Janet Brof: educational therapist
Whole Body Movement

Frequently, I enlist whole body movement in teaching. Useful as a break, whole body movement is a key element in learning a graceful cursive hand. It can provide a crucial connection to feelings and thoughts and so serve as a warm up for writing since it engages other modalities of the brain.

In learning CURSIVE, the student writes each letter large
in the air, using a full arm movement that involves
the whole body. The muscles remember the shaping.
Later at the desk, when the hand forms letters, the whole
arm is engaged, lending energy and grace. The act of writing
becomes pleasurable. Spelling is facilitated through
the fluidity, and the writing is quicker.

DANCE, OR WHOLE BODY MOVEMENT, can happen when
mind and body need to move. It can be a time for a stretch.
At that moment, students discover what they want to write.

Dance can also become dialogue.
Just as dialogue informs intellectual activity,
DANCING DIALOGUE informs the body and the emotions.
When a student moves and I mirror that movement,
the mirroring says, "I understand, I accept." As we dance
and I slightly alter the movement, the student, in turn,
will mirror it back to me. A dialogue evolves. A troubling
emotion, communicated in movement, is transformed
by the shared dance into something new. A kind of
healing happens and writing can flow.

Whole Body Movement