RMTi Making Connections (31800)

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Class Description

Prerequisites and Credits



Class Credits
(CEU equivalent)

14 Contact Hours (1.4 CEU credits)

Class Workshop Hours: 14

Class Description

The aim of RMTi Making Connections course is to investigate how movement, both before and after birth, is important for laying the foundations of neural development and organizations, and how we can use movement that replicate these innate movements to assist in developing brain maturity. 

In this 2-day course participants learn the basics of RMTi and the Rhythmic Movements and how it relates to building neurology and building neural maturity. It is important to stimulate the connections between all areas of the brain in order to functions efficiently, and to form the basis of becoming a competent and curious learner. This course looks at how the brain develops from the bottom up and develops these connections between the hindbrain, midbrain and forebrain so that eventually the prefrontal cortex is able to establish the ability to coordinate actions, feeling and thoughts.

This course is ideal for anyone interested in learning and development. There is no prerequisite.

Topics Include:

  • Passive, active and Sitting/kneeling movements Rhythmic Movements and how to find rhythm and exactness of coordination
  • Neural development and brain structure
  • Stressors that effect neural development
  • The effects of Rhythmic Movements on the brain
  • Procedures for Brainstem and Reticular Activating System (RAS) and thalamus to relay information efficiently to the cortex
  • Procedures for the cerebellum to promote coordination
  • Midbrain procedures for processing auditory and visual information
  • Procedures for the basal ganglia and developing the ability to be still
  • Limbic system procedures for self-regulation and episodic memory
  • Prefrontal procedures for connections to areas important for focus, attention, comprehension, movements, coordination and memories

Includes full colour illustrated manual: 

  • RMTi Making Connections, by Moira Dempsey, USA Edition, Copyright, 2012.

The manual for this practical and experiential course is based on the theoretical work from Movements That Heal, by Harald Blomberg, MD and Moira Dempsey (2011).

Class Objectives

Upon course completion students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of 17 Rhythmic Movements 
  • Describe the concepts of exactness, less is more and using physiological indicators when using rhythmic movements with clients 
  • Describe how the brain develops, the 6 critical areas of the brain (neural chassis, cerebellum, midbrain, basal ganglia, limbic system and neocortex) and the role these critical areas play in our ability to develop functional skills throughout our life span 
  • Demonstrate the movement patterns and protocols for assessing and integrating 6 key areas of the brain: neural chassis, cerebellum, midbrain, basal ganglia, limbic system and the neocortex
  • Experience, notice and express ‘before and after’ changes that occur from doing 17 Rhythmic Movements and the integration protocols 


The typical neural development process and how stress can interrupt this process and how we can use Rhythmic Movements increase neural maturity. The brain and its various structures, how the brain gets connected and how lack of connections in the the brain can lead to a variety of problems. 

The role rhythmic movements play in brain growth, learning, emotional development and behavior, and the research showing the crucial importance of making connections in the brain for optimal brain organization and learning skills.

How Rhythmic Movement Training creates neural links between the neural chassis, cerebellum, midbrain, basal ganglia, limbic system and neocortex and how this helps with developing postural stability, stress release, speech development, social-emotional skills, physical skills, learning and behavioral challenges.


Students taking the RMTi courses for professional credit or continuing education must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Attend the entire duration of the training
  2. Complete a written test of at least 75% correct answers demonstrating an understanding of the important concepts taught in the class.
  3. Actively participate in experiential learning and practicing of the movements.
  4. Show competency in lab work while working in pairs with student partners during the class.
  5. Submit a completed training evaluation form.

Students are also expected to read the course manual and to actively participate in class discussions and activities.

Class Agenda


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