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Brain Gym Malta

What is Brain Gym?

Brain Gym is part of the Educational Kinesiology programme. Educational Kinesiology means “To draw out learning using movement”. It is an advanced and highly effective movement based programme that improves neural communication throughout the mind and body to help you access and achieve your highest potential in learning and any life skills. The programme is extremely successful and is enjoyed by everyone who uses it. Brain Gym is used in over 80 countries in Education, Business, Sport and the Performing arts with profound and lasting results.

Brain Gym helps to improve neurological function so that areas of the brain are more strongly connected and accessible for any given task. The programme uses developmental movements and provides immediate results. It is simple and fun for everyone from 8 years old and above.

How can Brain Gym help?

Brain Gym looks at the physical aspects of learning that most educators don’t.

Trying to teach a child, or adult, who is not developmentally ready and cannot access areas of their brain for specific tasks like reading, writing, spelling, problem solving is going to be very difficult, frustrating, time consuming, costly and will cause more stress to a system that is not ready. It is so important for teachers and parents not to push children too hard, but to FIRST make sure the physical side to learning is in place first then learning, and teaching, will become an easier, enjoyable and successful process for everyone.

Brain Gym helps develop the Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, Vestibular, Tactile and Proprioceptor senses using movement. If any of these senses are undeveloped and areas of the brain are not linked up sufficiently, it can affect the potential and performance of the individual in the learning environment, workplace, on stage or sports field.

Brain Gym movements have been specifically designed to stimulate the senses and link up the brain. When you can access more of your mind, learning challenges will disappear. Improved levels of confidence, motivation, focus and feeling positive can clearly be seen in individuals or teams. A few minutes of movements will immediately change how you feel and will improve your ability. It is a brilliant and extremely effective programme when used properly.

Where can Brain Gym be used?

  • In Schools, Colleges and Universities
  • In Business
  • On the Sports field
  • Therapy centres
  • Disability centres
  • Dyslexia and Learning centres
  • In Mental Health centres
  • Children centres
  • At Home with family

Anyone of 8 years of age and above who wants to improve any area of their life can benefit from this programme. The earlier it is used, the less challenges will appear later.

Do you know your Dominance profile?

Do you know which is your dominant eye, ear, arm, hand, leg? Which side of your brain is dominant..Left or right? This is important to know, especially in the learning environment as it will help teachers to know how to teach children and how children will take in and process new information.

Understanding the dominance profile of any individual or team always proves to be extremely valuable information to teachers, businesses and sports people. It can show areas of weakness which will explain why individuals or teams under-perform, don’t work well together, find certain tasks challenging and become stressed easily. Using specific Brain Gym movements helps clear any weaknesses of the senses, helps link up areas of the brain and helps to make each person and the team more productive, efficient, organised and successful in their learning, work or sport. We need to have full access to all our senses and areas of the brain linked up to achieve our highest potential. Movement can help make this process happen quickly and easily.

The Lazy 8 Movement and an exercise for you to try

This movement is one of the 26 movements. This is used to help improve eye tracking and binocular vision to help reading and writing skills. Many people with visual stress find this movement quite difficult to begin with and find their eye muscles are strained when moving from side to side or up and down without moving their head at all. The Lazy 8 helps to relax and tone the eye muscles improving visual focus and eye teaming skills for reading.

Try this Pre-exercise –

Without moving your head at all – look up, look down, look to the left, look to the right. Move your eyes from side to side quickly.                                                                                                               

Do these movements several times and notice how your eyes feel –                                     

Can you move your eyes easily without moving your head?                                                                           Do your eyes move smoothly across the vertical and horizontal midline or are the movements jerky and jumpy?
Do your eyes ache when you moved them?                                                                                                             Were you breathing or holding your breath while moving your eyes?                                                             Read a paragraph from a book. Can you remember and understand what you read?

Now follow these instructions –

bgright   bgleftStart with looking at your right thumbnail about 18 inches away from your nose at the midline of your body. Keep your eyes looking at your thumbnail all the time while moving your hand round in a large Horizontal figure of 8 SLOWLY. Do this WITHOUT MOVING YOUR HEAD, just move your eyes  and breathe. Do this 4 – 5 times slowly then change hands and repeat with your other hand, 4 – 5 times slowly. Next clasp yours hands together, making a cross with your thumbs and make the horizontal figure 8 while keeping your eyes on your crossed thumbs 4 – 5 times again. Breathe deeply while you are looking at and following your crossed thumbs.

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This exercise is for adults too as our eyes can come lazy, the muscles tense up and this may cause changes in vision. An example is when we get tired shortly after doing some reading. Try the above exercise for several days and see how your vision improves.

Now try this Post exercise and notice what is different –

Without moving your head –                                                                                                                       Look up, look down, look to the left, look to the right. Move your eyes from side to side quickly.  Notice how your eyes feel now –                                                                                                              

    Do your eyes move more easily and without your head moving?                                                                    Do your eyes move smoothly across the midlines? Are they less jerky and jumpy now?                                Do your eyes still ache when you moved them?                                                                                                     Read another paragraph from a book. Can you remember and understand what you read easily now? Do you feel more confident?

Do this exercise once a day for about 10 days and notice how your vision and reading improves further.

Learning Strategies and Compensations

For older children and adults who have found ways to compensate for their difficulties, they have to put lots more effort into their work to achieve and succeed. Brain Gym can help release difficult compensation patterns quickly so your learning becomes easier and with less effort. It does not matter how old you are or what ability you have, if you would like learning and life skills to be easier, this programme can help you achieve that.

Some of the areas Brain Gym can make profound improvements –

Brain Gym in Business

Staff and management motivation, creative and analytical thinking, stress management, improved teamwork, confident public speaking, improved organisation, effective communication skills, increased productivity… These are just a few of the benefits. Brain Gym can be used very effectively as an excellent staff wellness programme.

Brain Gym in Schools

Teachers typically report improvements in attitude, attention, discipline, improving reading and comprehension age quickly, handwriting, homework performance, less exam pressure and improved behaviour of their students. Issues with dyslexia, behavioural difficulties, ADHD, autism, and self-confidence can greatly improve. Brain Gym can be a very effective technique that can improve anti-social behaviour such as bullying naturally and quickly.

Brain Gym in Sport

Full mind-body coordination for optimum performance and endurance, focus, improved muscle tone, reduction in stress and injuries, improved accuracy, self-confidence can all make a significant difference to your game.

For Personal Development

Stress, depression, positive life changes, fears and phobias, relationships, self-worth, anger, anxiety, unresolved past trauma, abuse, mid-life crisis and finding a new direction are just a few of the issues Brain Gym can help resolve, to lead you to more opportunities and a more fulfilling and successful life. Perhaps you would like to train in Brain Gym and use it in your work environment. There is a training track to follow to gain a recognised qualification.