Sensory and Reflex Integration Therapy
Helping babies and children find safety in their own body and mind - so they can explore, engage and connect more comfortably with their world.
How does it feel to see your little one struggling?
The anxiety and sadness we experience when we see our baby or child struggling with daily life is a challenge in itself - to watch a baby cycle in and out of ongoing crying, when nothing seems to comfort them, is crippling...especially when juggling lack of sleep, multiple opinions from other people, and a desperate need to know how to help your baby.
To watch an older child struggle to connect with other children; to be labelled by some parents before being given a chance to shine, to be told they are 'naughty' or to see them spiral into anxiety when faced with daily situations, is soul destroying.
I know how it feels as I have been there with one of my sons.
What are some of the challenges you are seeing?
The programme is for anyone who experiences challenges with:
Emotion, Behaviour, Physical Movement, Sensory and Cognitive Processing.
For babies and young children the challenges you may see include, but are not limited to:
- Sleeping issues - falling asleep, staying asleep, waking when being moved once asleep
- Feeding - including reflux and digestion
- Colic symptoms - ongoing crying, periods of time where they are inconsolable
- Torticollis - or any body tightness or restriction
- Movement concerns - rolling, sitting, crawling, falling
- Hypermobility - floppy or over extension
- Attachment concerns - including overly attached or disassociation
- Birth trauma - concerns that their birth may have impacted their early days
For older children and adults this could include, but not limited to:
- ADHD / ADD symptoms - diagnosed or characteristics of
- Developmental Delays - both physical and/or cognitive
- Autism - diagnosed or characteristics of
- Cerebral Palsy
- Sensory Sensitivity - noises, lights, certain textures, tastes
- Anxiety - from hightend tension through to panic attacks
- Hyper Sensitivity - manifests as an 'over reaction' or complete shut down
- Clumsiness - e.g. challenges catching a ball, falling or stumbling
- Fidgeting - e.g. sitting still, irritated by clothing, needing a wee
- Symptoms that challenge the ease daily life
Early Life Experiences
Conception, pregnancy, birth and early childhood experiences are the start of our life story - we all hold the memory of these within our body.
If any of these elements were so profound that we continue to visit them subconsciously then they can create stop points that challenge us with moving forward.
This is where another area of our life then becomes involved - overly emotional, upsetting behaviour, withdrawal from life...
Just like we seek out a converstation with someone to process a hard day or something of interest, the body also needs to have that connection to feel heard - and that's where the Rhythmical Movement programme comes in to help.
Physical and Mental
The mind-body connection is intrinsic for us all to move smoothly from one stage in our development to the next.
Survival resources we may have brought in as a baby can lead onto dysfunctional behaviours as a growing child and adult.
While we hold onto the experiences our physical movements can be restricted; we cannot find the total freedom to move, roll, crawl, play, run, laugh as freely as we all have the potential to do.
Our brain development is dependent on our movement patterns and when one is challenged, the other follows.
A combination of the 'RMT' programme, Reiki energy, movement and birth story processing we can work through the constrictions and energise the mind-body connection.
Why I'm so passionate about this work.
When my second child was born we intrinstically knew that he wasn't comfortable in his little body - he squirmed, cried, actively avoided sleep and just seemed to never completely settle.
By 18months it was clear that his social emotional interactions were different from his older brother and his peers - other parents started to avoid him or ask me "what's wrong with him?"...he was so lovely, but a little too enthusiastic for some children and their parents.
Once he started school he was immediately flagged as a challenge - labels started to surface and phone calls home started to occur regularly; medical help was limited to an offer of medication only.
So, the journey started to find a more holistic way to help him - we discovered primitive reflex integration therapy, birth story processing, somatic movement and vision exercises (amongst a plethora of other helpful modalities - we tried everything).
My little man is not so little now and is still energetic, enthusiastic and quirky...but his daily life is calmer, he is defined as a person rather than the labels people wanted to slap on him, he's more comfortable in his own skin - that's the quickest overview ever, but the whole story would be pages long.
It is not the challenges that define us, but how we respond to those challenges