Below are a list of our most frequently asked questions. If you don’t find answers here, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
How long will it be before I see any changes doing RMT?
Positive changes are often noticed within two weeks, especially when the movements are done every day; however, every individual is different and responds in unique ways to the movements. Some experience profound, positive changes immediately. Others experience changes that are more gradual and subtle.
How long do I have to do the movements for every day?
Often we start at 2 or 3 minutes a day and work up to about 15 minutes a day, which can be spread over 2 or 3 sessions a day if necessary.
How many months do I have to commit to doing the program?
While positive change can be seen in a short period of time, to further develop and reinforce the changes it is not unusual to follow the program for a year or more.
Do the changes last?
We have found that the changes do last as long as the program is followed for an adequate period of time. Consistency is the most important requirement. A little bit every day is more effective than a lot once a week.
What is the time between appointments?
In the beginning it may be once a week or two weeks, however often appointments are then spaced out to once a month.
Please talk to an RMTi Consultant about this.
Is it safe to do RMT with other programs?
We have found that it is. All RMTi Consultants are also certified in other modalities and will often combine their skills when working with you or your child.
Will RMT work if we don’t do it every day?
What happens if we only do RMT when we have appointments with an RMTi Consultant?
RMT is most effective when done in small amounts on a daily or near daily basis. If you cannot do RMT on a regular daily schedule, it will still be beneficial, but may take much longer to achieve the desired results.
Is RMT safe to do for people with seizure disorders?
We often see a reduction in the rate of seizures for those doing the rhythmic movements consistently. However, there are many factors in our modern society that may contribute to brain inflammation and the prevalence of seizures. In the book Movements that Heal, Harald Blomberg, MD & Moira Dempsey wrote that seizures may be triggered by electromagnetic radiation, intolerance to gluten and dairy, accumulation of glutamate in the brain, and food additives such as monosodium glutamate and aspartame.* Because movement has a stimulatory effect on the brain, if an individual is already influenced by one or more of these factors, he or she may be more likely to experience a seizure by doing movement.
For this reason, it is important that those with already known seizure disorders or other challenges, such as vestibular sensitivity, autism, and sensory-motor handicaps, begin doing Rhythmic Movements with close observation. In these cases RMT should be done in small amounts, with very gradual increases in the amount of movement done at one time.
Be sure to tell your RMT provider if you or your child has any of the above mentioned challenges. Your provider will recommend specific movements that are the most safe and gentle for your situation.
Kerstin Linde regularly worked with severely motor handicapped children with epilepsy. She found that with a sustained practice of the Rhythmic Movements, the seizures improved and in some cases completely disappeared.
*For more information about food additives, see www.truthinlabeling.org and http://fedup.com.au/
Can I do the movements with someone with Down’s syndrome?
Yes. However if there is an instability between the top two vertebrae we do not use any movements that move the head and neck.
Are there any side effects to RMT?
As with all movement based programmes there can a number of short term physical and emotional responses as the body releases toxins and muscle tension. These include things such as nausea, coughing up mucus, flu-type symptoms, headaches, colds, diarrhea, fever and rashes.
On an emotional level there can be periods of defiance, anger, irritation, depression, nightmares, and clinging. Though this may be challenging, it is actually a good sign that emotional processing is occurring and the brain is maturing. This time is usually brief and passes as integration occurs. It is important that the movements be continued through this stage, though it may be helpful to reduce the amount of time the movements are done every day. It may also be helpful to gently do the movements at night for children who are sleeping. Please let your RMTi Consultant know if you have concerns or questions about physical or emotional responses to RMT.
Is it better for me to attend a course or go to an RMTi Consultant?
An RMTi Consultant can help you with assessment and the learning of movements to do at home for you or your child. If you’d like to learn many movements at one time, experience and practice the movements during a two or three day course, and understand the theory behind the work, then taking a training course is the best option.
Your RMT Provider or Instructor can help you determine what will best meet your needs.
Who can attend and benefit from attending RMTi Classes?
Occupational therapists, Physio/Physical Therapists, Speech Therapist/ Pathologists, parents, social workers, family and mental health therapists, developmental optometrists and VTs, yoga therapists, classroom teachers, special educators, nursery and pre-school teachers, School counsellors, Healthcare providers, massage therapists, trauma specialists & caregivers, kinesiologists, Alexander practitioners, Feldenkrais practitioners, yoga teachers, Brain Gym Instructors, neuro-developmental practitioners; Osteopaths, and Chiropractors.
Are there any pre-requisites to attending RMTi Classes?
Requirements for Course Attendance
- Introduction to RMT – no prerequisite
- RMT One – Focus, Organisation & Comprehension – no prerequisite except an interest in learning RMT
- RMT Two – Emotions, Memory & Behaviour – prerequisite RMT One
- RMT Three – Reading & Writing – prerequisite RMT One and preferably RMT Two
- Face the Fear – prerequisite RMT Two
- Face the Fear (for Kinesiologists) (3 day) – Attended at least TFH 1 to 4, or equivalent
- Rhythm, Movement & Play – no prerequisite
- RMT for School Readiness – no prerequisite
- RMT Intensive – Attended RMT One, RMT Two and preferably RMT Three at least once
Can I use attendance at RMTi classes for CEUs or Continued Professional Development?
RMT has been used for CEU/CPDs by kinesiologists, Brain Gym Instructors, Occupational Therapists, Physical/Physio Therapists, primary/elementary teachers, high school teachers, kindergarten/preschool teachers, doctors and nurses.
RMTi classes are currently recognised for Brain Gym Instructor relicensure by the Educational Kinesiology Foundation. They are also recognised by the Australian Kinesiology Association (AKA), Canadian Kinesiology Association (CANASK), Kinesiology Federation in UK (KF).
We advise students to check on the current laws and licensing requirements for CEU/CPDs in their profession and area.