Within the framework of the Anat Baniel Method, which helps children connect with their joy of learning, I find that a basic application of reflex integration can be helpful in small doses. It is another way to give the brain information about tensional systems and weight bearing.
The Anat Baniel Method helps a child acquire a gentle three dimensional internal experience of their movement capabilities. In this way the ABM gives a child a full palette of of movement possibilities with which they can connect in a meaningful way to intentional movement in a relaxed learning atmosphere. Children are free to discover what interests them, to move through their own frustration and to have the satisfaction of accomplishment. As I work with children, I find that I can easily combine information about reflexes to help children further their learning process.
I am very glad that I experienced Feldenkrais/ABM first and was able to add the reflex knowledge to my understanding of how the human system works. I would like all children to have the experience of the joyfulness of learning and discovering that ABM brings.
I heard a story about an early Masgutova camp in California. 50% of the children were learning quite a bit faster than the other half. When they looked for the common factor it was discovered those were the children who had been receiving ABM lessons before beginning the reflex work. If ABM is the first experience for a child receives, every other kind of experience will be enhanced. ”
I am glad that I studied MNRI and that I am able to bring some understanding of reflexes to the children and families that I serve.