Life is busy and when we get past the initial challenges that caused us to seek out help, we often stop a program before we fully complete it. I personally left things incomplete for my daughter and it has played a large aspect in her confidence and life choices.

We always homeschooled both our children, but if they had gone to school, they would have been given every learning disability label there is. By homeschooling, we chose to honor our children’s unique learning styles and adjusted accordingly. As I learned about primary reflexes, I would work with the ones most obvious for my daughter and it would help her move forward. However, due to some of life’s other challenges I never took the time to fully integrate all of her reflexes.

Since turning 18 and heading out into the world, there have been areas that she has not felt confident. She felt held back by some of the reflexes we did not integrate. So, she decided to attend a MNRI® conference to get a full picture of how her nervous system is functioning and make a plan to finish integrating what is needed. As Dr. Masgutova evaluated her, she found that we had done enough that all of her reflex patterns were there, but there was some asymmetrical issues with several of her reflexes. She explained how this could affect how she functions in life. My daughter felt as if her personality was being explained to her. It explained her math and auditory processing challenges (even though an audiologist said 2 years ago that her auditory processing was fine). Dr. Masgutova also observed structural imbalances, one we were aware of since the age of 4. My daughter has worked with chiropractors over the years and this has never been addressed. Keep in mind that if our body is out of balance, our brain and nervous system are too. How we move affects our brain functioning and this is led by partly by our reflex patterns.

As a neuro-typical person, if we don’t fully integrate our reflexes, we’ll cope. So many of us have, but there are consequences. We are not functioning at our fullest potential and we see this affecting our focus, memory and learning abilities.  We may function enough to get by, but affect our confidence and choices we make. It can affect our body structure and how we move, potentially creating pain and stress that will affect our health.

I share this personal, yet profound lesson to keep in mind as we get past our or our child’s obvious challenges, don’t stop there. Also,  consider ourselves and how we can be healthier and lower our cognitive risks by addressing any reflexes we haven’t integrated. Don’t settle for just making it. Take integration all the way so each of us can live the full, Optimal life we deserve.