Event Registration

Event Registration

Show Certifications
CAPT CertificationAOTA Certification
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply
endorsement of specific course content, products, or
clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval
of a certification or other professional recognition.
This course is offered for 2.4 AOTA CEUs /
24 Contact Hours (Introductory level;
Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention)
NCBTMB CertificationASHA Certification
This course is offered for 2.4 ASHA CEUs
(Introductory level, Professional area)

MNRI® Aqua Reflex Integration

Dates: January 4-6, 2019
Dates: Registration at 8:30am, course begins at 9am
Location: Pleasanton, CA
Address: 1249 Quarry Lane
Address:  Suite 120
Address:  Pleasanton, CA 94566
Instructor: Dr. Svetlana Masgutova
Local Area  
Coordinator: Diane Whiteside
Email: dianewt3@att.net
Phone: (916) 396-1721

The Masgutova Method® is a set of programs focused on the restoration and maturation of primary movements, reflexes, coordination systems, skills for optimal performance of natural mechanisms, developmental processes, brain functioning, and sensory-motor integration. The Masgutova Method® is oriented on the stimulation of reflex patterns in order to awaken natural, genetic motor resources, self-regenerating strength of motor memory and sensory-motor coherence. This achievement innately carries the implication of the fulfillment of all potentials within movement abilities and learning skills.

The Mission of the Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute® Neuro-sensory-motor Reflex Integration, LLC is to provide children and adults reliable knowledge and safe tools for the use of natural, genetic motor resources to facilitate successful neuro-sensory-motor development and joyful learning. 

Movements resembling the swimming motor/postural activity in newborns and infants in the water are called swimming or aqua behavior. This behavior is based on the display of aquatic sensory-vestibular-motor reflexes, such as swimming, amphibian, floating, diving, breath control and some other.

These reflexes as any other infant reflexes are inborn, involuntary and automatic responses displayed when in the water. It presents the unit of the Central Nervous System functioning and can be used as the tool for the assessment of the state of the nerve system maturation in an infant, young child and adult. These reflexes in norm are fully functional before infants and young children can walk. They are on the level of development of lower motor neurons (brain stem and diencephalon) and serve the skills and abilities of swimming (on level of cortical programming and control).

Children and adults with atypical neurodevelopment may demonstrate retained and/or non-integrated reflex. Participants will engage in both the discussion and hands-on supervised practice of the coursework in the water for individuals with deficits in neurosensorimotor development. They will be introduced to information about the neuro-anatomy and neurophysiology of a reflex, its specifics in the water environment, how to work with protection and survival, and resources of the aqua responses to strengthen the neurodevelopmental process. It will demonstrate the possibilities of the work for healthy children and adults.

This course demonstrates reflex integration techniques for the gravity and qualities of the movement and muscle activity, and brain functioning that differ from those functioning in the air environment. It explores how water activates stress and survival, the establishment of safety and neurosensorimotor processing when being in this environment. Swimming and emersion in water are natural processes. When reintroduced to swimming at a later age, stress is anchored by retained Moro (frightening reflex), fear for exploration of the water, other environment/objects, and low motivation for learning. These can be reasons for poor neurosensorimotor integration. Many of these neurodeficits support reflex integration in the water because of its innate traits – activation of the breathing, slowed motion, soft and generalized touch, and freedom from gravity.

This program will facilitate optimal brain functioning, psychological/emotional comfort, health, motivation, cognition and emotional responses through repatterning and integration of genetically given motor patterns – reflexes.

Reflex patterning and integrating exercises are aimed at the coordination of the sensory- motor system and reflex schemas through the development of positive protection and survival. Participants will be introduced to the sensory and motor modality techniques accenting on the work to the release the of stress or traumatic experience in the past (including inhibition of breathing at birth), and also on the neurodevelopment and learning challenges using reflex patterns. The techniques for repatterning these reflex patterns include: Breathing (Inhale-Hold, Exhale-Hold), Moro and Fear Paralysis, Core Tendon Guard, Hand Grasp, Hands Pulling, Galant, Perez, Head Righting, STNR, ATNR, Segmental Rolling and Spinning, and other reflex patterns. Discussion of stressful/traumatic experience in the water (traumatic birth, early post-trauma or PTSD concerned with water) results in the inhibition of reflex development and maturation, increased over-protection and survival blocking successful functioning.

Aqua repatterning integration techniques for reflex patterns will be introduced to create a sufficient neurophysiological basis for feeling safe, inner strength, motivation, organization of proper perception and processing of the input, and development of different cognitive skills – visual, auditory, and cognitive process (strategies, speed of thinking, planning of for actions, analysis, decisions). Postural control mechanisms will also be addressed. Exercises for development and maturation of the reflex patterns concerned with emotional stability will be discussed. This program will offer MNRI® exercises, movements and techniques that can be used with children and adults with deficits in the sensorimotor sphere, neurodevelopment, poor/improper protection mechanisms formation; tendencies for stress, PTSD, fear and phobias, instable behavior, emotional disorientation, motor and speech delays. It also can be used as a stress release program for individuals of any age, and physical and mental state and talents.

