Theory and Background
In the way that computers rely on electrical signals and wires for optimum functioning, the brain and body rely on electric signals and "wires" in the form of neural networks. But where computers need programmers to program new functions, the body can achieve optimum functioning by building its own neural networks.
At the most basic level, the building and strengthening of neural networks occurs through repetition. With the Elbaum Intelligence Integration Method, the body performs exercises repetitively which improve voluntary muscle control, muscle awareness, and coordination between left-and-right brain hemispheres.
Therefore, the purpose of Intelligence Integration training is to practice certain physical movements repetitively over a period of time. These repetitions not only improve existing neural networks but actually help to build new ones. Because neural networks are what allow people's bodies and minds to function, better and more developed neural networks allow for better overall functioning.
Most practitioners in the field of learning and behavioral difficulties do not take into account that immature and/or undeveloped neural networks are the primary cause behind each person's difficulty or dysfunction. Moreover, it is not commonly known that many learning and behavioral issues are a direct result of some dysfunctional system within the body. In part, this is because we are culturally accustomed to treat symptoms rather than to seek out root causes.
Another reason is that the body can function with a dysfunction while the individual is still good at many things; what one fails to consider is the amount of effort, tension, or distress that a person experiences in order to be "good" at something.
In theory and in practice, Intelligence Integration provides the framework for the coordination of 4 different types of human intelligence:
- Physical: the ability to coordinate the body's motor and sensory systems
- Emotional: the ability to identify, express and modulate feelings
- Cognitive: the ability to think, analyze, learn, remember, imagine, etc.
- Energetic: the ability to sense and understand extrasensory input as a physiological feeling
To function optimally is to live without tension, frustration, lack of focus, or other symptoms that can happen as a result of how our bodies function. By coordinating the above intelligences through the exercises that are unique to the Elbaum Intelligence Integration Method, children and adults can achieve freedom from various kinds of learning and/or behavioral difficulties.
It is important to realize that 25-40% of all people experience a learning, concentration, or behavioral difficulty. These individuals oftentimes continue to tolerate difficulties that can be improved or corrected through the Elbaum Intelligence Integration Method.