Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT) is a movement based reflex integration programme that replicates the movements that babies naturally make in the course of their development. The movements support the formation of the neurological foundations for learning – the maturation of the central nervous system. They can be done with any age or ability and help to improve muscle tone, posture, physical co-ordination, hypersensitivities, well-being and emotional behaviour.
Janice works with schools, early years’ settings and individual clients offering training in RMT levels 1 and 2 and in RMT for School Readiness.
RMTi Level 1
Learning Outcomes – How rhythmic movements assist in integrating reflexes, why this is important; and what to do to stimulate brain connections for increased impulse control, attention, balance, co-ordination, stamina and learning
- How RMT builds neuro-sensory-motor foundations for focus and higher level learning skills
- Basics in brain development for learning, attention and comprehension
- Ways to identify developmental imbalances
- Information on a selection of reflexes involved in laying the foundations of focus and comprehension – Tonic Labyrinthine (TLR); Landau; Symmetrical tonic Neck (STNR); Spinal Galant; Amphibian; Babinski
- Methods for integrating primitive reflexes
- The 17 foundational RMT passive and active movements
RMTi Level 2 (Pre-requisite: RMTi One)
Learning Outcomes – Learn effective RMT techniques for integrating developmental reflexes that are crucially important for sensory integration as well as social and emotional maturity.
- Methods for integrating Fear Paralysis and Moro Reflexes
- Basics on motor function and the limbic system
- How to release muscle tension and emotional upset
- Using RMT to increase brain connectivity to the frontal lobes
- Movements to release anxiety and stored emotional and physical tension
- Ways to support people with SPD and ASD using RMT
- Precautions and possible reactions and contra indications
RMT for School Readiness
This 2-day class focuses on using Rhythmic Movements with young children, as well as looking at how to identify when primitive reflexes are not integrated. In this class you will look at how to use activities and games to introduce the movements to children and get the opportunity to develop your own games.
It also demonstrates how Rhythmic Movements can be incorporated into everyday activities to make sure that children are ready to fully participate in the learning process when they start school.
During this 2-day course participants learn the basics of RMTi and the Rhythmic Movements and how these relate to neural development and organisation. The course explores the importance of stimulating the connections between all areas of the brain in order to function efficiently, and learn effectively.
- Neural development and brain structure / function
- Stressors that affect neural development
- Consequences of poor primitive and postural reflex integration
- Passive, active and sitting/kneeling movements and how to find rhythm and exactness
- The effects of Rhythmic Movements on the brain
- Developing communication, co-ordination, auditory and visual processing, self- regulation, memory, focus, attention and comprehension skills using the movements
Face the Fear
This class gives a profound insight into how the Fear Paralysis and the reflexes that are connected to the second stage of Moro are important in helping us establish a sense of stability and safety in the world. These reflexes underpin the processes of bonding and attachment, communication and language development and our ability to self-regulate.
- The importance of the FPR and Moro reflexes in establishing a sense of security and stability.
- How the clinging and grasping reflexes relate to the Moro reflex and how they can delay maturity if retained.
- The role of reflexes in developing language and communication.
- How retained reflexes can affect emotional and behavioural development.
- Emotions linked with specific retained reflexes.
- Passive isometrics to promote postural, proprioceptive and vestibular integration.
- Facial massage techniques to integrate reflexes influential in developing language and emotional maturity.
- A range of simple techniques to support the integration of the reflexes so we can live with more joy and ease.