Rhythmic Movement Training

What is Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training (BRMT)?

Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training is a movement-based program using gentle, yet effective, passive and active movements developed by Dr. Harald Blomberg, MD.  These safe and gentle movements replicate the spontaneous, rhythmic movements babies make during the first year of life which are essential for the maturing and “linking up” of their brain and nervous system.  In normal development, these natural, spontaneous movements help create new neural pathways necessary for brain development.  In addition, these movements integrate the primitive and postural reflexes into an infant’s whole body system in order for the young child to develop and mature physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

Why Rhythmic Movement Training?

The RMT movements have been adapted from these natural, spontaneous baby movements and have been used effectively with infants, children, teens, and adults.  They are suitable for anyone regardless of their age or disability. The movements provide stimulation to several senses, including the tactile, proprioceptive (the inner sense of our body) and vestibular (balance) senses, which all form the foundational basis of our sensory system.

As children move and balance in gravity, they also develop their motor skills, their automatic, conscious, and more skilled movement patterns. Together these motor and sensory skills support the ability to be stable, balanced, and grounded in the body and emotions.  All this moving, exploring, taking risks, and interacting with their environment and others around them assist children in creating and expanding pathways in the brain for future development.  This continual discovering and interacting also develops their speech, language, visual, auditory, and cognitive skills.  In addition, children are further advancing their emotions, self-awareness, self-regulation and motivation, and learning to play, cooperate, and connect through their heart with others.

All these necessary developmental milestones happen in a sequential fashion.  This means that the child will need to develop basic motor patterns prior to building more complicated ones, each skill building on the previous pattern.  Whether in childhood or adulthood, stimulating new neural pathways through movement helps access more of the brain’s capacities.  More dynamic use of the whole brain, body, and emotional system is accessible, as well as, the higher executive thinking and creative abilities.

Experience Rhythmic Movement Training for yourself, your child, or someone you know who could benefit from movement integration through private or group sessions, workshops, or trainings.

How Did RMT Originate and Who Developed it?

Dr. Harald Blomberg, MD, a psychiatrist from Sweden, is the founder and originator of Rhythmic Movement Training.  He was first introduced to these movements in 1985 by a Swedish body therapist, Kerstin Linde.  She based her movement therapy on the spontaneous movements that infants make during the first year of life before they are upright and walking.

For three years Dr. Blomberg observed, studied, and followed Kerstin Linde and her therapeutic work with clients.  He was extremely impressed with the results these movements had on children with sensory and motor difficulties, adults with back and joint pain, and clients with other physical and psychological conditions.

Dr. Blomberg used these movements in a psychiatric outpatient clinic where he worked in Stockholm, Sweden.  In the early 1990’s, he began using rhythmic movements with children who had attention, motor, and learning difficulties, including dyslexia.  From these experiences with patients, Dr. Blomberg modified and supplemented some of Kerstin Linde’s original movements with his knowledge of primitive reflexes that he originally learned from Peter Blythe and the isometric exercises he studied with Svetlana Masgutova, PhD.  In Sweden, Dr. Blomberg called his movement method Rytmisk Rӧrelsetrӓning, and in English it became known as Rhythmic Movement Training.

Dr. Blomberg has a private practice in Stockholm, Sweden.  In addition, the Center for Rhythmic Movement Training is in operation in Solna, Sweden, under the direction of Dr. Blomberg. Here children and adults are assessed and seen for a variety of challenges, including sensory and motor problems, ADHD, dyslexia, language disorders, delayed language development, Aspergers, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Parkinson. In working with the center’s skilled therapists, each client receives an individualized exercise program and attends private therapy sessions. Some therapy is continued at home individually or with the parent.

Dr. Blomberg remains active in working with children and adults, and continues to augment his learning with a variety of therapists and doctors in order to keep his work dynamic and up to date.  He continues to consult with medical and educational colleagues, teaches courses internationally, and offers a training program in his original method of Rhythmic Movement Training.  In 2011 Dr. Blomberg published the book, Movements That Heal, in English.  His recently published 2015 version, The Rhythmic Movement Method: A Revolutionary Approach to Improved Health and Well-Being, is an updated version of his original Swedish book.  In this book, Dr. Blomberg explains why Rhythmic Movement is more useful than drugs in treating ADHD and many other disorders.  He describes how simple, yet specific, healing exercises stimulate the ability of the brain and the nervous system to renew itself and create new connections and opportunities.  In 2016 he published his English version of the Swedish book Autism: A Path to Healing, where he outlines a holistic view on Autism, environmental factors, diet and Rhythmic Movement Training.

For further information on Dr. Blomberg, see his website, www.blombergrmt.com or the USA official website for Blomberg Rhythmic Movement Training, www.blombergrmt.us .

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