Rhythmic Movement Training and Reflex Integration


Why do children have trouble riding a bike, swimming or throwing a ball?


Why do children have problems sitting still, dislike tight clothing or are afraid of the dark?


Why do children suffer from motion sickness, have poor balance or are clumsy and



They may have retained primitive reflexes! 


What are Primitive Reflexes?

Primitive reflexes are developed in babies before they are even born and are controlled by a part of the babies brain called the Pons. Primitive Reflexes help your baby to survive in the early years and protect themselves from injury.

Movement is the key in the early years to help baby develop control over their primitive reflexes. When our babies have proper control, they can move within their environment which allows them to play, run, swim, swing, dress themselves and sit still for learning. This indicates that they have a good understanding of their 6 senses which are; touch, hearing, smell, sight, taste and movement. 

If babies for some reason haven't had the chance to move in the first 5 years, (for example; reflux, any surgeries, anxiety or prolonged illness) they can struggle with understanding their senses and therefore reflexes dominate to protect them.

Free body movements such as: tummy time, play mat time with hanging toys, swimming, cuddles and chest to chest time help to boost brain development.


Babies primitive reflexes normally stay present until 3.5 years of age but if they are there after this age you may notice your child might have problems with learning including difficulty with:

  • riding a bike

  • swimming

  • throwing a ball

  • sitting still

  • reading and language

  • they dislike tight clothing

  • suffer from motion sickness in moving vehicles (car, bus, train, boat)

  • are afraid to go to toilet in the dark

  • are clumsy and unco-ordinated just to name a few. 

Why Rhythmical Movements?

When our children are babies we naturally rock and bounce them to calm them and this helps to boost brain development and retrain the brain. When children are older we forget to do these movements yet they are essential to assist them with learning and movement. 

Here at Albany Children's Physio we have expert therapists who are trained in assessing and treating children with retained primitive reflexes and associated learning difficulties.

Did you know that with simple rhythmical movements the brain can be re-trained? 

We can give you simply rhythmical movements to help integrate these reflexes. 

For an appointment, contact us on (08) 6818 6268 or click below to email us. 





For more information of Rhythmical Movement please click the below link: 



Rhythmic Movement Training (RMTi) is coming to Albany!

Moira Dempsey will be running courses in Albany in February 2020.


What is Rhythmic Movement Training (RMTi)


RMTi courses involve using movements and various reflex integration techniques for optimal neural development. Many people with challenges such as ADD/ADHD; Sensory Processing Disorders; Autism; Speech and Language Delays: Dyslexia; PTSD; Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI); Cerebral Palsy; Developmental Delays; Depression; Anxiety; etc. have reported positive changes after following an RMTi program. RMT can be used as a stand-alone modality or easily incorporated into being used with other practices and techniques.


Teaching Methods include a mixture of theory as well as practical and experiential applications, presented through a combination of PowerPoints, videos, demonstrations, discussions and practice sessions


RMTi Courses are suitable for


Occupation therapists; physical therapists; Speech therapists; parents; social workers; family and mental health therapists; developmental optometrists; and Vision therapists; yoga therapists; classroom teachers; special educators; nursery and pre-school teachers; school counsellors; healthcare providers; massage therapists, trauma specialists and caregivers; kinesiologists; Alexander practitioners; Feldenkrais practitioners; Brain Gym instructors; neuro-developmental practitioners; osteopaths; chiropractors etc.


About the Instructor – Moira Dempsey

Moira Dempsey, from Melbourne Australia has been learning and teaching RMT since 2003. She has been involved with Brain Gym® and Touch for Health since 1991. Moira was a member of the Educational Kinesiology Foundation Board of Directors from 2003 until Jan 2013. Moira has taught extensively in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. She is a founder of Rhythmic Movement Training International, now based in Houston TX USA. Moira received outstanding achievement awards from the EduK Foundation in 2000 and 2005, and a special award in 2012 honouring her many years of service to Brain Gym worldwide. In 2008 she received the Humanitarian Award from the Australian Kinesiology Association. She is the developer or co-developer of all the RMTi training courses and co-author of the book, Movements That Heal. She also mentors people wishing to become RMTi instructors.


More information about RMTi courses, Consultants & Instructors worldwide can be found at www.rhythmicmovement.org



Moira’s Schedule Albany WA 2010

Location for All Classes

3/42 Angove Road



Times for All Classes

9:00 am to 5:30 pm


February/March 2020 Classes

RMTi 1 (Focus, Organisation & Comprehension) (no pre-requisite)

RMTi 2 (Emotions, Memory & Behaviour)

Extensively Updated and Revised Courses

29 February to 2 March, 2020

$750 (full) $670 (early bird by 10 February, 2020) Review $375


RMTi Making Connections – New Course

(no pre-requisite)

3 & 4 March, 2020

$500 (full) $430 (early bird by 10 February, 2020) $250 review


RMTi for School Readiness

(no pre-requisite)

5 & 6 March, 2020

$500 (full) $430 (early bird by 10 February, 2020) $250 review


10% Discount if attending more than one class



To register you need a student account:


Once student account created, Register into classes



Course descriptions and topics can be found at






For more information contact

Rebecca Hetherington – Albany Children’s Physio

Tel: +61-427-991238 or +61-400-724287



Course Information

Level 1 & 2

RMTI 1 - How rhythmic movements assist in integrating primitive reflexes important for establishing postural control; Why this is important; for increased impulse control, attention, balance, coordination, stamina and learning.
RMTi 2 - Learn effective RMT techniques for integrating the defensive primitive reflexes that are crucially important for learning to be safe; for developing good sensory processing and perception; as well as developing social and emotional maturity.


Making Connections

This course looks at how the brain develops from the bottom up and develops connections between the hindbrain, midbrain and forebrain so that eventually the prefrontal cortex is able to establish the ability to coordinate actions, feelings and thoughts. One of the roles of the primitive reflexes is to begin the journey of establishing the connections between all the different neural areas. There are 7 different procedures taught about using RMT to activate and establish stronger connections


RMTi for School Readiness

The focus of this class is on how recognise retained reflexes and on how use the RMT movements and other activities with groups of children. Using games, play and fun to promote less stressful learning environments. This class is suitable for childcare workers, nursery, preschool, kindergarten, early primary teachers, and parents.
No Pre-requisite

Shop 3/42 Angove Rd Spencer Park WA 6330

Monday:  9:00am to 5:00pm

Tuesday:  9:00am to 5:00pm

Wednesday:  9:00am to 5:00pm 

Thursday : 9:00am to 5:00pm

Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm

Saturday: closed

Sunday: closed

(08) 6818 6268