Brain Gym® at Work
S. Christina Boyd, Licensed Brain Gym® Consultant
Connie, age 55, came to me after having suffered a stroke, which left her with aphasia, unable to find the right word for something, and slightly slurred speech. Her daughter brought her to Flagstaff from Sedona once a week. I told Connie and her daughter that I never know how Brain Gym is going to help someone, I just know that it will. It is always a journey of discovery. They were willing to go on that journey with me.
We had worked together for about eight weeks when her husband, who I had never met, called to ask what on earth I was doing. He was amazed! He said, "I have my wife back!" Although the aphasia and the slurred speech had not improved, Connie was resuming her visits to the hairdresser and the nail salon, and she was answering the phone again. She was re-engaged with life and happy.
It is always wonderful to talk with spouses, parents, and others who can see the changes that, often, my client isn't fully aware of because the changes have been so natural and seemingly effortless. Connie was again participating in life. Her "new normal" was now a much happier one than before Brain Gym and she was now moving forward.
Brain Gym, part of the larger discipling known as Educational Kinesiology (Edu-K), can be of great benefit as an adjunct to stroke rehabilitation to address the "emotional overlay" that accompanies any trauma to the body. A person who suffers a stroke, a traumatic brain injury, or even a concussion, can experience a shift in how they perceive themselves. Their self-concept changes and often this leaves them withdrawn, or angry, or depressed. In addition, the primitive reflexes of survival (Moro Reflex and Fear Paralysis Reflex) can often be re-activated, resulting in uncharacteristic behavior that is confusing and upsetting to the individual and their family and friends. When these primitive, protective reflexes are engaged and active, they can be the underlying cause of many behavioral and well-being difficulties.
Connie had experienced a profound shift in her self-concept and had retreated into a protective mode in order to cope with the significant changes in her life and her abilities. Brain Gym can help to restore a sense of confidence and self-worth because it releases the protective, reflexive responses deep in the mid-brain and brain stem and also reconnects the thinking and feeling centers of the brain. Once balance and optimum neural functioning was restored, she was able to feel like herself again. Her personality re-emerged.