SENSORY INTEGRATION THERAPY FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN
Sensory Integration is defined as “the neurological process that organizes sensation from one’s own body and from the environment and makes it possible to use the body effectively within the environment.”
Sensory integration dysfunction is defined as “the inefficient Neurological processing of information received through the senses, causing problems with learning, development, and behavior.
Designed to restore the individual’s ability to integrate sensory information by enhancing each of these systems.”
Generalized improvements in nervous system functioning, reflected in a high-level cognitive activity such as work productivity, reading, and language.
The parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems are branches of our autonomic nervous system. This system regulates smooth muscle organ functions. The parasympathetic nervous system is for “rest and digest”, calming us down. The sympathetic nervous system is for “fight or flight” which excites us to take action.
Sometimes our brain may have an imbalance of the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system. It is common that the sympathetic nervous system may be over excited and the parasympathetic nervous system may be inhibited. In our society today we have many stresses that cause hyperactive sympathetic and insufficient restoration of the parasympathetic system.
Balancing out the autonomic system is important for our homeostasis. Regulating our body’s internal workings will in turn improve our personal satisfaction and lead to an increased sense of well-being and actually improve our health!
Children who get treatment will improve their own being as well as their caregivers from reduced stress to everyone involved
Adults who practice improved parasympathetic responses will also become better adults
Healthier individuals are able to provide more calming atmosphere for themselves and people around them.
Meditation is defined as a practice involving the mind and body that is used for increasing calmness and physical relaxation, improving psychological balance, coping with illness, and enhancing overall health and well-being. Four elements of medication include a quiet location, a focus of attention, a comfortable specific posture and an open attitude.
Meditation can help integrate sensory difficulties and enhance parasympathetic responses.
Different types of meditation work best for individuals with different likes and needs. It’s important to choose a topic of meditation that’s best suited for each individual.
See more information on the Meditation site www.CoreRadiance.me
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