Human Movement-Education in Keeping Mind and Body Fit:
Movement and Meditation for Student and Staff Wellbeing is the title of the 1 Day Course I run through Teacher Training Australia for Education Department teachers. Over the past 40 years of teaching in schools it is more and more evident that both movement through exercise and meditation with awareness of mindfulness and intention is required in order to keep a much needed level of fitness, focus and productivity.Having worked with children in many different capacities from being a teacher of infants, primary and high school students to special needs children with physical and developmental problems to dance and drama students and now focusing more on postural imbalances through YogaPilates Fusion and CardioMovement I have found the dynamics of a growing child has changed rapidly over the last 19 years.Children have traditionally been known as moving balls of energy, but with the fear factor that has gained momentum over the past few years where parents are not happy to allow their child to play in the streets and parks and ride bikes and climb and explore their environment due to many reasons shaping this century plus an increased number of children born with disabilities that may be partly due to medical science being able to offer survival to a very premature child where previously this child would not survive, as well as environmental toxins, has changed the bodies and minds of children. Not only these factors, but also the virtual world of play via the internet and computer games has even children as young as 2 playing with virtual toys and virtual friends online. A client of mine told me that his 6 year old daughter and friends play via the computer rather than in physical groups and that there is a whole toyland of dolls and cars that children play with while sitting at a screen rather than with their friends in the street or backyard. He said as much as he doesn’t like it he feels his daughter is safer in this environment then out of his sight, although he would like to see schools offering more physical fitness to combat this lack of activity. All of this is creating major issues with posture and weight imbalances and is increasing the need for a regulated and frequent exercise program. Growing children are especially prone to developing muscle imbalances due to their rapid growth rate. Longitudinal growth occurs in the bones, along with soft tissues such as the muscles and tendons. It is important that all children learn to stretch properly and consistently to maintain good muscle balance, joint range of motion and to prevent injuries. I recently wrote an article for Inspire Sports UK. They also noted the change in children who exercise compared to those who do not and as well as physical fitness exercise has an impact on mental imbalances. In this article I stated ” Lack of movement means that oxygen is not being circulated throughout the body or to the bran which causes depression, anxiety and lack or positivity. Once a person begins to move and especially to music the hormone serotonin is released and in as little as 10 minutes a feeling of depression or lack of energy begins to lift.” Check the full Inspire Sport article here and you will find interesting facts that point to this being a global issue that needs to be addressed to help the next generations to grow with an understanding of the importance of physical and mental health and to live long and healthy lives.
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