Neurokinesiology aims to restore and reinforce the natural mechanisms of the Mind-Body System. This program is based on Educational Kinesiology, (Brain Gym) developed by Paul and Gail Dennison. Neurokinesiology works on dynamic and postural reflexes with the goal to integrate the first infant movements (reflexes) into higher controlled ones and into the whole body system.
In stressful situations the infant reflexes are being activated and survival behavior on the level of “fight or flight” comes to the surface. Stress can accompany development even during fetal life or infant stage of life and so can influence developmental stages later on.
Activation of infant reflexes at later stages narrows awareness, causing a negative impact on activity and development as a whole. Today the level of stress in our life is growing and because of that the number of children acting on the survival level in their behavior, thinking and communication is increasing. Stress causes activity and hyperactivity to occur mainly in the back parts of the brain and takes away the energy from the “higher” front causal parts. This results in lack of concentration, and poor perception, less productive memory and blocked perspective – confusing choices and limiting effective self-realization. Children living under constant stress can regress to negative forms of behavior for example: aggression, fear and phobias, laziness, hyperactivity, low or deficit learning motivation etc.
Many psychologist and educators support the concept that intellectual development of an infant depends on his movement development. The more the person moves naturally, frequently and suitably in tune with his natural schemes, the faster the thinking processes. Movement development includes the following areas.
- Forming of infant reflex motions and their integration
- Integration of infant reflexes and consciously controlled movements
- Evolution of whole and basic body movements schemes and forming transitional movements
- Forming of various movement coordination systems (left hand- right hand, hands-eyes, hands-ears-eyes, hands -legs, and many others)
- Progress of body dimensions – Laterality, Centering and Focus
- Development of muscles and creation of their natural and correct neurology
- Development of connections between motions and their emotional, cognitive and behavioral schemes