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. You can read more about Reflexes and MNRI HERE.
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The Mission of the Svetlana Masgutova Educational Institute (SMEI) is to provide health, wellness and educational professionals, parents, and caregivers with non-invasive techniques to address maturational, developmental, and life challenges.
The MNRI NeuroStructural Integration program was created by Dr. Masgutova to address the stress response known as the Tendon Guard Reflex (TGR). Tendons consist of fibrous tissue that connects muscles to bones. Tendons, muscles, and joints work together to provide structural support and flexibility in the body while accommodating a wide variety of outside forces during rigorous activity to rest. The TGR involves the tendon/muscle/joint system that spans from the tip of the big toe to the back of the head (starting with the big toe, continuing to the foot tendon, the Achilles tendon, hamstrings, sacrum, spine, various back and neck muscles to the back of the head). The TGR is a whole body reaction that helps mobilize the body for protection (through freeze, fight, and flight) and development (through pause, learn, and advance). Dr. Masgutova refers to the freeze and pause mechanisms as the Red Light TGR and the fight/flight protection mechanisms and learn/advance development mechanisms as the Green Light TGR.
Red Light TGR
The Red Light portion of the TGR causes the abdominal, shoulder, and neck muscles to contract preparing the body to deal with either an unexpected situation or a situation that requires intense focus. In either case, the body stops action, quiets itself, and prepares or focuses the ears and eyes to isolate details important to the situation. When mature, the Red Light TGR supports a person’s ability to narrow his field of attention, movement, and action so that he can critically pause to isolate details important to his task. When not mature, the Red Light TGR can result in either a hyper- or hypo-active response. A person with a hyperactive TGR is over-focused on unimportant details, can perseverate, or simply shut down or freeze. A person with a hypoactive TGR seems unaware that focused attention is needed and continues with whatever activity he is actively engaged in, remaining oblivious to any need relating to a looming danger or obligation.
Green Light TGR
The Green Light portion of the TGR causes spinal muscles to contract, lifting and extending the spine, and preparing the body for action. A baby activates his spinal muscles when learning to lift and right his head, arch his back, raise and stretch his legs and arms, and eventually stand and walk. The Green Light TGR works throughout this process to provide structural support and flexibility necessary to ensure protection and development. When mature, the Green Light TGR widens a person’s field of vision, movement and action, so that he can see the big picture and act with forethought -- allowing him to learn and advance. When not mature, the Green Light TGR can also result in either a hyper or hypoactive response. A person with a hyperactive Green Light TGR often acts without much forethought, can misread the situation, and respond impulsively, often resulting in a fight or flight reaction without much provocation. A person with a hypoactive Green Light TGR remains relatively nonresponsive to events and experiences that generally elicit action in others.
Body Symmetry & TGR Dysfunction
The MNRI NeuroStructural Integration program determines the current state of the TGR by assessing various aspects of body symmetry. Symmetry indicates that the TGR is matured and appropriately integrated, while asymmetry indicates TGR dysfunction. Asymmetry is often found when developmental and learning challenges are present. This is because ongoing challenges often cause chronic tension to build up in muscles and tendons. The NeuroStructural Reflex Integration Program techniques are designed to reduce protective tension present in the body.
Learning Objectives: MNRI® Neuro-Structural Reflex Integration
Hour 1: Movement as basis of natural Development
Hours 2-3: Afferent sensory pathways from target area to spine and brain and efferent motor pathways back to target areas
Lunch 1 hour
Hour 4: Reflexes serve as the neuro-physiological basis for development of infant movements
Hours 5-6: Body Motor Coordination Systems and Brain Levels
Hours 7-8: Core Tendon Guard and Pendulum techniques
Hours 1-4: Techniques
Lunch 1 hour
Hours 5-6: Upper limb reflex techniques
Hours 7-8: Lower limb reflex techniques
Hour 1: Tendon Guard Regulation
Hours 2-4: Posterior body (sacrum and spine) theory and techniques
Lunch 1 hour
Hour 5: Techniques
Hour 6: Other Reflexes: Pavlov Orientation Reflex
Hours 7-8: Tendon Guard Reflex pattern, symmetry and physical body response to stress
Hour 1: Dynamic and Postural Infant Reflex pattern Integration-Front-Back Motor Coordination System
Hours 2-3: Neurostructural techniques for the neck
Hour 4: Postural Reflexes: Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex
Lunch 1 hour
Hours 5-6: Trunk Extension Reflex and Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex
Hour 7: Integration of Reflex patterns within Front-Back Body Sides MCS
Hour 8: Implementation of Reflex Development and techniques in therapy
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Course Hours: 32
CEUs: This course is offered for 3.2 ASHA CEUs
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This course is offered for 3.2 AOTA CEUs / 32 Contact Hours
(Introductory level; Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention)
CE Hours: This course is offered for 32 NCBTMB CE Hours