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Infant Reflexes and Brain Gym

According to Dr. Svetlana Masgutova, Brain Gym activities have such a strong neurological effect because they are based upon infant reflex movements.

Infant Reflexes are universal, instinctual movement patterns that begin almost at conception. These movements are the way a baby survives – knowing how to turn in the womb, how to crawl out of the birth canal, breathe, suck, reach, turn over, crawl and walk. These movements are automatic. As we grow and develop, reflexes get integrated into the higher functions of the brain. Sometimes, this process does not happen, and the movement patterns persist – or never develop at all. This accounts for many seemingly intractable learning problems: inability to sit in a chair, to write without a death grip on the pencil, or without sticking out the tongue. By moving through infant reflex patterns, we can help children – and adults - pick up the dropped stitches in their developmental processes, so that their learning takes place more easily and naturally.

Eve Kodiak uses infant reflex integration processes extensively in her balance processes. In her one-on-one work, she uses isometric pressure techniques learned from Dr. Svetlana Masgutova, Rhythmic Movement Training techniques learned from Dr. Harald Blomberg, and combines infant reflex postures with Brain Gym repatterning processes. She also turns infant reflex movement into songs, raps, and games to help organize them into memorable, repeatable, and fun experiences. This is part of her own SOUND INTELLIGENCE modality, presented in her CD/Book Sets Rappin’ on the Reflexes and Feelin’ Free.