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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!

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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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