A Healthy Child's Nervous System
I have to say...as a parent I am totally biased. My oldest child is a very talented artist. Her imagination and creativity are a full expression of her innate intelligence. I am always in AWE of her ability to visualize and create with paint, pen, pencil, clay, whatever.
Since preschool, her artistic journey has been fostered by her Waldorf education. In Waldorf early childhood education, there is great emphasis on development in the art they create. It offers a vibrant picture of where a child is, and headed, developmentally.
Around the age of 4, her teacher began to notice something interesting in her art. When she drew full bodies, you could see a distinct break in the torso. The legs didn't attach to the trunk of the body. All the elements of a fully formed being was on the page but disconnected in the waist.
Catching this detail offered insight into something that was happening in her body and neurological feedback. The outer artwork was a lens into her developing nervous system... As her Soul is incarnating into her body, she was lacking an anchor, connection, from her ethereal body into this physical realm. (That is my story that I made up around it and the story doesn't really matter.) Her nervous system needed some help to integrate and update.
That same day I took her in for her ELAN entrainment. She laid face down, relaxed and you could see the breath move clearly through her body. With a series of gentle contacts on her spine, you could witness her patterns change in real time. At the end of her entrainment, she popped off the table and asked for a piece of paper and a pencil. She then proceeded to draw a fully formed, fully connected body. All of the details were there, all seamlessly connected, into a whole human form.
It was such a testament for her development. It was such a powerful experience for me to watch real time change happen neurologically and expressed outwardly.
So, why does a growing child need nervous system care?
A child's nervous system is the first thing that is formed in the womb. It begins to regulate to its maternal environment as it develops. The fetus is growing, changing and evolving in a chemical soup from the mother via her stresses- physical & emotional, toxic load, thoughts and personal life experiences. The nervous system is shaped by experience, even in utero.
Research shows that maternal stress, or ease, can have lasting effects on the developing fetus that can influence neurobehavioral development. Kids pattern their parents. It's all they know and the coregulation of stress, or ease, will pass into their neurobehavioral experience of life. They will naturally seek what they have regulated to.