Reclaiming Confidence Post-Trauma

This morning I got an urgent message from a woman I’ll call Erika whom I first met at a workshop I taught in Long Island, New York, in the late 1990s. Having just survived Hurricane Sandy, she was now staying with family members in California. In her voicemail, Erika asked for a private balancing session with me, saying that she was quite stressed and had been unable to think, relax, or concentrate since the traumatic event.

When Erika came to my office, she shuddered as she spoke about how she was alone in her house all night long during the hurricane, as the wind howled and trees toppled all around the property. Now she set a goal of being able to move forward in her life.

In the balance, I first helped Erika notice how her movement patterns were not supporting her skills of communication, organization, or comprehension. We then chose a learning menu, including 3-D Repatterning, a process for coordinating the body’s three postural dimensions within the context of a goal. The menu also included Movement Re-education, a process for learning how to activate formerly misused muscles in order to shift out of movement patterns that are unsupportive of a goal, and Hook-ups (from the Brain Gym® 26) to support self-calming.

After the balance, Erika was, in her own words, able to relax, “let go of the storm,” and feel comfortable in her body once more. Ready to move ahead again, she expressed that she now felt calm, peaceful, and confident about the future.

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My Amazing Young Friend and Translator

 

November 2: For all my courses in Germany this trip, my translator has been my goddaughter Lisa Wennekes, now a young woman of 26 and a skilled and knowledgeable kinesiologist with her own private practice in Berlin. Gail and I have known Lisa’s mother, Renate, since before Lisa’s birth. Sometimes life brings things full circle. I recall how, 28 years ago, when Renate confided to me that she wished to have a child. Could she use the balance process to possibly help her conceive? I said that I didn’t know, but that I had often seen a balance support people in coming into alignment with their goals. A year later, I had the honor of balancing Renate again, just before she went into labor with Lisa.

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Movement and Balance Contribute to Neuroplasticity

November 1: I was glad to have flight time to review the notes for my keynote presentation at the International Kinesiology College Conference in Barcelona, Spain. Juan Carlos Monge, head of the Vida Kinesiologia Institute there, put together a dynamic program and also served as my translator.

My course and presentation went well. I talked about the Brain Gym®activities in light of new findings on neuroplasticity, and discussed how scientists used to think that the brain ages, but now find that purposeful movement grows new brain cells. The audience of 200 rose in a standing ovation when I concluded by saying, “The thinking in neuroscience about the brain was once, Use it or lose it. Now the prevailing thought is, Keep learning and grow it!”

As always, I found these days of traveling and teaching to be rich and nurturing. Even though I’m an advocate of movement I have, in the past, sometimes yielded to those who want the left-brain information and sit too long in the audience without moving, pens in hands, waiting for information. This time we all walked our talk after I said, “Look at us. Are we alive? One test of whether something is alive is whether it moves. By that test, I’m wondering!”

At that point, before giving any new material or explanations, I played music and got everyone up out of their chairs for an elaborate, freeform experience of the four PACE activities from the Brain Gym® 26. I modeled integrated movement and the audience all joyfully followed along; swirling, jumping, kicking, cross-crawling, double-doodling, Energy Yawning, and laughing along with me. When we all sat down again after Hook-ups, our happy, attentive brains were clearly more awake. We all agreed that we now felt alive and ready to learn. (Click here for some research about dancing and brain function.)

To see a YouTube video of great photos of the International Congress of Kinesiology, (II Congreso Internacional de Kinesiologia in Español), go to

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zyqJoXjnHrw.

© 2012 by Paul E. Dennison. All Rights Reserved.

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Flying toward Hurricane Sandy

I arrived in Barcelona, Spain, yesterday for the IKC conference—the last stop of my workshop tour. I’ve been hearing news reports about Hurricane Sandy and its destructive path, and I see that it’s headed toward New Jersey, which just happens to be the first stop on my flight home.

I hadn’t realized till now how much the Caribbean was affected by the hurricane. There is serious devastation in that area. I’m hearing that people who were coming from there for the conference have had their flights cancelled and so can’t attend. I’m thinking that my own flight back home to California on November 2 will be cancelled, so I’m checking the airline schedule daily. With all the stress and tension around me, I’m grateful to have the Brain Gym(R) 26 to allow me to stay balanced. I find myself especially relying on Hook-ups to help me feel settled and grounded.

© 2012 by Paul E. Dennison. All Rights Reserved.

Brain Gym®  is a trademark of Brain Gym®  International. Click here for the name of an instructor in you area.

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