Brain Tool #13: Rock the Beat

Play Daily With These Steps to Boost Your Brain:

1. From a standing or seated position, initiate a deep abdominal breath
2. Using the audio clip provided, tip from side to side with the beat,  allowing the head to follow the body. Come to a stationary position and breath. Next, tip forward and back, allowing the head to follow the body. Come to a stationary position and breath Tipping to the Beat
3. Using the audio clip provided (either seated or standing),  bounce in place to the beat Bouncing to the Beat
4. Using the audio clip provided (and in a standing position) circle the hips to the right/left to the beat. Next, circle the knees to the right/left to the beat. Finally, bounce the knees to the beat Hips and Knees Rotate and Bounce to the Beat
5. Using the audio clip provided, lie on the floor with legs extended and heels touching floor. Rock the heels back and forth to the beat. Next, bring the knees to the chest, hugging the knees while rocking from side to side Rocking the Heels to the Beat

Note: If you become a little dizzy, stop immediately. This is a sign of vestibular immaturity. Regain equilibrium by remaining still, feet firmly planted, eyes focused on a point in front of you until no longer dizzy.

6. Rest and return to a stationary position while initiating a deep abdominal breath

Rock the Beat Variations to Develop Flexible Thinking:

1. Tip, turn, sway, rock or roll to this rhythmic pattern Rhythm Pattern
2. Create a new movement combination using any of the patterns in this Brain Tool
3. Bounce on a Pilates ball while drumming on a table top, waste basket, pot or pan!
4. Move and vocalize (see Brain Tool #12) to any of the audio clips
5. Move while “keeping the beat” on your body (tapping your chest, clapping your hands, or patting your thighs)

What’s Unique About This Brain Tool:

1. *Vestibular movement is the “multi-vitamin” of all movements because it affects all parts of your brain/nervous system and has the greatest impact on day to day functioning!
2. Listening to a steady beat during vestibular movement, synchronizes movement more effectively
3. Vestibular movement with a steady beat “grounds” the body while supporting *proprioceptive awareness
4. A steady beat during vestibular movement strengthens and supports self-regulation

*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

*Proprioception is the brain-body connection that communicates the movement and position of our body/body parts in relation to our immediate environment