“Educational Kinesiology” – Switch the brain back on

“Educational Kinesiology” –
Switch the brain back on with lazy eights


Everyone can do with a little help to make the brain work better. Regardless of age, job or position in the world everyone wants to use their brain as efficiently as they can. If they two sides of the brain are not communicating as well as they might, this can adversely affect everything we do. But have you tried ‘lazy eights’ technique?

We are inviting you to try a simple exercise to switch the brain back on and get it working in an integrated way again. Drawing ‘lazy eights’ will help integrate the two sides of the brain. head-1230669_1280

This activity is especially useful and beneficial for children with Dyslexia, ADD, Dyspraxia, Developmental Delay or a Sensory Processing disorders. The “Lazy Eight” are designed to relax the eyes and develop coordination between the left and right sides of the brain and body while preparing to write.

You are basically writing the number 8 on it’s side. That’s why it’s lazy.


Start with a large sheet of white paper (A3 would be best) or a white board in a landscape position.

Place it in front of you so that the middle of your page is parallel to the middle of your body, your belly button.(You want to be crossing over your belly button to get to to the left and right of your page as you draw). Then ask them to write something like:

” This paper is white and the writing is black” (Believe what you are writing have a black pen!) For better results use a neutral statement that is true for anyone.

14724379_10154024087979786_1860937327418164518_nThe aim is to keep your hand steady and let your eyes follow what you are doing. Start with your pen in the middle of your page.

14666074_10154024087939786_6330315870659900321_n Move your marker  down, up and around to make a “c” like shape.Now keep tracing around your shape, without taking your marker from the page.

14695319_10154024087964786_2583158166360819530_nContinue until there is a dozen swirls (20 secs) of the ”lazy eight” exercise.

Have them write the same statement  again. There is almost always a change for the better in writing.

If you are doing it with your child you can always draw a Lazy 8 for your child to trace over if they find it difficult. Just make sure that they start at your start point and continue in the correct direction.

You will see Lazy 8’s have lots of benefits for your child. It is a very useful to do this activity before starting homework. It calms, and focuses the mind. how to perform written tasks by training their bodies and eyes using large movements so that they will eventually be able to do the same using smaller movements on paper.

This exercise can help children, adults and seniors to improve:

  • Concentration and Focus
  • Memory
  • Academics: reading, writing, math, test taking



  • Physical coordination
  •  Relationships
  •  Self-responsibility
  • Organization skills
  • Attitude

This simple exercise, can and will help all who do it regularly to write and think better.

Check out our video demonstration and if you try this we would love to hear about it in the comments below.


Health Show Episode 4

KinesiologyZone Health Show

In this week’s episode, I talk to Simone Mitjans about life, health, and business.

Siobhan Guthrie interviews Simone about running her own business, the Human Design concept (helping you understand your best strategies), and managing your energy.

We cover Time Off, understanding your life force energy, working with clients, working on your business, and for sustainable success.

You can connect with Simone over at http://www.idealclientmarketing.com

Free From Show – Dublin – FREE TICKETS

Free From Show

Here is your invitation to come to the “Free From Ireland Intolerances, Allergies and Wellness” Expo in the iconic GAA grounds of Croke Park this weekend – 15-16 October.

Doors open 10am till 5pm Saturday, and 11am to 5pm Sunday.  We will have a stand there – look out for KinesiologyZone at stand 46 – and be sure to stop by.  If you’re coming on Saturday, I will be giving a talk in the main hall at 4pm, entitled “Overcoming sensitivity to foods with a natural, integrated approach”.


Tell your friends and family, and if you are coming along stop by and see us at our stand. We will be offering demos, free treatments and enter in our fantastic draw to win a prize.

Fill in the form below and get your Free tickets

The value of this leaflet is €10. Children Under 12 Go Free

No Bake Healthy Snack Bars

Caroline McGrath

These are a staple in my house. They are full of protein, essential fats and low in sugar, and will keep you going. I like them for breakfast or if I need a quick bite between meals. They are a perfect gluten and dairy free snack tobring along when you are on the move. img_5689

They are so versatile you can put your own spin on them by adding whatever nuts, seeds or dried fruit you like. I have made these with dark choc chips which is a great way to get my son to eat them. 😉 I’ve also made them without any fruit or chocolate chips, but instead with raw cacao powder added to the liquid blend for an extra hit of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. As raw cacao is bitter, use it to taste by balancing it with the sweetener, preferably rice malt syrup as it is fructose free.

