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Rhythmic Movements Training (Edu-K)

What is Rhythmic Movements Training (RMT)?

RMT looks at the role of developmental movements that babies naturally make

  • Before birth
  • The first six months after birth
  • As they get up on their hands and knees
  • As they learn to walk 

RMT looks at how these movements are crucial in laying down the foundations for neural network pathway growth and myelinisation in the brain, and its effect on learning as we grow and develop, and come to rely on the lifelong postural reflexes.

RMT replicates the developmental movements associated with the infant reflexes. We also use gentle isometric pressure to bring awareness to the body, which assists in releasing the stress and learned patterns of behaviour.

Rhythmic Movements Training

Rhythmic Movements are movements done on the floor, which mimic the developmental movements that babies and infants naturally and automatically make as they grow.

Rhythmic Movements Training

The movements are done in lying or sitting position or on hands and knees. The movements used in the training are active or passive rhythmic whole body movements.

Passive movements can be brought about by pushing or rocking the client’s body while they relax onto the movement initiated by the practitioner.

Active movements are when the client initiates the rhythmic movements on their own.

 

Who May Benefit From Rhythmic Movements Training?

  • RMT helps to integrate the retained, or underdeveloped, infant reflexes that are involved in learning challenges such as ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, writing problems, focussing and comprehension challenges, co-ordination difficulties and Asperger's Syndrome. 
  • People with anxiety, panic, emotional imbalances, behavioural problems, schizophrenia, Parkinson's, psychosis and general overwhelm.
  • Those recovering from accidents and trauma.
  • Children with Down’s syndrome, autism or Global Developmental delay.

Who Developed Rhythmic Movements Training?

Kerstin Linde is a self taught therapist from Sweden, with a great eye for detail which she initially developed as a photographer. Throughout her photographic career she observed that the way people moved seemed to affect the way they learned and behaved. Kerstin worked with children with motor difficulties, especially with children with Cerebral Palsy. The results of her work are astounding.

Harald Blomberg, a doctor of Psychiatry, first met Kirsten Linde in 1985 when he went in search of help for the effects of polio which he had contracted as a child.

Harald studied with Kirsten for a few years and with Peter Blythe for INPP (Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology) in England, and Dr Svetlana Masgutova from Russia / Poland.

Rhythmic Movements Training has grown out of the work that Harald did with these great teachers, also from his psychiatric patients and the children he worked with in his clinic in Stockholm.

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