Since I had a 3-year-old with the same condition as my 4-month-old baby, at the time (and my 3-year-old having more severe hypotonia) I knew I could give my baby more "strength" by giving her rotational movements.
Now What are Rotational Movements and How Does that Give My Baby or Child Strength?
What are Rotational Movements?
Rotational movements are a specific way the body moves to reach more optimal development.
Yes, the body can move if the muscles are stronger, but there will come a point where the mass of the body will supersede the strength of the muscle and the movement will stop.
Which makes parents think the child has digressed and just needs to get "stronger" again.
Getting "stronger" takes a lot of work and the reality is, it shouldn't be so much work to move, and it isn't so much work to move when the body moves with rotational movements.
Rotational movements give the body the ability to move in the air with less friction and more ease.
Rotational movements also give a person the opportunity to learn transitional skills, which are the movements needed to get in and out of positions.
- Rolling over from front to back and back to front
- Getting in and out of sitting
- Getting in and out of crawling
- Getting in and out of a car
- Getting in and out of standing
- Getting in and out of a chair
- Getting in and out of a cartwheel
- and so on
When a person can get in and out of a position without feeling stuck, that person is able to experience independence, progression, and development on a much deeper level than performing a static act of a baby milestone.
For compromised children, all parents want the milestones, that all we know to look for, but you are here to learn that development is so much more than a milestone.
Giving Your Child More Strength Through Rotational Movements
All that being said, when you teach the body rotational movements, a child or person will appear stronger, even though the strength of the muscle hasn't changed.
What has changed is the body's ability to rotate and when the body can rotate less muscle strength is needed to create movement.
The muscle now is working within the proper structure of movement, which is the body working together as a whole to move, instead of the muscle working alone to create movement.
Now what I mean by when I say a person will appear stronger when the body has rotational movements, it can be something as drastic as, my child had not head control and suddenly has head control, or it can be something as suttle as, my child couldn't pick up a light toy without significant effort to my child can pick up a light toy with significantly less effort.
How Do I Give My Child Rotational Movements?
At this point you may be wondering, "if I don't need to focus so much on the muscle, then how do I give a person or my child, rotational movement?"
Movement Lesson™ is the only modality that teaches you how to put rotational movements in the body.
And you give the body rotational movements using gentle rotational touch.
If you don't want to learn the modality, you can go to a Movement Lesson Practitioner and they can put rotational movements into your child's body.
But what really makes this technique effective for your child is the home application between the times that you meet with a an ML Practitioner.
Why Do We Need Rotational Movements in the Head?
When you watch the video at the beginning of this blog, you will notice that it focused on putting rotational movements back in the head.
It has always been assumed that milestones happen in the body.
- The body lifts the head during tummy time
- The body rolls over
- The hands and Knees to the Crawling
- The legs to the standing and the walking
It's true that these movements happen in the body, but did you know that these movements needs to happen in the head before they can be experienced in the body.
Not many people know HUGE SECRET to successful development.
And now you have a HUGE ADVANTAGE over anyone working on successful development for their child or loved one.
Like I shared in the video, my baby could not lift her head and she could not roll.
I was told that she needed "stronger neck muscles."
I did nothing to her muscles.
Instead, I put rotational movements in her head and I watched her experience independence in movement.
Over time her muscles have gotten stronger with natural strength because she is moving with rotational movements.
After doing the course suggested in the video, and in the case of my baby, yes she could do a successful tummy time, and she started rolling over.
Doing these exercises with my more severe special needs child, her body got the experience of these milestone movements in the head, even though she may never actually physically perform the movements; again, due to the severity of her disease.
AND THIS IS THE BEAUTY OF MOVEMENT LESSON™, every child's body can have the experience of milestone movements, and therefore, experience development.
THE GOAL OF MOVEMENT LESSON™ is not to fix your child but to teach your child how to move with rotational movements so they can experience development, progress, and independence in their most optimal way.
Every child will experience different manifestations of movement results with this modality, but every parent who practices this modality with their child, will give their child the ability to move with rotational movements.
To learn how to put rotational movements into the head, start with the Head and Sutures Course.
If you first want to understand the modality and the gentle rotational touch needed to create rotational movements, then start with Segment One Training.