Research on Rhythmic Movement

One of the primary benefits of Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT) is integration of infant reflex patterns and development of the cerebellum. You can see how important the reflexes are for nervous system development and functioning by reading the research summaries on the links below. It may be helpful to read "The Importance of Integrating Reflexes" article first, to give you a brief introduction to reflexes if you are unfamiliar with them.

The Importance of Integrating Reflexes

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Infantile Reflexes Gone Astray in Autism

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Summaries of Research on Reflexes and Reflex Integration

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Dr. Blomberg proposes that one of the reasons RMT works so well is that it provides the stimulation the brain missed in infancy and helps develop new neural connections for proper brain maturity. You can see from the study here that "brain connectivity" is often underdeveloped in children with Autism.


Dr. Blomberg has also done primary research on Rhythmic Movement in Sweden, though his current book is not translated to English yet. Interestingly, Dr. Blomberg first used RMT with his psychiatric patients, many of whom got well even from severe psychosis and protracted schizophrenia.

As we talked about on the phone RMT is also excellent for developing balance and posture. The article here shows the link between anxiety and balance challenges which are present in many children with Autism.


To read more about Dr. Blomberg's fascinating story go to his website at www.haraldblomberg.com. You will also find information at the Rhythmic Movement Training International website www.rhythmicmovement.com

This article originated from a response letter published at rhythmicmovement.org