Welcome and Introduction

me in the lightat Chaka's 70th birthday partyHello.  I am Sharon Heller.  I am known by many as “The Brain Gym Lady”. It is my legal “doing business as” name, one that I chose years ago after an innovative principle invited me into her school to train her entire faculty. When she originally called me, she asked if I was “the Brain Gym lady” and I said, “I am.” She then told me that she was “…tired of re-arranging the chairs on the Titanic…” and asked me if I could help her. I said I could. I worked with that faculty and school over a period of years with great results. However, during that entire period, she never could quite remember my name; so every time she introduced me to someone, she said, “Hello. I’d like to introduce you to… (long pause )…. the Brain Gym lady”. It stuck.

Back then I was content to be a licensed Brain Gym Instructor. Today, I am proud to be part of a selected few who are Brain Gym faculty. I am National Faculty for the United States and deeply grateful to my mentors and friends, Dr. Paul Dennison and his wife, Gail, who are the developers of Brain Gym and many of its various courses.

After taking a Brain Gym course in childhood reflexes at one of the Brain Gym conferences, I became fascinated with the subject. I pursued and attained a Master of Science degree in Health and Wellness Promotion and wrote my thesis on the role of qi (chi) on reflexes and human development. Sally Goddard Blythe, a neuro-developmental educator in Great Britain, and author of A Teacher’s Window Into the Child’s Mind, was a kind and supportive resource person who openly and freely shared her knowledge and some of her research with me. I am indebted and grateful to her.

During this period of time, another mentor, Pamela Curlee, who is Brain Gym International Faculty, introduced me to the work of another Brain Gym International Faculty member, Dr. Svetlana Masgutova, who, as an outgrowth of Brain Gym, developed her own extensive program known as Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration, or the Masgutova Method, or, more simply, as MNRI. After taking a few courses in MNRI and delving even deeper into the role of reflexes, I worked at the first U.S. “Masgutova family conference” in 2006, in which we worked intensively for many hours a day and many days in a row with people with all kinds of neurological and physical impairments. I was amazed by the progress made by several of the participants.

Sharon and Parker an one of the MNRI conferences. Sharon and Parker at one of the MNRI conferences.


Pamela and Svetlana formed a U.S. corporation, the Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute (SMEI), and have brought the work full bore to the U.S. I have attended more courses and worked at many conferences, and I am now a Core Specialist in MNRI as well as faculty for three courses: Dynamic & Postural Reflex Pattern Integration,   Tactile Integration and Archetype Reflex Movement Integration.  Additionally, I have been traveling overseas for at-home therapy.


Sharon and Duc take a well-earned rest after a full day's sessions in Hanoi, Viet Nam. Sharon and Duc take a well-earned rest after  sessions in Hanoi, Viet Nam.


In addition to studying along this path of human neurophysical development, I have studied, and occasionally continue to study, with Bill Bauman, PhD, and I am a licensed Trainer/Mentor with The Center for Soulful Living.

Before embarking on these paths, I was a trained and experienced Waldorf teacher and curative educator. I have taught many subjects, from preK through 10th grade, as well as adult education. I also served as Staff and Curriculum Development Officer for a charter school; was a contributing writer/proofreader/fact-checker for Holt, Rinehart & Winston textbooks (in many subject areas); and before that was a freelance writer–a career that I have recently resurrected.

Many years past, I worked in a Chiropractor’s office as a reflexologist, did pre-natal massage and was an apprentice midwife (delivered one baby during an emergency situation in which the midwives were delayed). In my writing/editing background, I also helped, behind the scenes, when my friend Addie Eavenson began Mothering magazine, whose first issues were about the people and school I knew intimately.

My passsions are teaching, healing, caring, sharing, painting, writing, gardening, mountains, oceans, hiking and laughter.

I love my work and it is always my joy to serve.




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Luz pereyra January 7, 2012 at 12:27 am

My son has adhd and i’ve been looping for therapies to help him. I’d apreciare it a lot if i could reash you. Thank you. Luz.


michelle December 22, 2012 at 6:51 am

hi when is your next training?


braingymlady October 9, 2013 at 2:14 am

Please look at the braingym.org website and click on courses to see what is available for you.
I might schedule a course this summer.
Thank you for your interest.
My apologies for the very late reply.


