What is ImaginationGYM?
ImaginationGYM® is an educational and healthcare program based on imagination, music therapy, relaxation skills, nature awareness, communication skills and sensory stimulation. It is founded on a core methodology established on the principles of whole brain learning. It is designed to be easily integrated into healthcare and educational systems as part of existing activities and programs.
Practitioners using ImaginationGYM® aim to respect and foster each individual’s intelligences, creativity, and emotional expression. It is also used to focus on the importance of understanding people’s personalities and preferences on a deeper level. The programs are suitable for children aged 7yrs upwards, teenagers, adults and older people.
Where can it be used?
ImaginationGYM® can be used almost anywhere! It can be used alone or in a group and can especially provide a beneficial and fun space for children and parents (adult supervisors) to bond while sharing an activity together. In recent years, we have had great results with trained practitioners using it in the healthcare sector.
- Family: child and adult usage
- Healthcare: clinical, hospital and day care centres, palliative care
- Educational: schools, after schools clubs
- Community: art projects, summer camps, libraries, festivals
There are many benefits to using ImaginationGYM® and these can differ on both the individual and the setting. Core benefits include the following:
Sensory Stimulation | Relaxation skills | Creating an ImaginationGYM quiet and relaxing space | Concentration/Focusing skills | Boundaries | Group work | Emotional processing and awareness | Nature awareness | Communication skills | Over use of screen time | Behaviour management | Decision-making skills | Sleeping problems
All workshops and training courses are run by our registered trainers. Courses are divided into primary level 1 training and advanced practitioner training.
They include courses for teachers (primary level), counsellors, nurses, activity coordinators and care staff. We specialise in working with healthcare staff working with children and adults with intellectual disabilities and activity therapy for older people with Dementia/Alzheimer’s.
what people are saying...
“Rosaleen and her partner Peter Blackbyrne have created a brilliant programme for children using visualisation and relaxation techniques. I know of its powerful use for children in mainstream schools as well as for individual children who are traumatised and in counselling. She has the most beautiful speaking voice and the training programme for teachers and health professionals is very thorough.”
ImaginationGYM: The Enchanted Forest Activity Pack
Written: Jan 21 ’08 (Updated Jan 21 ’08)
|Pros: Easy to use. Not expensive. Unbelievable results.
Cons: Cannot find one!
The Bottom Line: I would recommend the Enchanted Forest to any family, particularly those with children with special needs. The positive effect it had on my family was simply amazing. Top marks!
stasteamb’s Full Review: ImaginationGYM The Enchanted Forest Activity Pack This is a product that I have found extremely beneficial for my three children including my son who has ADHD. I was extremely sceptical at first because years of medication and therapy have not had much of a positive impact on his standard of life or on our family’s. But to my amazement, it actually worked. It did everything it claimed it would do and it didn’t come with a box of pills.
It consists of an audio CD and Activity Book. The soothing quality of the CD (both the music and the story) really relaxes him and calms him down. It helps him to slow down his nervous system and has actually helped reduce the frequency of his emotional outbursts and tantrums. He has difficulty expressing feelings and emotions but the Enchanted Forest Activity Book has helped him identify these emotions and process them by externalising them in an artistic and creative way.
My other children love the story and the music too. Not to mention how much my wife and I love it. Particularly for that stress-free hour of peace and calm that descends on our home when we play it! The fact that we can all enjoy the Enchanted Forest means that we get to spend quality time together as a family while still benefiting from the program. This has brought about another big change in my son; his self-confidence has increased because he is successfully sharing and partaking in a group activity. Our eldest daughter even listens to it before she goes to bed if she is feeling stressed about exams or study.
It truly has been a small miracle worker in our home and the most positive intervention in our family to date. I would highly recommend it. There is more information available on this wonderful product at http://www.imaginationgym.com.
Type of Toy: Educational
Age Range of Child: Whole Family
I suffer from an anxiety disorder which causes episodes of acute anxiety and anxiety attacks. I use the ImaginationGYM®, Enchanted Forest CD as a relaxation aid.
When I use the CD during normal anxiety levels, which would be low or normal I find that I always fall asleep before the end, I become so relaxed.
During my last period of acute anxiety, where I would be on a course of benzodiazepines to reduce the anxiety. I used the enchanted forest CD and it allowed me to become
distracted from the negative thoughts which powered the anxiety. Simply because I couldn’t imagine what was happening in the adventure and think about the fear, or worst case scenario at the same time. The result was a reduction in the negative thoughts and therefore a reduction in the anxiety.
The CD was also fantastic during a severe anxiety attack, I would take a benzodiazpine and would listen to the enchanted forest and it kept the anxiety from peaking until the medication took effect.
I really love the fact that the images I imagine are unique to me and I can create different scenes every time I listen. The CD is a wonderful for general relaxation, but, I especially recommend it for anyone suffering from any level of stress or anxiety.