Integrative Movement

Our bodies and our brains are designed to move and they rely on movement for optimal functioning at every level: physical, emotional, and mental. Movement, in its many forms, is what brings together, or integrates, the complex functions of the brain/body systems.  High Point Strategies uses a multi-dimensional approach to movement dynamics that achieves positive changes throughout the brain/body complex.  "Multi-dimensional" means there are many types of movement -- the physical coordination of our body in motion, the internal movement of our organs, blood, and lymph, and the neural activity of our mental, cognitive functions when we think. Dynamics is defined as "a pattern or process of change and growth."  So "movement dynamics" is change and growth through movement.

  • Sensorimotor Integration
  • Kinesiology
  • Educational Kinesiology / Brain Gym®
  • Touch for Health
  • NeuroLinguistic Programming  
  • Muscle Testing

SENSORIMOTOR INTEGRATION

Sensory motor integration is the capability of the central nervous system to integrate different sources of stimuli and transform them into expressive actions of some kind: motor, verbal, non-verbal, and emotional. Sensory motor integration is a brain process that allows, by complex neural operations, the execution of certain voluntary behavior in response to specific demands of the environment. In other words, it is the dynamic combination of sensory information translated into intentional response. Sensory motor training (integrative movement) has the ability to induce cortical and subcortical reorganization, thus prompting the reorganization (re-education) of the central nervous system.

Emotional and behavioral patterns

Integrative movement stimulates the sensory motor integration process, which reorganizes the central nervous system. Experimental evidence suggests that sensory motor movements flow from the synchronized activity of various brain structures both cortical and subcortical, creating functional circuitry. Voluntary motor, emotional, and behavioral performance results from a continuous processing of the central nervous system. The central nervous system is constantly integrating information coming from multiple sensory channels in order to perform specific, goal-directed tasks.

 “Understanding the neural network of the human motor control system is an important issue in integrative neuroscience.” [1]

Studies have demonstrated that specific, targeted, integrative movements can: 1) activate the midfield for enhanced cognitive processing through improved control of both large and small motor movements, 2) stabilize the individual's ability to accurately interpret the external world emotionally through an enhanced flow of sensory information connecting the limbic system (mid-brain) with the neocortex, and 3) generate reasoned response patterns vs. reactive behaviors by releasing the primitive reflexes of the brain stem. It is, therefore, possible to re-educate the nervous system through specific movement to achieve cognitive, emotional, and behavioral changes.  Specific, sensory motor movements help the central nervous system to integrate the continuous sensory input coming through multiple sensory channels and thus to establish synchronized activity of the neural circuitry.

The individual then has available to them the physical and emotional skills associated with a well-functioning, dynamic brain:

  • being able to access the midfield and thus able to think and communicate clearly
  • feeling stable emotionally while relating to a changing world
  •  being able to respond vs. react because the primitive centers of freeze/fight/flight are quiet and not activated.

Sensorimotor integration and the eyes

The visual system is one of the most important sensory systems for humans and is responsible for various aspects of human behavior. Vision determines the early stages of information processing and ocular movements are the main entrance for external stimuli. Ocular movements play a major role in information processing and are part of a major system of integration between the individual and his/her environment influencing motivation and cognitive characteristics. According to investigations, it is through the visual system that we interpret all of the sensory input in connection with people, our environment, and individual tasks. Therefore, the intersection between visual stimuli and eye movement represents a kind of finely tuned sensorimotor integration. There is a convergence process that happens with the senses, encompassing visual, auditory, motor, and tactile information which influences how we interpret the world around us. [1]

Vision Gym®

The Edu-K system (see below) includes a series of integrative movements specifically designed to activate distinct brain circuitry related to the convergence process of the senses.  The very precise visual-motor movements of Vision Gym® promote positive changes in perceptual, cognitive, and expressive skills as related to vision. The Vision Gym® system was developed by Gail E. Dennison and Dr. Paul E. Dennison.

