Brain Gym® At Work
S. Christina Boyd, Licensed Brain Gym® Consultant
Jim, age 39, came to see me because he had suffered neural damage due to a car accident and was unable to use his right arm. In addition, he was suffering from significant guilt because the driver of the other car had sustained a brain injury. Jim was a caring man and this was very difficult for him to come to terms with because he had been drunk and had caused the accident..
Jim was conscientious and had gone through all necessary court proceedings and had completed a jail sentence by the time he came to see me. He was hoping to regain use of his right arm and to resolve his feelings regarding how he had changed another person's life forever.
Brain Gym is a powerful therapy for both physical and emotional traumas and so we approached both of these issues through the 5-step balance process that is the core of the Edu-K/Brain Gym process. Although Jim had received physical therapy prior to working with me, this had not provided any benefit and so when a friend suggested Brain Gym, he wanted to give it a try.
Brain Gym, part of the larger discipline known as Educational Kinesiology (Edu-K), can be of great benefit as an adjunct to neural rehabilitation because of the brain's neuroplasticity combined with Brain Gym's effectiveness in neural stimulation. Brain Gym activates and stimulates the formation of efficient and effective neural connections in the brain and between the brain and the body to optimize the performance of those neural pathways that remain functional.
I was only able to work with Jim for five sessions because he then moved from the area. However, as we worked through these few sessions, a major part of his process was acknowledging the depth of his guilt and the responsibility he began to take regarding his drinking. He began to regain a certain sense of self and self-confidence and as this was taking form in his consciousness, he began to be able to bend his right arm at the elbow. We both felt this success was the result of both emotional and neural re-wiring that was taking place.
Psychological and emotional stress can have physical repercussions. I have found that as a person resolves the "emotional overlay" that results from a physical injury that causes a limitation or disability, they establish a new mental and emotional equilibrium (a "new normal") as well as a new level of physical ability. These seem to go hand in hand, as in Jim's case.