The following courses are all offered in New Orleans. Contact me to arrange/sponsor a Brain Gym Training in your state or country.

BRAIN GYM 101

FOUNDATION TRAINING

O.B.O.

OPTIMAL BRAIN ORGANIZATION

INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE

& Your Brain Workshop

What is Brain Gym?

Brain Gym was created in the 1960’s and 70’s by learning specialist Dr Paul E. Dennison and his partner Gail E. Dennison.

Brain Gym consists of a series of simple and enjoyable movements performed in an intentional way which optimize functioning of the brain.  The 26 movements contained within the Brain Gym® 101 and 104 courses are safe and effective for people of all ages, and bring about dramatic and often quick improvements in many areas of life, enhancing our ability to learn and process information.

Brain Gym is used to release physical stress and tension to move in an organized comfortable way in the world as well as to improve organizational skills, memory, concentration, attention, reading, writing, communication, physical coordination for dance & sports, and group dynamics.

Cutting edge neuroscience now totally supports the principles of Brain Gym. Movement does indeed grow and heal your brain!

Brain Gym is the introductory program of the Dennisons’ entire spectrum of techniques known as Educational Kinesiology (Edu-K). Educational Kinesiology has grown to be a successful Worldwide non-profit organization with hundreds of Licensed practitioners, and is used in over 80 countries and in 40 languages with consistently wonderful results.

The “Educational” part of the name does not refer specifically to school settings. The name is a reference to the Latin word educere, which means “to draw out”. The intention of this whole system is to “draw out” innate abilities and skills – useful for people of any age!

There are two Foundational training courses offered. One is the Brain Gym 101 course – the main first level 3-day training within the entire Educational Kinesiology curriculum. This instructs participants how to use the 26 Brain Gym movements individually, and how to combine them in specific protocols to make targeted changes in Reading, Listening, Communication, Focus, Comprehension, Organization, Whole-brain-whole-body Coordination, and much more! It also teaches the 5-step Balance Procedure where conscious intentions & goals are moved into the mind-body system for dynamic change to patterns of thinking and behaviour that support how we want to think, learn and move through life. This highly effective procedure can be used for empowered personal development or used in ones own professional field to support profound change.

The Brain Gym 104 course is a new 2-day training offered to focus on just the 26 movements and the main principles of Brain Gym. Another very comprehensive course that one can invest in to be able to teach to others with just two more higher level courses and case studies! Spread the knowledge J

Cutting edge neuroscience now totally supports the principles of Brain Gym. Movement does indeed grow and heal your brain! And, we are what we think!

‘What a life changing course! I got more clarity in my life in three days than I’ve had in years!!! This is a much needed course for one’s personal and professional life – especially if you’re open and ready for change.’ 

S.W – Middle School Math Teacher

Wonderful class to help improve your students’ ability to be successful in class and life! I feel much more confident about myself and my ability to maintain that confidence.

W.E – PK Physical Ed.

This course is a great tool for your toolbox when treating patients of any age. I most liked the experience and enlightenment of how to use it, and I the positive changes I noticed in myself were more clarity and confidence.

(Tara Sturgeon PTA, Louisiana)

Why Brain Gym?

‘Movement is the door to learning’ Dr Paul Dennison

Tanya’s gentle spirit was an ideal guide throughout Brain Gym 101. The skills I learned during the course will be carried with me as I continue on my path.  

Jessica Holton – OT

Much more awareness, understanding and help is still needed in the majority of the educational system. Why is there such an epidemic of children with Learning Difficulties, Autism, AD(h)D, and many more? This is new in human history. Parents are struggling to cope with these challenging conditions. Chronic stress for much of society is at an all time high. Dementia & Alzheimers is at an unprecedented high in a way that it wasn’t only 100 years ago. What are we doing to create this? And how can reverse all this? It doesn’t have to be this way. Becoming aware of the changes we can make to restore our brain and body health, we can take action and reclaim our lives. Cutting edge brain research is showing tons that can be done, through movement, mindfulness-training, nutrition and lifestyle changes.

Gone are the days of giving a pill to fix it – many people are waking up to realize that is not the answer and there is so much more we can do without the need to take medication with the so-often devastating side effects. Education is still lagging far behind the science in many areas.

