Friday, August 27, 2010

Holistic teaching: kinesiology, oxygenation and stress relief

If I teach you ways to stimulate your brain and relax your muscles then your overall performance at school may be enhanced. It's part of holistic teaching.

Some guiding ideas -

Teachers can design holistic teaching practices, says the Univ of Wisconsin, by creating lessons which incorporate learning experiences from all three domains: the cognitive (thinking), the affective (feeling), and the psychomotor or physical (kinesthetic, tactile, and/or physical).

Kinesiology, from the Greek words kinesis (movement) and kinein (to move), also known as human kinetics, is the science of human movement. It is a regulated health profession that focuses on physical activity.[1]

Oxygenation occurs when oxygen molecules (O2) enter the tissues of the body. For example, blood is oxygenated in the lungs, where oxygen molecules travel from the air and into the blood.

The body’s natural relaxation response is a powerful antidote to stress. Relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, visualization and progressive muscle relaxation can help you activate this relaxation response.