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MNRI® Tactile Integration

Dates: January 14-15, 2018
Location: Orlando, FL
Address: MNRI Training Facility
Address:  6275 Hazeltine National Drive
Address:  Orlando, FL
Instructor: Patty Shackleford
Local Area  
Coordinator: Jessica Martin
Email: jmartin.dtp@gmail.com

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. 

Course Overview

Skin, our largest organ, forms the boundary between our physical being and the outside world.  It also houses the tactile system, which allows the body to access tactile sensations from the outside world. The skin possesses eleven different tactile receptors to distinguish the broad array of tactile stimuli input encountered by the body. This set of tactile 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 tactile conditions. Due to congenital issues or trauma (in utero, at birth, or anytime after birth), tactile system challenges can result, causing any one of the following conditions.

  • Hyper-sensitive Tactile System – Also referred to as tactile defensiveness, this results in a negative, over-reaction to touch that typically would not be a problem.  A person with a hyper-sensitive tactile 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 Tactile System – A person with a hypo-sensitive tactile system often does not respond to tactile 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. Tactile input important to taking action and avoiding harm, is often missed by a person with a hypo-sensitive tactile system, leaving them at risk for great harm.  People with hypo-sensitive tactile systems often seeking more intense sensory stimulation in an effort to register sensation.
  • Non-Functioning Tactile System – A non-functioning tactile system is simply not working.

The reactions of a person with either a hyper- or hypo-sensitive tactile systems, often seem bigger or smaller than normal conditions would dictate.  Such disproportionate reactions are often an indication that an individual’s tactile system is not appropriately engaged and integrated. The MNRI Tactile Integration program uses neuro-tactile techniques to stimulate different receptors in the skin, working to appropriately engage and integrate the tactile sensory system within the complete mind/body system. When the tactile 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 improves 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 encourage to attend this course early on, given the fundamental role it plays in emotional and behavioral regulation, and overall maturation and development. The Tactile Integration course explores in great detail the physiology and psychology of the tactile system, the developmental effects of over- and under-sensitive receptors, and the importance of an appropriately integrated tactile system to the process of integrating all motor reflex movement and patterns.

The MNRI Tactile Integration course explores:

  • The general MNRI Method and role played by the Tactile Integration Program
  • Tactile integration and how it relates to motor reflexes and other important body systems
  • The neurophysiologic and psychological dynamics of the tactile system
  • The role tactile 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 tactile sensitivities    
  • How to create MNRI tactile integration programs for individual clients
  • How to incorporate use of MNRI Tactile Integration course content into daily client and home practice

Course Objectives

  1. Describe the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI®) processes for activating the innate nature of the sensory-motor reflex.
  2. Describe NeuroTactile integration processes and how they effect sensory-motor reflex patterns and other important body systems and how they alleviate negative physical and psychological effects of sensory stimuli in stress.
  3. Explain the neurophysiological and psychological dynamics of the tactile system development.
  4. Describe the process by which the brain engages in protection versus learning and development.
  5. Describe how the strategies taught in this course optimizes the brainstem, relaxes defensive reflexes and opens the entire system for healthy development.
  6. Demonstrate the process of skin and tactility development from utero time and the origins of the nervous, and cardiovascular and immune systems.
  7. Describe the three layers of skin and how they affect the sensory processing and the development of the nervous system.
  8. Explain the MNRI® NeuroTactile Integration program and the neuro-tactile procedures and techniques used to regulate functions of different receptors and dermatomes in the skin.
  9. Demonstrate how to appropriately engage and integrate the tactile sensory system within the complete mind/body system.
  10. Describe how the role of the skin receptors effect the neurophysiological bases for the development of the reflex arcs and circuits.
  11. Demonstrate how skin is the main organ for the sense of touch and what that means for the healthy development of cognitive, social, emotional and physical areas in an infant.
  12. Describe the connection between the deep sensibility system and proprioception and their connection with muscular system and motor control.
  13. Explain the neurophysiological functioning of the tactile system and it connection to the brain, spinal cord and nerve network.
  14. Demonstrate the steps to prepare for the NeuroTactile Integration program strategies to integrate the senses and the brain-body connections.
  15. Apply through hands-on supervision the exercises to implement MNRI® neuro-regulation techniques designed to assess, activate, and integrate challenged tactile systems: Front and Sides of body greeting, Arm and Leg segments, Rotations, Core, Head, and Back of Body.


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Staybridge Suites Orlando Airport South 
7450 Augusta National Dr. 
Orlando, FL 32822 
(407) 438-2121 
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SpringHill Suites Orlando Airport
5828 Hazeltine National Drive
Orlando, Florida 32822
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Residence Inn Orlando Airport
7024 Augusta National Drive
Orlando, Florida 32822
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Financial Disclosure: Patty Shackleford receives a stipend based upon an enrollment percentage.

Non-financial Disclosure: 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.

Courses are subject to cancellation due to lack of minimum required participants registered for the course within 10 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 10 day window.

Course Hours: 16

CE Hours: This course is offered for 16 NCBTMB CE Hours

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