When people ask me to explain what it is I’m learning and what it is I do, I sometimes find it hard to answer. Hard to answer because Kinesiology and NLP is so multifaceted and can be relevant in so many different ways to different individuals at different moments in time. Kinesiology for me encompasses everything and everyone and it can sometimes be hard to stay present, focused and grounded at all times without losing myself in the books. Surrounded by unfinished books because I cannot get enough, loving the content of Kinesiology as well as loving how easier it is to learn new things. Life for myself has gotten easier to learn, easier to retain content and easier to communicate and pronounce technical terms.
As I sit down to write this the school holidays draw to a close and I have enjoyed time at home to focus on the family, relaxing and reconnecting. During this time I managed to do a few basic balances with Liam – my almost 5 year old. The little balance we did together, for both myself and for him, was a massive eye opener to the magic behind the small things Kinesiology can do, to make a massive shifts in attitude to learning.
In the past Liam has been very hesitant to pick up a pencil to write, let alone draw a picture. Numbers, counting and maps are his things, not language or drawing. Liam can read and write his own name quite confidently. He can sound out some familiar letters and tell you what words that start with particular sounds but to actually read or write…. he would completely shut down. The shear suggestion of writing, colouring-in or scribbling on paper had him completely stressed and overwhelmed.
This is Liam’s last year at home before embarking on his own journey of education. Being a June baby he was kept home a little longer because their was such emotional stress around writing and he was not socially and emotionally ready to be within a classroom of 25 other students. Time at home for 2 weeks gave me time to address this. After 3 easy 10 minute balances, I have seen him blossom, transforming from being defensive and overwhelmed to happy and confident. We have managed to conquer the hand writing monster on numerous occasions since and ABC Eggy Words is finally a massive hit. What has even surprised me is that in addressing writing for the first time we have actual pictures drawn on the page not just scribble.
Kinesiology and Brain gym for me makes complete sense. It is an extension of what I learnt as a new mother taking both babies to Gymbaroo. It is what instinctively my mother applied to me as a young child with my own reading and writing issues when enrolling me in gymnastics. It is what all good education should employ into their curriculum and the reason why physical education and fundamental movement skills are considered a core subject. Applied Kinesiology just takes all of these one step further.
Through the art of muscle testing you can actually pinpoint the emotional stance that is blocking the child during the learning process. Normally the fear of experiencing this stuck emotion will result in a protective behaviour, I call this a hustle. One emotion for example maybe disgust – disgust when looking at their own work. It then becomes safer to act defensively, than the chance of feel disgust. Playing defensive feels safer and through repetition this defensive behaviour becomes anchored in to the body.
Nurturing a supportive learning environment and maintaining these new positive neuropathways is going to change his whole approach to school and learning.
Below are some simple activities that directly related to hand writing and letter reversal to try at home. The examples are only a sample for what is truly achievable within a Kinesiology session. I would strongly recommend having a proper Kinesiology balance and seeing a skilled Brain Gym practitioner. Alternative I would also recommend reading
Educate Your Brain by Kathy Brown.
- For the balance draw a template of the infinity symbol on a chalk boards, at shoulder height for the child. You can alternatively pin-up some butch’s paper.
- The child performing the balance creates an elephant trunk with their arm from your nose, holding a large chalk in the extended arms fingers. The aim of the nose touching the trunk arm is so that the child’s eyes look directly down the arm towards the chalk hand.
- Bending at the knees and relax their hips to allow for a full body movement as they trace over the figure of eight with the chalk in their hand.
- Keep their eyes on the chalk and the board at all times. Repeat with both hands going both directions, you may even want to try both hands together. It is really important to keep the movement going until the whole body and drawing is fluent.
- An extension activity, could easily be drawing the figure of eight with a pen and paper immediately followed by a single letter, a letter that may normally be done upside-down or back-to-front. This example I have above as he worked with the letter ‘e’ and starting in the right place.
Be creative with the figure of eight shape you make, draw them in the air with different body parts, use glow sticks or streamers as visual stimulus, or alternatively get them to hold something slightly heavy to assist in muscular development to further develop pathways. When it comes to learning and trying new things it needs to be fun and creative especially free from fear and ridicule.