Children, and adults, NEED to move to learn and grow their amazing brains and become who they were truly meant to be! At any age we can grow and develop our brains – we just need to know what to do and do it! And share it! We were meant to have nothing less than a Super Brain and to live life to the fullest, joyful, healthy and comfortable in our bodies. (Quote this with a picture)

 

    This course is life-changing! Brain Gym and Tanya’s amazing guidance and knowledge are absolutely life-changing! I am so blessed to have been able to attend this course!

    (A.J – Physical Therapist, LA)

    Use Brain Gym to:

    • Overcome Learning Challenges
    • Improve Writing Skills
    • Learn Anything Faster and More Easily
    • Become More Focused, Organized and reach Goals
    • Start and Finish Projects and Tests with Ease
    • Perform Better in Music and Sports
    • Develop & Expand Creative and Artistic Expression
    • Increase Self-esteem and Self-awareness of yourself and your surroundings to make life-changing choices.

    How Can I Bring Brain Gym into my School?

    Many schools all over the world use Brain Gym activities to support all students to learn well and efficiently. It is particularly effective for reading and writing – learning and improving – helping developmentally delayed children and those with learning challenges like ADD. Gifted children often shine through and reveal themselves when their whole brain is functioning well.

    Teachers often say that children become more focussed, read with more comprehension, write more easily, are less fidgety, articulate and listen better. With just a few minutes a day of Brain Gym throughout the day, the teachers say they gain more effective teaching time because off task behaviours are greatly reduced. Many teachers empower students to notice for themselves when they feel they are out of balance within themselves and then they decide which activities would be helpful for them in that moment. This truly supports children in becoming independent learners, which is the ultimate goal of all education. 

    In-Service Days & Introductory Workshops

    A half-day or a full-day workshop on Brain Gym makes a great In-Service Day! Teachers come away with tools they can use immediately to help their students achieve more easily and enjoy learning!  These introductory Brain Gym workshops are for the teachers, OT/PT/SLT, classroom aides and other support staff. A typical Introduction to Brain Gym workshop will include:

    • Experiencing key Brain Gym movements and how to incorporate them into the school day.
    • Gain new perspective on learning challenges, and personally experience how movement activates the potential of the brain.
    • Learn how to notice when certain movements will be helpful.
    • Understand the principles at work behind Brain Gym
    • Experience how stress affects whole-brain communication, what stresses a child might be experiencing, and how movement returns us to whole-brain learning.
    • Come away with tools they can use the very next day to help students of all ages overcome learning problems and achieve more easily.

    Follow up trainings can be arranged if interested. Or, designate one a specific staff member(s), to attend Tanya’s Brain Gym 104, or 101 Trainings. They would then have a very in-depth understanding of the work and be the in-school advisor for how to use Brain Gym.

    Some schools offer this to the parents as a PTO topic. It is very beneficial to the teacher and student to have the parent involved in the awareness, participation and fun of Brain Gym.

    What I offer is very flexible and can be tailor made to the educational organization depending on time available, student needs, and financial resources. Contact me to set up a plan for your school. (link to Contact page)

    N.B Brain Gym 101 Training is approved for 24 CEU’s from the LOTA & the LA State Medical Board for OT’s, PT’s and COTA’s. 8 CEU’s for a One-Day Workshop.

    Training courses are held several times a year here in New Orleans. Click the links below to register or contact me for more information or to arrange a tailor made training course at your school/organization at your convenience.

    The following courses are all offered in New Orleans. Contact me to arrange/sponsor a Brain Gym Training in your state or country.

    TRAINING COURSES

    BRAIN GYM 101 FOUNDATION TRAINING

    September  20 – 22, 2019

    November  15 – 17, 2019

     

    This is the main Brain Gym course one would take to deeply understand Brain Gym. An integral part of the Brain Gym/Edu-K training which teaches how to come into balance through a ‘balance’- a five-step session process used to support anyone in improving how they read, listen, express themselves, organize, focus, comprehend, move their body in a coordinated way and make positive changes in their lives.  Doing Balances for ourselves or others, we learn how to patiently guide and facilitate this transformation to come from within for lasting change. We learn how to specifically identify the wording for a goal or intention and integrating it through the choice of whatever aspects of the program one is drawn to.

