*Please note- this blog post was written during my time at Brain Fit Academy Inc. I have since continued this amazing work under my own company- Brain FUNdamentals LLC. I hope you enjoy!
As we get older, we sometimes forget to play. Everyone (myself included) are so busy. We’re working, driving the kids to their sports, clubs, or friends’ houses, running errands and just generally trying to keep up with ourselves.
And then recently, COVID-19 happened. The pandemic that helped (and continues to help) many people remember how to play.
At Brain Fit Academy, we always play. We actually put it on our “schedule” for when we work with kids. You see, we’re all about reorganizing and working with the brain right? Integrating primitive reflexes, getting both brain hemispheres to work better together, setting up our brain and body system for whatever goals we have set.
And if we play those brain changes can happen faster!
Do you want to know why? It’s because the brain changes more when in a state of joy. And what does play bring? Joy of course!
So- we play!
We play with balloons.
We play with balls, and beanbags and marble boards.
We play with rackets and koosh balls and balance boards.
We play with juggling sticks and chalk and jump ropes
And while we’re playing, and laughing and smiling, guess what else is happening? That’s right- the brain is changing.
That brain- that set the goal at the beginning of the session.
That brain- that guides the movement “work” during our sessions.
That brain- that processes the emotions and information for that child-is changing.
And the people- the coach and the client, are connecting and trying new things.
They are challenging each other- How many times can we pass it back and forth?
They are “noticing”-
- How does is feel if I do this with my other hand?
- How does my body feel during this activity?
- Are both sides of my brain working together well?
And you know what else they are doing? They are enjoying the time spent together!
And that brain- that wonderful, amazing, creative, linear, hard-working brain- is changing. Changing and reorganizing itself to help that client.
And joy- pure, innocent joy- helps make it happen.