brain & body boost
...to brain & body boost overcoming learning, sensory, emotional & behavioural challenges for children & adults in West Yorkshire and further afield. Helping make life easier for everyone!
My aim is to make life easier for children and adults facing challenges in their lives.
I love to help with anxiety, depression, sensory processing difficulties, specific learning difficulties, concentration & attention challenges gross & fine motor skill challenges, poor coordination, fits of emotions, speech problems, and bedwetting.
Although diagnosis is not important, I love working with both children and adults living with Down Syndrome, Autism, ADHD, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Cerebral Palsy, Auditory Processing Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, and OCD.
I have personal interest in both Down Syndrome and Parkinson's, but love helping to make life easier for everyone!
using Rhythmic Movement Training (RMTi) - making life easier for children & adults by strengthening connections in the brain
to introduce a sense of safety and the ability to socially engage for when a little extra help is needed
for schools & special education establishments to support struggling pupils
Proud to be working with Calderdale Virtual School
Your child cannot concentrate / focus / maintain attention and struggles with learning, managing their emotions with school work often resulting in emotional outbursts?
Extra tuition or support at school is not having the intended result – it may even be making the situation worse? You just want your child to be happy, enjoy school and keep up with peers? Primitive Reflexes could be playing a part....
You struggle with anxiety, insecurity, shyness, lack of self confidence and you suffer with imposter syndrome? You constantly talk yourself out of social events, going for a promotion at work and/or you have fits of emotions and then beat yourself up afterwards?
You just want to feel on top of life and live your best life and achieve your dreams? Primitive Reflexes could be playing a part....
My motto is "everyone needs a little bit of RMTi in their lives!" and for when RMTi (Rhythmic Movement Training) needs a little help...the Safe & Sound Protocol is there to help with social engagement and give the opportunity for improved therapy outcomes, whether that be RMTi, OT, SALT etc.
Free 15 minute phone consultations are available - get in touch to arrange a good time to find out how we can help you or someone important in your life :-)
sensory processing difficulties
specific learning difficulties
concentration & attention challenges
gross & fine motor skill challenges
fits of emotions
bedwetting (over the age of 8)
pain linked to postural challenges
The challenges facing those living with the diagnoses below can be lessened through RMTi and SSP:
Auditory Processing Disorder
Sensory Processing Disorder
RMTi makes life easier for many people by integrating retained Primitive Reflexes
We are all born with Primitive Reflexes, which should do their job and then be 'put to bed' in the brain stem. If this doesn't happen, we can face many challenges in life ranging from poor balance and co-ordination to poor emotional regulation leading to fits of emotions.
Why could retained Primitive Reflexes be responsible for these challenges? Our Primitive Reflexes generate specific movements as we are developing through our first months of life. The movements generate and then strengthen pathways in the brain so that the infant can process sensory input.
So, if an infant hasn't made enough of these specific movements, then the reflexes remain and the pathways in the brain are not developed sufficiently in order to process sensory input successfully.
Therefore, our Primitive Reflexes can affect the way we stand and walk, the way we talk, the way we think and learn and the way we manage our emotions and relationships - they are so very important to our everyday life and our ability to learn.
Click the Primitive Reflex link at the top of this page to find out more.
The Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) is a five hour auditory intervention designed to reduce stress & auditory sensitivity while enhancing social engagement & resilience.
This non-invasive intervention involves listening to music that has been processed specifically to retune the nervous system to introduce a sense of safety and the ability to socially engage.
This allows the client to better interpret human speech, but also the emotional meaning of language. Once interpersonal interactions improve, spontaneous social behaviours and an enhanced ability to learn, self-regulate and engage are often seen.
Click the Safe & Sound Protocol link at the top of this page to find out more.
Valley Osteopaths, Marsden, West Yorkshire
Since Covid-19 I have chosen to work from a lovely room at Valley Osteopaths in Marsden, West Yorkshire. I took this decision in order to keep my family safe at this uncertain time. Online appointments are still an option for those who live too far away to regularly travel and for those who may struggle to leave home
I was introduced to Rhythmic Movement Therapy by a local charity and further enthused by a fantastic RMTi Consultant. After attending some training to help my son, who happens to have Down Syndrome, I was bowled over by the number of people this therapy can help with these simple yet powerful movements - I use the movements with myself a
I was introduced to Rhythmic Movement Therapy by a local charity and further enthused by a fantastic RMTi Consultant. After attending some training to help my son, who happens to have Down Syndrome, I was bowled over by the number of people this therapy can help with these simple yet powerful movements - I use the movements with myself and my family daily and they have been life-changing. The Safe & Sound Protocol has been a fantastic addition in my clinic for when RMTi needs a little help.
