The physiology of learning

Our physiology underpins our ability to process information and accomplish activities in daily life. This applies both to the child who stumbles over words on a page and the manager who hates writing reports. We all have physical patterns that affect our approach to life.

When we are in our comfort zone we experience a state of ease. We have the physical skills we need for enjoyment and success. Daily life, however, frequently pushes us beyond comfort and familiarity. Survival instincts may, for example, take over from clear thinking just as muscular tension can affect the way we behave.

Our ability to function effectively is linked to our awareness and the tools we have to manage stress responses. There are many simple techniques that we can use in order to release stress, increase emotional health, improve physical alignment and optimise day to day living.

Training within business settings is designed to help participants recognise their own gifts and challenges as well as those of others. It provides an opportunity to explore any difficulty posed by activities such as starting a project or speaking in front of a group. The emphasis is on opening up options.

Training for educators gives participants the chance to focus on themselves and on those they teach, support or care for as they explore the innate intelligence of the body.

Movement is particularly important in the first year of life. When a baby is given the opportunity to explore through movement he or she gradually builds up mobility and strength through early activities such as looking, turning and reaching. The incremental stages of development are all important. If any particular stage is missed out then learning, behaviour and emotional issues may emerge later.

Training like this is best delivered in small groups, is always designed to meet a specific brief and can be short sessions or full days.