibular cortex  of the parietal lobe so that the position and movement of joints can be monitored relative to gravity and head position
  •  The thalamus. Signals sent to the thalamus allow for head and body   control  and  being consciously aware  of body position. [1] 
  • Via the Ventral Pathway, which tells your brain which way is up, so the  perception of the direction of gravity.[2] 

For everyone else

It doesn’t matter if you are not into neurology as in the video I will explain in lay terms  how each exercise works on your brain and nervous system with reference to some of points above. I have not covered all the points, otherwise the video would be too long. Not all pregnant ladies get issues with balance, coordination and memory, and of course lots of people who aren’t pregnant get memory, balance and coordination problems. Some pay a lot of money on fri/sat night to get pissed, mess up their cerebellums and to get  balance, coordination and memory disturbances.





  1. Saladin, Kenneth S. (2011). Anatomy & Physiology: The Unity of Form and Function. New York: McGraw-Hill
  2. Vaziri, Siavash; Connor, Charles E (2016). “Representation of Gravity-Aligned Scene Structure in Ventral Pathway Visual Cortex.”. Current Biology. 26: 766–74.




Hello and welcome to my blog

Today I’m going to talk about creativity and some ways you can work to improve yours,  using some brain exercises and hypnosis. My latest work with creative hypnosis was  with an art student with my help and the help of one of my colleagues, she got got a 1st class   honours degree this year. There is a video at the end of the blog with a bit about the project and what we did if you are interested, it was mainly hypnosis that I used to enhance creativity on this occasion.

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Creative hypnosis can be used for all kinds of other disciplines such as dance, art, martial arts, brainstorming,  music  or pretty much any thing  that requires creative thinking, or creative performance.

Firstly a bit of neurology as the right side of the brain is the side which deals with creativity, but let’s dive in with some brain information first


The right side of the brain is the creative side

  • The brain develops after birth by genes being turned on by environmental stimuli and there are stages or milestones when particular changes in the brain happen
  • By 3 yrs old brain is 90% developed
  • From ages 0-3 yrs right  left side of brain develops from  3-6yr left side develops
  • Our brains are asymmetrical left and right, as in they are wired differently and have different functions.
  • Sharks and reptile brains are the same left and right so both sides do the same job, they don’t sleep, they just switch off one side of the brain. So they have just half a brain functioning at a time


Other than being involved in creativity, what else does the right brain do?


  • Right sees everything at once ‘the big picture’ – processes  immediately
  • Movement of big muscles and muscle tone, connects with body
  • Non verbal communication, social skills, emotional intelligence
  • Loves novelty and responds to deep touch like massage
  • Says no stop it
  • Looks out for danger
  • Controls withdraw emotions: fear disgust sadness


How can we stimulate the right side of the brain?

1. Sensation on LEFT side of the body 


2.Movement on the LEFT side of the body.

The right cortex controls voluntary movement on the left side of the body also the right side of the brain deals more with complicated movements of large joints such as hips, shoulders, elbows. The left brain deals more with small dextrous movements with the fingers.

3. Using smell in right nostril 

Smell is processed on the same side of the brain, right nostril – right cortex. Cover your left nostril and smell  something with just the right. Different smells will evoke different responses, but for now any smell will work.


4. Sound in the left ear

The opposite side of the brain processes more sound than same side, about 35:65. So about 2/3 of the sound that goes into the left ear is processed by the right side of the           brain. The right side of the brain deals more with low tones or low pitch noises, also white noise such as waterfalls or rain stimulate the right brain, as does classical music. Jazz and rap music           are more for left brain simulation

5. Hemi field glasses and Eyelights

The way the brain processes incoming light and images is very complicated, but its possible to buy special glasses which can selectively stimulate different sides and parts of the brain depending on the settings. Eye lights on the right are more sophisticated than the hemi fields on the left. The nasal portion of the visual field (inner part) stimulates more of the opposite cortex, whereas the temporal (outer) field is the same side of the brain. This is why the lenses in  glasses are split in half, the hemi fields have a blue and a red half, and the eye lights are shining light into the nasal portion of one eye and the temporal portion of the other eye.


6. Using Hypnosis

Although hypnosis uses many parts of the brain, visualisation is a right brain activity and many aspects of hypnosis require visualisation, but there is  more to hypnosis than just imagination, but imagination itself  is important for hypnosis to be effective. Its possible to improve your imagination by using hypnosis, which then makes future hypnosis sessions more effective.

Hypnosis and neurology can be used to enhance many other aspects of brain function, not just creativity. There are many methods to improve memory, coordination, dexterity, emotional resilience, performing under pressure, reflex speed, thought processing speed and more,  these will be covered in up and coming blogs.



Hello and welcome back to my blog

This week I’m going to talk briefly about neuroplasticity,  which is the changeability of the brain. To drive neuroplasticity you need to train your brain, like you would a muscle.  The brain likes to just stay as it is, so you need to make an effort to ‘push’ it to change or to be technical to ‘drive neuroplasticity’. This week’s FREE brain training video is on motivation, as you need motivation to drive yourself to train, master an art or learn a new skill.
The FREE 3min follow along video, contains a vision exercise with visual subliminal affirmations so if that’s something you are interested in that you can work on becoming more motivated today!

So in a nut shell this is what neuroplasticity is all about ? Your brain is changeable and will adapt !

• Plasticity is a fundamental property of the CNS (central nervous system), its is neither good nor bad, it just happens.
• Use it or lose it
• SAID principle Specific Adaptation to Imposed demand – practice makes permanent, also if you train with ‘bad form’ that is what you will get good at. So the quality of training is important.
• When training your brain or body, Intensity matters, repetition matters, timing matters and age can matter.
• Novelty is key, your brain loves a new challenge and will respond.
• It can be maladaptive eg complainers , pain and addictions. This is neuroplasticity gone bad as the person repeated negative activities, which then became a habit.


There is no neuroplasticity pill, you have to actually train, practice  and persist in order to improve at the skill you are working on. This skill might be a magic trick, your sport or  a new language.

Thank you for reading and please get in touch if you have any questions



Hello and welcome back !

Last blog  I told you about some different kind of eye movements which are important for driving, being good at sport or just general well being, also how  you can improve your brain and vision with the correct exercises. In this weeks blog there is a free follow along video for you to download to get you started.

Previously, I talked about pursuits or eye tracking movements which is when  the eyes to follow a moving target. This is key for driving as well as sport, particularly those involving a  ball or tracking the players.  I also talked about peripheral vision which is ‘how well can I see what I’m not looking at’, I will come back to this in another blog post. Finally, I mentioned fast eye movements from target to target, there are called saccades.


The Frontal Lobe

I said  fast eyes = fast brain. So this means if you train your self to get better at saccades it will (in a nutshell) make an important part of your brain called the frontal lobe work faster. The part of brain which in part controls saccades (fast eye movements), the frontal lobe  also controls movement, so your movement will get better too. The frontal lobe does lots of things, its the king ! its the logical,  conscious part of you, your personality, creativity, planning, self control  AKA executive functions   it also  controls movements of joints  is involved in does fast eye movements. So all the amazing things we have like iPads, Google, aeroplanes, CGI movies etc somebody’s frontal lobe thought of and created  those.

  The other part of the brain which is important in all this is the parietal lobe which has many task but for today we will say that sensation is processed in the parietal lobe. So if you step on a pin, put ice down your shirt, pick up  a warm mug or stroke a cat, your parietal lobe is key in how you process these sensations and know what they are.

Sensory before motor, if you can’t sense or feel  it you can’t move it.

This is very important for pro athletes or mum athletes as not many sports coaches, physios or trainers  know about the parietal lobe and how it is key in improving movement, so this is a gem if you want to be ‘in the know’ on something that can improve your game and also when you watch the video you will see how ridiculously easy it is to stimulate this lobe of the brain, and you will be able to invent your own warm u .  The parietal lobe is involved in eye tracking movements and attaching meaning to incoming objects, which of course we all know is key in sport and daily life.

