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My name is Jodi and I am a Kinesiologist and Reiki Healer in Melbourne Australia. Through my Healing and Healing Products, I specialise in releasing negative emotions, hormone imbalance, and natural allergy elimination. As a mum I have also researched, written and practiced a lot related to good parenting and helping to nurture and raise healthy children.

Top 5 Brain Gym Exercises for School Children

Are you looking for extra ways to help your child at school? If so, Brain Gym exercises could be what you are looking for. From schooling to out-of-school activities, Brain Gym exercises are so simple yet very powerful, and if practiced regularly you could see surprising results. In this article, we will go through what is Brain Gym, the potential benefits of Brain Gym exercises, and the top 5 exercises I would first recommend to practice for school.

What Is Brain Gym?

Brain Gym is “simple movements that integrate the whole brain, senses, and body, preparing the person with physical skills they need to live and learn more effectively”. The exercises in Brain Gym are designed to stimulate and exercise different areas of the brain, such as the visual system, auditory system, and sensory-motor system.

The goal is to help increase mental ability, improve memory, and reduce stress. Brain Gym was created by Paul and Gail Dennison. They developed this program after noticing that children who had been prescribed glasses were experiencing difficulties with their eyesight due to near-sightedness or far-sightedness. They hypothesized that these difficulties were caused by the lack of use in other parts of their body due to focusing on reading for long periods of time without breaks.

Brain Gym was designed to help children and can be used by adults to develop their cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills. The exercises are designed to stimulate different parts of the brain using all five senses and movements such as stretching, balancing, jumping, and clapping. The exercises are meant to improve an individual's ability to use their brain and cognitive processes.

What Are The Benefits of Brain Gym?

Brain Gym is a set of exercises that helps to improve your brain health and functionality. The physical and mental benefits of Brain Gym can include:

  • improved memory and concentration
  • reduced stress levels
  • better moods
  • improve self-esteem
  • improve overall emotional intelligence/mindfulness
  • increased energy levels, and more.

I use some of the brain gym exercises every day and I notice the difference in my attention span and ability to manage emotions. I started regularly encouraging my daughter to do some simple exercises before school and we have seen a massive difference in her ability to manage her emotions. When we skip a day or two, we can definitely see the difference and we jump back onto the exercises again…

5 Top Brain Gym School Exercises

There are many Brain Gym exercises that can help in many aspects of life. In today’s article, we are focusing on the 5 best Midline Movements for school. This means these exercises can help integrate both sides of the brain and body. The benefits of this can be assisting in organising thoughts and movements in order to carry out academic tasks ie these exercises may help with reading, writing, spelling, or math. These exercises are referenced from the Brain Gym Exercise book Brain Gym 101 created by Paul and Gail Dennison. I use these in my Kinesiology practice and in my life. I would highly recommend regularly trying these and you may be surprised of the results.
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1. P.A.C.E

P.A.C.E is the exercise my daughter and I use the most and I recommend it to all my clients. P.A.C.E stands for Positive, Active, Clear, and Energetic. This exercise can be done in less than a minute and you can do this throughout the day if you feel you need to switch your mind back on. This exercise is a combination of 4 Brain Gym exercises into one and it is amazing for preparing and switching on your mind and body for learning, comprehending, awareness and engagement. I will be preparing another blog and youtube video for this exercise as I have seen so many benefits from just doing these steps every day. For now, here is a website I found with pictures showing the exercises. You can also contact me for further handouts or a consultation.

2. Cross Crawls

The kinesiology brain gym cross crawls exercise is a technique to stimulate the brain through physical activity. This technique is done by moving your arms and legs in a crawling motion, which helps to improve blood flow and circulation. This exercise is usually done standing up but can be done in a sitting or lying down position if needed.

The kinesiology brain gym cross crawls can be beneficial for those who suffer from low energy levels or have difficulty concentrating. It can also help to relieve stress, anxiety, and depression caused by mental fatigue.

3. Double Doodle

Using both hands and arms the person needs to draw in simultaneous motion, mirror images on either side of the body. This exercise can help a child or adult who has issues reading and writing. It can also help children with learning difficulties and adults who want to improve their mental performance.

4. Lazy 8's

The kinesiology brain gym lazy 8's exercise can be performed in the comfort of your own home or classroom. It has been designed to stimulate the brain and increase blood flow to the head, which helps with mental clarity, concentration, and mood. In other words, if a child is having issues with concentration or having an emotional break down this may be the exercise for them.

This exercise can be performed on a piece of paper, chalk/whiteboard, or in the air. If doing it by air - hold one thumb at eye level, and draw a large 8 lying on its side in the air in front of you. The eight need to start counterclockwise – up, over, and around to complete the 8. Do this 3 times with one thumb and then the other thumb and then both thumbs at the same time. If done with a pen or pencil do the same thing but, on the paper, or chalk/white board.

5. The Energizer

The brain gym exercise, the energizer is a simple but effective technique for increasing your focus and concentration. It's also can be a great way to get your creative juices flowing, correct posture, and as the name implies improve energy levels. Sit on a desk or table. Place your hands on the surface in front of you and rest your forehead between your hands. Inhale and slowly and easily lift your head, forehead first, then neck and upper body. It is important to keep your shoulders and lower body still and relaxed. Then exhale, tuck your chin down onto your chest and move your head down, lengthening the back of your neck. Rest your forehead again on the desk or table. Repeat this exercise three times or more.

Conclusion

Brain Gym is a group of simple but powerful exercises that can have many benefits including helping children and adults develop their attention span, memory, and focus. It can help improve cognitive skills such as working memory and executive function. Brain Gym exercises are a great tool for anyone who wants to get their brain in shape and start using it more efficiently. The above exercises can be done pretty much anywhere, at home, at school, or on holiday and are very quick to do. I would recommend giving them a try and you may be surprised with the results. If you are interested in having a Brain Gym session and you are in Melbourne please contact me on my Kinesiology Service Page. If not we can always have an online consultation.
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