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MNRI® IPET NeuroTactile Integration

Dates: February 25-27, 2020
Location: Delft, Netherlands
Address: Delft
Instructor: ONLINE INSTRUCTION + Christine Poulin for On-Site Training
Local Area  
Coordinator: Wil van Kessel
Email: wilvankessel@masgutovamethode.nl
Phone: +31(0)610277215

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.

MNRI® IPET NeuroTactile Integration


Skin, our largest organ, forms the boundary between our physical being and the outside world.  It also houses the NeuroTactile system, which allows the body to access NeuroTactile sensations from the outside world. The skin possesses eleven different NeuroTactile receptors to distinguish the broad array of NeuroTactile stimuli input encountered by the body. This set of NeuroTactile receptors helps to inform and prioritize incoming sensory information for the central nervous system to process.  Once processed, the central nervous system directs the body’s actions in response to ever-changing NeuroTactile conditions. Due to congenital issues or trauma (in utero, at birth, or anytime after birth), NeuroTactile system challenges can result, causing any one of the following conditions.

  • Hyper-sensitive NeuroTactile System – Also referred to as NeuroTactile defensiveness, this results in a negative, over-reaction to touch that typically would

    not be a problem.  A person with a hyper-sensitive NeuroTactile system will often respond negatively to hugs, having their hair brushed or nails

    clipped, and complain about various textures, seams, tags and avoid wearing any form fitting clothes.  A simple skin scrape can elicit a

    reaction expected for a far more debilitating wound.

  • Hypo-sensitive NeuroTactile System – A person with a hypo-sensitive NeuroTactile system often does not respond to NeuroTactile input that would cause most

    people to act.  A deep cut, a hard push, or other forms of physical harm lead to little or no reaction. NeuroTactile input important to taking action and

    avoiding harm, is often missed by a person with a hypo-sensitive NeuroTactile system, leaving them at risk for great harm.  People with hypo-

    sensitive NeuroTactile systems often seeking more intense sensory stimulation in an effort to register sensation.

  • Non-Functioning NeuroTactile System – A non-functioning NeuroTactile system is simply not working.

The reactions of a person with either a hyper- or hypo-sensitive NeuroTactile systems, often seem bigger or smaller than normal conditions would dictate.  Such disproportionate reactions are often an indication that an individual’s NeuroTactile system is not appropriately engaged and integrated. The MNRI NeuroTactile Integration program uses neuro-tactile techniques to stimulate different receptors in the skin, working to appropriately engage and integrate the NeuroTactile sensory system within the complete mind/body system. When the NeuroTactile system is integrated, the brain stem relaxes defensive reflexes and opens the entire system to an experience of safety in which emotion and behavioral regulation improve and healthy motor, communication, and cognitive development can proceed. 

Professionals, parents, and caregivers interested in learning more about the MNRI Method and its various programs are encouraged to attend this course early on, given the fundamental role it plays in emotional and behavioral regulation, and overall maturation and development. The NeuroTactile Integration course explores in great detail the physiology and psychology of the NeuroTactile system, the developmental effects of over- and under-sensitive receptors, and the importance of an appropriately integrated NeuroTactile system to the process of integrating all motor reflex movement and patterns.

The MNRI Neuro-Tactile Integration course explores:

  • The general MNRI Method and role played by the NeuroTactile Integration Program
  • Tactile integration and how it relates to motor reflexes and other important body systems
  • The neurophysiologic and psychological dynamics of the NeuroTactile system
  • The role NeuroTactile integration plays in establishing a foundation for motor, communication, and cognitive development, and

    emotional and behavioral regulation

  • MNRI techniques designed to assess, activate, and integrate NeuroTactile sensitivities
  • How to create MNRI NeuroTactile integration programs for individual clients
  • How to incorporate the use of MNRI NeuroTactile Integration course content into daily client and home practice

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of the two-day, 16-hour Neuro-Tactile Integration course, participants will:

1.   Explore and explain in depth the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration SM (MNRI) Method

      a.     The innate nature of the motor reflex system

      b. The role of a reflex and its sensory, motor, and central nervous system mechanisms

      c.  When, why, and how the brain engages in protection versus learning and development

      d.  The role NeuroTactile integration plays in motor reflex integration and advanced learning

