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August 6 2017 1 06 /08 /August /2017 15:15

Just like the body needs physical engagement to grow and develop so does the brain.

Brain Gym® movements, exercises or activities refer to the original 26 Brain Gym movements. These activities recall the movements naturally done during the first years of life when learning to coordinate the eyes, ears, hands, and whole body and both hemispheres of the brain. The twenty-six activities were developed by educator and reading specialist Paul E. Dennison and his wife and colleague, Gail E. Dennison.

Children naturally explore movements as they grow and mature. However, under tension, children learn to rely too much on one cerebral hemisphere of the brain alone, instead of two sides together, placing unnecessary and stressful demands upon the whole physiology. Brain gym exercises at an early age can help child tremendously.

Researchers have pinpointed that Brain Gym activities bring  dramatic improvements in: concentration, memory, reading, writing, organizing, listening, physical coordination, and more.

Brain Gym is not just for children with learning difficulties; it can help everyone,  Even those who think they have perfectly normal brain function will find that the exercises will help them perform better. 

Brain Gym Exercises

Brain Gym Exercises

On Saturday, 22nd July 2017 Dr. Namrta Singh, a volunteer physiotherapist with Handimachal conducted a workshop on Brain Gym in order to educate parents on the various exercises, and help answer specific questions the parents might have had in order to help their kids get the most out of the exercises. The workshop was attended by about 30 people, and lasted roughly 2 hours.

The workshop began with some activities to activate brain function, testing the alertness and responsiveness of the participants, and also to ensure that they were primed to get the maximum benefits from the workshop as a whole.

Brain gym:  workshop for parents and staff – Kullu, 22 July 2017
Brain alertness exercises in progress

Brain alertness exercises in progress

After these exercises, Dr. Singh gave a quick introduction to Brain Gym, followed by  an overview of the brain, giving a description of the two sides of the brain, and their respective functions.

Brain gym:  workshop for parents and staff – Kullu, 22 July 2017
Brain gym:  workshop for parents and staff – Kullu, 22 July 2017

Following this the parents were walked through the most effective Brain Gym exercises. Dr. Namrta first demonstrated each of these exercises to the parents, then guided them, correcting any errors and making suggestions as the parents tried it for themselves.

Workshop in progress

Workshop in progress

Brain gym:  workshop for parents and staff – Kullu, 22 July 2017

Towards the end, the parents looked fairly confident about the exercises, and were enthused about helping their kids learn them as well.

Brain gym:  workshop for parents and staff – Kullu, 22 July 2017

The workshop ended with an “Open discussion”. Every parent was extremely eager to discuss specific queries relating to the issues their child was facing, leading to an extremely interactive session, with free-flowing dialogue.

Brain gym:  workshop for parents and staff – Kullu, 22 July 2017

Towards the end, the atmosphere at Handimachal was full of wisdom, blessings, and strength of all these wonderful parents.

 

Brain Gym can help everyone get more out of their brains – and more out of life.

Namrta Singh,
Physiotherapist volunteer

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