Presentations by S. christina boyd
1. 30-Minute Brain Gym® Warm-Up. Individuals or groups. In-person, Skype, FaceTime
2. Trauma, Rage, and Dissociation: Movement is the Key to Release and Recovery
3. (Re)-Building and Maintaining the Mental and Physical Skills for Living and Learning
4. Sadness, Loss, and Despair: How Movement Therapy Can Repair Self-Esteem and Promote Re-engagement
Descriptions of Presentations:
30-minute Brain Gym® warm-up
Individually or in a small group setting, the 30-minute Brain Gym® Warm-up is designed to ease tension through encouraging easier cross-lateral functioning of the brain. When we are stressed, feeling overwhelmed, or just feeling stuck, it may be that our two brain hemispheres are not easily “talking” with each other. Each hemisphere has its own unique way of handling information, and they both want to contribute to the process! But when the two sides of the brain are having a difficult time working in a coordinated fashion, we experience stress and tension. This results in difficulties in reading, writing, communicating, or meeting goals of any kind. Coordinated functioning of the two hemispheres can be accomplished by training the brain-body complex to cross the midline of the body – left/right. The ability to cross the midline of the body allows for bi-lateral movement that supports writing, reading, and walking as well as depth perception, which helps to orient oneself in space. We are then able to access and work within the midfield, which is central to thought, speech, and expression. The gentle, coordinated movements of Brain Gym® strengthen the physical skills associated with working in the midfield – the ability to cross the central midline of the body. The 30-Minute Brain Gym® Warm-up can be experienced in person or via Skype of FaceTime.
Trauma, Rage, and Dissociation:
Movement is the Key to Release and Recovery
Trauma is encoded in subcortical regions of the brain, experienced as lack of integration. Through neural integration, rational thinking becomes possible, survival reflexes come under voluntary control, and the limbic (emotional) system calms down. When neural systems are in balance, the resulting state of equilibrium allows one to overcome self-defeating habits, change perceptions, achieve self-regulation, and develop potential.
This presentation reviews the work, over the last 50 years, of Dr. Paul E. Dennison, professional educator and pioneer in the field of kinesiology, and his wife Gail, a movement educator. Seventeen years of research by Dennison into the relationship of physical movement to achievement provided the foundation for their continuing research. The result is a program of sensory development, Educational Kinesiology (Edu-K), of which the 26 Brain Gym® movements are one component.
Educational Kinesiology and Brain Gym® are effective across age groups and populations because the simple movement activities support the development of key sensorimotor abilities and activate neural functioning in the brain and body. This neural stimulation strengthens the foundational neurological skills necessary for success in cognitive functioning, social interaction, and managing stress. When the brain is functioning optimally, the survival reflexes are in proper balance allowing for a more comfortable interaction with the world, strong cross-lateral functioning allows for new learning of all kinds, and the limbic/emotional brain is calmed enabling the person to relax, thus receiving and expressing in healthy ways. Therefore, Brain Gym ultimately sets the foundation for achieving the goals of any program or support system.
Attendees will leave with
1) an understanding of how trauma becomes encoded within the body
2) an understanding of how intentional movement can release emotions and change behavior
3) an understanding of how Brain Gym® supports the goals of all other programs and services
4) several basic Brain Gym® movements that can be applied immediately in any situation to relieve stress
(Re)-Building the Mental and physical skills for living and learning
Through neural integration, positive changes in directionality, motor skills, spatial awareness, and cognition can be experienced. The 26 Brain Gym® movements support the development of key sensorimotor abilities and are effective across age groups and populations. This neural stimulation strengthens the foundational neurological skills necessary for success in cognition, speech, writing, expression, social interaction, and managing stress. In addition, the developmental, survival, and postural reflexes can be re-integrated into mature functioning and thus come under voluntary control. This results in a state of equilibrium that supports the re-learning of skills. Brain Gym® movements are an effective addition to any rehabilitation program
Sadness, Loss, and Despair:
How Movement Therapy Can Repair Self-Esteem and Promote Re-engagement
Current trauma theory holds that the brain is wired to go to depression or irrational thinking because emotions are encoded in the subcortical neural networks of the brain. Positive life experiences create healthy neural networks and negative experiences inhibit them. Lack of healthy neural networks can cause extreme emotions, heightened survival reflexes, and illogical thinking. Movement therapy, based on sensorimotor integration, re-wires neural networks to create healthy, life-supporting neural functioning. Movement therapy works because the subcortical areas of the brain respond to movement, not language, due to the fact that there are no direct neural connections between the language centers of the brain and these lower regions. Movement remediation strategies reduce reactivity, calm the emotions, and promote rational thinking. When the nervous system has been reset to function in balance, it is easier to overcome self-defeating thoughts and habits, to change perceptions, to feel more emotionally resilient, to achieve self-regulation – and thus to develop full potential. Therefore, movement therapy is an effective early intervention technique, a useful family support approach to reduce risk and promote safety, and a therapeutic method for healing.
This presentation reviews the work, over the past 50 years, of Dr. Paul E. Dennison, professional educator and pioneer in the field of kinesiology, and his wife Gail, a movement educator. Seventeen years of research by Dennison into the relationship of physical movement to achievement provided the early foundation for their continuing research. The result is a full therapeutic program of sensorimotor remediation strategies that is now worldwide and used in every setting and with all ages to promote optimum learning and vital mental health.
Attendees will leave with an understanding of how:
1) life experiences become encoded in the brain-body system
2) movement therapy can release emotions and change behavior
3) movement therapy supports the goals of all other programs and services