The Gaia Centre for Holistic Therapy,
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Developmental Movement Therapy
Rhythmic Movement Training
these rhythmic movements that provide the foundations for all future learning – balance, muscle tone, body awareness, visual and auditory skills and attention. Indeed, around 60% of brain development occurs in the first year of life.
The movements, which are unconscious, are elicited by what are known as primitive infant reflexes. Movement patterns begin to be seen at around 6 weeks after conception and are made naturally:
As the child goes through each movement stage – wriggling and squirming, head control, rolling, crawling, creeping, rocking, and so on, the reflexes become integrated into the nervous system. Reflexive movements ‘disappear’ and the child gains conscious control of the body, relying on lifelong postural reflexes.
Developmental Movement Therapy uses a variety of techniques, including exercises and games, and techniques from Educational Kinesiology (Brain Gym®) to integrate any underdeveloped or retained reflexes that are still active in the nervous system.
Rhythmic Movement Training, developed in Sweden, replicates the repetitive, patterned movements associated with the primitive infant reflexes. The rhythmic movements are powerful but gentle and precise. Sometimes isometric pressure is used to bring awareness to the body and release inefficient patterns of movement.
With both approaches the exercises given must be continued at home.
Developmental Movement Therapy and RMT is appropriate for babies born prematurely with cerebral palsy who are causing concern, and children facing challenges such as:
Gaia Developmental Movement Therapy Practitioners: