Rhythmic Movement Therapy International (RMTi)

What are primitive reflexes?

Primitive reflexes are “reflexive actions” that come from the Central Nervous System (CNS) in response to a stimulus.  They are present in normally developing infants and babies will use movement (in a certain developmental sequence) in order to integrate.  This is considered a maturational process.  Primitive reflexes should not be present in “neurologically intact” adults, but sometimes are still found to present in adults for a variety of reasons.  Children with various physical and/or genetic challenges and also have retained or un-integrated primitive reflexes. Testing for retained primitive reflexes can be completed by someone trained to know what to look for.

The presence of retained primitive reflexes can create challenges within a person’s nervous system. Based on the reflex that is still present, there are a number of symptoms as cited in the literature, that can be observed in these individuals.  Symptoms such as;

  • Anxiety/panic/emotional problems
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Balance/coordination/posture
  • Toileting
  • Learning disabilities
  • ADHD/impulsivity
  • Focus/attention span
  • Reading/writing
  • Speech/articulation

What is Rhythmic Movement Training (RMTi)?

“Rhythmic Movement Training is a movement based, primitive (infant or neo-natal) reflex integration program that uses developmental movements, gentle isometric pressure and self-awareness to rebuild the foundations necessary to help overcome learning, sensory, emotional and behavioural challenges for children and adults.”

See https://rhythmicmovement.org/ for more information.

Research https://rhythmicmovement.org/resources

Rosanne Papadopoulos is finishing her training in this reflex integration method.