Somehow you’ve stumbled across my blog, or perhaps me, the 3D version.
And now the world of reflex development has been wafted under your nose.
You’ve identified children in your life who need extra support. But what’s the next step? Where do you start the process of reflex integration? And is one approach better than another?
In this blog post, I share several options for creating positive change. There’s no one way. Here’s what I know works, modalities that have proved themselves to me time and time again.
Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT)
RMT is a collection of developmental movements, which stimulate the brain and integrate retained primitive reflexes. Done for a short period of time daily, transformational change can be seen in an individual’s learning, focus, behaviour and wellbeing.
RMT includes passive movements (input delivered by another) and active movements (self initiated). This makes it an ideal choice for babies, as well as children who may find other movement programs too challenging or tiring.
It’s also my first choice for individuals experiencing anxiety, as specific pre-birth movements can be used to help integrate the Fear Paralysis Reflex. I’ve felt first hand the difference this has made in my own life (goodbye over-worrying).
Rhythmic Movement Training consultants are dotted around the globe. Some will screen for what primitive reflexes remain, and all will support you in incorporating specific movements into your everyday life.
To see if there is an RMT Consultant near you, click here.
Move to Learn
This is the DIY method (Do It Yourself). Move to Learn is my first choice for teachers as it’s simple to incorporate within the learning day. It’s also perfect for families who are unable to access professional support, due to financial or location based limitations.
Move to Learn is a daily program that repeats the movement milestones of babies, one by one. It strengthens the brain body connection and supports reflex development.
Ten Gems for the Brain can be purchased online. This eBook spells out the nuts and bolts of the program. Aside from that, all that’s needed is some floor space.
For educators seeking more knowledge before implementing Move to Learn, that’s what I cover in the Thriving Children Workshop.
General chiropractic care supports communication between the brain and body and therefore is beneficial when working on reflex integration.
There is however, a group of Chiropractors specially trained in retained primitive (or neonatal) reflexes. In this approach, Applied Kinesiology techniques are used to clear the reflexes gently. One adjustment may sometimes be enough to support this process but usually several sessions are needed.
This is a brilliant modality to add to a movement based program, to speed up the process and help the changes stick. It may also be an ideal option for teenagers or adults who are seeking changes but who are resistant to get moving on the floor.
To find a Chiropractor with specialised training in this area, click here.
No Band-Aid Solutions
You’ve probably noticed that none of these solutions deliver a ‘quick fix’.
There’s no band-aid solution for assisting reflex development. It’s never too late to undergo this process if missed in the first year of life. But it does take time. And it does take dedicated (often daily) action.
Stay focussed on why you’re on this journey and make note of the small positive changes you notice along the way. There’s your motivation to stay on course, for as long as it takes.
Getting started is more important than what method you use. So choose your path and go for it. Any questions, I’d be more than happy to answer in the comments.
Are you one step behind and needing to learn more about reflex development before taking action. You can get your free e-book about primitive reflexes here.