If your parietal lobe is very slow at working out ‘What is this shape coming at me?’ it will affect your driving  and you won’t be performing at your maximum so its a good idea to have a fast parietal lobe.

The parietal lobe is also involved in turning shapes around in your mind,  this is important for reading, some people with dyslexia see letters upside down. Again in the video as you will see there is a short vision drill I made to encourage your parietal lobe to work a bit. So if you know anyone with dyslexia then send them over! In the next blog there is more on dyslexia.

The Parietal Lobe

The Parietal Lobe


The parietal lobe also  deals with  joint proprioception, which means knowing where bits of your body are in space, so you can move around well. Children and  adults who have body awareness issues need to work on their parietal lobes, you might have issues or you might have a friend that is uncoordinated or crashes into furniture often.

My favorite part of the brain is the cerebellum, its the little brain behind the brain and its like the 2nd in command. It does the ABC of neurology. Accuracy, balance and coordination of movements as well as other processes in the body from vision to emotions. It is also involved in cognition, vision, balance and learning new skills. So be be an excellent athlete you need a good cerebellum.

The Cerebellum


To summarise, the frontal lobe is the king, the parietal lobe is all about knowing where you are in the world and feeling what is around you. The cerebellum manages the input and output to make sure the movement is  accurate, balanced and coordinated.

These three parts of the brain are key to moving well and of course driving well.  People with frontal lobe and/or cerebellum issues often have emotional outbursts which of course are part of road rage. Emotional outbursts spoil sports performance and success in the workplace.

If you prefer to listen and learn about the brain, then check out my show on Stray FM

3 Ways To Be a Safer Driver

busy super human safer driver

Hello and welcome back to my blog !

Today I am going to dive into talking about vision as it’s one of  my favourite subjects and 75% of the stimulus your brain  receives is from your eyes.    Vision  is extremely important for pro athletes who want to be elite, as many studies show that the difference between a pro athlete and an elite athlete is usually vision.

Like the saying ‘see if first, be first’.  This is the same for driving as 1/4 of a second can be the difference between a fatal car crash or a near miss.


If you DON’T train you visual systems and other senses  they start to degrade in your 30s and 40s, most people don’t  know how to train  vision as nobody has ever explained what it really  is and how it works.

  • Vision goes beyond eyesight, which is the ability to see clearly
  • Vision involves the ability to take incoming visual information, process that information, obtain meaning from it and act accordingly, so its a brain based activity.
  • Vision is NOT just the test you do at the optician looking at stationary black letters on a stationary white board

These are key aspects of vision which I will introduce to you

  • Eye movements – Can you visually follow a moving target, and shift efficiently between targets, while still seeing clearly?
  • Visual clarity – Can you see it clearly? Can you see low contrast objects?
  • Depth of vision – Can you precisely identify where an object is in relation to everything around it?
  • Peripheral – How much and how well can you see what you are not looking at?


In terms of improving your driving we will focus on just eye movements to keep things simple, here are 3

1. You must be able hold your eyes on a target, this is called gaze stabilisation, you can start right away, buy finding a spot on the wall and look at it for 15s, blinking, tearing, getting irritated are all signs that you need to work on this skills. The  ability to hold your gaze on a spot as well as  quickly re-focusing your eyes on a target are both key for developing good visual skills.

2. The speed at which you jump your eyes from target to target or side to side is an indication of how fast your brain can process, so slow eyes = slow brain. When your  eyes are in the process of moving, as in you jump from looking at a car to the road, to the traffic light and back to the road, you are blind as your eyes can’t fix on a target. When your eyes are actually moving you  can’t see anything but blurriness  when your eyes are moving fast you will be blind for less time, slow moving  eyes = blind for longer. Being blind while driving is bad news.

