The Brain Gym® program provides beginners with the essence of Educational Kinesiology (learning through movement). The 26 simple Brain Gym activities, included in the course “Brain Gym 101: Balance for Daily Life,” are used in schools worldwide, and are the most well-known part of the work. In that entry-level course, the 26 activities are taught within a context of 11 “Action Balances” that organize learning around a 5-step process, including the setting of a personal goal. The activities themselves, each taking about 20 seconds to do, lengthen tense muscles, organize action around the body’s midline, and emphasize varied skills of stability, mobility, self-calming, and sensorimotor coordination. The 26 employ both large- and small-motor skills for coordination of eyes and hands, ease of head turning, skimming and scanning, and moving the whole body in centered alignment.
Movement toward a self-chosen goal is most possible when we shift from product-thinking to process-thinking. The theory behind the Brain Gym work is that optimal functioning and learning becomes more available through bilateral integration of vision, audition, and movement on the midfield of our attention. Stress shortens muscles and affects our two-sided functioning and natural ease of motion, as well as inhibiting thought, perception, and sensory awareness. The Brain Gym activities are designed to relax, release, and realign, supporting focus as well as ambient attention. People of all ages and abilities use the 26 to prepare to learn, to internalize new input, and to then make new learning more accessible. The work has been translated into more than 40 languages, and is offered in such diverse fields as academics, sports, business, and senior care in more than 80 countries worldwide. Click here to see video examples of the activities.
Summarized from Brain Gym®: Teacher’s Edition, (C) 2010 by Paul E. Dennison and Gail E. Dennison.
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