Infinity walk

Infinity walk 1

(Developed by Dr. Deborah Sunbeck)

What is Infinity Walk?

It is a whole body/brain activity that profoundly impacts sensory, motor, perceptual, emotional, cognitive and social performance when done for 10 minutes daily.  You walk in the form of a lazy 8/figure 8;  this provides a model for a continuous flow of clockwise and counter clockwise movement of the body through space, requiring simultaneous rotation/counter rotation of the shoulder-girdle and pelvis.

Why is it important/why should a person do it?

Infinity Walk integrates the Neurological System (the left and right brain).

It develops communication between the Primitive brain (brainstem), Emotional brain (limbic system) and the Thinking brain (cortex).

By doing Infinity Walk the Beta, Alpha and Theta brain waves increase.  Beta waves are responsible for organized thoughts, verbal & written language, cognitive processes and productivity.  Alpha Waves are responsible for creativity/play, inner vision, all sensory memories and objective problem solving.  Theta waves are responsible for deep emotional feelings/passion, flashes of vision and insight.  

The benefits of Infinity Walk

  • Improves bilateral integration between the two sides of the body
  • Improves inner rhythm
  • Improves inner balance
  • Regulates the nervous system
  • Improves reading and spelling (sparks renewed attention of both hemispheres and primes the brain for higher cognitive skills)
  • Improves visual perceptual skills
  • Improves concentration
  • Energizes a person
  • Lowers stress levels
  • Regulates the nervous system
  • Corrects imbalances in bilateral muscles and movement thus improving mobility
  • Improves self-confidence
  • Exercises the body
  • Establishes proper movement
  • Reduces muscular pain
  • Leads to proper breathing, drainage of toxins and better health

How to do Infinity Walk

  • It must be done 5 times a week for 5 – 10 minutes
  • Place 2 objects that are lower than knee level (boxes, small chairs, pillows), 60cm for pre-schoolers or 90cm apart
  • Have a focus point (you sitting holding flash-cards with words/numbers/sums/shapes/colours) in a 90 degree angle with the objects
  • Start with your back to the focus point and start walking in a figure 8 around the objects, keeping your eyes constantly on the focus point;  thus rotating your neck and body from left to right and back again 
  • Walk at a comfortable pace, don’t run or fool around
  • Start walking to the sound of music or a parent clapping a rhythm
  • Initially start by showing a child how to walk without having to look at a focus point; first concentrate on the walking and rhythm

This is a video to help you understand how to do Infinity walk: www.infinitywalk.org/About-IW/Overvie

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