Welcome and Introduction
Hello. 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 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 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.