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MNRI® Neuro-Structural Reflex Integration

Dates: April 26-29, 2018
Dates: Registration at 8:30am, course begins at 9am
Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Instructor: Kimberly Clark
Local Area  
Coordinator: Terri Cooper Zartman
Email: terri@familytreetherapies.com
Phone: 616-460-3692

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. 

MNRI® NeuroStructural Reflex Integration


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.

Course Objectives:

In this four-day course (32 hours), attendees learn through course discussion and hands-on supervised practice. Attendees will gain specific instruction on how to release tension of the Tendon Guard Reflex, relax the muscular tension in the whole body, activate the proprioceptive system and body structure links for optimizing self regulation, and activate receptors through deep touch and pressure.

The NeuroStructural Integration Program is part of the larger MRNI Method. The program focuses on:

1. Motor development assessment

 2.. Interpreting the reflex pattern assessment

3. Specific techniques to release protective responses (e.g., Tendon Guard)

Reflexes Addressed in this Course

Primary Motor Reflex Patterns

  • Abdominal                                                  · Moro Embrace                                              ·         Spinal Pereze
  • Asymmetric Tonic Neck (ATNR)             ·Spinal Galant                                              · Trunk Extension
  • Bonding                                                                                    

Additional Motor Reflexes & Reactions

  • Abdominal                                                   · Fear Paralysis                                             · Oculo-kinetic
  • Balancing                                                     · Foot Tendon Guard                                     ·         Oculo-vestibular
  • Breathing                                                     · Gravity                                                        · Segmental Rolling
  • Centering                                                     ·Grounding                                                   · Spine Expanding
  • Convergence-Divergence                         · Head Righting                                             · Spinning
  • Core Tendon Guard                                   · Head Tilting Forward                                 · TMJ Leveling
  • Eyes Leveling                                             · Head Up-Righting                                          ·         Vestibular Leveling
  • Eyes Tracking                                             · Locomotion

Course Length:  The course covers a period of four days, 32 hours.

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 NeuroStructural Integration manual, written by Svetlana Masgutova, Ph.D., is the primary source for content presented in class.  Supplementary course content will be referenced as needed upon presentation in class.  The course manual is included as part of the Masgutova Family Conference Associate training materials and is distributed to course participants at conference check-in.

Financial Disclosure: Kimberly Clark 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.

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.

* A 2.5% transaction fee (processing fee) will be withheld on all refunds that were processed using credit card/Pay Pal. If a participant wishes the refund to be paid directly to their account via credit card/Pay Pal, the participant will be charged an additional 2.5% transaction fee (processing fee). Refund by check is available upon request. For questions contact us.

Course Hours: 32

CEUs: This course is offered for 3.2 ASHA CEUs
(Introductory level, Professional area)
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

Prerequisite Classes:
  • MNRI® Archetype Movement Integration
  • MNRI® Dynamic and Postural Reflex Integration
  • MNRI® NeuroTactile Integration
Any 1 of the following classes is also required:
  • MNRI® Lifelong Reflex Integration
  • MNRI® Visual and Auditory Reflexes Integration
  • MNRI® Proprioceptive and Cognitive Integration
For any questions regarding prerequisites, please contact us or fill out the prerequisite exception form.
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