Training in Educational Kinesiology & Brain Gym® 


What you need to know

Training is offered in the main cities in New Zealand and Instructors are always prepared to travel to  present courses in smaller communities on request. These are number dependent.  


Courses that are open to all have no pre-requisites. Other courses may be part of the core training for Educational Kinesiologists, Brain Gym Instructors, or Brain Gym 26 Movement Facilitators. From time to time other courses based on movement are offered e.g. Rhythmic Movement Training (RMTi), Touch for Health Kinesiology, Bal – a - VISX. 

Annual conference:

Currently held over 2 via telezoom.  This includes advanced professional training in Kinesiology, mini workshops from Consultants and Instructors and the Annual General Meeting of Educational Kinesiology (Brain Gym ®) NZ Inc.  This is open to members of this organization and other Kinesiologists.  


International Conferences:   

These are held annually and are open to anyone interested in Kinesiology and link to for information .

There are cross overs to other Kinesiology Training Organizations in New Zealand. We endeavor to foster a community of professional sharing with other Kinesiologists both in New Zealand and at a global level.  


Training Pathways:

  1. Brain Gym 26 - Movement Facilitator (this is a shorter training path)

  2. Educational Kinesiology Consultant 

  3. Brain Gym Instructor

Monitoring of Standards 

  • All students are taught by registered Educational Kinesiology Instructors.

  • Advanced level training for Seven Dimensions and Teacher Practicum are taught by Faculty.

  • All Edu K instructors are required to be members of  Educational Kinesiology ( Brain Gym) Inc.NZ  and adhere to their standards.   

  • Continuing professional development is a requirement for Educational Kinesiologists, Brain Gym instructors and Brain Gym 26 Movement Facilitators. 

Join our professional supportive and fun group of practitioners. 

    Our courses include:

    1.  Introduction to Brain Gym  

    (6 Hours minimum). Open to all

    This introductory course introduces you to the concepts of movement and learning  and some simple intentional movements ( The Brain Gym 26).  Facilitators use an experiential, playful  approach so  that you can learn how to function at your best, improve your readiness to learn new  things and defuse your stress response to your world. These movements can be used by all ages from children to seniors.  Leads on to Brain Gym 101.  See course.


    2.  Double Doodle Play

    - the exploration of whole brain vision.  1 day 

    . An entry into the world of Edu-K through exploring the (Brain Gym) Double Doodle as a unique experience of two-handed learning. Expand its application to artistic expression, innovative play, eye/hand coordination …even vision improvement. Hands on fun… .  for parents, teachers, therapists, and  stroke /brain injury  patients  of all ages. 


    3. Brain Dominance Profiles 

    - based on work of Dr Carla Hannaford 1 day. Open to all

    . Has your life been shaped by your Dominance Patterns ?  This introductory course teaches you about the way the brain upshifts and downshifts with  stress and how your lead dominances help you to survive. Discover your own profile pattern and learn how to  identify those of others from the 32 patterns that Hannaford describes. This course helps you to understand the sensory  processing styles of yourself and others.  Do you want the detail or the big picture? Do you miss verbal instructions under stress?  Where should your child sit in a classroom to maximise their  sensory input.? Find out in this Introductory course. Leads on to OBO – Optimal Brain  Organisation

    4. Vision Circles®  

    24 Hours  Open to all. 

    A wonderful interactive course experiencing how we develop seeing and vision, hearing and listening, speaking and writing through interaction, cooperation and play. Moving through eight themed circles…as above.  Challenge yourself to PLAY!!


    5. Brain Gym 101   

    32 Hours – Follows on from Intro to B G, leads to  Movement Facilitator Training and to full Educational Kinesiologist  Training.  Repeated. This course introduces  participants to the   concepts and techniques of Educational Kinesiology   for one to one and self-balancing. Experience the power of whole brain integration through whole body movement using the Brain Gym 26,  Edu-K Balance processes and Dennison Laterality Repatterning. Practical application of the concepts, of laterality, (left/right) centering with emotional regulation, focus on being present, are explored. An amazing movement-based tool which acknowledges individual differences. Supports reaching personal goals around whole body movement, sensory processing, communication and coordination. For students, teachers, parents, artists, athletes, health care practitioners, and business professionals. For use one to one or working with groups.  Completion requires  case studies and some practice sessions.

    6. Optimal Brain Organisation  

    - 16 hours. Follows on from Dominance Profiles and B G 101. This course leads you to discover the concepts of hemispheric specialization, identification, and  one to one balancing to facilitate whole brain learning. Develop your connections for functioning your best in all circumstances —details  and big picture context and the ability to shift between  the states. 

    7. Brain Gym 104  - 26 Movements   

    16 hours - Follows on from Intro to B G and is part of the short- training track leading to a qualification as  a  registered   Movement Facilitator. 

    This course revisits in depth  experience of the Brain Gym 26 movements and  potential for  adaptation. The focus is  to develop  your skills to introduce movements to all ages. Completion of case studies are required to move on to the BG110 teacher training.

    8. Touch for Health

    I - ( 16  hours) pre-requisite for Edu-K in Depth course as it prepares students for concepts and content taught there. TFH III and IV are highly recommended but not essential for completion of Consultant Registration. Learn accurate muscle checking/testing, beginning understanding of energy flows in the body, and several ways to correct these. Learn how nutrition and stress compromise health, well-being and our ability to act in the world.  Learn some simple pain management.

    9. Touch for Health Kinesiology Level II 16hrs 

    Learn more muscle tests and corrections, how to test for food sensitivity, and more about muscle (dys)functions.  Learn the Chinese law of Five Elements and begin to balance using this wonderful life philosophy of change and interaction. Each one of us is a marvel of complexity!

    10. Edu-K In - Depth: Seven Dimensions of Intelligence (7D)

    32 Hours (Follows on from previous courses) Needs to be  repeated.  See Training Schedule. This exciting  kinesiology class  expands the (basic) BG101 three  dimensions of Laterality, Centering and Focus to additional breadth and depths by exploring four new dimensions. These four dimensions include motivation, breathing reflex, cranial movement and body regulation. It expands your balancing framework, increasing  the Learning/change tools menu. This course includes demonstrations, guided practice and  hands-on experience of how each dimension can support or block new learning and change, for yourself and others. This course will enhance your personal and professional skills in Kinesiology and help to  integrate the principles of whole brain learning into  your own processes. Open to students who have taken previous Brain Gym® training. Prerequisite for Educational Kinesiology Consultant qualification. 

    11. Brain Gym® Teacher Practicum 32 Hours

    Designed for those who wish to develop and successfully teach Brain Gym in a class or private format. This course provides the prospective BG Instructor or Educational Kinesiology  consultant with instruction in BG theory, teaching methods, and procedures within the framework of an action plan for achieving professional goals. Open to students who have taken Brain Gym  101 twice, 24 hours of Level 1 electives, Optimal Brain Organization, 40 hours of Level 2 electives, Edu-K In Depth (twice), 32 hours of Level 3 electives, and have completed required case studies and balances.