Throughout the day both children and adults move around a lot, get tired out and often need a way to get a nighttime way to unwind. Body scanning is a mediation practice created by the author in this outstanding book for everyone to learn how to decompress before bed. It is a meditation practice that gradually brings awareness to every part of your body and can help everyone release tension, deepen our breathing and notice pain that we might be holding back and need to release. Our bodies have many parts and within this book you the reader will low how this mindfulness be an invaluable way to help your body say goodnight. Get some friends in a group and bound and wiggle up and down. Curl up tight and then burst wide open and pretend you are a starfish. Now the best part, climb into your bed and pretend it is a tree house and now take a deep breath and here we go ! Your head is first and say hello to it and let it feel light like a cloud. Then your mind hopefully catching comforting thoughts by like bubble and negative ones go away. Every part of your body is addressed like your face, and how to smooth out the wrinkles and fluff out your cheeks and your eyes which are expressive, and your mouth is next. The pictures help children that are non readers understand what the book and the mindful exercises are and how they can copy the images on each page. Your head, face, eyes , shoulders and mouth need to get ready for bed and the pictures are so soothing and calming. The children are presented in many different colors and each one modeling the relaxation exercise for each part of the body. My favorite is what the author does with the heart and how important it is and the musical instruments that help create the thump deep inside of all of us. It includes how children with disabilities need these exercises adapted to suit their needs. The lungs are created and how they fill up with air and help us breath and thanking them for their kindness. The pictures of the children, animals and friends with the belly part of our body with a stuffed animal is priceless. Hips, legs, toes, feet and more each play an important role. Every one of our body parts is thanked, loved and helps children and adults unwind from a stressful or tiring day. Kids need to be able to feel calm, understand their emotional changes and be able to use these exercises to deal with their days, understand the good, and the not so good and finally the most important question: Hello body, would you like to get some sleep now? To find out the answer and see what the children decide to do, you must read it for yourself, and decide the answer. Pictures by Borghild Fallberg and written by Britney Winn Lee, this is a valuable resource for both adults and children to learn how to unwind, relate to their mindful exercises and helping children to connect with their bodies in a positive and fun way and Finding Calm from head to toe. Just to make sure this method works did the exercises with my four-year-old niece hoping to calm her before bed. She loved it! After doing interviews, book reviews and reading several books, I decided to do some of the mindful exercises and unwind for bed. Fantastic !Fran Lewis Just reviews
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