I believe all of  us know the benefits of stretching and having exercise breaks during the day, but did you know what a difference it can make to include simple exercises that include cross-body movements that activate and connect the left and right hemispheres of the brain?

This is the foundation for a series of movements called ‘Brain Gym’,  which falls under the umbrella of ‘educational kinesiology’ , Brain Gym has been found to be so effective it has been used in more than eighty countries around the world since its inception in the 19702 by Dr. Paul Dennison and Gail Dennison.

We had the pleasure of learning all about this topic from Rita Medve on Thursday March 10 at our Education Think Tank Meeting (link below)

Rita offered her first-hand experience and suggestions about using Brain based on her 39 years of teaching in the Alberta school system.

When teaching, she used to start every day with the P.A.C.E. Brain Gym routine. https://youtu.be/8_0tr9s4fuc

It is easy to do indoors, while standing in one spot, only takes  few minutes, and does not require any special equipment.

The chief benefit of Brain Gym exercises are that the movements wake up the neural connections in the whole brain and body and make us feel safe and emotionally centred.

Brain gym exercises are frequently used by educational specialists to arrest the challenges of autism, ADD, ADHD and other special needs of children and adults, but it works well for everyone.

Because Brain Gym assists in coordinating, organizing, and filtering sensory information, the 26 basic exercises in Brain Gym routines offer a wide range of benefits, including:

  • Improved vision and ability to track objects
  • Improved ability to learn anything faster and easier
  • Improved ability to be focused and organized
  • Improved sports coordination
  • Improved ability to start and finish projects with ease
  • Assistance in overcoming learning challenges
  • Improved self – confidence and readiness to achieve new levels of excellence
  • Increased self- esteem and sense of well-being.

In an interview available on You Tube the founder of Brain Gym, Dr Paul Dennison, he explains that Brain Gym’s efficacy is due to the fact that these movements tap into the natural intelligence that each child has. He emphasizes that it’s important to do the exercises along with the children and not just show a video of the movements,  in keeping with his philosophy of education that parents need to show their love by playing with their children. He adds that we need to observe our children: ‘The Child is the Curriculum – teach the child not the curriculum’.

In one anecdote he shares in this video, he explains how he taught a 12 year old girl who was struggling to learn to read simply by adding Brain Gym movements to her daily routine.

The good news is that it is not something only specialists can do. Below are some useful links in this subjectincluding how to do many Brain Gym sequences of movements when sitting or standing.

1. Education Think Tank March featuring Brain Gym, presented by guest speaker Rita Medve. https://youtu.be/N5YCEvoD-6Q

2. Interview with Dr. Paul Dennison https://youtu.be/3uraKJwfnqY

3. This video is only 2 minutes long and demonstrates a number of the simple finger exercises

“Brain Gym : simple brain boosting Exercises” (2:16 mins)https://youtu.be/DJt6ORwxKmE

4. This video shows more about how to do a number of full body brain gym exercises. It has no words, just upbeat music in the background and two adults demonstrating. “The brain gym latest” (9 mins) https://youtu.be/jgNjmWLtmxE