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What is LEAP ®? – Learning Enhancement Acupressure Program

brain importantThank you for taking the time to read this information, if you are like many people you may have heard of LEAP® but really have no idea are still wondering ‘what is leap?’ and ‘how it could benefit me?’.

You may have heard that it is a technique that helps kids with learning difficulties or conditions such as ADD, Autism, and Asperger’s or you may have even heard it works on something called brain integration.

Hmpff, that still doesn’t give you a big picture, does it?

Well, if you would allow me a few minutes of your time, I will try and explain in as simple terminology as possible. If you are like me, the last thing you feel like doing on a webpage is ploughing through technical jargon – you just want your question answered and to find out how LEAP® can benefit you or your loved ones.

Here we go…

What is LEAP ®?

LEAP® (Learning Enhancement Acupressure Program) is a kinesiology modality that works specifically with the brain using precisely formatted acupressure points. This format (or collection) of points work together in ‘layers’ and create a highly potent and very effective remedial tool.

This is where kinesiology comes in, we add multiple layers of these acupressure points together into one group to complete the balance – and it’s all completely painless (no needles, I promise!)

How does LEAP ®work?

brain-powerThese ‘formats’ are energetically linked to the neurology of the brain to try and assist where there may be a breakdown in communication between the hemispheres of the brain.

Basically, while the brain appears to be two halves (thus the left/right brain theory), it is in fact a single ‘whole unit’ with a series of fibres running all over the place.

The main fibres running from one hemisphere to the other are called the ‘Corpus Callosum’, while the fibres running from the front to the back of the brain are called the ‘association’ (for the long ones) and the ‘arcuate’ (for the short ones), then finally there are fibres that spread from the bottom up and throughout the brain, which are called ‘projection’. Broadly speaking, the association, arcuate and projection fibres are mirrored on the left and right hemispheres.

The best way to think of these fibres is kind of like internet cables; most of the time the information you need is there when you tap on your keyboard – but when your ISP (Internet Provider) puts a cap on your internet, the information you receive is slow and sometimes it doesn’t get through at all. In this respect, LEAP® is a technique that helps ‘uncap’ those connections, restoring the flow of information to its optimum capacity.

It has been discovered that a lot of learning difficulties and issues such as Asperger’s, Autism, ADD and so on can be caused by information in the brain not being able to be transported along these fibres (brain ‘internet cables’) and what occurs is known as a loss of brain integration.

Please don’t think I am trying to over-simplify the causes or effects behind these debilitating afflictions, as there can be many other contributing factors and considerations involved that are unique to each child’s development, and nothing this complex can ever be truly summarised by a Telstra® analogy, but hopefully it helps explain the basic a little bit. 🙂

Loss of brain integration: scale and effect

parts of the brainThink of your own life; when you attempt to do something new or different but you can’t quite seem to grasp it – you may get a bit ticked with it, either giving up, deciding it wasn’t that important after all, or continuing to persevere with it until you finally succeed. This, in some form, is an example of a loss of brain integration. It’s like when you look at an object, and you know what it is, but the moment you open your mouth the word escapes you – loss of brain integration.

A truly integrated brain is capable of just about anything but most of us (either due to our upbringing, environmental issues, diet, etc.) have never fully experienced, and probably never will, a fully integrated brain.

Another common situation is where a child, often as a result of experiencing some kind of learning difficulty, starts acting out and misbehaving. If left unchecked, this loss of brain integration can quickly spiral into a destructive cycle with much wider ramifications.

  • First, there is the initial loss of brain integration (the initial cause).
  • Then, there is ‘punishment’ (or lack of reward) for not being able to do the ‘the thing’ that was expected of them.
  • Like you would expect, at this point the child then tries harder to get it right (like you would hope), but often gets frustrated by the situation, because they simply can’t do what is expected of them, and this is where the problem can occur.
  • While well meaning, this in turn can cause them to become anxious as their sense of identity is being undermined – causing the child to go into self-preservation mode – what we often see as poor behaviour.
  • From here, the poor behaviour makes it more difficult for them to learn (or to succeed next time), and the cycle continues, escalating each time as it goes.
  • This ‘lack of success’ can plague a person throughout their entire life; either by preventing them from facing life’s adversities and perceived failures, or from even attempting the challenges to begin with – their subconscious hardwired to ‘expect’ failure.

brain exam

As you would probably know from personal experience, that feeling of anxiety or distress when you simply can’t remember where you left the keys and you are running late and people are hurrying you and the harder you try and find the keys the more they elude you – aghhhh! But for most of us, we find the keys, we settle down, get on with it, and move on.

Imagine how frustrating it would be if you never found the keys, and you were continually taunted to hurry up, ‘find them!‘, ‘you can do it if you try!‘, and so on – knowing full well it doesn’t matter how hard you look, you will never find those keys because you simply didn’t know where they were in the first place.

This is often what it is like for a child with learning issues or within the Autism Spectrum – they are expected to conform and behave in a manner that society has deemed acceptable.

Unfortunately, if they don’t understand the rules (as they simply can’t process or access them), then they are not (in their opinion) doing anything wrong; that’s why they act out – they are defending their own honour (… but the psychology behind that is a whole other topic).

In Short…

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LEAP® is a program that is designed to locate these integration issues and restore function to the best of the brain’s ability, and even a person with physical brain damage can still benefit from this process, as there can still be restoration of the functionality that remains.

We believe that the Learning Enhancement Acupressure Program can help you manage and often overcome a wide range of limitations, physiological barriers, and learning difficulties that you or your child may be experiencing and we want to help you and your loved ones achieve full potential.

To find out more about LEAP® or to book your introductory session at our Sunshine Coast Kinesiology Clinic, please contact our office on (07) 5313 7750 or contact us online.

– Life is Learning –

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