How our practitioners work

Our practitioners recognize movement and cognition (the body and brain) as one whole system, and see the muscles and senses as working in synergy. We use Educational Kinesiology processes originally developed by Dr Paul Dennison in the 1970's. 

One to one work with a consultant

Each session is called a “BALANCE” and this is a client centred process  with goals set around the needs of the client. The Educational Kinesiologist then facilitates  the process using Edu K  Protocols, Brain Gym® movements or any other skills /areas of expertise they have to draw on. 

The client is always encouraged to “notice” positive changes in physical skills, levels of stress, emotional or sensory responses  etc. At the conclusion of the session, the client  may be given some “home play’ or follow up movement based activities to reinforce positive changes.

 "We learn to move and move to learn" (Paul Dennison)

For children

Talk to one of our consultants to find out more...

This process may be more directed by the  Kinesiologist  with the parent or caregiver usually present. Again goal setting or intentions for change with  noticing,  is encouraged.  The child will do a  follow up movement programme with parental/caregiver support until the next session.  The number of sessions and costs can vary from  area to area so please contact a local Educational Kinesiologist. 

Using movement in Educational Settings

 A Brain Gym Programme is An Important Part of The Daily Class Time Table in  a Year 5/6 Classroom. (Auckland ) 

The teacher says, “If the students feel good about themselves at the end of the day, so am I.”  

Brain Gym movements are recognised as an effective tool in Room 8. Students understand that the Brain Gym movements have a positive impact on their  well being and look forward to doing them.  New students are introduced to Brain Gym by the older students.

 The Brain Gym session begins by the students deciding and expressing their goal for the day. The students in this  multi cultural class,  craft the  Cross Crawl  movements  with their chosen language. This can  include Tongan, Maori, Hindi, Farsi or Vietnamese. The  teacher believes that the students  understand that the Brain Gym movements put them in a good space for learning and gives them that edge to relate to others and the environment more positively. 

 When the  teacher  and students feel good about themselves physically and  emotionally the day can only go well. 

More about Brain Gym® and Educational Kinesiology - International Links

The global organisation is called Breakthroughsinternational, the website is www.breakthroughsinternational.org

 

Other courses and applications

BreakthroughsInternational  offers a variety of specific training for Brain  Gym® for Seniors, Brain Gym® for Stroke Individuals, Special Education, Golf, Business, etc. Some of these courses are also offered in New Zealand from time to time.

Faculty members who oversee training in New Zealand are linked to the global organisation, and regularly attend international conferences and additional training to keep up with current developments internationally in the field of movement, the brain and learning. 

 

Other Programmes recognised by Breakthoughsinternational include:​

The  sessions have helped me feel less anxious and more confident. 

Henry, 13 yrs,  Auckland

The list of worries that Harry (6 yrs) had last term are certainly less of a problem now. Mother,  Glendowie, Auckland

Brain Gym® is the registered trademark (NZ and Internationally) for the Brain Gym® movements and Introductory level training of the Educational Kinesiology Programme.