Primary Reflex Integration

Primary reflexes are automatic and stereotypical motor responses, directed by the brainstem and executed without cortical involvement. While most reflexes integrate fully by the age of three, retained reflexes may contribute to vision problems, learning difficulties, coordinated motor movements, sensory processing and vestibular processing. Trauma, long-term and recent trauma, developmental delays and abnormal pathology may contribute to non-integration of primary reflexes. The neurophysiology of a healthy nervous system is such that each reflex must integrate on the sensory-motor level; a specific sensory stimulus must cause a corresponding motor or glandular response.

To understand the links between reflexes and dysfunction, an integrated reflex system is comprised of a three-part circuit. In Part I, sensory stimulation to the tactile, proprioceptive, visual or auditory system through the afferent nervous system, recognizes a stimulus and transmits it to the brain. In Part II, brain processing interprets signals from the sensory systems and activates appropriate pattern of response oriented either toward protection and survival or toward development. In Part III of the reflex circuit, a motor response occurs.

Any disruption or error in the three-part reflex circuit results in a poorly integrated reflex, linked to dysfunction, trauma or developmental delays. The sensory organs may fail to communicate with the brain, the brain fails to communicate with the muscles, tendons and ligaments, the brain-body system mixes or confuses the sensory information and the motor responses and intentional movement.

Fully integrated reflexes promote:

  • Healthy protective / survival reactions
  • Healthy Self-regulation
  • Gross and Fine motor Development
  • Transition from reflex patterns into intentional movement and motor skills
  • Refinement of controlled, skillful and intentional movement
  • Enhanced memory, attention, focus, and perseverance
  • Motivation and confidence

The client may be assessed for non-integrated reflexes as an addition to the treatment plan, to facilitate optimal gross and fine motor planning, ocular-motor skills, sensory integration and defensiveness with respect for enhanced occupational performance. The motor movements are re-patterned within the body, to integrate the non-integrated primary reflexes. Education and training are taught to integrate the reflex. Common non-integrated reflexes are:

  • Asymmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex
  • Babkin Palmomental (Palm-Mouth Reflex)
  • Babinsky Reflex
  • Core Tendon Guard
  • Fear Paralysis
  • Foot Tendon Guard
  • Robinson Grasp
  • Spinal Galant
  • Spinal Perez
  • Symmetrical Tonic Neck Reflex
  • Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex

Primary reflex integration is complementary to all other health care approaches, without the use of prescription and is non-invasive.






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Essential Oils

Aromatherapy is the practice of using the natural oils extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots, peels or other parts of a plant, using steam-distillation, cold pressing or a CO2 extraction process, in order to enhance psychological and physical well-being The inhaled aroma from these "essential" oils is widely believed to stimulate brain function. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing.


Essential oils, which are known as volatile oils, function very differently from non- volatile oils because they evaporate readily and will pass more easily and more quickly into the body through the skin. The oil’s volatility is what makes it aromatic and useful in aromatherapy — the molecules released as vapor into the air carry the essential oil’s scent.


The quintessence is the life force or spirit of the being or plant. While essential oils aren’t comprised of the spirit of the plant, they are the plant’s essence, and that essence is made up of beneficial compounds that can support health in numerous ways. Plants, though not sentient, have an “intelligence” of their own. More than just roots, stems and leaves, plants have a complicated system of communication, both within each individual plant and also with the surrounding environment. These communications are made by means of chemical messengers. This is fundamentally why essential oils can serve as such powerful natural remedies. We are capturing the therapeutic properties of the plant and using them to support our own bodies.


The benefits of essential oils are understood to be best realized when they are used as a supplement or adjunct to other treatment protocols, along with an overall healthy lifestyle and a healthy diet of nutritious, “real" food that comes from nature and is free from chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics and added hormones. The use of essential oils can enhance, support and promote your health in many ways, but they are not cure-alls. Essential oil use should be a part of a supervised treatment plan that has been approved by a healthcare professional, when dealing with a serious medical condition.


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Treatment, Education & Preventative Strategies

Additional therapeutic modalities and activities may be implemented as appropriate, to reach the client's goals. Once the nervous system is no longer functioning in an exhaustive state, fear and heightened anxiety begins to subside, and the body begins to repair itself. The mind opens up to alternative ways to proceed with the healing process. Anxiety reducing strategies, mindfulness techniques and sensory integration methods may also be offered to assist with dysregulation issues and calming, during stress-provoking scenarios. Social functioning tools and strategies may also be of particular interest when struggling with changing relationship dynamics with friends, partners, and family members.

When you're at your best, a willingness to explore new ideas and activities emerges. You may benefit from exploring particular aspects of your temperament and current occupations through assessment(s), along with specialized strategies to illuminate the physical, mental, emotional or spiritual blocks to assist you on your path for optimal growth and occupational performance.

Meditation, guided imagery and intuition development may connect you with your inner wisdom and allows for increased control and freedom. This in turn, facilitates an expanded awareness of the psyche and mind-body-spirit connection. Meditation and guided imagery gives a person a greater sense of control, increases self-confidence, decreases fear, anxiety, and helplessness by accessing the subconscious mind, which thinks in images and symbols. These symbolic messages can provide insight for healing and give a deeper meaning to the root of physical or emotional pain. Through the continual uplifting of self, healing the body and soul, clarity of life purpose begins to reveal itself and thus, may lead to changing careers, repairing or discontinuing with specific relationships and reaching new levels of forgiveness and unconditional love for self and others.

Therapeutic activities may be incorporated into sessions to benefit client:

  • Reflex Integration exercises
  • Sensory Diet strategies to maintain an optimal arousal level
  • Anxiety-reducing strategies
  • Yoga positions and archetype movements
  • Life Skills
  • Social skills strategies
  • Mindfulness, meditation and guided imagery
  • Connecting to your intuition and interpreting body signals


On-line Supplement Store

You may opt to purchase supplements through Ecological Emerson using my personal on-line store.







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Wellness Programs

Helix Healing Path offers Wellness Programs designed to provide you with the best outcomes in achieving optimal wellness and commitment to health nd well-being.

Evolving your health is not a quick fix. In order to truly feel and see transformation, clients generally require a minimum of 12 QNRT sessions. Signature programs give you a sense of commitment, build an on-going relationship and provide you quality treatment, tools and education to bring you into closer alignment with your true self in your physical body, emotional body, mental body and spiritual body.

New wellness visits will include an evaluation, which assesses traumas stored in brain lobes, state of the nervous system, state of adrenals, presence of negative patterns, core drivers, physical pain, immune function, inflammation, and type of stressors. Clients will additionally receive the first QNRT re-set, a biocommunication scan, to corroborate the findings of the physical assessment, a wellness consultation and occupational profile to design a treatment plan to fit your needs.

You may also be asked to complete written assessment(s), such as a temperamental scale or leisure scale to further develop yourself, according to your particular needs and goals.  We will send you the health and history intake prior to the initial assessment, so you can complete it and  bring it with you for your first appointment.