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On a personal note, when an osteopath (after x‐rays) left my hand/arm in a terrible state of pain and dysfunction, Svetlana was able to solve the problem in little more than an hour‐‐addressing my reflexes and then the bones in my hand.

About 8 years ago, I completed my M.S. in Community Health Administration and Wellness Promotion. My master's thesis involved the primary reflexes (as we call them in MNRI). At the time, I knew about Waldorf Curative Education, Brain Gym, a little about Masgutova, and looked around the web regarding the Bobaths, Vojte, Bainbridge, Movement Shiatsu, etc. I came across Sally Goddard's work (not knowing she had written a book); and emailed her. She was gracious and helpful, sending me research and her published articles by mail. I'm a big fan of hers; and I've often wondered what she and Svetlana would be like together in discussion.

That said, I had a choice of reflex paths to follow, and I chose the Masgutova Method because of its holistic approach. Goddard's is a more mainstream medical model. Also, I like the distinction between the Fear Paralysis Reflex and the Moro Reflex that Masgutova makes so clearly and Goddard does not. I don't really know what she means by "inhibition exercises". I am wary based on the terminology. Also, when I was communicating with Sally, her work was primarily for learning disabilities.

I have not studied the Goddard training in ‐ depth, so do not feel qualified to comment on it. I have read much of her work. The following is from one of her articles: "The Institute for Neuro‐Physiological Psychology (INPP), Chester, UK has devised a protocol of standard neurological tests to demonstrate the presence or absence of primitive reflexes. On the basis of the child’s reflex profile, the Institute prescribes a daily five to ten minute home program of reflex stimulation or inhibition exercises, spanning a period of 9 to 12 months. "

I have studied the Masgutova method in‐depth, and I am astounded by the breadth and depth of Svetlana's understanding of anatomy and physiology, neurology, human growth and development; and the various ways in which she approaches a multitude of challenges‐‐even the most severe. I have watched her innovate, develop and enhance her program again and again. There is no "standard" program... home programs are individualized and vary in scope and length.

On a personal note, when an osteopath (after x‐rays) left my hand/arm in a terrible state of pain and dysfunction, Svetlana was able to solve the problem in little more than an hour‐‐addressing my reflexes and then the bones in my hand.

I would guess that Sally's work is good and I'm grateful to her for her pioneering role and her kindness to me personally. From what I've read, however, the Masgutova work is volumes more comprehensive.

Sharon Heller, M.S.

 

Sharon Heller, M.S.

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