Upon successful completion of the three-day, 24-hour ‘MNRI®: Aqua Reflex Integration. Optimize Neurosensorimotor Developmental Resources’ course participants will:

  1. Explain the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI®) Method and its scientific origins. 
  2. Describe the role of a primary reflex and its sensory, motor and central nervous system mechanisms.
  3. Describe progression of primary motor reflex patterns beginning in utero and continuing through life.
  4. Describe Vygotsky’s Concept of Reflex development and its impact on the strategies of the Masgutova Method.
  5. Demonstrate the role primary infant reflex patterns play in establishing subsequent related motor reflex schemes and the development of advanced motor, communication and cognitive abilities and emotional and behavioral regulation.
  6. Explain how the dynamic and postural reflexes are called the “missing link” with its synthesizing information on reflex integration and effect of higher and lower nervous systems.
  7. Demonstrate the role primary motor reflex patterns play in the maturation of more complex related motor reflex schemes (sitting-up, crawling, and others), development of learned motor, communication, and cognitive abilities, and in improving potential across an individual’s lifespan.
  8. Describe the links of the reflex repatterning in the water and the protective responses creating positive “anchors” for enhanced breathing, tactility, vestibular-proprioceptive system support, and neurodevelopment and neuroplasticity.
  9. Demonstrate how the use of aqua reflex integration improves physical abilities through the application of reflex patterns in the water (self-awareness, flexibility, precision, goal-orientation, range) and improves the physiology of a reflex circuit.
  10. Describe the links between aquatic reflexes (floating, swimming and diving, breathing) and other dynamic and postural reflexes.
  11. Describe how the following reflexes develop antigravity and cognitive skills: Moro, Fear Paralysis, Breathing, Head Righting, Trunk Extension, Tonic Labyrinthine in Flexion and Extension, Core Tendon Guard, STNR, ATNR, Galant, Perez, Hands Pulling, Sequential Rolling and Spinning, and others.
  12. Explain how reflexes effect the development of vestibular-proprioceptive, visual and auditory systems.
  13. Describe how Moro, Fear Paralysis, breathing and other reflex patterns affect muscular-tendon-ligaments tone regulation, postural control, and antigravity abilities of the individual. 
  14. Describe the basis for the formation of primary links of motor activity in the water and their influence on proprioceptive and cognitive coordination involving visual stress release, acoustic release and activation, and vestibular-kinesthetic-motor memory.
  15. Describe how MNRI® techniques, games, and activities enhance and motivate the reflex integration processes in and out of the water. 
  16. Apply supervised training on how to conduct an evaluation of motor and reflex patterns to recognize nonintegrated or immature reflex patterns effected by stress or trauma.
  17. Explain specific techniques for dysfunctional and pathological reflex patterns that respond to repatterning in a water environment.
  18. Demonstrate individual corrective ‘Aqua Reflex Integration’ programs based on evaluation to enhance overall emotional, motivational, cognitive and motor development.
  19. Describe exercises that can be used with children and adults, for the development and maturation of the reflex patterns concerned with emotional stability, stress, PTSD, fear and phobias, and other behavioral concerns. 
  20. Describe appropriate strategies to incorporate the use of the MNRI® Aqua Reflex Integration program into a daily practice with clients.
  21. Demonstrate and practice the following motor patterns and reflex patterns:
    1. “Head Extension ↔ Head Up-righting
    2. Trunk Extension and Stabilization
    3. Sequential Side Rotation (Segmental Rolling of Head ↔ Shoulder ↔ Hip)
    4. Core Tendon Guard (Lower Gate-Upper Gate)
    5. Jumping (Flying and Landing)
    6. Walking (Leg Cross Flexion ↔ Extension)
    7. Tactile Bridge for Bonding (for stress release and Bonding)
  22. Demonstrate and practice will be given to the following motor patterns and reflex patterns for Breathing Reflexes:
    1. Inhalation-Exhalation Cycle 
    2. Inhale-Hold
    3. Diving Reflex
    4. Exhale-Hold
  23. Demonstrate and practice the following motor patterns and reflex patterns:
    • Moro Embracing • Fear Paralysis • Head Tilting–Neck Flexion
    • Head Up-Righting • Hand Grasp • Hands Pulling
    • Trunk Extension • Galant • Perez
    • STNR • Leg Cross Flexion-Extension
    • ATNR • Crawling • Sequential Side Rotation
    • Spinning • Pavlov Orientation Reflex
  24. Demonstrate and practice Aqua Reflex Integration procedures and exercises:
    1. facilitate the sensory, and sensory-motor integration processes using qualities of tactile receptors (short- and long-term adaptation, specialization, thermal, acoustic, light, mechanical sensations) and proprioceptors in joints and muscles (stretch, rotation, compression, flexion-extension) 

