One of the simplest things we can do to improve how we are integrated neurologically is to an exercise called Cross Crawl. It is simply cross lateral movement. When we learn to crawl, we develop these circuits that emerge as the building blocks of bipedal gait. If we figure out how to stand and walk before the full emergence of these “hard wired” mechanisms, they probably will remain immature, and engender stress. When we do Cross Crawl, we temporarily eliminate the stress.
Because these exercises activate the most foundational locomotor circuits in the brain stem, they stimulate the foundation which more complex actions and cognition is built upon.
This exercise any many others that encourage brain stem neurological maturation can be explored in this book: