Rediscovering the Self after Trauma

Engaging Movements for Healing and Harmonization
with Connie Helms
Children respond well to sustained rhythmic movements brought through the peaceful inner attitude of an adult. In the same vein as repeated words in a story or song, the predictable nature of repeated whole-body or fine motor movements brings a calming sense of reassurance for the limbic system of the brain, the area that works with emotional development, learning and memory.
Harmonizing and coordinated movements that integrate the left and right hemispheres of the brain stimulate new neural pathways; this helps us to feel more centered, capable and playful. When hemispheric integration is supported, our ability to solve problems is stronger and our eyes can focus and track more efficiently as well. The connection between vision and stress needs to be understood as we learn how to support the eyes and other systems involved in learning and self-regulation. When we return to a more grounded sense of self, the body experiences more joy along with the freedom to move forward in life.
In this introduction to harmonizing movements, we will

  • Learn centering movements to promote calmness
  • Practice bilateral and cross lateral exercises that bring joy
  • Learn simple deep pressure activities to alleviate stress and strengthen deep breathing
  • Use running forms with watercolors and form drawing to help the “eyes lovingly follow what the hand does”, as described by Rudolf Steiner