Integral psychoneuromotor training

Overview

Neurological development

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. This is why I use the INPP method as the foundation for neurological development. 

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:

The Moro Reflex will enable the baby to raise his upper body from the curled fetus position while still in the womb. Also still in the womb, the ATNR in the baby will trigger a movement of the side to which the head is turned, which will establish unilaterally by a middle axis. Both sides can now be moved independently. The TLR will allow the baby to arch backward, which becomes activated while the baby is pushing through the birth canal, establishing a horizontal axis through the hip. He can now move above and below separately. The STNR establishes contra laterality by preparing the baby to crawl. Crawling requires the independent movement of all limbs independently but also the ability to move the opposite arms and legs in a coordinated fashion. When the STNR has been integrated through crawling, the child will stand up and soon start to walk. 

In Neuromotor Maturity, some basic sensory integration and bilateral integration will happen automatically. But those will have to continue to develop beyond Neuromotor Maturity. Should there still be developmental gaps after Neuromotor Maturity, the INPP method will not be suitable to close them. Which is when Z-Health can help, if needed.

Local or remote training

You can book INPP therapy locally at your country or remotely with our associate. Go here for more details.

Image source: own work, Canva

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