“Reflexes provide protection and development,” Svetlana Masgutova, Russian psychologist and founder of Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI), who has brought her primitive reflex integration methods and research to the U.S.
“Our children are blocked on a survival level, which means they won’t get to go through new experiences that help them develop. Using the concept of integrating — not inhibiting — the reflex, we work on the level of brain organization to help improve the quality of patient functioning.”
A reflex is a motor response, or output, responding to a particular stimulus, or input. Reflexes allow us to interact with the outside environment and they also manage vital internal functions of our body systems. This quietly managed system has a great emotional and behavioral impact on our ability to deal with familiar, novel, or threatening changes in our environment.
Reflex integration can change lives. The disorganized student may move toward self-organization, the struggling reader may move toward competence, the emotionally challenged may move toward opening up to the world, trusting others, and experiencing wonder and joy. The prognosis and outcome for each child will vary depending on the underlying disorder, the extent to which the sensory and motor systems are challenged, the number of reflexes that are impacted, and the amount of time that can be dedicated to the reflex integration work.
When dysfunctional reflexes are addressed with proper integration techniques, function can be improved or even restored. Individuals will move closer, step by step, to reaching their fullest potential when experiencing reflex integration work.