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.


Who can attend and benefit from attending RMTi Classes?

Occupational therapists, Physio/Physical Therapists, Speech Therapist/ Pathologists, parents, social workers, family and mental health therapists, developmental optometrists and VTs, yoga therapists, classroom teachers, special educators, nursery and pre-school teachers, School counsellors, Healthcare providers, massage therapists, trauma specialists & caregivers, kinesiologists, Alexander practitioners, Feldenkrais practitioners, yoga teachers, Brain Gym Instructors, neuro-developmental practitioners; Osteopaths, Chiropractors


Are there any pre-requisites to attending RMTi Classes?

Requirements for Course Attendance

  1. Introduction to RMT – no prerequisite
  2. RMT One – Focus, Organisation & Comprehension – no prerequisite except an interest in learning RMT
  3. RMT Two – Emotions, Memory & Behaviour – prerequisite RMT One
  4. RMT Three – Reading & Writing – prerequisite RMT One and preferably RMT Two
  5. Face the Fear – prerequisite RMT Two
  6. Face the Fear (for Kinesiologists) (3 day) – Attended at least TFH 1 to 4, or equivalent
  7. Rhythm, Movement & Play – no prerequisite
  8. RMT for School Readiness – no prerequisite
  9. RMT Intensive – Attended RMT One, RMT Two and preferably RMT Three at least once

What will I learn in an RMTi Course?

RMTi One - Focus, Organisation & Comprehension

Accredited Hours: 14 hours (1.4 credit units)

No Pre-requisites

Learning Outcomes - How rhythmic movements assist in integrating reflexes; Why this is important; and What to do to stimulate brain connections for increased impulse control, attention, balance, coordination, stamina and learning.

Topics include:

  • How RMT builds neuro-sensory-motor foundations for focus and higher level learning skills
  • Basics in brain development for learning, attention and comprehension
  • Ways to identify developmental imbalances
  • Information on a selection of reflexes involved in laying the foundations of focus and comprehension – Tonic Labyrinthine (TLR); Landau; Symmetrical Tonic Neck (STNR); Spinal Galant; Amphibian; Babinski
  • Methods for integrating primitive reflexes
  • The 17 foundational RMT passive and active movements

Includes a full colour illustrated manual

RMTi Two – Emotions, Memory & Behaviour

Accredited Hours: 7 hours (.7 credit units)

Pre-requisite: RMTi One

Learning Outcomes - Learn effective RMT techniques for integrating developmental reflexes that are crucially important for sensory integration as well as social and emotional maturity.

Topics include:

  • Methods for integrating Fear Paralysis and Moro Reflexes
  • Basics on motor function and the limbic system
  • How to release muscle tension and emotional upset
  • Using RMT to increase brain connectivity to the frontal lobes
  • Movements to release anxiety and stored emotional and physical tension
  • Ways to support people with SPD and ASD using RMT
  • Precautions and possible reactions and contraindications

Includes full colour illustrated manual 

RMTi Three – Reading and Writing

 Accredited Hours: 14 Hours (1.4 credit units)

Pre-requisite: RMTi Level 1& 2

Learning Outcomes- Understand how our reading and writing ability is affected by various factors such as vision, the ability to recognise the sounds of the language and motor ability.

Topics include:

  • Relationship of retained reflexes to reading and writing challenges
  • How to check for non-integrated primitive reflexes relating to reading and writing
  • How to improve reading and writing abilities with RMT movements, gentle isometric techniques and other movement related activities.
  • Further information and integrating techniques for the Moro, TLR and STNR reflexes
  • Development of Head Righting for postural stability leading to efficient learning ability
  • The importance of the Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex (ATNR) for later reading and writing skills
  • Auditory processing challenges and connection to reading problems
  • Hand Reflexes and fine motor development essential for writing skills
  • Eye & Ear Development & Challenges Neural Patterns for Reading

Includes a full colour illustrated manual

Face the Fear

Accredited Hours: 14 hours (1.4 credit units)

Pre-requisites: RMTi 1 & 2 

Learning Outcomes - This course expands our understanding of the role reflexes play in developing a sense of safety so we can learn to live with a sense of belonging, stability and confidence. The establishment of a healthy ability to bond and attach is essential for developing our ability to express and communicate on all levels – physically, emotionally, socially, mentally and behaviorally.