    2. improve physical abilities through the application of reflex patterns in water (self-awareness, flexibility, precision, goal-orientation, range) 

    3. optimize functioning of the physiology of a reflex circuit utilizing the properties of water – resistance (viscosity) and change in gravity control 


Prerequisite: MNRI® Dynamic & Postural Reflex Integration


Time Agenda: 
MNRI®: Aqua Reflex Integration
Optimize Neurosensorimotor Developmental Resources

Day 1:
Hour 1: Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration
Hour 2: Role of a primary reflex
Hour 3: Progression of primary motor reflex patterns beginning in utero and continuing
through life
Lunch 1 hour
Hour 4: Vygotsky’s Concept of Reflex development
Hour 5: Role primary infant reflex patterns play in establishing subsequent related
motor reflex schemes
Hour 6: Dynamic and postural reflexes
Hour 7: Maturation of more complex related motor reflex schemes
Hour 8: Links of the reflex repatterning in the water

Day 2:
Hour 1: Use of aqua reflex integration
Hour 2: Links between aquatic reflexes (floating, swimming and diving, breathing) and
other dynamic and postural reflexes
Hour 3: Reflexes develop antigravity and cognitive skills
Lunch 1 hour
Hour 4: How reflexes effect the development of vestibular-proprioceptive, visual and
auditory systems
Hour 5: Muscular-tendon-ligaments tone regulation, postural control, and antigravity
abilities of the individual
Hour 6: Motor activity in the water and their influence on proprioceptive and cognitive
Coordination
Hour 7: MNRI® techniques, games, and activities
Hour 8: Evaluation of motor and reflex patterns

Day 3:
Hour 1: Specific techniques for dysfunctional and pathological reflex patterns
Hour 2: Individual corrective ‘Aqua Reflex Integration’
Hour 3: Exercises that can be used with children and adults
Lunch 1 hour
Hour 4: Strategies to incorporate techniques into daily practice with clients
Hours 5-7: Demonstration and practice of specific reflex techniques
Hour 8: Describe, evaluate, and develop MNRI® strategies

Financial Disclosure: Dr. Svetlana Masgutova receives a stipend based upon an enrollment percentage.

Non-financial Disclosure: Dr. Svetlana Masgutova is co-owner of SMEI, however, she receives no profit from this ownership status. Income is only derived from her work at Courses, Family Conferences, Clinics and Administrative Duties.
No relevant relationship exists.

Course Disclosure: The Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute has developed and patented a licensed technology trademarked as MNRI®. Because there are no other like-kind products available, course offerings will only cover information that pertains to the effective and safe use of the above-named products. This presentation will focus exclusively on MNRI® and will not include information on other similar or related products or services.

Special Needs Requests: If you require special accommodations, please notify SMEI at events@masgutovamethod.com at the time of registration so that needed accommodations can be made prior to the course.

Course Completion Requirements: This course is not approved for partial credit. Participants must attend the course in its entirety to receive continuing education units.

Target audience:
Speech Language Pathologists, Speech Language Pathologist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants, Nurses, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Educators, Psychologists, Physicians, Massage Therapists, Mental Health Counselors, Other Health Care Providers, Parents.

SMEI Cancellation and Refund Policy

Courses are subject to cancellation due to lack of minimum required participants registered for the course within 21 days of the course start date. Full refunds will be issued if the course is canceled due to the low number of attendees.

Please reach out to the Local Area Coordinator listed to confirm that the course will be held prior to registering if within the 21 day window.

We recommend that attendees who will be flying do not purchase their flight until after the 21-day window has elapsed to avoid a nonrefundable circumstance with the airline. SMEI is not liable for any ticket costs related to the course being canceled. SMEI is not liable for any costs related to transportation (airline tickets, train, taxi, etc) due to the cancellation of an event.

Participants will receive a full refund for registration cancellation up to 22 days prior to the course.
Deposits will not be refunded for cancellations 15-21 days prior to the course.
The deposit and a 20% administration charge will be retained for cancellations within 14 days of the course.

Course Hours: 24

CEUs: This course is offered for 2.4 ASHA CEUs
(Introductory level, Professional area)
This course is offered for 2.4 AOTA CEUs / 24 Contact Hours
(Introductory level; Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention)

CE Hours: This course is offered for 24 NCBTMB CE Hours

Prerequisite Classes:
  • MNRI® Dynamic and Postural Reflex Integration
For any questions regarding prerequisites, please contact us or fill out the prerequisite exception form.

Note:  A 10% late registration fee will be applied in 2 days, 11 hrs and 5 mins.

« All EventsThis course has been canceled
Registration closes on 12/25/18