Play Daily with These Steps to Boost Your Brain:
1. From a standing, seated or supine position initiate a deep abdominal breath
2. Now, gently move “off” balance by either tipping, turning, rocking, swaying, bouncing, or rolling (on the floor from side to side)
3. As you continue to move, initiate any of these vocal sounds, either alone or in combination:
“Mmm”, “Yeee”, “Ning”, ” Weee”, “Zzzz”, “Rrrr” (like an engine revving-up!) or “Woooh”
4. The duration, rhythm, and quality of the sound should mirror the duration, rhythm, and quality of your movement
Remember: If you become a bit dizzy, stop immediately! This is the sign of vestibular immaturity. Regain your equilibrium by returning to a stationary position, feet firmly planted, eyes focused on a point away from you (breathing deeply) until you are no longer dizzy.
5. Rest and return to a stationary position while initiating a deep abdominal breath. If you moved right or left the first time, repeat the movement in the opposite direction
Sing Rock n’ Roll Variations to Develop Flexible Thinking:
1. Play with different movement combos in different positions (i.e. if seated the first time, try on the floor) with different vocals (or create your OWN!)
2. Combine the Vocal Siren (http://musicmovesthebrain.com/brain-tool-10-vocal-siren/) with your *vestibular movement
3. Visualize the physical and the vocal movement interacting with one another, like two playmates in a sandbox!
4. Floor Spin Variation: On a smooth, non-carpeted surface, sit on the floor with knees toward chest. Push off with your palms as you spin on your bottom while vocalizing on a long “Weeee”! (A GREAT stress reducer!) Spin both right and left, taking time to rest and breath in between
What’s Unique About This Brain Tool:
1. Vocalization is the most powerful sonic movement you can engage in, as the voice sits atop the spinal column providing a rich “internal massage” to the entire Central Nervous System
2. Vocalization during vestibular movement provides richer support to the vestibular system compared to movement alone. This can be particularly helpful for self-regulation for both children and adults
3. The recommended vocal sounds contain particularly high “overtones” – good for “charging” the cortex and recharging physical energy while reducing stress
4. Vocalizing during vestibular movement mimics the natural “brain-healthy” play of childhood — a natural state of freedom, relaxation and creative innovation
5. The playful nature of the Brain Tool reduces stress while strengthening the immune system
*The vestibular refers to the system which is responsible for perceiving the position and movement of the head in relation to gravity, and for maintaining vertical posture and balance.