Topics include:

  • A deeper look at the role the Fear Paralysis plays in all the above aspects
  • Exploration of the role reflexes associated with the Moro - Palmar, Infant Plantar, Rooting, Suck, Babkin and Spinal Perez – play in helping to establish language abilities, and develop maturity, confidence and self-esteem.
  • Simple techniques and tools for enhancing the integration of these reflexes with both children and adults.

Includes full colour illustrated manual

How do I become a recognised RMTi Provider?

To become a recognised RMTi Provider or Instructor you need to have academic training or be an approved modality practitioner or trainer. This includes, and is not limited to, Early Childhood teacher; registered and qualified primary/elementary/grade school teacher; high school teacher; school counsellor; Occupational Therapist; Physical/physio Therapist; Speech Therapist/Pathologist; Massage Therapist; Brain Gym Instructor; Kinesiologist; Touch for Health Instructor; Yoga teacher; INPP Practitioner; MNRI Practitioner; Behavioural/Developmental Optometrist; Osteopath; Chiropractor; Dance Teacher; Nurse; Doctor; etc.

Minimum Requirement to Become an RMTi Provider

  1. Attend RMT One, RMT Two & RMT Three
  2. Repeat RMT One OR attend RMT for School Readiness

Repeat RMT Two OR Face the Fear

OR Attend an RMT Intensive

  1. Complete three (3) case studies (need to see a person at least three (3) times for each study)
  2. Complete a questionnaire and sign agreement
  3. Sign Code of Ethics
  4. Pay annual Fee

To remain a recognised RMTi Provider you need to stay qualified in your profession or modality, as well as paying an annual fee

(These requirements are current as at January 2015, 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

    1. Be an RMTi Provider for at least six (6) months
    2. Repeat RMT One, Two & Three
    3. Attend Face the Fear or repeat RMT Two

    (Need to have attended RMT One and Two at least three (3) times (RMT Intensive can replace one lot of RMT One & Two) and Level Three twice as well as Face the Fear once)

    1. Co-Teach RMT One & RMT Two at least once
    2. Complete three (3) further case studies
    3. Write a two (2) to four (4) hour Introduction to RMT Presentation
    4. Present Introduction to a group in presence of RMTi Mentor and have it assessed by Mentor
    5. Sign an Instructor Agreement with RMTi

 Final steps to becoming an RMTi Level 1 & 2 Instructor

  • If an Intro to RMT Instructor

    1. Co-Teach RMTi One & Two at least one more time
    2. Complete 2 more case studies
    3. Complete 6 month self-case study
    4. Complete trainee questionnaire
    5. Attend RMT Intensive
    6. Be observed teach level one and two at least once

    If not an Introduction to RMT Instructor

    1. Attend RMT One, Two and Three at least one more time (with a variety of Instructors)
    2. Attend Face the Fear or RMT Two (Depending on what attended for becoming a Provider)
    3. Attend RMT Intensive
    4. Complete trainee questionnaire – includes writing an introductory class
    5. Complete 5 more case studies
    6. Complete a 6 month self-case study
    7. Co-teach RMT One & Two at least twice
    8. Be observed teaching RMT One & Two at least once
    9. Sign an Instructor Agreement with RMTi

(These requirements are current as at January 2015, and are subject to change)


Are there any requirements to remain a Certified RMTi Instructor

Teach at least one class every three years

Attend webinars/conferences

Attend RMT Intensives

Follow the Code of Ethics

Create a webinar for other RMT Instructors

Be involved in RMT committees

Add to knowledge by attending associated workshops and courses, reading

Complete paperwork in a timely manner

(These requirements are as at January 2015, and are subject to change)


 What are the requirements for a BRMT Instructor to become an RMTi Intructor

Attend RMTi Level One, Two and Three


Attend RMTi Intensive and RMTi Level 3

Attend Face the Fear

Complete Self Case Study

Complete 4 more Case Studies

Co-Teach RMTi Level 1 & 2 at least once

Be observed teaching RMTi Level 1 & 2 at least once

Sign RMTi Code of Ethics

Sign RMTi Instructor Agreement

(These requirements are as at January 2015, 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.