How long will it be before I see any changes doing RMT?
Positive changes are often noticed within two weeks, especially when the movements are done every day; however, every individual is different and responds in unique ways to the movements. Some experience profound, positive changes immediately. Others experience changes that are more gradual and subtle.
How long do I have to do the movements for every day?
Often we start at 2 or 3 minutes a day and work up to about 15 minutes a day, which can be spread over 2 or 3 sessions a day if necessary.
How many months do I have to commit to doing the programme?
While positive change can be seen in a short period of time, to further develop and reinforce the changes it is not unusual to follow the programme for a year or more.
Do the changes last?
We have found that the changes do last as long as the programme is followed for an adequate period of time. Consistency is the most important requirement. A little bit every day is more effective than a lot once a week.
What is the time between appointments?
In the beginning it may be once a week or fortnight, however often appointments are then spaced out to once a month.
Please talk to an RMT Provider about this.
Is it safe to do RMT with other programmes?
We have found that it is. All RMT Providers are also certified in other modalities and will often combine their skills when working with you or your child.
Will RMT work if we don’t do it every day? What happens if we only do RMT when we have appointments with an RMT Provider?
RMT is most effective when done in small amounts on a daily or near daily basis. If you cannot do RMT on a regular daily schedule, it will still be beneficial, but may take much longer to achieve the desired results.
Is RMT safe to do for people with seizure disorders?
We often see a reduction in the rate of seizures for those doing the rhythmic movements consistently. However, there are many factors in our modern society that may contribute to brain inflammation and the prevalence of seizures. In the book Movements that Heal, Harald Blomberg, MD & Moira Dempsey wrote that seizures may be triggered by electromagnetic radiation, intolerance to gluten and dairy, accumulation of glutamate in the brain, and food additives such as monosodium glutamate and aspartame.* Because movement has a stimulatory effect on the brain, if an individual is already influenced by one or more of these factors, he or she may be more likely to experience a seizure by doing movement.
For this reason, it is important that those with already known seizure disorders or other challenges, such as vestibular sensitivity, autism, and sensory-motor handicaps, begin doing Rhythmic Movements with close observation. In these cases RMT should be done in small amounts, with very gradual increases in the amount of movement done at one time.
Be sure to tell your RMT provider if you or your child has any of the above mentioned challenges. Your provider will recommend specific movements that are the most safe and gentle for your situation.
Kerstin Linde regularly worked with severely motor handicapped children with epilepsy. She found that with a sustained practice of the Rhythmic Movements, the seizures improved and in some cases completely disappeared.
*For more information about food additives, see www.truthinlabeling.org and http://fedup.com.au/
Can I do the movements with someone with Down’s syndrome?
Yes. However if there is an instability between the top two vertebrae we do not use any movements that move the head and neck.
Are there any side effects to RMT?
As with all movement based programmes there can a number of short term physical and emotional responses as the body releases toxins and muscle tension. These include things such as nausea, coughing up mucus, flu-type symptoms, headaches, colds, diarrhea, fever and rashes.
On an emotional level there can be periods of defiance, anger, irritation, depression, nightmares, and clinging. Though this may be challenging, it is actually a good sign that emotional processing is occurring and the brain is maturing. This time is usually brief and passes as integration occurs. It is important that the movements be continued through this stage, though it may be helpful to reduce the amount of time the movements are done every day. It may also be helpful to gently do the movements at night for children who are sleeping. Please let your RMT provider know if you have concerns or questions about physical or emotional responses to RMT.
Is it better for me to attend a course or go to a provider?
A provider can help you with assessment and the learning of movements to do at home for you or your child. If you’d like to learn many movements at one time, experience and practice the movements during a two or three day course, and understand the theory behind the work, then taking a training course is the best option.
Your RMT Provider or Instructor can help you determine what will best meet your needs.
How do I become a recognised RMTi Provider?
To become a recognised RMTi Provider you need to be a licensed or certified in a modality e.g. Brain Gym Instructor; Developmental Kinesiologist; Feldenkrais Practioner; Alexander Technique Practioner; Occupational Therapist; Physical Therapist; Physiotherapist; Montessori teacher; Steiner teacher; Medical Practitioner; Massage Therapist: Kinesiologist etc.
- Attend RMT Levels 1, 2 and 3
- Sign Enrollment Agreement
- Complete written tests for each level
- Complete 3 case studies (Each study requires that you see a person at least 3 times and the focus is RMT and reflexes)
- Attend Level 1 & 2 again (preferably with another instructor) or attend an RMTi Intensive class
- Complete and sign a questionnaire and RMTi Code of Ethics
- Pay the required fee to be listed on the website
You then apply to be listed on the website..
(These requirements are current as at October 2012, and are subject to change)
How do I become a recognised and certified RMTi Level One and Two Instructor?
Become an RMTi Introduction to RMT Instructor
- Attend Levels 1, 2 & 3 at least one more time
- Strongly recommended to attend Face the Fear
- Be an RMTi provider for at least 6 months.
- Write your own Introductory 2 to 4 hour RMT presentation and present it in the presence of your mentor and have it assessed.
- Complete 3 more case studies
- Co-teach RMT 1 & 2 at least once
- Sign an agreement with RMTi
Final steps to becoming an RMTi Level 1 & 2 Instructor
- Complete the trainee instructor questionnaire (available from your mentor)
- Attend Face the Fear
- Complete the final 3 case studies, which include a self-study over at least a six month period recording the changes you have noticed in yourself by doing the movements and reflex work.
- Co-teach RMT Level 1 and 2 at least one more time.
- Attend an RMT Intensive classes at least once.
- Be observed teaching RMT Levels 1 and 2 at least once by a RMT Level 1 and 2 observer faculty member
- Have a good working knowledge of development and movement
- Sign an agreement with RMT International
To become a recognised Rhythmic Movement Training International (RMTi) Instructor you need to have a background in development, movement, emotional or physical therapy. This includes, and is not limited to, being an Educational Kinesiology/Brain Gym instructor; Montessori/Early Childhood teacher; Occupational Therapist (with Sensory Integration training); Physical Therapist/ physiotherapist; kinesiologist; licensed massage therapist; psychologist; chiropractor; medical practitioner; speech therapist; osteopath; etc.
(These requirements are current as at October 2012, and are subject to change)
Are there any requirements to remain a Certified RMTi Instructor
To remain a Level 1 & 2 instructor you need to teach at least one RMT Level One and Two class every three years. You are also expected to assist in an RMT intensive at least once every three years; or attend or present update webinars.
If you don’t fulfil these requirements you will need to co-teach a level One and Two class with an observer faculty, to regain your instructor status.
It is expected that will keep up to date with current knowledge and understandings about the role of movement and learning in development, by reading; conference attendances; workshop attendance.
(These requirements are as at October 2012, and are subject to change)
Can I use attendance at RMTi classes for CEUs or Continued Professional Development?
RMT has been used for CEU/CPDs by kinesiologists, Brain Gym Instructors, Occupational Therapists, Physical/Physio Therapists, primary/elementary teachers, high school teachers, kindergarten/preschool teachers, doctors and nurses.
RMTi classes are currently recognised for Brain Gym Instructor relicensure by the Educational Kinesiology Foundation. They are also recognised by the Australian Kinesiology Association (AKA), Canadian Kinesiology Association (CANASK), Kinesiology Federation in UK (KF).
We advise students to check on the current laws and licensing requirements for CEU/CPDs in their profession and area.