What Is Brain Gym®?
Developed by educators Paul and Gail Dennison, Brain Gym® is an educational, movement based programme that focuses on the use of simple movements to help integrate the whole brain, senses, and body, and prepare the person with the needed physical skills to learn effectively.
Brain Gym® is made up of 26 simple activities that help in addressing balance, posture, and coordination skills that are associated with the success of daily life. By synchronizing it to your system, it helps improve comprehension, organization, communication, focus and emotional health.
How Does Brain Gym® Work?
Brain Gym® is designed to reconnect the neural pathways between the brain and body to improve learning abilities, mind-body coordination and emotional health. All 26 exercises enhance a person's five senses to strengthen and balance all areas of their brain so that they can think clearly, absorb new knowledge faster and carry out their tasks effortlessly. If a child or an adult has a condition, the instructor will tailor the exercises to suit their needs and learning pace.
What Is Brain Gym® Used For?
Brain Gym® focuses on the awakening of people's understanding of the interdependence of balance, movement, and learning. As a result, they are empowered to reclaim the joy of living and learning.
Originally, Brain Gym® was created to help children and adults with learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Now, it is used by people from all walks of life to improve their functioning and quality of life. The movements can also be safely performed by people of all ages and mobility.
What Are the Benefits of Brain Gym®?
The exercises included in the Brain Gym® programme help improve the whole brain function, eliminate self-limiting thoughts, boost self-confidence and make learning fun and easy. By participating in the class, children and adults alike will see a massive improvement in their learning capacity as well as other aspects of their wellbeing, including:
- Academic skills such as reading, writing and spelling
- Memory, concentration and focus
- Physical coordination and balance
- Communication skills
- Language development
- Personal stress management
- Achievement of goals, both personal and professional
- Problem solving skills
- Emotional stability
- Sports performance
- Supports individuals with ADHD, autism, down syndrome or other conditions
What Can You Expect From Brain Gym®
Each Brain Gym® exercise typically lasts for about 30 seconds unless adjusted by the instructor to fit the individual needs of a person. All movements are easy to perform. Some of which are done standing, while others will require you to sit or lie down. Participants to the class are advised to come in loose, comfortable clothing for ease of movement.
Is Brain Gym® Safe?
Brain Gym® is not only safe but also recommended to everyone, from school-age children to the elderly. None of the exercises are physically challenging, so it's unlikely for one to sustain any injuries. The instructor can adjust the exercise according to the individual's needs.