Elementary School Culture Improves
Social, Emotional Learning (SEL)
WTM Mindfulness program
Kohala Elementary School has partnered with Wellness Through Movement for over ten years. Catherine Rosasco Mitchell has provided classes for students, teachers and community members to develop a stronger sense of awareness within them selves. We have incorporated the mindfulness program into our daily culture here at KES calling them “PONO Breath” and “PONO Space” respectively. Our primary focus here at KES is to develop young children into young adults with a strong sense of self physically, mentally and emotionally. Through the training both in movement and mindfulness with the WTM program, we have seen both individual students achieve success overcoming anxiety and other behavior issues, and improve in listening and communication. In addition there has been a school wide decrease in poor behaviors and referrals.
Our teachers use the “PONO Breath” with the students daily and our school counselor has incorporated the “Sensational Attention” video into her curriculum. As the school leader, I personally believe in the WTM methodology and it’s importance in primary education. I say, teach the body first than the mind will follow…we are spiritual creatures having a physical experience.
Mahalo Nui Loa,
Danny P. Garcia, Principal
Kohala Elementary School
Kohala Elementary School is our Pilot School
Changes with Movement
After documenting the Wellness Through Movement program at the Kohala elementary school it is obvious that the program positively affects cognitive performance and physical well being. What made the results from the Wellness Through Movement program unique was how each student developed personally and in the group; shy students became more expressive, boisterous students became more quietly engaged and the entire group benefitted from the improved dynamics. This allowed for more spontaneous involvement from all the students rather than the group developing a habitual hierarchy that would have benefitted some and stifled others. For this reason, I think the WTM program is distinct from and more beneficial than most physical education programs used in schools presently and has the potential to be used in an integrated way in any situation rather than only being used as a separate and isolated practice.
Feldenkrais trainee, fitness and health coach
Confidence and Motor Coordination Find Connections
Anuhea fell out of her crib on her head as an infant and was one-years-old when she saw some trouble. When Anuhea started crawling she was not using one side of her body. After three sessions with Catherine Anuhea’s spinal movement, head lifting and rotating, limb kicking and crawling became coordinated. She began to grab toes, roll back to side-side, and shift her weight on her feet. Then most exciting change happened when she was able to sit in a healthy posture her mood improved. She wasn’t fussy, and her confidence and emotional wellbeing just kept getting better and better. We are so grateful. Mahalo Catherine.
Jacque Waters, Grandmother
Cerebral Palsy Child Climbs Stairs
Our son Ellis has been receiving Feldenkrais lessons since he was 4 months old. He had a brain bleed in utero which led to mild cerebral palsy/right hemipelegia. His gross and fine motor development was extremely delayed. I attribute the “mildness” of his condition to the Feldenkrais lessons he has had at an early age. There is no doubt in my mind, had we not used The Feldenkrais Method to aid in his motor development that the muscle spasticity he experiences would be more intense and his repertoire of movement would be much smaller then it currently is.
When we saw Catherine, Ellis was five years old, and he was especially challenged with stairs. Alternating his steps was not a natural for him. The lessons Ellis received from Catherine noticeably improved his balance, spontenaiety and ease of movement, and helped him to navigate stairs more efficiently and naturally just after two sessions.
At the time we met Catherine, I was also going through the Feldenkrais Training program. I enjoyed a few lessons with Catherine and 5 years later, I am still remembering and using elements from those lessons. She is an extraordinarily experienced practitioner and has a wonderful and direct sense of imparting awareness and learning. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Catherine to anyone wanting or needing to improve function on any level. I feel she is especially indispensable to children with challenges because that is where the depth of her heart lies. Her extensive work in helping children through schools is so important and necessary. The children who experience the Feldenkrais Method and thus themselves will excel as I have seen first hand with my son.
Thank You Catherine,