For those with nut allergy and schools that have a no nut policy, just use any blend of seeds instead of nuts and tahini paste instead of nut butter.  You can also crumble this into a bowl and add milk for a gluten free granola cereal.


3 cups of mixed nuts and seeds, or just seeds if no nuts. (I use a mix of almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, flaxseed/linseed, all whole not ground!)

1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut

1 cup of raisins/sultanas/dried cranberries; or one cup of dairy free/dark choc chips

¼ cup coconut oil

½ cup of almond/cashew nut butter; Or ½ cup tahini – sesame seed paste (nut free)snack-bar-2

1/3 cup of Rice malt syrup (fructose free)/maple syrup/raw honey

¼ tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp of pink Himalayan salt

1 or 2 teaspoons of cinnamon powder to taste. (I used ginger by accident once, and they tasted quite festive, perfect for Christmas!)


Mix your 3 cups of nuts and or seeds in a bowl to combine. Scoop out one cupful and blend on high until it mostly forms a powder or flour, leaving in a few chunky bits.horizontal-477491_1920

Scoop out another cupful onto a chopping board and chop these for a mix of textures. Add all back to the bowl and stir.Add the coconut flakes, and the dried fruit and stir.

In a small saucepan on a low heat, gently melt the coconut oil, nut butter or tahini and sweetener together stirring to blend. Add vanilla extract, the pinch of salt and cinnamon powder to taste.

If using raw cacao, only stir it in a spoonful at a time and taste to see if you need more sweetener. Allow the liquid mix to cool before adding it into the dry mix.   Stir the lot to combine.

If using the choc chips version, add these last. Once all is combined, pour into a glass dish, and press it all down with the back of a spoon, until it looks solid and even. Put the lid/cover on and allow it to set in the fridge for about a couple of hours before cutting into bars


Hope you enjoy, let us know in the comments below and feel free to share the recipe with family and friends.

Health Show Episode #3 about breastfeeding

The Health Show - National Breastfeeding Week with Gemma McGowan

In this week’s Episode, we talk to Gemma McGowan, Systematic Kinesiology Practitioner, and busy mum!

Since it’s National Breastfeeding Week here in Ireland, who better to talk to than our own Gemma McGowan. On this Episode:

  • Gemma shares with us her passion for breastfeeding her children,
  • Her commitment even when it gets difficult to keep going,
  • Why breast is not “best” but is biologically normal,
  • How milk can change to suit the child’s needs,
  • the available support here in Ireland
  • and her upcoming masterclass where you can learn more

Interested in learning more – you’re invited to our Breastfeeding Masterclass taking place online on Wednesday 19th of October.  Click for more details.

Bad Teeth? Remedies that can help

By Sheila O’ Hanlon

Although you probably understand that poor dental care can lead to cavities, did you know that other, more serious health problems can also result from poor oral care? The truth is that if you don’t take proper care of your teeth, you could face far more serious consequences than a simple toothache or some unsightly stains.                          color-15644_1920

We are sharing with you her top tips for combating gum disease and gingivitis.

These home remedies are easy to use methods of maintaining pristine oral hygiene and avoiding the build up of plaque and bacteria at the gum line.

Symptoms of gum disease:

– Bleeding of the gums when you brush your teeth.

– Receding gum line caused by an exaggerated immune response to the build up of bacteria and plaque at the base of the tooth. This also causes the teeth to appear elongated or lengthened.

– Halitosis, bad breath                                                               zahnreinigung-1514693_1920

– Swollen red/puffy gums that can appear ulcerated and that feel inflamed and tight when touched with the persons own tongue. (Sensory nerves in the tongue muscle are so highly tuned with very accurate mapping capabilities and when you trace your tongue all around the inside of your mouth and gum line you send a magnified printout of the landscape to your brain. )That is why the slightest overhang on a filling may feel very obtrusive and extremely uncomfortable to touch with your tongue.

– Your tongue is also a detective! Ever had the dentist put his finger in your mouth?? Do you tell your tongue … don’t you dare go touch that finger I’ll be mortified!! And it goes straight to the finger and feels it up, much to your horror!

– The tongue is an amazing feat of bio engineering!
And it is the first contact between brain and mouth. What we ingest gets investigated by the tongue with its millions of different taste sensors being able to detect and discern even the most diluted flavours:

Sweet – What we perceive as sweetness is usually caused by sugar and its derivatives such as fructose or lactose. But other types of substances can also activate the sensory cells that respond to sweetness. These include, for example, some protein building blocks like amino acids, and also alcohols in fruit juices or alcoholic drinks.

