Foundation Classes

Level 1 & Level 2 ONLINE

Prerequisites and Credits



Class Credits

Class Workshop Hours: 12

Class Description

In this course participants learn the basics of the Rhythmic Movement Training: how rhythmic movements can be used to assist in regulating muscle tone; stimulating the connections between the cerebellum and the neocortex, especially the frontal lobes in order to improve attention and control impulses. The course also includes examining the role of the primitive reflexes in development, and how to integrate them using rhythmic movements and isometric pressure. We will also look at how RMTi affects our emotions, how to work with movements to get in touch with our emotions and to stabilize them when they threaten to take control. It also examines how stress and daily life affects our body and how the rhythmic movements can help to relax and ease muscle tension. It is a necessary supplement for anyone who wishes to work with rhythmic movement training. 

Topics include

  • Discussion, demonstration and practice of reflexes related to developing postural control.
  • Discussions and practice of how reflexes and their importance to understanding the foundations of sensory-motor, emotional and cognitive function.
  • The role infant movement and reflexes play in brain growth, learning, emotional development and behaviour, and the research showing the crucial importance of integrating infant reflexes for foundational sensory processing and learning skills.
  • Why unintegrated reflexes are a major factor in challenges such as ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, developmental delay, sensory processing disorder, autism, chronic stress/overwhelm and other learning, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
  • The critical importance of integrating the Fear Paralysis and Moro reflexes for sensory processing, emotional regulation and social development.
  • Identify how an individual’s behaviour indicates an underdeveloped limbic system
  • Identify protocols to release tension patterns from areas affected by the Tendon Guard Reflex—legs, hip, back, neck and shoulders.

Class Objectives

Upon completion students will be able to:

  • Identify the innate rhythmic movements of infancy and recall why these movements promote brain development, effective learning, speech development, emotional balance, stress release, stamina and postural strength.
  • Indicate if primitive reflexes are un-integrated and discuss the importance of integration to foundations of sensory-motor, emotional and cognitive function.
  • Describe the research showing the connection between un-integrated reflexes and functional challenges.
  • Assess 6 key primitive and postural reflexes for clients: Tonic Labyrinthine, Spinal Galant, Landau, Babinski, Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex, and Amphibian Reflex.
  • Assess one key intrauterine reflex – Fear Paralysis Reflex, and the key primitive Moro Reflex and one protective reflex, Tendon Guard reflex.
  • Identify whether an individual’s behavior indicates an underdeveloped limbic system imbalance 

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