Emma Ashfield 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, but always works alongside osteopaths, as 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.
She recently 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 case studies.
The reason why Rhythmic Movement Training for primitive reflex integration in conjunction with the Safe and Sound Protocol is such a powerful combination is because they bring a person out of their very primitive survival brain and into their social engagement system, regulating their autonomic nervous system and giving improved self-awareness and readiness to tackle postural and learning challenges.
I believe that rhythm is an important aspect of our development, and is key to effective neuroplasticity.
What makes Emma different?
Emma combines the Safe and Sound Protocol and reflex integration, but also works closely with osteopaths to provide a seamless, end-to-end service. She has recently incorporated Unyte’s IOM2 to track vagal tone from session to session, when appropriate, by measuring heart rate variability.
Emma is also a Unyte partner, and can provide a referral discount if clients wish to purchase their own IOM2 device for guided meditation as a follow-on from the Safe and Sound Protocol.
Emma works from clinics in Dorking, Cranleigh and Horsham.