     

    We dive deeply into the principles of Brain Gym, learn how to effectively do the 26 movements – how to get the most out of them, how and when to do them, and how to modify them for special needs or circumstances.

     

    This workshop includes:

    • PACE – A powerful combination of 4 steps which create learning readiness.
    • The 26 Brain Gym movements that facilitate mind-body integration.
    • The five-step Edu-K Balance Process
    • Dennison Laterality Repatterning (DLR) to integrate the right and left hemispheres of the brain ( for marked improvements in crossing the midline, eye-teaming and tracking, reading quickly and easily)
    • The 3 Dimensions of Learning: Laterality, Centering and Focus and a variety of related balances.
    • Hands-on opportunities to learn with fellow participants using the newly acquired skills.
    • Strategies for implementation with individuals and within the classroom setting.
    • Applications for personal and professional use
    • FUN!

     

     

    Dr Dennison recognized, decades before the validation of current neuroscience, the link between conscious, intentional movement and how this played a part in rewiring and changing thought patterns, behavior and the ability to learn. He saw how the brain develops through reflexes and movement patterns from in-utero onwards for the rest of our lives, and particularly in early childhood when huge growth and development takes place in our brains and bodies. He saw how the brain and body are totally interlinked – how thoughts create a cascade of chemicals which affect every cell of our body and brain and similarly how movement and exercise effect chemical release in our brain and body. He also recognized the need in education for realization of the brain-body link and the importance of movement, safety and play in the classroom for optimal learning. So Brain Gym began, initially in the academic sector to nowadays a program for all, young and old alike who wish to live and learn at their fullest potential.

     

    Who is this course for?

    This course is open to all – for those new to this work wishing to move through the three levels and become certified to teach the 26 Movements themselves; to add a string to their bow, for PT’s, OT’s, RN’s, Teachers, Parents, Learning Assistants, Special Needs Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists, Human resource managers, Team leaders, College tutors, Sports coaches, Performance artists and tutors; Business managers; Life Coaches, Psychotherapists and Counsellors; anyone interested in body-based self-development techniques/anyone who wants to enhance life and learning for themselves and others.

     

    The course fee of $430 ($390 Early Bird) includes the Course Manual and break refreshments. $375 Buddy Rate.

     

    24 CEU’s Granted with LA State Medical board and by the MS State Licensing Board for OT’s, OTA’s and PT’s

    This course addresses the emotions and feelings of personal issues as much or more than function in our typical OT/PT mindset. I feel more confident to assess primitive reflexes and activities to help them integrate. Thank you for your kindness and hospitality!

    (S.M – Occupational Therapist, MS).

    This is an easy, fun way to improve my treatments with my patients and with my kids. I love that it is fun and effective! Everything was great. I am feeling more calm, aware of myself and my body. I highly recommend this for therapists or parents looking to help their kids with emotional or learning issues or even themselves! Thank you Tanya for being so wonderful! I really enjoyed this course. 

    (Erin Rosiere, PT, New Orleans)

    ‘I am being honest when I say that you and Brain Gym have completely changed my life for the better!! This will help me to be the best version of myself in every aspect of my life. I can’t begin to explain how freeing this is for me!!

    I pray that I can help as many people as possible with the knowledge and experiences that I’ve gained over this past weekend.

    You are amazing at what you do and did such a great job creating a safe space for us. Thank you, thank you, thank you so much!!”

    (Ashely Jones – OT & Parent)

     

    15 CEU’s Granted with LA State Medical board and by the MS State Licensing Board for OT’s, OTA’s and PT’s

    The course fee of $320 ($270 Early Bird), $260 Buddy Rate, includes the Course Manual and break refreshments.

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    BRAIN GYM 104

    April 6 and 7

    September 7 and 8

    November 2 and 3

    Brain Gym 104 is a great first stage of training in Educational Kinesiology and introduces the 26 easy and enjoyable activities. These support whole-brain seeing, listening, physical co-ordination and balance and can help with concentration, memory and organization skills. We explore the movements in depth, experience them kinaesthetically and gain a real understanding of the philosophy and principles behind the Brain Gym program. This knowledge can then be used to support all daily life activities professionally and personally. This course is taught over a weekend and is the first level of three to be trained to be a Licensed Brain Gym 104 Facilitator.

