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.
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:
Prerequisite: MNRI® Dynamic & Postural Reflex Integration
MNRI®: Aqua Reflex Integration
Optimize Neurosensorimotor Developmental Resources
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
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
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
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
Hour 7: MNRI® techniques, games, and activities
Hour 8: Evaluation of motor and reflex patterns
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
This course has special timing.
Aug 17-18: 9am - 6pm
Aug 19: 1pm - 9pm
Please be sure to have appropriate attire for swimming pool and towels.
Financial Disclosure: Dr. Svetlana Masgutova & Isabelle Renard-Fontaine 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.
Isabelle Renard-Fontaine - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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 who wish to transfer registration and payment to another
SMEI course may do so up to 21 days prior with no penalty. If within the
21 days, a 10% administration fee will be charged.
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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; Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention)
CE Hours: This course is offered for 24 NCBTMB CE Hours