3. Being able to keep your head still and  track moving objects with your eyes, such as other cars and pedestrians without the visual system becoming fatigued is a valuable skill. We all know tired eyes is a potential killer. The visual system is like the cardiovascular system or muscles, there are ways to train it to make it ‘fitter’ or have more endurance.

Train the eyes to go faster will make a faster brain. This is why athletes and high achievers are so interested in vision training.  In  terms of driving, fast reactions and  fast brain are key.

Just to note, while we are on the subject of driving, whiplash injuries mess up the part of the nervous system which controls eye movements, so if you have had whiplash then stay with me as I’ve got heaps of vision exercises to help  fix that.  If the eyes stop moving properly, then often chronic neck issues develop, so to fix the neck the eyes need to be sorted.


In part 2,  which is coming soon  I will share some vision training  videos with you, so that you can begin to get the basics of vision training under your belt

Hello and welcome to my blog

Hello and welcome to  my page !  This page is  about something called  the Neuro Revolution, which is  focusing on training the nervous system to get a better body and better brain. Professional athletes and top performing executives are already know about this, which is why they are at the top of their game.

My aim is to take lots of complicated functional  neurology which I have collected over the last 4 years, make it interesting, make it accessible, make it simple and make it useful, so that you can get the most out of your brain and body. We all know that often very simple tips, tricks and gems are the ones which have a huge effect

I’m a huge fan of the nervous system and brain because they control everything in the body, in future posts I will be talking about memory, reflexes, energy levels, driving cars, stress pain, flexibility, strength, sports  vision, balance, sleeping, emotions, sex, headaches and how to get the edge over your competitors by sharpening your nervous system and improving how you think.

I studied Genetics and Biochemistry went on to do a PhD in protein folding, which in a nut shell  was about  disease such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, after that I worked on a project on the effect of statins on heart cells, about 13yrs worth of science.

Young scientists conducting an experiment together at the laboratory

Then I worked in the fitness and wellness industry for 8 years teaching groups and individuals how to move and how to change their minds with hypnosis. After a few years I realized there is more than just joints and muscles.

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One of my clients enjoying herself on the roller


A famous strength coach said  “Your muscles are already capable of lifting a car. They just don’t know it yet.”

“I want to be able lift a car ” I thought “how do I learn how to tap into this secret resource?”

“How do I become a superhuman?”

I then started out on a journey to learn more about the brain and nervous system  which took me round the world, cost me tens of thousands of dollars, put me in touch with some of the brightest  and most talented people on the planet, I looked in the performance world, particularly stage hypnosis and magic as well as the medical world for answers, tools, tips, tricks. I still do stage hypnosis shows as a hobby and its so much fun.


My alter ego Dr Karla Mistry

I then had the best training ground ever for many years, the school of hard knocks,  which is the real world, with real people like you, not a nice laboratory, the good old general public. The public are not easy to please, they pay money, they are busy, if something is bollocks they will tell you, they tell facebook and twitter you are a moron and want a refund, quite right though! But when things start to work the public are amazing! They tell lots of people how great you are, they bring friends, they like your facebook posts, even if it is a picture of a baby with chocolate face or a cat sat on a mat.

Let me tell you briefly about how the brain works, we will call it the 123 of brain function, I don’t want to be all school teacherish, I want to break it down so it’s easy to manage so that that you don’t miss anything important. Like eating a bar of chocolate, one piece at a time, not shoving the whole lot in at once.

  1. The brain’s primary objective is survival, your brain wants to keep you alive and safe
  2. To function well your brain needs 2 things – fuel and activation. Buy fuel I mean good breathing and proper nutrition, both of which are HUGE topics. Activation is stimulus which needs to be the right kind, at the right intensity at the right time, this is what I want to share with you
  3. A brain basically has 3 primary tasks. To receive input, understand and make a decision and produce an output


If you prefer audio here is part of a recording I did on Stray FM about the brain basics


To function at your best and be fast, your brain needs to be good at taking in information, processing it and then doing something like jumping, moving or speaking.

Each week I will give you some tips and ideas on how to get a better brain so you can be an even better version of you !