Our son had terrible sleep problems as a young child and was tested for ADHD. He struggled to concentrate or sit still at school. He has hypermobility in his joints, which made it physically difficult to hold a pen and he and also could be extremely silly at school and at home, though he has always been a very kind boy. In Year 3 he had to be given his own 'office' to work in and he was behind in most areas. We tried RMT as we were grasping at straws and thought it couldn't do any harm. Some results were immediate. We did not tell the school that we had started, but a few weeks into the programme in the Summer Term, his teacher asked to see me (these meetings had always been negative!) to ask if something had happened at home, as he seemed more focused in class and was working better. The teacher even re-wrote his end of year report to reflect significant changes. At the end of Year 4 we stopped RMT, as our son received his end of year report where he is now on track in most subjects and ahead in a couple. He is still 'working towards' in PE, but had always been at least a year behind. His co-ordination and ability to hold a pen etc improved considerably over that time. His core strength and flexibility in his back also improved, although we still have some work to do here with an osteopath. In my opinion, our son's development and progress at school was significantly improved by RMT and he is generally so much calmer at home, though he can still behave like an idiot at times! Gaynor was incredibly patient with our son in the sessions and was very flexible and understanding with our time pressures. It seems important that you do commit to doing the exercises several times a week, but Gaynor kept the time needed relatively short at only 5 minutes or so per night. Our son could choose which ones he wanted to do, which he liked. RMT has changed our son's life for the better. --- J. D. (August 2016)
The changes in my son since using RMT have been amazing, something that simply cannot be put down to maturity. Now that I have a greater understanding of how retained reflexes can impact a learner, as a teacher, I can understand why so many children may have difficulties with their learning. Coming to the School Readiness Course has given me an insight to the children I teach. By addressing their retained reflexes through effective, but fun, activities and movements, a child’s learning can be supported – and not by repeating tasks that up until then have not been successful. I used RMT activities with my class for the last half term of the year and even in that time, I saw children change. I never knew that so many actions I saw in class are related to the retained reflexes. The child, who for most of the year, I had nagged to sit up straight and not rest their head on their arm or the table, was sitting up straighter. The child at the back of the class who constantly fidgeted, was still wriggly, but less so. The child who would sit with their feet wrapped around the chair legs or would perch on the seat with the foot tucked under them, was sitting with their feet flat on the floor. Through addressing hand-reflexes I began to see changes in presentation and handwriting. RMT isn’t just about changing a child’s posture, it has the potential to develop their confidence and self-esteem, some behaviour issues, the speed in which they can work, how they think and how ideas can be developed into pieces of work, how they learn and how their work is presented. Every child is different so the benefits that will be reaped from RMT will be different for every child. I am excited to see what happens when I use RMT right from the start of the new school year. --- A. Roe (Who has now been appointed as SENCO in her school)
Our son had experienced difficulties in his development emerging from babyhood, being diagnosed with Autism aged 7yrs old. As a baby he struggled to wean, had sensory issues and many dislikes and fears; this developmental delay lead to frustration, difficulty in organising himself, with his communication and language disorder hindering his ability to form relationships. Strategies that we and school implemented were partially successful but there were still these ongoing issues. We heard about RMT through a friend and within a month of starting the exercises we saw such incredible changes in him we asked Gaynor if she could also start seeing his younger brother! His special interests which created barriers to friendships started to diminish, he made massive leaps in his mathematical understanding which had been a massive struggle throughout school and his fears are lessening month by month. His and his brother's maturity has continued to grow under Gaynor's care and experience in the area of RMT. --- A.G (September 2016)
Myself and my team had the pleasure of doing the RMTi School Readiness course with Gaynor this week. I have to say not only is the course amazing, it has left us all feeling inspired to further help our little ones in readiness for the world through rhythmic movement and reflex patterns. This type of training should be given to all teachers, medical professionals and parents so that we are all more aware of how the components of our bodies work from preconception and throughout life. We will be shouting this through the rooftops in the hope that one day Gaynor's work and the work of RMTi will be recognised. Thanks again Gaynor. We are really looking forward to our journey. MB
I feel extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to be part of Gaynor’s RMT training. The two day course has been mind blowing in helping realise why movement has such a great impact on the developing brain and the connections and gaps it fills. I feel passionate and driven by the course to help the children in my care and hopefully see the difference it makes to their learning. At the same time this training helps me on a personal level with my children who are autistic, and I will use the massage techniques learnt and the exercises consistently with them. After a long time I feel hopeful with what I've learned through this training will make a significant change. I strongly feel that school professionals and parents could benefit too from the knowledge of RMT and especially special needs professionals should definitely apply these strategies in their settings. I would like to thank Gaynor for delivering RMT with such commitment and passion. It shines through. It was lovely to meet such an amazing lady. Thank you again. GB
As a senior psychotherapist, I attended Gaynor Ralls training at all levels in Rhythmic Movement. It was amazing and very informative. This training is engaging and will change your life and how you view others in it. Highly recommended to do. Gaynor is a brilliant facilitator and educator. She has wisdom beyond her years, I would highly endorse and verify her as a trainer. LM
Thank you Gaynor. What a fantastic two days. This training is an absolute must for everyone who works with or cares for children. It has been wonderful to learn more about the connections between brain and body and the reflexes, senses, movements and skills that children need to master before they can cope with reading, writing and maths. It also absolutely supports children's need to play, move and develop at a rate appropriate for their age. It is truly amazing to note that simple movements can have a major impact on a child's development and academic success. We also need you training politicians! We look forward to embedding this knowledge in our work and further contact with you.