We are all born with primitive reflexes that are meant to 'do their job' then go away (integrate). If this is not the case they can act as a barrier to learning at school or in special education, sensory processing, physical development / coordination and emotional maturity....Primitive Reflex Integration / Reflex Integration Therapy could be the solution.
Reflex Integration with Rhythmic Movement Training or RMTi uses small rhythmic movements which strengthen connections in the brain resulting in everyday tasks becoming easier leading to a happier home, school or work life.
Everyone! But we see particularly big changes from Reflex Integration in individuals living with problems with emotional regulation including Anxiety and Anger, also Autism, ADHD, Dyspraxia, Dyslexia, Parkinson's, and general difficulties with reading & writing. Get in touch to find out how brain & body boost can help with Primitive Reflex Integration.
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. Reflex Integration Therapy such as RMTi can help with Primitive Reflex Integration to help make life easier!
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.
Check out this short video about Primitive Reflexes & Reflex Integration and how they affect us
Check out this short video about Primitive Reflex Integration to learn more
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....Primitive Reflex Integration could be the solution.
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.... Primitive Reflex Integration could be the solution.
At brain & body boost in Huddersfield, I offer an initial consultation in a quiet and private treatment room based at Valley Osteopaths in Marsden. This includes information about Primitive Reflexes and Reflex Integration with RMTi and some simple assessments to identify retained primitive reflexes (clients to complete a questionnaire prior to the appointment). Towards the end of the session I show clients some RMTi Reflex Integration Therapy movements to practice at home before our next consultation. The movements should be done daily (ideally) and should take no more than a few minutes to start with to begin working on Primitive Reflex Integration.
Approximately 4 weeks after the initial consultation, we meet again to catch up on any changes since we started Reflex Integration Therapy and any benefits from the movements and then review the rhythmic movements given for Reflex Integration. We then look at some additional movements to work on Primitive Reflex Integration and any other useful strategies and tools. This consultation lasts around 1 hour.
After each consultation I will provide a Growth Work summary (movements to practice at home) as a reminder of the movements we have done in the consultation. After the initial consultation, I can provide a full report detailing my findings from the assessment for an additional £50 - some clients find this useful to share with school to help explain the benefits of Primitive Reflex Integration.
"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.
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Get in touch if you would like to find out more about Primitive Reflex Integration and Rhythmic Movement Training, or the Safe & Sound Protocol - or book in for a free phone consultation, open to parents, schools, and special education establishments - a great way to find out more!
Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom