MNRI, based on the scientific research of Dr. Svetlana Masgutova, claims that reflexes do not have a purely protective role in stressful and dangerous situations.They also play an essential part in laying the foundations of brain neurophysiology and the development of higher motor, emotional and cognitive functions.

Have you ever noticed that your child startles due to a sudden noise, light, skin stimulation, a sudden change of position? Have you ever seen your child’s body stiffen while he/she is lying on the back and you move away from him?

This is the so-called MORO primitive reflex – the first reflex that a baby develops while it is still in its mother’s womb, the hardest one to integrate! Babies without any psychomotor problems lose this reflex after three to four months. Its role is to enable the baby to take its FIRST BREATH at birth. After birth this reflex is extremely important as it prevents the so-called sudden ‘cot death’.

Thanks to this reflex, if a baby buries its head into the pillow, the amount of oxygen in the blood decreases, while the carbon-dioxide level increases, which stimulates the primitive Moro reflex and makes the child lift its head from the pillow and free the airways.

The essential role of the Moro reflex is the same as the role that most other primitive reflexes have – a PROTECTIVE one. It protects the child during the first few months, helping it to SURVIVE, as the child is still too weak and unaware of the dangers that surround him. In time, as the brain becomes more mature enabling us to consciously fight the danger, this reflex is lost and integrated into the lower brain structures, ‘overpowered’ by the cerebral cortex.

Have you ever noticed that your child bends his arm and leg on the same side when he turns his head while he is lying down, trying to say something or showing an intense emotional reaction?

This is the so-called ASSYMETRIC TONIC REFLEX (ATNR). It appears in the 13th week of pregnancy, and is integrated six or seven months after birth.

Have you ever noticed that your child often lifts the toe thumb independently of other toes?

This is the BABINSKI PRIMITIVE REFLEX. It appears a week after birth, and remains active until the age of two. The role of this reflex is to prepare the children for standing. It helps the coordination of right and left leg movement in the process of walking. It also has an effect on the development of CG – the centre of gravity of a body. If it remains unintegrated, this reflex influences our balance and, consequently, coordination of movement – the person is clumsier. If a person’s shoe soles are worn out on the inner side, it shows that this reflex isn’t adequately developed for some reason. The centre of gravity has moved to the inner side of the foot, and the shoes are worn out on the same side… If this reflex is too prominent, however, the center of gravity moves to the outer side of the foot, so the shoes wear out faster on the outside.