Underwire Bra Delays Brain Gym Training

I was sure I had it all wired for my first Brain Gym workshop in a prison. I was hired to introduce Brain Gym to 15 teachers who work with prisoners ranging in age from 18 to 30. My contact person, a supervisor, informed me about what I could or could not bring. My training cart full of resources was out. A glass water bottle was out. Bringing in my own lunch was out. I could eat in the cafeteria. I could bring in my handouts, books and two cd’s.

I was prepared, but when I went through the security frame just as I have in airports, I didn’t get clearance. I went through several times more. Nope. Something metal was setting it off. No, I was not wearing a belt. What I was wearing was underwire. Yes, underwire in my bra! The supervisor never mentioned that.

No clearance. No entrance. So now a new venue had to be found. Class was to start at 9:00 A.M. It took 45 minutes to find a new training site. The board room was large enough for all of us. After we all introduced ourselves, a new tangle developed. I clarified when breaks and lunch would occur and that we would be ending at 3:00 P.M. These times I had received from the director of their educational programs. Well, half the group was from another correctional prison and had been told by their supervisor that the workshop would be over by 1:00 P.M. I could feel an insurrection rising. I asked to have my supervisory contact sort out the confusion. She came out of the prison, into the boardroom and clarified. They listened, but that second group was not happy.

The supervisor left. It was now 10:15 A.M.  I had yet to start the class. I had to chill out these teachers and myself. I began teaching the group PACE. PACE consists of four physical movements which helps every individual find his/her optimal rhythm, timing and flow for learning. Those four movements are a part of 26 movements which are the foundation of Brain Gym. When we did the movements, I could feel the tension in the room begin to evaporate.

As the day progressed, I taught the teachers more of the movements and their applications. Teachers began to see possibilities with specific students. The range of teaching experience in my workshop spanned 35 years to first year teachers. The veteran teachers had never heard of Brain Gym. I was glad they had new strategies to add to their teaching experiences. Several teachers were in their first year of teaching. I was glad they had new strategies as well. They all benefited, particularly their students.

We ended at 3:00 P.M. I received applause. It was another good Brain Gym day.


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