Educational Kinesiology [Edu-K] and Touch for Health are part of the Kinesiology group of complementary therapies which see well-being as a triangle made up of body, brain and emotions.
Imagine each side is made of rubber. When one side is altered it affects the other two, pulling the triangle out of shape. For example if your emotions are under pressure, this will affect both your thinking and your physical body, putting them under extra stress too.
In kinesiology muscle testing is often used to decide what is needed to restore the balance between the three parts. This form of bio-feedback means that each session is adapted for each individual, using the movements that will be most helpful to them, at that time.
During the 1970s, in the USA, Dr Paul Dennison, who was teaching children with learning difficulties, started to put together the exercises that form the basis of Brain Gym ®, as he began to explore the link between movement and learning. He noticed the improvements made by the children he was working with and how these exercises helped him too.
Paul's work has now spread worldwide and the original exercises have been improved and expanded with the help of his wife Gail. Edu-K & Brain Gym ® are now used for personal development by adults as well as supporting children in their learning,
Using his five step system and movements [a ‘balance’] Mind and Movement aims to help you to make the changes you want in your life. These draw on a wide variety of disciplines and include developmentally based movements. They are extremely simple, and often appear to release tension and stress, so creating a balance of mind and body.
Clients are helped to choose a goal, and to notice any changes, for example in posture or feelings that they experience during the balance process.
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" Movement is the door to learning"
Edu-K & Brain Gym® are based on the principle that from our earliest days, even pre-birth, we first learn through movement.
For instance, a baby gradually realises that the hand she sees waving around is connected to her body. She then chooses to move it and learning has taken place. As adults we often forget that we first learned by moving, and that, throughout our lives, movement can continue to enhance our learning. Instead we only focus on using our brain. We lose the awareness of our body-brain connection.
A session will help you regain this personal awareness so your body and brain can work more efficiently together.
TOUCH FOR HEALTH
Touch for Health is the most widely used kinesiology system in the world and was devised by Dr John Thie,
It sees the body and its functioning as an energetic system, which needs to be kept in balance to work effectively. This idea comes from the Chinese energy system used in acupuncture, for example.
Muscle testing is used to check for imbalances and various corrections are used. They may can involve rubbing or holding points on the body.
Feedback from clients, when muscle testing, is really important and they are helped to notice and talk about any changes that they may feel or see. Sometimes body posture shifts as different muscles alter their tone, often releasing tension.
Like the other kinesiology based approaches offered by Mind and Movement the client is always encouraged to set a positive goal to help them achieve the changes they want to make.