    Who is this course for?

    This course is open to all – for those new to this work wishing to move through the three levels and become certified to teach the 26 Movements themselves; to add a string to their bow, for PT’s, OT’s, RN’s, Teachers, Parents, Learning Assistants, Special Needs Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists, Human resource managers, Team leaders, College tutors, Sports coaches, Performance artists and tutors; Business managers; Life Coaches, Psychotherapists and Counsellors; anyone interested in body-based self-development techniques (or, anyone who wants to enhance life and learning for themselves and others).

    I truly enjoyed it and believe that Brain Gym came at the perfect time in my life both personally and professionally. I hope to be able to take more classes! 

    K.P Pediatric OT

    Tanya was a gracious and excellent teacher. She was so gentle and patient and explained the information really clearly. I felt transformed at the end of the day.  

    S.W – Counselor

    Take this course! Very applicable for anyone! We all need to know more about ourselves, our health and how our bodies and brains are so connected. This course will definitely change your life! 

    R,K – Adapted Physical Education Teacher.

    O.B.O – OPTIMAL BRAIN ORGANIZATION 2-day Level 200 Training

    October 19th & 20th 2019

    The O.B.O course builds on what is learnt in the Brain Gym 101 training. It deepens your understanding of the effect of Brain Gym activities on brain and sensory dominance profiles. The course provides an opportunity to explore what are dominance profiles, what sensory preferences are, and discover more about individual styles of learning and communication. Why they are so unique? how they are determined and how they can change? We also get to understand how learners change for better or worse under stress in order to cope with intense situations in life, and then what we can do to help ourselves with our uniqueness to operate in life at our best potential. Brain Gym 101 is a pre-requisite for this course. O.B.O is a level 200 course for Brain Gym Instructor/Consultant Certification.

    The course fee of $320 ($270 Early Bird), $260 Buddy Rate, includes the Course Manual and break refreshments.

     

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    INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE – Spa day for the brain!

    INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE & Your Brain –

    Fun and Informative Workshops!

     Please contact me for future dates or to set up a private workshop for a group of 4 or more.

    Research shows the huge benefits of using therapeutic touch to relax the mind and body. The head has many neuro-vascular points which benefit from touch.

    Come and enjoy a one-day fun and comprehensive workshop to experience this wonderful and invigorating ancient healing art. This is an experiential, hands-on day with a difference! COME AWAY FEELING LIKE YOU’VE HAD A DAY AT THE SPA!

    Indian Head Massage is a massage for the head, hair, scalp, neck and shoulders. Using warm oils and appropriate Essential Oils, Tanya teaches a variety of stimulating and relaxing techniques to release stress tension and re-vitalize the hair, body and brain.

    Sharing stories and information from many years of experience of enhancing whole-brain function through therapy and Brain Gym, Tanya sheds light on why this art is so effective for holistic brain function, health and healing.

    A full treatment is given and received in pairs on this very fun, highly therapeutic and informative workshop.

    Book early as places are limited and groups are small.

    This day is open to all – professionals/non-professionals. No need to bring a partner or have any prior experience in massage. Just bring your head:)

    NEXT CLASS:  New Orleans

    When: 2019 TBA

    Nola Yoga Loft

    Contact Tanya for more information and future dates in 2018 or to arrange a private workshop for your own group.

    Time:     12 p.m  – 5.00 pm 

    Cost:      $100-75 (sliding scale). Book as a pair for $130

    Includes information binder and afternoon tea 🙂 !

     

    Advanced booking required as class limited to 8. 

    For details/registration contact me using the link below.

    “Thank you so much for the awesome Indian Head Massage course and the super materials. It was a spectacular experience. I want to particularly acknowledge all the extra time you gave us to make sure that we “got it.”  

    Paul Waldman

    That was one of the most fun days I’ve had in a long time! Thank you Tanya. What was really cool was giving and receiving the massage while you told us so many great things about using that space we all have between our ears! My brain is definitely happier now and my hair is bouncing!

    Emily P – Parent, New Orleans

    Tanya’s teaching style is fun and easy – I enjoyed the day immensely! Made new friends and added a fun and really beneficial modality for my clients and public.

    Cindy Daigle

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