Vibrant Health Initiative in schools has been rigorously designed to embed a new attitude of mindfulness and healthy living, starting from education in the classroom.
Vibrant Health Method:
Vibrant Health Education essentially aims to introduce preventative medicine and create an empowering experience for all pupils, by teaching simple methods to facilitate self-regulatory mechanisms, otherwise known as ‘homeostasis’. By learning how to ‘self-regulate’ homeostatic mechanisms, one optimises health and vitality to prevent many diseases from developing in the first place.
The curriculum covers all key aspects of integrated preventative medicine which is based on teaching young students the medical art of applied bioregulation. It has been carefully constructed by medical doctors with over 20 years professional medical experience in the field. The curriculum is based on Integrative Applied Medicine devised to teach children from a young age the medical art of self-applied bioregulation.
Preventative Do It Yourself(DIY) health strategies are crucial information for children during prime-time phases of physiological, emotional and psychological development.
Knowledge that needs to enter school national curricula for example, includes some of the following; the importance of hydration, good eating habits and strategies for improving nutritional awareness; the importance of adopting a graceful posture; mindfulness; regular detoxification measures and learning how to protect oneself from environmental pollution. Vibrant Health Education would like to focus an educational trend towards strengthening personal development and empowerment of psychological integrity of all students. Teaching pupils the quality of emotional self-management, how to strengthen their cognitive skills, and learning how to learn should be fundamental skills for all pupils to be equipped with, no matter the economic background or status.
Example of lesson workshop for children ages 12-13: Breathing and Health
-Begin by introducing Alexander Technique with a focus on encouraging mindfulness in movement and breathing leading onto vocal tones and voice production.
-The ideal setting for the session should be in a school gym or a hall with seats for the children and further space for gym mats for lying on the floor, plus a supply of books or cushions to support the heads when lying down in a semi-supine position, to align the back and spine. This is to primarily include a mixture of the Alexander Technique with a focus on encouraging mindfulness in movement and breathing, leading onto vocal tones and voice production.
-Engage the children in laughter, as this is important to point out the importance of the diaphragm muscle. Explain and show diagram how the diaphragm assists in the role of breathing.
-Children are induced and praised for their laughter, it is a good exercise in preparing to use our voices as it releases tension in the diaphragm. The diaphragm assists the role of breathing and is located at the base of the lungs. Explain that laughter is a very important function in relaxing the diaphragm muscle, making it more flexible, this maximises the exchange of oxygen.
-More oxygen means more brain cells are nourished. Therefore, the full extent of lungs are utilised to effect an increase in overall energy levels, health and performance.
-Indicate to students the ‘soft palate’ located along the roof and back of the mouth, and explain that this area gets bigger when we laugh and smile, again increasing the surface area available for oxygen intake. An example can be given with reference to opera singers, and students can give testimony to the difference in sound they produce when making a cry or sound of lament, while both smiling and not smiling.
-Re-enforce the importance of the semi-supine posture in the Alexander Technique, and connect with the importance and function of correct breathing. While lying down, in a position that assists a relaxed position in the necks, requesting a mindful approach in shutting the eyes and observation to the rise and fall of breath, leading to longer out breaths. A new full breath can only be taken once all the air is expelled from our lungs.
-It is only in states of stress, unhappiness, nervousness or tension that breathing becomes constricted, and the natural swing of the ribs at the bottom of the rib cage is held in a tense state. If our breathing is corrected, the release affects our vocal tone and ease of breath.
~ “Mind is a metabolic enhancer depending on how you use it” ~