Laterality, Posture and Sensory Processing
The research on side dominance, or laterality, is rapidly advancing treatment practices in mental health as well as physical/occupational therapy— and The Reembody Method® is leading the charge. In this 10-hour workshop, join Reembody Method® founder Kevin Moore as he shows how the biomechanics of laterality can improve proprioceptive processing and movement health for adolescent and adult clients living with sensory processing disorder.
This workshop is presented in cooperation with the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder.
Every central nervous system is hemispherically distinct. It’s a beautiful design; two competing views on a situation will always be more adaptive—and, ultimately, more successful—than a singlular one.
Vertebrates divide the unique perspectives of the hemispheres in two discrete and complimentary ways:
We have a left and a right hemisphere, and we have a dominant and a non-dominant hemisphere.
The interplay between these dichotomies is the foundation upon which we are built.
This workshop introduces the rules that guide the mutual inhibition of these polarized actors. Participants will explore the mapping and navigation of physical space, emotional regulation, social behavior and, most critically, threat assessment.
Laterality and Environmental Forces
Laterality is a powerful adaptation that allows vertebrates to safely harness external forces like gravity, friction, and air pressure. The divisions in the brain are easily spotted in how we organize our movements!
Dominant vs. Non-Dominant
The terms we use to discuss laterality have been slippery for as long as the topic has been around. We’ll explore a novel model for understanding and assessing the roles of the dominant and non-dominant hemispheres of the brain—and sides of the body.
Hyperspecialization: A Predictable Byproduct of Threat
Long-term safety relies on the ability to move between rigid and adaptive states as the environment’s demands fluctuate. The loss of mobility between these states has predictable consequences.
Left vs. Right: What the Science Says (and What it Doesn’t)
There are universal differences between our left and right hemispheres, but it’s more nuanced than the “analytical vs. creative” narrative that has become part of our conventional wisdom.
Emotions are Physiological Experiences
The CNS acts as a relay for the emotional experiences of the peripheral nervous system, translating those experiences into imperatives. The lateralization of brain and body is an important cornerstone of that mechanism.
Designing Learning and Healing Spaces
Time to play! Let’s brainstorm how to create the most effective possible spaces for our patients, clients and selves.