Based just outside Huddersfield, Yorkshire, I am an RMTi Consultant and Instructor working with Primitive Reflex Integration, and a SSP provider. I love helping children and adults overcome their challenges, which can include: Anxiety, Anger, Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Parkinson's, learning difficulti
Based just outside Huddersfield, Yorkshire, I am an RMTi Consultant and Instructor working with Primitive Reflex Integration, and a SSP provider. I love helping children and adults overcome their challenges, which can include: Anxiety, Anger, Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Parkinson's, learning difficulties, depression, focus & concentration difficulties, and general delays in reading & writing. This list is not exhaustive so please get in touch to find out how I can help you.
I moved from working in Category Management big corporate roles within FMCG which I enjoyed, but found my true vocation helping people overcome their challenges, and I love it!!
When I'm not working I enjoy exercising and spending time with my young family - outdoors, at the cinema, enjoying music, and eating good food and the odd glass of wine or gin!
"I can't quite believe how much these exercises have changed my 6 year old daughter [after 2 sessions]…....She is a changed person when it comes to being scared. She came downstairs one evening as she was struggling to sleep. She stayed for a while and then went back up to her room to bed. I was amazed! This was the first time she had ever got out of her bed at night as she usually shouts when she wants something, even too scared to get out of her bed herself in the morning. The next day she told me how she had had nice dreams - she always has nightmares or frustrating dreams. Recently she has been complaining that her room isn't dark enough to go to sleep at bedtime - she has always slept with the light on, even a nightlight wasn't bright enough for her as she was terrified of the dark and monsters. She is now happy to pop up to her bedroom by herself during the day which again, is something she has been too scared to do before."
"It was extremely difficult at home and we researched and tried various things to try to help him cope and feel calm. Just over six months ago Kate Rigby, a RMTI therapist, was recommended to us. My husband has taken him to the appointments where he was shown various, simple and easy to follow exercises that we then do with our son each evening. The very first thing that we noticed was that he managed to fall asleep much more easily. Obviously, this in itself has a massive positive effect! The next thing was that his meltdowns became significantly less frequent, then he started to be more socially aware, and gradually we are seeing his focus and concentration improve. It is not a quick fix by any means but the exercises themselves have become a very bonding and lovely part of our day. We don’t always manage to do them as sometimes it is hard to even find the 15-20 minutes needed but there are measurable positives when we do. I feel like they would benefit so many people!"
"Firstly, wow wow wow! We have seen enormous change in our son's behaviour - he is hugely more social with other children, is initiating conversations with them and speaking to them directly rather than feeling like he needs an adult to help. He is massively more confident when out and about, and changes don't upset him half as much as before. His speech clarity has improved again as well, with new sounds coming through....We are also doing OT and SLT and I think the combination is working very well, but I do think the biggest change is from the growth work you have given us.”
"Since a traumatic period in my life a few years ago, I have been struggling with daily life and the noise levels associated with 2 young children and a noisy husband. When there was too much noise, I felt tension in my stomach and tightness in my chest and felt like getting away from the noise but wasn't able to, so did my best to control my emotions which wanted to explode out. I often failed in this and my response would be anger and shouting (the shouting drowned out the other noise!). Since completing the 5 day Safe & Sound Protocol, I have noticed significant improvements in my oversensitivity to sound and my response has moved away from anger, but I am also so much more sociable and able to do 'small talk'"
“I have Parkinson’s Disease [PSP]. Symptoms include poor balance, poor eyesight, poor sleep pattern, gait freezing, etc..
I was extremely sceptical about the theories behind Rhythmic Movement. However I have now been trying the prescribed exercises aimed at the areas of the brain most affected for a couple of months and have improvements in my symptoms.
My sleep pattern [early waking] has improved [without drugs]. My eyesight problems [ataxia of eyelids] have been alleviated. I still have bad days and better ones, but on the whole I feel better.”
The RMTI sessions Kate is running for me are making a big difference for me and she has helped me reduce my anxiety.
So while working full time she has helped me fight off my anxiety to do a course part time. As I have had the fear of failing. I am also very tense - shoulders always up always have that on edge feeling in new situations especially. So the movements I have been assigned to do have helped me feel slightly more relaxed and safer. Also I like the concept Kate allowed me to choose phrases to repeat to myself for self belief which gives me positivity to push myself.
Articles about Primitive Reflexes, RMTi, the Safe & Sound Protocol and more....
Get in touch if you would like to find out more about primitive reflexes and rhythmic movement training, or the Safe & Sound Protocol - or book in for a free phone consultation - a great way to find out more!
Marsden & Slaithwaite, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire