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Origin and Development of Co-ordination & Massage for Dyslexia

The co-ordination exercise programme of this therapy originated at the Professional School of Body Works, Israel. From there the Elbaum Approach was developed as an integrative therapeutic methodology aimed at the treatment of a wide range of learning and functional difficulties.

Further development of this therapy with the addition of the special acupressure and massage therapy has been at the Axelsons Gymnastic Institute in Stockholm, Sweden. Axelsons Institute is Scandanivia’s largest and most renowned complementary medicine college. The Axelsons Institute works extensively in all areas of society throughout Northern Europe to spread the knowledge and understanding of the importance and many benefits of massage and touch therapies.

Physical Therapist Katie Losty is trained by Ann-Chatrine Jonsson, Project leader for Massage & Learning at the Institute and is affiliated to Axelsons as Practitioner and Course facilitator for Co-ordination & Massage for Dyslexia here in Ireland.

Research in the area of Co-ordination & Massage for Dyslexia Treatment

Research Project with Trinity College, Dublin

In September 2004, The Department of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, together with practitioner Katie Losty, extensively researched the effects of the Co-ordination & Massage for Dyslexia therapy programme. Under the supervision of Professor Ray Fuller, final year psychology student Caoimhe Weeks was responsible for this research project. Caoimhe Weeks assessed in detail a number of children on commencement and again on completion of this twelve-week Co-ordination and Massage treatment programme.

This group of children were between 7 and 11 years of age. Every child exhibited some symptoms of dyslexia or related learning difference although not necessarily diagnosed as dyslexic. The assessment material used in each case was The Dyslexia Screening Test developed by Dr. Angela Fawcett and Dr. Rod Nicolson of the Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield. The following areas were measured during each assessment.

  • Rapid naming
  • Bead threading
  • One minute
  • Postural stability
  • Phonemic segmentation
  • Two minute spelling
  • Backward digit span
  • Nonsense passage reading
  • One minute writing
  • Verbal fluency
  • Semantic fluency

To date, almost all parents of children who have participated on this Co-ordination & Massage for Dyslexia treatment programme have observed a positive improvement in their child's self-esteem. The Department of Psychology at Trinity College are naturally very interested in the psychological effects that this Co-ordination & Massage intervention programme can have and therefore aim to evaluate scientifically the possible improvements in each of the areas listed above and also in the levels of each participating child's self-esteem.

Caoimhe Weeks applied The Culture-Free Self-Esteem Inventory, second edition, to assess self-esteem of each of these children involved in the research project before embarking on the treatment programme and again on completion.

Note: The exciting and validating results of this research project can be mailed to interested parties by contacting katielosty@gmail.com

Research on Massage Therapy

Massage may be one of the most powerful and most natural therapy known to us, it is a known fact that we can survive a lifetime being deaf, blind, without the ability to taste or smell but not without the sense of touch. With constant research ongoing throughout the world it has been shown that touch is more vital than commonly understood. Research on massage shows the following effects:

  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Reduces pain
  • Improves development of the nervous system
  • Reduces anguish & anxiety
  • Reduces levels of stress hormone (cortisol)
  • Increases blood/lymphatic circulation
  • Increases levels of calming hormone (oxytocin)
  • Increase weight gain in premature babies
  • Reduces muscle tension

Extensive research results on massage and touch therapies from The Touch Research Institutes can be seen on www.miami.edu/touch-research

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