Brain Dance

What is the BrainDance?

Listen and follow along to a 40 minute BrainDance Meditation Practice

The BrainDance is comprised of developmental movement patterns that healthy human beings naturally move through in the first year of life. As babies, we did these movements on our tummies, sides, and back on the floor. However, cycling through these patterns at any age, daily or weekly while sitting or standing, has been found to be beneficial in reorganizing our central nervous system. Repeating these patterns over time may help us fill in any missing gaps in our neurological system due to birth trauma, illness, environment, head injury or not enough floor time as a baby.

We do this work in the way that works best for the individual: standing, sitting in chairs, sitting or lying on the floor, in a swimming pool, and with props.

The BrainDance was developed by dance educator Anne Green Gilbert at the Creative Dance Center in Seattle, WA. For more information, see

Additional diagrams for BrainDance

Effects of the BrainDance

Most of us have heard about the great benefits we receive from exercise, not just on body function, but also on brain function. BrainDance  feeds the brain – increases oxygen & blood flow to the brain; it re-patterns neurological system / reboots the computer; it develops body connectivity and alignment; it creates deeper understanding of our bodies and it aids in healing our mind, body, emotional and spiritual selves

Enhanced balance, connectivity, and alignment:  The BrainDance reviews for us the early baby patterns that lay down structure in the neuromuscular system, influence brain development, and help us cope with the world in an embodied way. These patterns, done in an orderly progression, help us remember the parts of our visceral and muscular system that support our body structure. Each pattern underlies and supports the next pattern. When done in succession, they bring a wholeness, aliveness, and connectivity to our use of the body, which reflects an integration of body and mind. By separating the eight patterns we become more aware of each pattern. This allows us to focus on a particular pattern to ease blocked body/mind areas. The developmental patterns are the foundation for all movement. Patterns establish internal and external gradated rotation in proximal joints, laying foundation for correct and clear alignment in the upper and lower body and correct use of scapula and arms and rotation in the hip socket. Awareness of body mechanics and inner connectivity develops physical balance, and coordination needed for moving through our lives.

Benefits of Brain Dance

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