In May 2016, the Brain Injury Society of Toronto (BIST) organized Brain Fitness training workshops led by Paul Hyman: A movement-based multi-sensory brain stimulation program. Among the many exercises and strategies we learned, one stood out to me, because I had discovered its benefits by chance in my teenage years. The technique is called branching, also known as over-energy correction. It is the easiest and fastest way to relax and reduce stress. It can also help improve coordination, balance, clarity, and focus. It works by correcting neurological disorganization or switching.
Switching (neurological disorganization)
Switching occurs when the central nervous system (CNS) exhibits an imbalance in polarity and disorganized electrical signals between the left and right sides of the brain, the front and back of the brain, and the upper and lower body. (1) Switching can contribute to learning disabilities such as dyslexia, mental confusion, physical discoordination, and persistent lameness after healed wounds etc. you know you should, or you are feeling anxious and out of control, it is possible that the signaling within your CNS has reversed. (2) The splicing technique, also known as energy over-correction, can help. It's quick, easy, and doable anywhere. It is also effective in helping children calm down.
Connection or over-energy correction method
Note: see below for variations.
- Sit comfortably. You can stretch your legs out in front of you, if you prefer. Cross your left ankle over your right ankle.
- Extend your arms out in front of you, the backs of your hands touching each other and your thumbs pointing down.
- Raise your right hand and cross it over your left hand so that your palms are now touching.
- Join your hands and intertwine your fingers.
- Bend your elbows and tuck your folded hands under and upward until your hands are resting comfortably against your upper chest.
- Hold this position, place your tongue on the roof of your mouth, and breathe slowly and deeply for 1 to 2 minutes. Close your eyes if you wish.
- Then untangle your arms and legs. Repeat the steps alternating the direction so that your right ankle crosses your left ankle and your left hand crosses your right hand.
- When finished, write down how you feel, then move on to Part 2 of the exercise.
Variations of part 1:
- The connection can be made while lying down or standing.
- If you are unable to tuck your locked hands under and across your chest, you can just rest your locked hands on your lap.
- If you are unable to lock your hands, you can instead cross your arms and place the palms of your hands on your chest below your shoulders.
- Uncross your legs. Hold your hands in front of your chest with your palms facing each other, but not touching each other. Touch the fingertips of your left hand to the fingertips of your right hand and form a steeple or pyramid.
- Breathe slowly for a minute. Then notice how you feel. You should feel relaxed and centered.
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