Manish Samnani November 23, 2013 at 2:31 am

I wanted to find out if a training program for parents and professionals is possible in New Delhi, India on Brain Gym and or Masgutova Method at any point of time.
Manish Samnani
Consultant & Head


braingymlady December 21, 2013 at 8:14 pm

For information regarding all upcoming Masgutova Method classes, please visit the MNRI website

For Brain Gym, the website is:

Thank you.


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Tammy Rhyne April 15, 2014 at 12:42 pm


I attended an archetype course you taught in the Dallas area. I really enjoyed your teaching style. I was wondering if you would consider teaching a Dynamic and Postural course in Tyler, TX. If you’re interested, let me know what would be required (# of students, facilities, etc). I look forward to hearing from you.

Tammy Rhyne, PT


braingymlady April 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Hi Tammy,
Thanks for the kind words. I responded to you personally by email.
Let me know here if for some reason you don’t receive it.


Bo Keeling April 21, 2014 at 5:50 pm

My sister is looking for someone in the San Antonio area that can work with a friend’s autistic son using reflex integration. Do you happen to know of any practiioners in that area?
Thanks so much
Bo Keeling


braingymlady May 14, 2014 at 9:47 pm

I do not know of anyone in the San Antonio area.


David Drapela February 16, 2016 at 3:23 pm

I was one of the persons at the NDE meeting on Sunday and wanted to share that I felt a deep Love inside you. We are all special but the runner is different for the jumper. Each are gifted but each are different. The depth of what I feel inside of you is truly beautiful and I thank you for sharing your self with each and every human on this planet. Your job is to Love and give. Some will benefit some will not but that is really not your business, yours is to just Love and give. Each of us are students and each of us a teachers the real gift is to be able to recognize when we are students and when we are teachers.


braingymlady February 16, 2016 at 7:20 pm

Thank you for the beautiful words David. As you probably often have heard, we are mirrors of each other. You recognize what YOU are!


andrea acevedo May 5, 2016 at 10:04 pm

I would like to get my 29 month old mildly autistic some help integrating his reflexes. His PT report shows none are integrated yet none of his specialists feel integration is a priority. I believe his reflex issues are the root of his issues. I live in Inland Empire area of California and am looking for any type of professional or program that focuses on integrating reflexes.


braingymlady September 1, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Apologies. I’ve been traveling and just seeing this now. Have you found a provider in your area. Please contact the administrator through http://www.masugutovamethod.com for local providers or for at-home therapy.


Markita Stone June 25, 2016 at 1:16 pm

Sharon, I am trying to reach you per recommendation of my best friend, Anna Nameny.

I have tried to email you 2 times now & it won’t go through for some reason. It says no need to resend – it’s delayed but then won’t go through.

Anyway, I really need to talk to you before this Tues. I am in Austin at my sisters house & she just had a baby & we NEED your help. Please email me before Tues. Thanks!


braingymlady September 1, 2016 at 6:33 pm

Dear Markita,
I never received notification that there was a message for me here.
My sincere apologies. I would have been out of the country at that time anyway.
Perhaps some time in the future.
Regards to Anna.
Best to you,


David Gaddy August 10, 2016 at 1:12 pm

Ms. Heller thanks so much for your session in body and brain learning. I attending the workshop in Copperas Cove. I want to explore this more as it relates to my own kids as well as the students in my class room. I didn’t know how connected the body was to the brain so I will pursue this as well.


braingymlady August 10, 2016 at 11:42 pm

Hi David,
Thank you for your interest. Feel free to contact me via email braingymlady@sbcglobal.net if you have questions or I can be of service. My schedule is tight, so be patient with me if I can’t get back to you right away.
I’m glad the workshop increased your interest in the body/brain connection.


Meital September 1, 2016 at 5:10 pm

This method sounds interesting . Do you know of any providers in south Florida ?
Thank you


braingymlady September 1, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Where in south Florida? For what purpose?