Primary Reflexes

What are Primary Reflexes?
Primary Reflexes are part of early neurological and physical development. They are also known as Primitive or Early Reflexes. They are the instincts which a baby needs to develop from conception to toddler-age. While they are crucial for the stages such as birth, feeding, learning to crawl, if they are still present in older children and adults, they can have a huge impact on development and growth. They can be factors in a wide range of health and developmental issues, from dyslexia and dyspraxia, eating disorders and addictions, panic attacks and anxiety, to bed-wetting to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

I use the concept of Retained Reflex Integration with clients in one to one sessions, and with practitioners during workshops, and the results have been fascinating and dramatic. The changes can be seen in people’s faces, and they feel so different in themselves.

Primary and Early Reflexes are required for our development in the womb, at birth and for 2 to 3 years after birth. They are automatic stereotyped movements directed from the brain stem to assist survival in the first weeks of life. Once their purpose has been fulfilled, they should make way for the more sophisticated neural structures needed in adult life, just as milk teeth are replaced by adult teeth.

If a person’s Primary Reflexes fail to integrate appropriately, the central nervous system remains immature, and developmental problems are likely to occur. These can be as varied as dyslexia; dyspraxia; disnumeracy; allergies; depression; panic attacks; poor social skills; relationship difficulties; addictive behaviours; speech problems; motion sickness; bed-wetting; poor concentration; M.E. and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; phobias; clumsiness; vertigo; muscular and balance problems; spatial awareness issues; difficulties with anger management; low self-esteem; and co-ordination problems.

Reflexes can also be ‘triggered’ as an adult in response to trauma or stress. For example, a car accident, a shock, bereavement, or a significant life-change may be the context in which a Reflex becomes a factor once more. ‘Clearing’ or integrating these Reflexes may be done quickly and effectively during a single session using a kinesiology-inspired technique.

Primary Reflex Integration Workshops

I now offer a range of workshops providing detailed information on Retained Reflexes. Originally, these were only available to kinesiologists, but now I offer workshops for EFT practitioners, and mixed groups of  practitioners & therapists from other techniques. These workshops enable practitioners to test for Reflexes which have failed to integrate, and to work quickly and effectively with clients of all ages to integrate the Reflexes in a single session, with on further follow-up session, which then allows neurological development to occur. I now also offer a one day workshop for those who have no practitioner training, but want to understand the impact of Reflexes, and learn a basic ‘first aid’ EFT technique which will enable them to reduce the impact of Retained Reflexes and begin the integration process.

The Primary Integration for Practitioners Part 1 workshop is two consecutive days combining information on Foetal and Primary Reflexes with practical work testing for Retained Reflexes and integrating any which are in place. Part 2, The Art of Contextuals, provides information on identifying Early Reflexes in specific contexts, as well as information on how to support the adult neurology as it emerges to replace the Primary Reflexes. It includes Parts and Inner Child work, information about Reflexes which occur within families

Background to the Primary Reflex Integration Workshops

These workshops evolved, as so many techniques do, through the hard work, insights and passion of various people. I became aware of just how great an impact Retained Early Reflexes can have on life through watching my younger nephew battling with dyslexia and full-on Moro Reflex. He went down the movement-based integration route, doing daily exercises morning and evening for several months, and although this definitely helped, the Moro Reflex remained stubbornly present, affecting every aspect of his life.

I knew local Systematic kinesiologist Mary Jago and Health Kinesiologist Sue Morgan had a workshop for kinesiologists which trained in a technique for integrating Retained Reflexes in a single session. So I did an intensive Touch for Health Kinesiology training so that I could go on the workshop. It was all I had hoped it would be. I learned the techniques and integrated Matthew’s persistent Moro Reflex in a single session.

When Sue stopped training with Mary and moved on to other projects, Mary asked me if I would co-train with her. I was already keen to make the information available to practitioners of other techniques, starting with EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), as I knew how Retained Reflexes could underpin ‘driven’ behaviours. I developed an EFT protocol and we included it in the original one day training.

I was also fascinated by the potential of this concept in different contexts. Mary and I created a second day of training with more information on ‘Contextual Reflexes’, and providing support for the emergence of Adult Reflexes.

When Mary’s circumstances changed, I continued to offer workshops as a solo trainer, and then developed the concept of Contextual Reflexes further, drawing on the Parts work and Inner Child work in EFT, and on my increasing fascination with ancestral and family patterns affecting people. In time, that also expanded to include using the concept of Retained Reflexes in work with animals. The content outgrew the two 1 day workshops format, and so here we are, still getting the concept out there as Mary and Sue originally set out to do, and now working with mixed groups of practitioners and people who are keen to know more for their own personal use.

I run these workshops during the year, usually in East Devon, but am happy to look at the practicalities of running them for a group of people in other locations.

The experiential nature of the workshops means I work with small groups of practitioners. This enables people to explore and integrate their own Retained Reflexes as well as gaining confidence in working with others.

Further details on Primary Reflexes and dates of forthcoming workshops are available on request.

Feedback from previous workshops

“This is essential knowledge, meticulously and sensitively presented.” Andrew Kemp


“This is a fundamentally important body of information delivered in a thorough, pragmatic and brilliant workshop. Sylvia is a fantastic teacher, guide and creates the best space ever!” Joanne


“Fundamental healing that everyone needs to know about. Thank you Sylvia for your journey that has led you to share such important work.” Rebecca Muddeman


“So detailed and thorough. Beyond expectations. Will be a great use in the future. Animated and interesting and engaging presentation. Ability to mix depth with lightness. There is a generosity in your that I deeply appreciate. An amazing holding presence, right from the first moment I felt held, accepted, seen and allowed to be exactly what I am. The combination of receiving healing and giving it worked beautifully, especially because of your presence and holding and authenticity. You are brilliant and I am so glad I met you. Thank you.” Victoria Appleton


“A truly memorable day. Thank you so much. The  explanations and demonstrations helped us grasp the concept of Primary Reflexes so easily. You gave us the time to practise the techniques until we felt thoroughly confident about helping our own clients immediately. 11/10, if not 12/10!”


“Enjoyed it so much. Great techniques, can’t wait to put them into practise.”


“Well explained. I’m leaving feeling I can start using this straight away.”


“It was all just right. You have put this together in a way that can reach the soul.”