Take a few deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth.
Why? Breath brings oxygen to the brain and awareness to the body.
Squeeze, tap, brush, or pat all surfaces of your body. Arms and legs, torso, back and head.
Why? Touch activates the sensory-motor system and is an important element in bonding.
Curl up into a ball and then reach out wide, then repeat the process.
Why? This pattern helps develop a sense of self, and activates core awareness and body alignment.
Move your head and “tail” in opposite directions. Side to side, front and back. Give the spine a little shake.
Why? These movements increase flexibility of the spine and efficiency of the central nervous system.
UPPER AND LOWER BODY
Keep your feet in place and move your upper body and arms. Then reverse and hold your upper body still as you move your legs.
Why? These patterns help ground us emotionally while developing the ability to draw and recognize boundaries.
Keep one side of your body still and move the other, then repeat the other side. Move your eyes from side to side.
Why? These movements improve balance and can help us learn how to weigh choices.
This time, move opposite parts together – for instance, left elbow to right knee and right elbow to left knee.
Why? Cross-body movements help integrate both sides of the brain and create pathways for complex thinking.
Do something that makes you feel off-balance or dizzy. Swing and spin, then come back to stillness and take a few breaths to ground yourself.
Why? This movement develops spatial awareness, balance, coordination, and integration of the five senses.