2.   Explore and explain the neuro-physiological and psychological dynamics of the NeuroTactile sensory system

      a.   Learn to identify, explain and classify

  • Types of neurons and divisions found within the skin, while exploring how the nervous system functions as a whole to control and

    coordinate the body systems

  • The seven types of sensory cells found in the peripheral and central nervous systems, and the role each plays in processing sensory

    stimuli and establishing an individual’s relationship to self, others and the general environment

      b. Discuss, compare, contrast and differentiate between

  • Conscious and subconscious somatic and specialized senses and how each impacts learning in various settings and social situations
  • Subconscious somatic and visceral stimuli and gain an understanding of how stimuli variation influences learning, social/emotional

               and NeuroTactile development in challenged individuals

      c.   Review and discuss research regarding the relationship between individuals with challenges and NeuroTactile integration

      d. Learn and explain in depth the impact NeuroTactile integration can have on (1) emotional and behavioral regulation, (2) advancing maturational reflexes, (3) motor, communication and cognitive development, and (4) growth, learning and academic functioning throughout the lifespan

3.   Demonstrate and implement  the MNRI neuro-stimulation techniques designed to assess, activate and integrate challenged NeuroTactile systems

      a.   Review, discuss, and gain an understanding of the four general MNRI NeuroTactile technique variations

  • How each activates, re-educates and integrates NeuroTactile receptors and the proprioceptive system
  • The impact integration can have on improving function and learning                               

      b.     Demonstrate and apply each of the four NeuroTactile technique variations, including lengthening and stretching, rotation, compression and traction, and deep pressure touch to:

  • Activate physiological and structural connections between skin, muscles, tendons and bones
  • Alleviate the negative physical and psychological effects of sensory stimuli
  • Reduce stress at the physiological level, alleviating stress responses that would otherwise inhibit reflex integration required for core

               stabilization, improvement in joint mobility, range of motion and motor coordination

c.  Demonstrate and apply additional NeuroTactile program techniques to:

  • Provide a kinesthetic sense of appendage length, size, and boundaries
  • Provide an awareness of the sagital, axial and coronal planes of body coordination, coronal planes of body coordination and core


  • Develop the clinical skills necessary to generate body awareness and enhance spatial skill development  

      d. Demonstrate for course instructor an excellent ability to apply all NeuroTactile integration techniques presented in class on

4.   Create and apply with ease an individual MNRI program for clients with various challenges

      a.   Develop an individual MNRI program based on assessment results and targeted individual challenges

b. Explore with client family the potential impact the individualized program can have on

  • Supporting the integration of archetype motor movements, primary motor reflex patterns and other motor reflexes and body systems
  • Body structure, posture, and motor maturation
  • Motor, communication and cognitive learning abilities and emotional and behavioral regulation

5.   Explore, evaluate and develop strategies to incorporate the use of the MNRI NeuroTactile Integration course content into daily client and home practice.

6. Successfully pass the final hands on exam.

Prerequisites: Successful Completion of the MNRI® NeuroTactile Integration course  and MNRI® Dynamic and Postural Reflex Integration course ;  

Course Length:  The course covers a period of two days and requires a minimum of 16 hours of direct classroom instruction and 16 hours of ON-LINE lecture to complete. 

Curriculum Design:  The course curriculum consists of a combination of historical and theoretical lecture, case study slides and videos, technique demonstration and applied practice, and class discussion.   

Course Materials:  The NeuroTactile System Integration course manual, written by Svetlana Masgutova, Ph.D., is the primary source for content presented in class.  Supplementary course content draws from a variety of articles and MNRI case studies, and is referenced as needed upon presentation in class.  The course manual is included as part of the course fee and is distributed to course participants at initial course check-in. 

MNRI®  Intensive Professional Educational Training (IPET) for NeuroTactile  New format: All participants must be signed up and paid two (2) weeks prior to stated beginning date of the IPET.  The basic theory part of this class will be streamed to the participant, once paid, 2 weeks before the scheduled class.  There will be an exam that must be completed before the date of the 2 days of on-site training, including the hands-on techniques and strategies of the IPET.

For final registration, payments and local cancellation policies contact wilvankessel@masgutovamethode.nl

Financial Disclosure: Christine Poulin receives a stipend based upon an enrollment percentage.

Non-financial Disclosure: No relevant relationship exists.
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.

Course Hours: 32

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