Integral psychoneuromotor training
There are a few milestones of neurological development that facilitate emotional health, self-regulation, and later stages of mental development:
As usual, we need to either start at the beginning or go back to the beginning if integration is the goal, should problems in development arise.
I have described healthy neurological development here.
Integration of the nervous system
Therefore, Neuromotor Maturity is the first thing that patients will have to work on. The program consists of a training program that was developed by researchers who found out that primitive or neonatal reflexes were still active in many children with learning difficulties, which is how the INPP Method came to be. And that archetypical movements that mimic children’s natural movements could help integrate reflexes. These exercises would have to be performed very slowly and over a long period of time since the nervous system grows the slowest of all the body’s tissues.
Since then, other practitioners have researched the topic and have come up with different methods as well. I, however, have made the experience that these methods (often using kinesiology) are well able to disable aberrant reflexes that have overstayed their welcome. But they are not able to build up the nervous system in a healthy and integrated way afterward. Therefore, I see archetypical movements in a set order as crucial for the proper development of the nervous system. However, my own research has brought me to incorporate more aspects into neuro-motor training, which is why I developed my own method to aid the development of the nervous system.
This is the order in which neonatal reflexes are integrated according to the INPP method:
There are quite a few neonatal reflexes, but not all of them have to be worked on. For healthy development, it is enough to work on these reflexes that hinder the independent movement of limbs. The first reflex is not a reflex neurologically speaking. The Freeze reaction or Fear Paralysis Reaction is basically our first neurological impulse to defend ourselves by freezing. This reaction will stay active for all our lives but it should only kick in when things get really sour and we do not have the opportunity to “fight or flight” for our lives anymore. As you can see on the symbols on the infographic, every reflex works on a certain sense of direction. In our first 12 months of life, we are called to master gravity by understanding what are the sides, above, below, front, and behind. This is where our neonatal reflexes come in handy. They will trigger movements reflexively many times until the brain has understood the directions, which is when the corresponding reflex gets integrated by the movement itself. On the chart below, you will see in more detail how specific reflexes help the body conquer gravity and to walk upright:
You will be able to book neuro-motor training remotely with our associate soon. Please let us know if you are interested.
Image source: own work, Canva