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More kids have more problems, and the old solutions aren’t working.

Searching for what does work, more adults are coming to Brain Gym and Rhythmic Movement Training classes.  Whether it’s

• anxiety and depression leading to suicidal thoughts
(one Nebraska school district with almost 9700 students performed
309 suicide screenings last year; 82 of them in elementary school!),

• learning blocks

• attention and focus

• sensory processing, ASD

• emotional control

• all sorts of behavior issues

• the bullied and the bullies

• suffering from trauma

 

Brain Gym and Rhythmic Movement Training are transforming lives.

 My heart soars when I can bid farewell to clients (frequently in grateful tears themselves) who no longer need my coaching with movement or other, funkier methods — who are now functioning as well as they’d like.  When I hear this one’s provider is dropping his anti-anxiety dosage, and that one’s psychiatrist is taking her OFF the attention-and-focus drug, I know I’m in the right field, changing lives and liberating individuals to go be who they were meant to be.  In between, there are lovely moments of bonding — with me or with friends/family in their lives — of joy as a milestone is reached with bedwetting or handwriting or grades — and again, I know I’ve got one of the best jobs in the world.

The cool part of all of this is that Brain Gym and RMT are so EASY and FAST to learn!  3 days spent doing either one give a wonderful return on your time and tuition!

Posted in Anxiety, Mental Health, Uncategorized

What a gift

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What if Michelangelo thought he was a so-so artist? What a tragedy would it be if he couldn’t accurately see his own gifts?

The more I listened to the sub-text of what my visitor was telling me, the more I heard a mom who honestly doesn’t see herself. She truly appreciates the beauty, gifts, and joy of her children, but she doesn’t see herself. She is, however, aware enough that tears come to her eyes when she considers her own stress. Being right-brained, she’s aware of other people and their needs – but can’t see her own.

She’s drop-dead stunning – slender, with a face that Estee Lauder would yearn to put on advertising. This is eclipsed however, by the beauty of her spirit. She also has more in-depth expertise in a complex field that beats anybody I know — truly an extraordinary woman.

And yet – she repeatedly apologized for her 18-month-old acting like – gasp! – an 18-month-old.  Darling kid kept wanting to turn on the water, and pour it places, etc.  Imagine that!  If there’s anything I love, it’s a kid acting his age!

Brain Gym® to the rescue!

I remember being in almost the same shoes at about the same age (without the drop-dead part of the beauty, plus one child. And more pounds than I care to think about). I was shocked at how much more productively my household ran when I did 20 minutes of exercises from Brain Gym daily.

We need both sides of our brain:  our left brain gives us feedback about our own body, preferences, and lives. Our right brain informs us about others, how they’re doing and reacting and their needs. And, we need strong communication between both, to balance and juggle our needs and others’.

At the time, I too thought there was no time for anything MORE in my life! I was behind in this, behind in that, the kids needed so much, and there was also dinner and laundry to think of! When was I going to get to all the prayer life, social life, and everything else I saw everybody else doing?

Doing 20 minutes of Brain Gym every day gave me that time. It stimulated my less-than-optimally-functioning left brain and found me tons of time, boosted my efficiency, and helped my kids to boot!

Today’s visitor left with a thorough Brain Gym plan for herself in addition to exercises for the kids. Just as it would be a shame if Michelangelo didn’t appreciate the beauty he was able to produce, this lady should see herself and her wonderful, age-appropriate child’s behavior for what it is.

Others might choose to change something about themselves if they could see themselves as others see them. Sometimes it’s that they are so aware of themselves that it’s hard to see, nurture, and interact with others as they should.

Whether it’s your left or right brain that’s not stimulated, or the corpus callosum that helps one hemisphere talk to the other – if you’re a busy mom struggling to get things done – Brain Gym exercises can transform your life. Hie thee to your local Brain Gym practitioner! And if you’re in Nebraska or western Iowa, that’s – ahem — me.  Give me a call!

Brain Gym is a registered trademark of the Educational Kinesiology Foundation/Brain Gym International.
Please visit the Brain Gym® website at www.braingym.org.

Posted in Mental Health

About Anxiety……….

There are two kinds of anxiety – what I call conscious, or cortical anxiety, and subcortical or subconscious anxiety.

Cortical anxiety is easy to recognize – when we’re aware of the cause of anxiety: there’s a tiger in the room, a lost checkbook, out past curfew, driving in icy weather. Good: we know the cause and can develop a plan to deal with it.

But when we are stressed, or unhappy, or nervous, or afraid without a specific cause? That’s subcortical anxiety, and it’s harder to calm. It’s as though you drank six energy drinks at 11:30 pm and then tried to go to sleep, as you were due to give a major presentation at 7 the next morning.   Chock full of caffeine, sugar, and other undoubtedly noxious chemicals, your body is ready to rock’n’roll.

I think this type of anxiety is largely due to un-matured reflexes from our earliest weeks of life, and it’s more and more common, among children and adults alike. Fortunately, we now know how to directly address this – along with, you know, a glass of wine, deep breathing, meditation, exercise class, etc.

If you’ve got this, you’re on a never-ending unconscious alert.   We are cautious as we do specific exercises that teach the lower brain to relax. Those who overdo them on the first try may have their blood pressure drop a bit, as the adrenalin and cortisol drops from the cancel-the-alert call.   Before they leave, I make sure that people aren’t so unstressed that they can still drive safely!

The really cool part is, that they can then repeat the exercises as they need, on their own.

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