Developing your concentration and learning to manage your emotions and stress, both at school and at home, can be a challenge for many children and for the people who work with them. Trained in kinesiology, integrative body psychology and psychopathology, and specializing in school learning and child behavior, Catherise Delhaise, noted in 2008 that very few stress management techniques and help for troubled children existed. After 2 years of work, experimentation and research, in 2010 she set up a series of exercises which are done in 7 minutes, and which aim to stimulate the brain, to help concentration and learning and allow children to manage their emotions.
Since its launch in Belgium, Ms. Delhaise’s country of residence, in 2010, more than 25,000 people have been trained, mainly in Belgium, France and Luxembourg, but also in Quebec. And it is more than 158,000 children who practice the Félicitée method every morning at school in a group, or individually. It can be used with children from the age of 3, but is also suitable for adolescents and even adults.
But what is the Felicitée method? It is a method of self-balancing which, through a series of playful exercises, uses movement and breathing to better mobilize its capacities. It is inspired by several body techniques such as integrative body psychology, Do in, kinesiology, Brain Gym, yoga, eye yoga, finger yoga, sophrology, creative visualization, mental management, gentle gym and breath awareness. ” explains the method’s website. Concretely, it is a set of several cards of different colors designed to be used in a specific order to achieve 9 objectives: center, wake up, circulate, take root, express, create, open, relax and calm. Each color contains more than one card, but when our selection is made, it is advisable to use the same series for a few days to allow children to know what to expect, know the movements and therefore enjoy. There are certain movements which are sometimes a little difficult. Repeating them will be able to create an imprint on the child and allow him to really reap the benefits. This is even more important when working with children who have suffered shocks and violence and who sometimes have trouble with the exercises at the beginning. They need a little time to adapt to tame and feel that ultimately it is not dangerous. That it is even something benevolent. “, Explains the designer.
Because yes, although the method is applicable and appreciated by all children, it has a particularly positive effect on children with ADHD, dyslexia, dysphasia, etc. It also allows, according to Ms. Delhaise, to work on the emotional wounds of early childhood and the bond of attachment allowing to develop internal security. It can therefore be very useful for working individually with children who have special needs.
During our meeting in Montpellier last September, Catherine Delhaise was kind enough to give us a quick demonstration of her technique. Here are some pictures:
Very versatile, this technique can even be done much faster by choosing fewer cards according to the needs of the moment. It can therefore be used in full version at the start of the day at school, but also when the class needs to refocus or with parents, at home, before starting the day or before the homework period. According to the comments that the designer receives regularly, this method allows the children to be much calmer and much more serene, parents and teachers to have moments of complicity with the children and several teachers even emphasize that they no longer need to raise their voices to restore calm in the classroom.
For more information on in-person or online training or to obtain the material, you can go to the following address: