Neuro-developmental therapy is a very gentle, movement-based, non-talking therapy, which gradually reduces social, emotional, behavioural, sensory and learning challenges.
The Move2Connect method involves the use of gentle movement that helps to build higher brain connections (primitive reflex integration), as well as sound therapies that help tone the vagus nerve and build a resilient autonomic nervous system.
Our development in early childhood is similar to walking up a flight of stairs: we take one step at a time in order to progress to the next. We can skip steps, but this is not the most efficient way for our brains to develop and make the connections necessary to function in life without challenges.
Primitive reflex integration can help people discover the developmental steps that they have missed by showing the central nervous system what it should have done first time around, making new higher brain connections.
Those with behavioural, emotional, postural or learning challenges all have one thing in common: they have a prevalence of active primitive reflexes. These are the reflexes we are all born with, which should have disappeared within the first two years of our lives, as we progress through the “typical” milestones, such as rolling, sitting, crawling, etc, within the “typical” window of development. If we do not integrate these primitive reflexes, they remain “retained” in our systems causing various challenges throughout life.
By using a combination of specific foetal and infant movement patterns, sometimes alongside a specially designed sound programme, it is possible to “reboot” the nervous system, giving you a second chance to meet those developmental milestones.
Move2Connect was founded in November 2017 by Emma Ashfield.
Emma came across the concept of “retained reflexes” through work with her own family, and found her true vocation by experiencing change through primitive reflex integration first hand.
Having qualified to study osteopathy, she decided to change career completely. However, she always works alongside cranial osteopaths, as she feels that cranial osteopathy in conjunction with reflex integration tends to be a key part of the journey.
She has worked with a variety of people of all ages with challenges encompassing autism spectrum disorders, dyspraxia, dyslexia, anxiety, sensory processing disorder and speech and language disorders.
In 2019, Emma helped edit Moira Dempsey’s new book, “Beyond the Sea Squirt: A Journey With Reflexes”, and helped Moira to decide on this excellent book title, as well as contributing a couple of her own powerful case studies.
Emma is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and as a polyvagal-informed approach to trauma, this complements the work she does using the Safe and Sound Protocol and primitive reflex integration.
In addition, Emma is studying Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health at Kings College, London in order to contribute her own research in neuroplasticity therapies.
I believe that rhythm is an important aspect of our development, and is key to effective neuroplasticity.
What makes Move2Connect different?
The Move2Connect method combines the Safe and Sound Protocol and primitive reflex integration, but also works closely with osteopaths to provide a seamless, end-to-end service.
A client recently said to Emma “You have experience that cannot be bought, because you know what it feels like to sit on our side of the room”. This is because Emma takes care to find a therapeutic pathway that works for each individual client.
The Move2Connect method uses a combination of RMTi (Rhythmic Movement Training) and other neuro-movement reflex integration techniques coupled with the iLs/Unyte Safe and Sound Protocol.
The Move2Connect Primitive Reflex Integration method has been used with clients aged 3 to 102. Because of the passive nature of some of the movements used, this work is even suitable for children who find it difficult to engage or follow instructions.
Who does Move2Connect work with?
You do not need a “diagnosis” in order to work with Move2Connect – in fact I do not work with labels at all, as I look at the whole person. The majority of clients have the following challenges:
- generalised anxiety
- work-related stress
- pain linked to postural challenges
- sensory processing difficulties
- asynchronous development – in particular, 2e children, who struggle with anxiety
- coordination and motor planning difficulties
- letter and number reversals
- attention challenges
- separation anxiety
- poor self regulation
- speech and language difficulties
- sleep challenges
- inability to switch off or let things go
- bedwetting (over the age of 7)
- problems with pencil grip
I have also worked successfully with people with the following challenges:
- Vascular dementia
- Motion sickness
- Trying to quit smoking
- Ehlers Danlos Syndrome
- Eating disorders
I am a trauma-informed practice, and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP-I).
To contact me, please send an e-mail.