Learning is movement. This “movement,” however, is re-defined from here-to-there mechanical motion to a poetic symphony weaving the mind, body and senses. The “sensory and motor circuits don’t just feed cognition. THEY ARE COGNITION” (Scientific America Mind, 2011). The body-sense is a weaving—the weaving is movement patterns.
The primary intention of this type of movement* and awareness program is to support and enrich learning regardless of condition through experience of subtle body movement. The second intention is to adapt the awareness of this subtle body movement to the development of cognitive functioning and education.
Children Get IT!
They don’t have the habits… yet.
The sensory body is the grounding rod for all the senses, and functionally integrates listening, attention, and self-direction. Lessons are designed to expand awareness from the body to your thinking. The sensory body is a system imperative to perceiving motion—it is subtle to the point that many are unaware. Wellness Through Movement lessons build the bridge of functional integration to sensory awareness and to perception. Children can feel this sensory body easier than adults. Awareness balances the integration of senses and improves physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.
learning from the body-to-brain .
- To raise the level, depth, and breadth of public dialogue and awareness on core issues of children’s life challenges.
- Enhance awareness of the body connections to brain by developing a clearer and deeper
sense of inner awareness of patterns influencing behavior and mindset through neuromuscular re-education movement .
Over 500 children did mind-body movement games designed to improve functional integration of their senses, motion and perception. Sequences of movements use National Physical Education and Health standards, Awareness Through Movement® (Feldenkrais movement sequence), and developmental movement stages.
Lessons combine sensori-motor and neuromuscular reeducation (based on the Feldenkrais Method) into movement games. The design of movements in a lesson enhance the nature of how the brain and body work and learn together. They are different than movement exercises, for these movements are tools to improve health and wellbeing mentally and physically. By checking into the physical sensation of the body, children often clarify how they perceive different than others. The awareness improves understanding of how we feel to what we do, versus how others are reacting or behaving. And the best thing about experiencing the unity of sensory and motor circuits as cognition is health and wellbeing continue to improve overtime.
Lessons show how embodied cognition is a character of sensation in the body shaping the mind’s perception. The more someone experiences the oneness between physical sensation and mental processing the more engaged and effective the learner. Integration from awareness of proprioception to cognitive function stimulates ambition, self-regulation and responsibility. This type of self-awareness fuels the drive to be creative and think critically. The sense of belonging and being accepted is already strongly enforced between peers, but respect for each other’s differences is also more acceptable with proprioception awareness. Proprioception is a sixth sense of the body’s physical space and position
Steps in the lessons are organic and adapt to the moment or circumstance. Awareness to physical sensations as thought fine-tunes these choices. Intention is compared to what the body actually can and can’t do.
For example the sense of proprioception different than the other senses (hearing, touching, tasting, smelling and seeing) is a sensation of physical configurations of sensation. Children discover how personal processing is part of what is learned and not learned. This experience is not an intellectual process of understanding from the head but serves as a window to the self and one’s relationship with others.
There is a turning point when patterns of behavior are reeducated part-by-part. At a certain moment, dramatic shifts occur in behavior, attention, and ailments. It seems to be a tipping point when the sensory body feels enough of the whole system and regardless of condition it improves. For example read links: ADHD and STRESS.
The key to lessons is self-discovery from the physically sense of the body. Wellness Through Movement lessons are based on biological directives (physical instinct) already in place and urges or reactions related to a given environment. With the understanding of these biological directives apparent in a child’s movement patterns the caretaker or teacher can understand why a child is acting the way he/she is acting and encourage attention to personal process of perception. To do this not demonstrating or mirroring movements as a method of teaching is key. Watching the reaction to the direction in contrast to the direction unfolds the next step.
First step is to teach dual attention, attention within and to “out there” (see Program on Mindfulness). Information from both the body and the brain creates the two-way highway of learning. Awareness give a child a clearer understanding of their feelings as well as emotions . The physical sensations become guides in expressing internal perceptions. Children think through sensation but are unaware of this process until attention is directed inward to the sensory body. When they pay attention to sensation they clarify their position and communicate what is getting in the way of learning.
Humans are born with infinite possibilities. These possibilities depend on the dynamics of patterns integrating between the brain, body and heart. We are born like balls of sensation ready to learn yet unable to know how until we get the experience. ___________________________________________________________________________
Be Fully Alive
We don’t get in the way of the natural function of the nervous system; we fuel this nature through awareness. Movement responses are used to understand perception. Expressions reveal what is already established to what is missing in awareness. To center and strengthen character (both functional and dysfunctional) integration has to be in awareness. These patterns of motion in awareness explain behavior of the brain and senses to perception. When felt together as one, the mind and the body will feel alive in a way never experienced before ..