Rhythmic Movement Training is a drug-free, primitve reflex integration therapy that helps rebuild the neurological foundations necessary to overcome learning, sensory, emotional and behavioural challenges.
What is Rythmic Movement
Rhythmic Movement Training is a ground breaking, non-talking, movement based therapy that helps identify the root causes of any learning, sensory, emotional and behavioural challenges that you / your child may be experiencing.
We use gentle, innate movement patterns and isometric pressures to stimulate the different areas in your brain and cause them to build higher brain connections. This strengthening of neuronal connections will help you / your child feel more secure and safer in your / their body and surroundings.
Retained reflexes challenges
- Low muscle tone
- Chronic body aches
- Poor endurance
- Poor bladder control
- Breathing difficulties
- Reading and writing difficulties
- Language and speech delays
- Challenges with concentration and attention
- An uncontrollable sweet tooth
- Skin problems
- Learning difficulties
- Stress and poor emotional intelligence
We can tap into our brains
Imagine the maturation of our brain through infancy and in childhood as the building of a brick wall. If some bricks are missing on each row, the wall may outwardly look stable, in actuality it will be unable to withstand any great pressure. Through gentle rhythmic movements, we can tap into our brains, stimulate new neural connections, and rebuild a stronger, steadier wall.
An alternative, drug-free solution
Rhythmic movement training is based on the research of Swedish neurodevelopmental therapist Kerstin Linde, psychiatrist Harald Blombery and Australian kinesiologist Moira Dempsey. Much research was done in the 1980s, but rhythmic movement therapy as a treatment has grown exponentially in popularity in the last few years, with trained practitioners all over the world, as people increasingly look towards alternative, drug-free solutions for themselves and their children.
What are primitive reflexes and why are they important?
01. What are primitive reflexes?
Many of our reflexes emerge in utero: these are known as Primitive Reflexes. Reflexes are a set of involutory actions in response to certain stimuli. These reflexes aid our development whilst in the womb, help keep us safe during the birthing process and are essential for our adaptation into the world during our first few months.
02. What is an example of a reflex?
Ever tried stroking the side of a newborn’s mouth? You might have noticed that they’ll turn their head toward that side, and open their mouth. This is known as the ‘rooting reflex,’ developed to help the new-born search for food and open their mouth to get ready to attach to the food source. This reflex should integrate into our neural system (or ‘switch off’) by the time baby is 4 months old.
03. What happens when reflexes don't integrate?
Our involuntary primitive reflexes originate in our brainstems, the same place that houses our basic need for survival.
As our primitive reflexes begin to integrate, neuronal connections are formed to the higher ‘thinking’ parts of our brain – the midbrain and forebrain – which then take over control. If the primitive reflexes stay active, then these areas of the brain are not able to develop fully to enable the highest ability of function.
In the example of the rooting reflex, if it doesn’t integrate, then as the child grows, we often see difficulties with speech and articulation as well as hypersensitivity to things touching their face. This reflex remaining active also inhibits the development of the frontal lobe – the area of the brain used for thinking and processing. In these cases, we often see the child/adult finding it intellectually and emotionally difficult to grasp complicated concepts.
If the primitive reflexes are retained and stay active for longer than they should, they inhibit the growth and maturation process, leading to physical, emotional and behavioural challenges in children, or even adults. Many times, we see clients with retained reflexes involuntarily react to situations in a very child-like manner, as that is the default (and often, only) way their brain knows how to react!
04. Is it difficult to integrate my primitive reflexes?
In short, no! It’s not difficult – it is a gradual process that takes some time and perseverance. The movements we use in RMT to promote positive changes within the brain don’t take long (~ 5-8 minutes a day) and are pretty easy to learn.
Once we feel integrated, we will be using our life-long postural reflexes, which enable us to establish good voluntary movement control and live effectively in the world, feeling safe and comfortable.
Ideally, within the first two years after birth, all primitive reflexes should be integrated, as their role has broadly been completed. However, if you are finding that this isn’t the case for you or your child – don’t worry, it’s never to late to start to integrate your primitive reflexes!