Helping kids be calmer, sleep better and learn better
Oct
13
3:15 PM15:15

Helping kids be calmer, sleep better and learn better

  • 555 Bloor St. W. Unit 6, 3rd Floor Toronto Canada (map)
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In this hands-on workshop, you will learn neurodevelpmental movements children from toddlers to teens can use as a self-calming tool. Caregivers can also do the movements with children to nurture bonding and sense of safety. Neurodevelopmental movements help children:

- reduce anxiety 

- feel calmer

- regulate emotions better

- sleep better

- improve focus

- improve sensory and motor coordination required for reading, writing and sitting still

Fee: $50

*Please note the workshop is for adult caregivers and teachers.

To register contact: 

mina@willowmovement.org, 647 892 3404 

Neurodevelopmental movements are innate movements that develop in the womb and early infancy. They provide a shortcut to improving a sense of safety, reducing stress, and improving physical coordination for reading, writing and sitting still, as they stimulate the part of the brain that is activated when we, as babies, learned to process information for regulating emotions, interacting with others, and learning. In other words, these movements address the foundation that may be contributing to the issue.

A grade 2 teacher who taught her class rhythmic movements, and incorporated it as a daily routine reported that her class was able to sit without fidgeting, wrote better, better able to control their emotions and everybody ended up reading at the grade level and above by the end of the year. Children in her class reported that they felt calmer and slept better.

The facilitator believes that every parent and every teacher should have this tool as you will be helping children connect with the body, which is fundamental to a sense of self, and in regulating themselves.

A past workshop participant commented: “Mina's gentle and experienced facilitation set the perfect tone for this radical workshop. The neurodevelopmental movement framework harnesses our body's innate wisdom as a way to tune into simple, self-calming strategies for children and adults. My students enjoy doing the various movements that I learned from Mina's workshop to relax, focus and give space for self-awareness in my classroom. - Emily, elementary teacher”

Facilitator bio

Mina Arakawa is a Movement Therapist. She helps people connect with their body through awareness, and learn to listen to the body's subtle signals to take care of themselves. She considers the whole person, including their context in life and what's important to them, and empowers people to reorient their life towards decreased symptoms and stuckness and increased ownership of their selfceare and wellbeing.

She received training in somatics, neurodevelopmental movements and therapeutic yoga, and supports clients in one-on-one sessions and group classes to achieve their goals, including reducing pain, tension, anxiety and symptoms of neurological disorders and increasing performance in sports.

Mina is a parent of a 12-year-old daughter, and is excited to bring her experience with neurodevelopmental movement to parents and teachers.

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