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Resources

 

Crosscrawl:

  • Activate the right, reflex brain (gestalt brain) by looking diagonally upwards to the left with the eyes while doing the cross crawl 10x March slowly in place for ten repetitions (contralateral movement - moving the opposite arm and leg) making sure that the knees bend well, the shoulders swing freely, the elbows are bent and keeping the head straight. Going slowly is better than rushing the movements.

  • Next, activate the left, logic brain (try-brain) by looking diagonally downwards to the right while doing the homolateral crawl (moving the same arm and leg together) 10x, keeping the head straight.

  • Now cross crawl with eyes in all directions (as if watching the ticking hands of a clock) until it feels comfortable.  This avoids anchoring cross crawl to only one eye position. From now on the normal walking motion will be an integrating one.

  • Hold your hands out to the side, palms forward. Now bring them slowly towards the midline so that the fingers and thumb interlock. As you do this, observe both hands at once so that both the ‘reflex’ and ‘logic’ brains are activated. While doing this, imagine that your hands represent the two hemispheres coming together and integrating in the midline. This anchoring metaphor is a symbol for integration.

Switching On:

  • Hold the navel with one hand. Rub under the inner end of the collar bones with the other hand for a count of 10. Change hands and repeat again for a count of 10. Look left and right while keeping the head straight.

  • Hold the navel with one hand. Rub the top and bottom lips with the other hand for a count of 10. Change hands and repeat again for a count of 10. Look up and down while keeping the head straight.

  • Hold the navel with one hand. Rub the sacrum with the other hand for a count of 10. Change hands and repeat again for a count of 10. Look far and near while keeping the head straight.

Frontal/Occipital Holding:

  • Frontal/Occipital holding describes the act of placing one hand on the occipital (back of the skull) region and the other over the forehead. This enables the client to link the back-brain memory blocks (the past) to the front brain creativity thinking area (present), gaining a new perspective on an old problem.

  • F/O holding is used whenever significant defusion, especially with its roots in multiple past memories, is needed or when a lifetime of repeating factors needs to be cleared.