In conclusion:

Integrative movement is central to the dynamics of

  • healthy cognitive functioning,
  • emotional stability
  • the ability to participate responsibly in life

 Sources: 

1- Sensorimotor integration: basic concepts, abnormalities related to movement disorders and sensorimotor training-induced cortical reorganization,” by Sergio Machado, Marlo Cunha, Bruna Velasques, Daniel Minc, Silmar Teixeira, Clayton A. Domingues, Julio G. Silva, Victor H. Bastos, Henning Budde, Mauricio Cagy, Luis Basile, Roberto Piedade, Pedro Ribeiro 

2 - Brain Gym 101 -- Balance for Daily Life, by Dr. Paul E. Dennison and Gail E. Dennison

3- Brain Gym Teacher’s Edition, by Dr. Paul E. Dennison and Gail E. Dennison

4- Psychotherapy Networker, January/February 2010 & January/February 2014

5- The Visioncircles Handbook, Gail E. Dennison and Dr. Paul E. Dennison

 

KINESIOLOGY

Kinesiology, also known as human kinetics, is the scientific study of human movement and addresses physiological, mechanical, and psychological mechanisms.  “Educational kinesiology” is the study of movement in relation to learning and achievement.

 

Educational Kinesiology (Edu-K) and Brain Gym®

Edu-K and Brain Gym® utilize simple, focused, intentional movements to affect the way information is processed when learning and assimilating new information, to release retained survival reflexes, and to calm over-active areas of the brain, thus increasing the ability to learn effectively, to manage our emotions, and to self-regulate our behavior.

Brain Gym® is founded on the philosophy that we can become our best by drawing out and honoring our innate intelligence. This is accomplished by experiencing simple sensory-motor activities that recall movements naturally done during the first year of life when we were learning to coordinate our senses and motor abilities. These movements of the infant naturally switch off the normal survival reflexes and mature them into voluntary, consciously controlled response patterns.

The interdependence of movement, thinking, learning, and achievement is the basis of this work. Although it is not yet clear why these movements work so well, through them we can experience dramatic changes in our behavior and emotions. 

For an expanded explanation of Brain Gym, click here.
To view a chart on how Brain Gym can help with academics, click here.

 

TOUCH FOR HEALTH 

Touch For Health techniques stimulate multiple energy systems of the mind/body complex to encourage the flow of blood and lymph, to activate dormant muscles, and move energy along the meridians to revitalize and strengthen our core energy for easier living, achievement, and clarity of thought.

 

NeuroLinguistic Programming

NLP attempts to organize and synthesize insights gained from the study of linguistics, body language, and communication systems. And it explores how our personal experiences are imprinted on our neurological networks and how these imprints manifest in the ways we express ourselves: the words we choose, the way we move, and how we interact with the world. The techniques, attitudes, and guiding principles of NLP allow us to change, adopt, or eliminate behaviors through guided, cognitive/mental strategies that move our thinking into different patterns. These new mental patterns modify encoded, imprinted thoughts and feelings to shift mental, emotional, and physical states of well-being.  

 

MUSCLE TESTING

Muscle testing is a supplemental technique providing a feedback mechanism that may indicate potential energy imbalances within the brain-body complex.  Specifically, manual muscle testing can potentially identify energy imbalances through the dynamics of the musculoskeletal system. It can provide helpful clues about whether or not the brain-body system is experiencing stress, distress, or confusion as a person attempts to deal with a situation or accomplish a task.

It is believed that various muscles are linked to particular organs, glands, the lymph system, and the body's "energy pathways" (known in Traditional Chinese Medicine as meridians).  Muscles are controlled by the nervous system, which sends messages toward the muscles as well as away from the muscles to the spinal cord and then to the brain. If the nervous system is stressed in some way, these messages may become compromised, thus reducing the optimal functioning of the musculoskeletal system. Therefore, when physical, emotional, or biochemical challenges occur, the resulting imbalance in these systems may cause a muscle to go weak, thus indicating an area of potential gain as we correct the imbalance.  High Point Strategies utilizes integrative movement, or sensorimotor movement, to restore balance to the system. 

Muscle testing should not be confused with Applied Kinesiology (AK). It is a separate and distinct technique. However, because Applied Kinesiology utilizes muscle testing and the terms are often used interchangeably, there is confusion. The difference is that Applied Kinesiology uses muscle testing as part of a larger discipline of diagnosis and treatment of health concerns. High Point Strategies uses muscle testing solely as an indicator of energy imbalance and does not use it to diagnose, prescribe, or treat ailments.