Brain Gym is a system that uses simple movements to stimulate brain function. That is, it uses quick, easy-to-do developmental movements to wake up the brain without stress or injury.
The intention behind the Brain Gym is to stimulate the brain so that the child has equal access to all dimensions of the brain.
In the Brain Gym model, three dimensions of intelligence correspond to the integrated functioning of the three parts of the brain:
Focus: the ability to coordinate the back and front parts of the brain. This dimension is related to participation, to the ability to act on the details of a situation while at the same time remaining conscious of the overall context – the “big picture.” Children who lack balanced focus have difficulty with attention and comprehension.
Centering: the ability to coordinate the top and bottom parts of the brain. This dimension is related to organization, grounding, feeling safe, and responding clearly without heavy emotional overlay while appropriately feeling and expressing emotions. Students who are easily flooded with feelings are unbalanced in this dimension.
Laterality: the ability to coordinate the two sides of the brain. This dimension is fundamental for reading, writing, and communicating. It is also essential for fluid, whole body movements and the ability to move and think at the same time.
What is the ideal state for learning, playing, and interacting? One of whole brain integration in which we access all three dimensions.