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One Minute Relaxers

Snake Break!

Here’s a quick break for all of the kiddos you know that could use a pause and some sensory input to help them balance and calm their minds and bodies.  To introduce this break or for practice, I ask the … Continue reading

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Wheels of….RELAXATION!

This morning in our small group yoga time at school, we practiced relaxation skills using a spinner visual aid.  This visual aid helped students to stay focused on what we were learning and was a great tool to bring attention … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Touch…

I have been enjoying sharing this book with the children I work with.  Once Upon a Touch by Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper is a wonderful book to introduce the relaxing power of massage and to teach various massage techniques … Continue reading

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Big Bear Hug

Give your child a relaxation and self-calming tool to feel deeply loved and secure in a moment’s notice.  The Big Bear Hug is just that, a BIG bear hug….for yourself.  Next time when your child’s energy is erratic and he … Continue reading

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Row The Boat To Release Tension

I have been practicing Qigong!  According to the National Qigong Association (nqa.org), “qigong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention.” The other day while I was finishing my morning routine, it … Continue reading

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Bathtime Relaxation

I think bath time is THE perfect place to practice relaxation.  When my daughters were little, I would bring in the bubbles, turn down the lights, create a bouquet of flowers from the garden, play some soft music and diffuse … Continue reading

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Love–The Greatest Relaxation Tool!

Feeling loved, feeling seen, feeling heard, and feeling cared are balms for the brain!   Brain science is reporting that the Prefrontal Cortex, the part of the brain responsible for higher order thinking and problem solving, is at its maximum … Continue reading

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Anchors Away! Energy Transformation For Kids

When energy is scattered, out of control, and “all over the place,”  it is very hard for kids to calm down.  Here are some grounding techniques that can help you and your child re-center, re-focus, and calm the body for … Continue reading

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Relaxing and Regulating From The Inside Out!

I recently went to see the recent Pixar movie, Inside Out, with my family.  We really enjoyed it.  While some of the science featured has been controversial, I took away key messages that inspired the creation of these relaxation and … Continue reading

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Clouds! The Ultimate Inspiration For Relaxation

During the summer months, I love to walk barefoot in the grass, smell wild flowers, and lie on the ground looking up at the fluffy clouds passing by.  As a kid I would love to find animals, mythical creatures, and … Continue reading

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