Mental Alertness (alleviates mental fatigue)

EARTH BUTTONS

This movement helps with mental alertness (alleviates mental fatigue)

Both hands rest on the front lateral midline of the body, bringing the learner’s attention to this central point of reference/ necessary for making decisions regarding the positions of objects in space. When the learner can organise her visual field in terms of her own body, her eyes, hands, and whole body become better coordinated. The fingertips of one hand rest under the lower lip; the other fingertips rest at the upper edge of the pubic bone (about six inches below the navel). Experiencing this connection between the body’s upper and lower halves allows the learner to coordinate them for increased stability.

TEACHING TIPS

• The points may be held for thirty seconds or more (four to six complete breaths).

• The student should breathe slowly and deeply, experiencing the relaxation.

• Instead of contacting the pubic bone, some individuals may feel more comfortable placing the palm of the lower hand over the navel, fingertips on the midline, pointing toward the ground

VARIATIONS

• Change hands to activate both sides of the brain.

• “Zip up” the midline, without touching the body: inhale, imagining an energy fountain moving up the midline. Exhale, allowing the fountain to shower back to earth.

• Look down (for grounding) while you hold the buttons.

• Look straight down, then “walk” your vision up to a point in the distance (for near-to-far visual skills).

• Allow your eyes to track a vertical plane (e.g., ceiling to floor, at a corner).

• Rest one hand on the navel. With thumb and index finger of the other hand, lightly vibrate the points, above and below the lips, then stimulate the tailbone (a variation that combines Earth Buttons and Space Buttons).

ACTIVATE THE BRAIN FOR

• the ability to work in the midfield

• centering

• grounding (looking down to perform near-visual skills)

ACADEMIC SKILLS

• organisation skills (moving eyes vertically as well as horizontally without losing one’s place, as in reading columns for math or spelling)

• near-to-far visual skills (e.g., paper or book to chalkboard)

• keeping one’s place while reading

• reading without disorientation

RELATED SKILLS

• organisation and layout for art, bookkeeping, etc

BEHAVIORAL/POSTURAL CORRELATES

• mental alertness (alleviates mental fatigue)

• hips level (not torqued) and head level (not tilted)

• head up and back (not slouched)

• eyes open (alleviates a squinting or staring habit)

• grounding and whole-body coordination

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Fiona 085 1445494 (Dublin clinic)

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