Watering Whole uses BrainDance as part of our weekly programme! BrainDance is a 5-10 minute full body warm-up that circles through a set of very specific movement patterns to help reorganize and fully integrate both the brain and body.
Excerpt below taken from http://creativedance.org:
“Developed by Anne Green Gilbert, the BrainDance is comprised of eight developmental movement patterns that healthy human beings naturally move through in the first year of life. As babies, we did these movements on our tummies, sides, and back on the floor.
However, cycling through these patterns at any age, daily or weekly while sitting or standing, has been found to be beneficial in reorganizing our central nervous system. Repeating these patterns over time may help us fill in any missing gaps in our neurological system due to birth trauma, illness, environment, head injury or not enough floor time as a baby.
The mind is like the wind and the body like the sand; if you want to know which way the wind is blowing, you can look at the sand. ~Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
This “dance” is an excellent full body and brain warm-up for children and adults and can be done in any setting. The BrainDance may be used as a warm-up for any physical or cognitive activity; before tests, performances, and presentations; after sitting for long periods of time; as a break during computer work and TV watching; and to increase energy and reduce stress.
It is a centering body/brain movement tool for brain reorganization, oxygenation, and recuperation.
The BrainDance prepares us for learning and helps with appropriate behavior and social skills.
Benefits of the BrainDance
- Reorganization of the neurological system
- Increased blood and oxygen flow to the respiratory system and brain
- Enhanced core support, connectivity, and alignment
- Deeper understanding of the elements of dance technique”