Sour – It is mostly acidic solutions like lemon juice or organic acids that taste sour. This sensation is caused by hydrogen ions, chemical symbol: H+, split off by an acid dissolved in a watery solution.

Salty – Food containing table salt is mainly what we taste as salty. The chemical basis of this taste is salt crystal, which consists of sodium and chloride. Mineral salts like the salts of potassium or magnesium can also cause a sensation of saltiness.

Bitter – Bitter taste is brought about by many fundamentally different substances. In total there are about 35 different proteins in the sensory cells that respond to bitter substances. From an evolutionary standpoint, this can be explained by the many different bitter species of plants, some of which were poisonous. Recognizing which ones were indeed poisonous was a matter of survival.

Savory – The “umami” taste, which is somewhat similar to the taste of a meat broth, is usually caused by glutamic acid or aspartic acid. These two amino acids are part of many different proteins found in food, and also in some plants. Ripe tomatoes, meat and cheese all contain a lot of glutamic acid. Asparagus, for example, contains aspartic acid. Chinese cuisine uses glutamate, the glutamic acid salt, as flavor enhancers. This is done to make the savory taste of foods more intense.


These methods of preventing gum disease and reducing the risk of tooth loss are tried and tested and in cases can reverse gingivitis.

1. Oil Pulling works on swollen, red gums and even reversing gum disease. Oil pulling pulls toxins out of your mouth and gums. I won’t lie, it can be a very unpleasant sensation the first few tries! Using 100% organic oil is recommended as the purpose of oil pulling is to remove all toxic bacterial build up from the mouth, teeth and gums. Firstly you have to swish and pump the oil around inside your mouth with lips sealed. The longer you can circulate the oil before spitting the toxic oil in the binteeth-1652937_1920. Do not spit out in sink as this is so full of bacteria that it could cross contaminate with anything it touches. Daily oil pulling for up to 5-10 minutes is very effective.

2. Sage Leaf infusion– A remedy for gingivitis and gum disease that has been around since the middle ages. All you need to do is boil around 50 fresh organic sage leaves in some filtered water and then gargle the infusion several times a day as well as use it like a mouthwash. Be sure to spit not swallow.You can also make a sage tea and drink it throughout the day. Sage has huge amounts of antioxidants and it also contains it anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antimicrobial properties.

3. Garlic and Turmeric have fabtastic anti-inflammatory and anti bacterial qualities and if you make a garlic & turmeric paste to use like toothpaste, then rinse after it has been in your mouth for several minutes. You can literally feel the tingly squeaky clean surface of your teeth after this brushing. Incidentally it is recommended to store your toothbrush far away from toilet as particles splash when the toilet is flushed. Also get a new toothbrush when you notice it starts to fray.

4. Avoid fizzy sugary drinks as they break down tooth enamel and leave your teeth defenceless against oral bacteria. Drinking water keeps your mouth nice and clean and irrigated and aids all bodily functions and memory!

5. Mustard Oil – This combats bad dental hygiene. It destroys bacteria in the mouth and heals the gums very fast. It also has pain-reducing qualities along with being anti-microbial and anti-bacterial.

6. Aloe Vera straight from the plant because aloe vera is a great anti-inflammatory that is especially helpful if your gums are red and inflamed. Rub this into the gumline.

7. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Not only do fruits and vegetables with skins help clean the teeth, but the antioxidants in both fruits and vegetables also prevent plaque build up in the mouth.

Thanks for taking the time to read this!  dentist-158225_1280

Breathing for Power – Importance of breathing properly

Breathing is the first thing we do when we are born and the last thing we do before we die but how much importance do we give to breathing?  lungs-154282_1280

Unfortunately, most of us don’t think twice about our pattern of breathing, because it’s automatic and we all do it on average 20,000 times a day, but why breathing properly is so important?

The effects of inhalation and exhalation extend far beyond the physical exchange of air in and out of the body…they extend to the workings of the heart and lungs as well as to subtle molecular processes through which the body’s energy production is maintained.diving-455765_1920

We have all experienced changes in our breathing under varying circumstances such as fear, anger, sorrow and physical exertion…so each event affects the breath. If we intentionally or unconsciously alter our pattern of inhalation and exhalation, it will affect our physical and emotional state.

Becoming conscious of how you breathe, and then deliberately directing the flow of breath into your body is the single most powerful action you can take toward living a conscious life.

Hear Siobhan talk more about how like changing any habit, it takes effort to make the transition from shallow to full breathing but worth it in the end.