Now let's look at moving the spine. When we sit for long periods of time, the spine is held in one position and that's usually flexed forwards if you think about children writing or reading. The shoulders are hunched and the neck is held in a really strange, awkward position.
If you think about if you go on a long journey on a plane, or in a car for a couple of hours, how uncomfortable you get, how stiff and tired you feel when you finally start moving again.
This is how the children feel if they're sitting in that chair for too long. So moving the spine has amazing benefits, not only for the body, but also for the brain.
Did you know that 90% of nutrition and stimulation to the brain comes from movement of the spine?
Movement promotes spine and back health, which helps them now and throughout the rest of their life. It nourishes the vertebral disks and the central nervous system, again, helping them now and throughout their life. It helps the development of the vestibular system in the ear to improve perception, spatial awareness, balance and coordination. It also allows the children to undertake crossing the mid-line activities; this is when you rotate the torso, developing complex movement patterns, so that the brain can process movements that involve the hands working on opposite side of the body. This includes thing like getting dressed, tying shoelaces, and using forehand and back hand movements with a racket.