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Brain Gym

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Energizer to prepare for creative thinking

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Goal

To move to music in ways that strengthen left-right brain connections and to warm up one's brain with cross-lateral movement.

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Materials

  • Use lively music - with 4/4 beat if possible - e.g. Shania Twain - Don't be Stupid - ya know I love you. on "Come on Over"
  • Space for each person to move freely

Instructions

Before

Ideal conditions: Enough space for people to move around without bumping into each other.

Pre-Work Required: practice movements

Facilitator personality fit: Willing to take risk, open and trusting client relationship

Opening

1. Begin with music already playing.

Instruct participants to follow your moves (as described below, moves in italic). This should be a fun exercise and generate laughter.

Instructions

2. Please stand. We are going to wake up our brains using cross lateral movements.

Dr. Carla Hannaford, developmental neuroscientist, has found these movements to be tremendously helpful in helping both children and adults to learn and to concentrate better.

3. Feel free to watch if this is not comfortable for you. (Most movements can be followed while seating.)

4. You will need some space around you not to kick anyone else.

5. I will demonstrate the moves and you will follow. Are you ready?

Moves

You want to be crossing the middle line of the body - This helps thicken the Corpus Collosum strands that run laterally across the brain mass connecting the right and left brain parts. Ready to switch movements?

2. Switch to slapping the shoulders, right hand to left shoulder and vice versa. Do eight times.

Ok, now we are going to change movements. Ready?

3. Rich out arms diagonally overhead, reach right arm up high over head to left and vice versa (eight times)

4. Cross crawl: Bend right knee up to meet or get close to left elbow and vice versa.

We continue with more difficult movements

5. Tap right foot with left arm behind you and vice versa

Be careful here especially if you have back problems.

6. Now we are going to put it all together. You can do it! Ready?

Clapping (4),  shoulders (4), arms overhead (4), cross crawl (4), tap feed behind you (4), 

7.Here is a new one: pull on your ear lobes, four times each with same hand to ear.

Massage your brain buttons just at top of rib cage (use both hands, each to massage the clavicles simultaneously)

8. This one took me years to learn, just kidding:

Grab your right ear lobe with your left hand & right hand squeezing nose Now switch, grab left ear lobe with right hand and left hand squeezing nose.

Closing Debrief

1. Turn music down. Thank you. Please be seated.

2. Pause. How do you feel different now?

3. The work we are about to do uses both right and left brain functions.?

After

Usual or Expected Outcomes: lots of energy

How success is evaluated: Every one participates and feels energized

Background

Source: Barbara MacKay

Derived from: Dr. Carla Hannaford, developmental neuroscientist, has found these movements to be tremendously helpful in helping both children and adults to learn and to concentrate better.

History of Development: Developed by Barbara MacKay

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  • Great use of kinesthetic intelligence or learning style.

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    over 2 years ago