back to school

Back to School Time: Is Your Child Ready?

School begins soon. Is your child positioned to do their best?

  • Are you and your child excited about the new school year or dreading it?
  • Do you hope each year will be the year things click into place for your child to excel?
  • Did you have a tough time with school, so you give your child a pass thinking they must be ‘just like you’?

This year can be different!

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knee pain

Your Child’s Knee Pain: Is There Something More to Check?

A child’s knee pain can be frustrating to you and to them!

Summer is a time when your child is both very active, and often, growing! When knee pain strikes it can be concerning and frustrating if it lingers. Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?

  • Your child awakens at night with knee pain. You massage, add some heat, and give some pain reliever. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t.
  • Your child falls and seems to over-react to the pain at their knee.
  • Your child gets up the morning after sports practice or a long day outdoors and merely standing or walking causes extreme pain.

In any of these scenarios, the stress and associated pain can quickly change with BridgingĀ®. Let’s dig in a little more to understand why. Read more

kids on wheels

Hard Time Learning to šŸš² Ride?

There are FOUR aspects of coordination required.

I’ve written about biking before, but usually from an injury perspective.

This is the time of year that younger children are testing out new bikes, and parents are trying to teach bike riding skills.

With success, the joy is unbelievable.

When the skills just don’t happen, the frustration and doubt run deep.

This is when a little BridgingĀ® can problem solve about why the skill is a challenge, and get your child over the hump! Read more

playing on a jungle fym

Playground Success? Yes, They Did!

It’s the season for being outdoors which often means exploring playgrounds.

Playground exploration is an essential part of childhood for learning new physical skills, and learning to take risks. These are vital aspects of development!

Sometimes your child needs a little help, then they figure it out. Sometimes a little help doesn’t work and your child feels left out and frustrated. You feel frustrated and helpless. Maybe they’ll get it next week, or next year.
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Girls playing soccer game

3 Benefits of Seasonal Tune-ups for Your Kids

Winter sports have wrapped up their season — hockey, wrestling, gymnastics, swimming and basketball.

  • Did your athlete get injured, minor or major, during the past season?

Spring sports will be starting soon — softball, baseball, badminton, lacrosse, tennis, volleyball, and track.

  • Has your athlete grown? The seasonal transition can cause stress when layered on top of recent growth.

Between seasons is a great time to smooth out stress on their bodies from little injuries, wear and tear, and growing, putting them in great shape for spring activities!

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winter

Feeling Off? Kids’ Behavior Off? Here Are Some Reasons at This Time of Year …

This week we’re seeing an uptick in …

Kids needing a regulatory reset. They are having a tough time with:

  • sleep
  • behavior
  • sensory sensitivity

Adults needing a post-covid or flu reset. They want help with:

  • shallow breathing
  • poor sleep
  • low energy
  • achy joints

Is this you or your family?

We can help. BridgingĀ®’s gentle micromovements and stretches reset your body allowing you to move, breathe and behave better. Often in just 1-2 sessions.

Virtual or in-office sessions are two options we offer to get you back to feeling your best. (You can schedule an appointment here.)

Reasons why kids may need a seasonal reset

family plays in the snow
There are three reasons that your children may be dis-regulated this time of year.

Less activity during the winter. Movement naturally keeps the body more organized.

Illness. Covid, flu, or strep can be enough to throw off the way the diaphragm muscle coordinates breathing during both rest and activity.

Growth stresses every system in the body. Often children’s muscles need a little help adapting to the changes so their sensory systems can calm down.

Reasons why you may need a post-COVID reset

it's so cold
Yes, Omicron or Delta seems to have gotten to every other person. Many of you recovered with ease.

But, some of you may still be experiencing:

  • brain fog
  • restless sleep
  • fatigue
  • aching joints

These are all fallout from the fever, dehydration, inactivity, and viral stress to your body.

Refreshing the movement interconnections between your core and limbs restores deeper breathing and lets your joints move easily again.

More to your full recovery …

At The BridgingĀ® Institute our clients are often surprised by how fast they improve. Uniquely, our approach goes back to early development as the secret.

Re-creating early layers of muscle and joint interconnections is the roadmap for sustainably resetting your body after illness, or your child’s after growth or injury. BridgingĀ® rebuilds the original movement foundation; your daily activity reinforces the better function.

Wondering if BridgingĀ® can help you or your child feel and function better? Fill out our intake form and we’ll get back to you with insights on how BridgingĀ® can help.

baby feet

Feet Pain? How Does Understanding Early Development Help You Feel Better?

Fun facts about feet

Feet have no bones at birth!

The bones are still forming, and what we think of as bones is actually cartilage. The bones form later in the first year, which is why shoes aren’t recommended at this early age.

200,000 nerve endings!

You have so many nerves and types of sensory receptors in your feet. This is why sock seams and grains of sand can feel so annoying!

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babies

We’ve Been Working with Babies! What We’ve Learned …

Happy New Year!

Sharing some reflections …

The most amazing part of 2021 began in late January with a text from a friend.

“Can you help my friend’s baby?”

Helping one newborn led to helping several, which we followed developmentally over the past year. The experience has been both insightful and inspirational. Watching weekly and monthly changes with these little ones was like seeing the developmental chart come to life.

The whole experience has been a vivid reminder of the power of the BridgingĀ® framework, which is rooted in early movement development. This essential foundation matters for everyone — at every age.

Here’s more about the babies …

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shell heart in the sand

Asking For Your Help … to Spread the Word!

You and your family know first-hand how much BridgingĀ® has helped —

  • put your pain in the past,
  • keep a parent vibrant with improved balance and mobility,
  • keep family peace with a calm and regulated child, or
  • catch your little one up with developmental milestones.

We are grateful for the opportunities to keep you and your family thriving and want to ask if you can share the word. The more people who know about BridgingĀ®, the more people who can get help. Read more

children at preschool

Does Your Child Have a Challenging Time with Preschool?

How can preschool be hard?

It’s a time you and your child have been waiting for — going to preschool!

But after a month, things are not going so smoothly and you’re wondering, “What can be so hard about preschool, and what can I, as a parent, do?”

Your preschool’s staff can be a great resource. These early childhood development professionals are usually very astute at developmental skill trajectories and can identify if your child may need a little specific help.

There are times when BridgingĀ® can be a great resource too. Scroll down to see more about our newest program that you can do with your child at home.

(Don’t have a preschooler? Your friend or relative who does, would love to get these insights, so please share.)

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