How our practitioners work
Our practitioners recognise 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 1970s.
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"
This process may be more directed by the Kinesiologist with the parent or caregiver usually present. Again goal setting or intentions for change with notice 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 with the students deciding and expressing their goals for the day. The students in this multicultural class, craft the Cross Crawl movements in their chosen language. This can include Tongan, Maori, Hindi, Farsi or Vietnamese. The teacher believes students understand that the Brain Gym movements put them in a good space for learning enabling them 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.
"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
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: