Elementary Schools, Principals, School Counselors
(√) We want the most cutting edge findings of cognition and learning
There is a great divide between the thinking person and the acting body in understanding attention and focus. Reimagine movement as the means of communication with the brain, and the learner shows drastic improvements. There is a bridge from the brain to the body. However, there is a bigger bridge from the body to the brain. The “bridge” is made of sensory knowledge laying the foundation of what is heard and understood. The understanding comes from the sensory body.
The methods in Wellness Through Movement (WTM) teach an awareness of a deep woven sensory body through a sixth sense. This sixth sense feels the sensation of physical existence within the muscular-skeletal systems. Muscular systems are affected by every activity of the mind and body and create a sense of self or wholeness. What lies within the inner workings of sensation is the knowledge of the soul processes of thinking and feeling. Methods used in WTM introduces the nature of the very essence that lays the basis for perception.
Tested for eight years in elementary schools, WTM methods are proven effective for social, emotional, academic development, and general well-being. We take for granted that we have a body, but can we feel the body and the bridge of knowledge that lies within to help us learn? Get insights into the first steps in how to build the bridge between body and mind in the User Guide to the video program Get Sensational Attention.
Learn the knowledge of the sensory body, or what scientists may be labeling “body ownership: (Botvinick, 2004; Botvinick & Cohen, 1998; Ehrsson, Spence, & Passingham, 2004: Makin, Homes, & Ehrsson, 2008), and an individual becomes an active participant in how to learn and heal regardless of condition.
“Between character and academic development… I felt I saw the combination…” (1:00) Testimonial
PRINCIPAL DANNY GARCIA
KOHALA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
( √ ) We want a tested program that is easy to do and gets sustainable results to improve character & academic development
The Get Sensational Attention (GSA) Long Track (GSA) program gets “sustainable” results because children learn from within their bodies how to help themselves. When they feel inside their bodies, they focus their attention on sensations. When sensations and awareness come together, something new happens in the brain. The children learn to listen and share from inside the body, not just from the brain. The results? They calm down and become more compassionate.
This program has been tested for eight years and proven effective in eliminating bullying, decreasing stress, and decreasing depression in elementary schools. This program is empowering the authenticity of who they are and helping them solve their own problems.
To start the program you have to break the ice by teaching mindfulness using movement as the teacher. A fun way is to teach children through movement is the Personal Bubbles Freeze Dance game.
How does the school program use “movement” to teach children mind/body?
By turning attention inside (their bodies), children find their best friend, a friend that knows them better then anyone. When children turn attention inside to sensation, their emotional reactions fade and external distress is no longer the focus of attention. Children then have an easier time shifting attitudes and understanding the circumstances. (Adults need more practice but can do it too!)
Participants find what we call “Home.” Home is a grounding feeling inside that now comes into the foreground of external stress. The effect? Children’s reactions calm, clarity arises, and communication becomes productive. (Children are often told to take deep breaths and calm down but this program takes them one step further. It helps them feel the sensations of their bodies and find where the sensitivity of emotion is physically coming from. The emotion is also physical.)
There are two more lessons in the book, A New Sensory Self Awareness that also helps the communication process: Ho’oponopono Home and No Place Like Home Breath. The lessons take the children through an organic and scientific process in order to experience how the body and mind help each other. Learn this step-by-step process when they’re young and it improves as they age.
( √ ) Give us details… What does my school need to do to give our students a boost emotionally and academically?
( √ ) Give us an idea of how to use “movement” to effect cognition different then exercise?
“I’ll preach it until the day I die. If you are going to teach anything to improve school culture and student behavior teach them the Home Breath. “
KOHALA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
(√) Give us the school-wide program
Change …Bullying, Stress, Violence
To…Communication, Peer Support, Calmness
Eleven lessons used in the Wellness Through Movement program to improve behavior.