Vital Moves is a program that can unearth natural learning abilities, and help all learners, - adults or children - to learn more easily and cope more readily.
Built on the study of movement and its relationship to learning, Vital Moves facilitates lasting changes in neural and muscular function, with profound effects on learning ability.
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What can Vital Moves help with?
- Sitting still
- Gross and fine motor skills
- Muscle tone
How does it work?
Our ability to learn is influenced by how well we have integrated a series of primitive reflexes that we were born with. As newborn infants, primitive reflexes control all our motor activity.
When, as babies, we learn to make certain movements in an exact way, it means that reflex has been integrated. For example lying on our fronts and lifting our head and chest, with legs and feet relaxed and remaining in contact with the floor, often indicates the landau reflex is integrated.
If for any reason, a primitive reflex is not fully integrated (i.e. retained), it can delay the establishment of appropriate neural pathways for learning and development.
To compensate the brain and body develops alternative ways of doing things that may bring about stress and other difficulties. For example with the landau reflex if the legs are extended and the feet are raised from the floor, it is active.
If the landau does not develop properly other reflexes will not integrate and the person will have low muscle tone especially in the neck and back and if it is not integrated the person may be clumsy in the lower part of the body.
The Vital Moves program uncovers retained primitive reflexes and uses Rhythmic Movement Training to integrate them. The result? Uninterrupted brain and body communication that brings ease and clarity to learning situations.
What is Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT)?
RMT is a pattern of activities that teach the brain and body movements that it has not yet naturally acquired. Rhythmic movements are actions that mimic the developmental movements that babies and infants naturally and automatically make as they grow. They are done in lying, sitting or hands-and-knees position. The movements assist in releasing stress and learned patterns associated with retained or underdeveloped infant reflexes that result in learning challenges. Importantly, it lays down the foundations for neural pathway growth.
RMT focuses on the vital role of developmental movements before birth and during infancy, in laying down the foundations for neural network pathway growth and myelinisation of the brain; and the effect on learning and development of lifelong postural reflexes. RMT replicates the developmental movements associated with infant reflexes, and also uses gentle isometric pressure to bring awareness to the body, which assists in releasing the stress and learned patterns associated with retained or underdeveloped infant reflexes that appear as learning challenges.
Is Vital Moves suitable for treating ADD or ADHD?
Children who are inattentive, easily distracted, quickly tire of what they are doing, and have problems organising their activities are often diagnosed with attention deficit disorder (ADD). Another diagnosis applied to children who have difficulties controlling their impulses and displaying excessive activity, is attention deficit with hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Diagnoses can turn into labels, which can lead to over-simplification and insensitivity to the very real and unique people behind the label. These are great kids who wiggle a lot because their system is still searching for developmental movement patterns that haven’t yet clicked into place. When their brain and body learn the vital movement patterns, then transformation occurs.
What happens at a session?
I complete a range of non-invasive checks at each visit to determine which of the primitive reflexes associated with the learner’s challenges are present. I then teach selected developmental movements. We practice them together and look for any immediate changes. I give you a home support program of daily exercises and a booklet containing the movement descriptions. You need to spend about 10-15 minutes each day doing the home support program.
In the case of children, I teach the child and the parent how to do the developmental movements, and I emphasise the importance of parents guiding their children in their home support exercises.
How many sessions are needed?
It varies according to the individual and their particular challenges. The average program involves ten one-hour visits. Sessions are ideally scheduled one to two weeks apart. Many learners show significant changes after only a few sessions.
Where can I go for an appointment?
Appointments are available in Bardon and Pullenvale. to book.
What do parents say?
“When Aiden began the Vital Moves program he had a great deal of trouble concentrating with his school work and controlling his behaviour in the classroom. He also had poor co-ordination. Now he is able to concentrate with his schoolwork. He’s improved in all aspects of his school life and is excelling at ball games. It has taken six sessions to see this amazing transformation. His teacher and our friends have noticed amazing behavioural change. He is much calmer. We’ve come so far – we’re really thrilled.”
“When William started with Paula, the school was talking to us about suspending him due to his constant disruptive behaviour. After five sessions we’ve noticed a huge change in his behaviour and maturity – in particular the ability to concentrate and understand the consequences of his choices. The movements are fun and easy. The logic behind the movements makes sense. Whilst Will is by no means perfect, I believe the sessions have really helped him improve academically and fit in with mainstream schooling.”
“Oscar was opting out of learning, his reading skills were low, and he had difficulty sitting still. Within two to three weeks of starting the Vital Moves program, a profound thing happened. His headaches and backaches stopped. After four to five weeks, his behaviour completely changed. Now he can sit still with greater ease and concentration has improved. Once it was a struggle to read half a chapter and now he wants to read three or four at a time – there’s fluidity and enjoyment of reading. Oscar is completely involved in his learning.”
Tess van den Bergh
“Our son, Jamie, was having great difficulties since birth with low muscle tone which was causing global development delay. After seeing other professionals, he made some progress.
But, we felt his progress levelled off. So, we started seeing Paula when Jamie was 2 years 8 months old and now just turned 3. In these 4 months, Jamie has improved enormously. His balance, muscle strength, coordination, body awareness and muscle tone have all come a long way in half a dozen visits.
Not only have we noticed the improvements, his childcare teachers have also noticed big improvements in his strength and balance. Now, he can do most outdoor play without any assistance. Jamie used to spend up to 1.5 hours to complete the exercises assigned by other professionals. But, now he can finish the exercises much quicker.
On a good day, he can finish them in 20 minutes and even a bad day, it would only take him 45 minutes. He is now able to concentrate and settle much better than before.”
Mick and Yannie Norris