142: Interview with Sonia Story: Why Innate Rhythmic Movements are Essential for Development


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Interview with Sonia Story:
Why Innate Rhythmic Movements are Essential for Development
Episode 142: Show Notes


In our early stages of development, we all have a template in our brains that guides how we move. And the movements we make based on that guide are called innate rhythmic movements. This set of movements helps us go from being defenseless babies to developing skills like walking, speaking, and even coping with stress. 

Today’s guest is Sonia Story, an expert in innate rhythmic movements and the creator of the Brain and Sensory Foundations course, and she joins us to help us learn more about these fundamental movements and the role they play in proper development. 

We kick things off by hearing about how Sonia started learning about innate rhythmic movements in the first place, realized how important they are, and decided to start teaching others about them. 

She talks about how, due mostly to parents lacking knowledge (through no fault of their own!), many children are not allowed the proper space to move in these ways and, therefore, suffer developmentally. 

We get into the different areas of development that depend on innate rhythmic movements such as language, relaxation, and memory. Sonia also shares how she integrates different pieces of her training in the philosophy of play, psychology, and movement into her coaching methods. 

For an important exchange about the value of movement for development and how not just kids but adults can benefit too, be sure to tune in today!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Five secret questions with Sonia; how she relaxes, her sensory quirk, and more.
  • How Sonia learned about the power of movement and began to teach it too.
  • What innate rhythmic movements are and why they are important.
  • The role of innate rhythmic movements in the development of reflexes.
  • The need to allow babies to move according to this system.
  • Case studies about the benefits of innate rhythmic movements.
  • Sonia’s process of implementing these exercises in her family.
  • Why the vast majority of children would benefit from doing innate rhythmic movements.
  • The different techniques Sonia has integrated to build her rhythmic movement training.
  • Details about Sonia’s course and where to find it online as well as a special discount!
  • Advice for parents who want to start implementing these exercises with their kids.


“All the skills that you need, like being able to move and think and socially interact and engage with your environment, they all depend on this initial set of movements.” — Sonia Story [0:14:29]

“For so many children, their development is being interfered with in the womb, and sometimes at birth, and sometimes at early infancy.” — Sonia Story [0:19:28]

“What I learned from the therapists coming to the course is they came back and said, ‘You know, these rhythmic movements combined with the reflexes, they're really the best tools I've ever found for sensory processing issues, and for emotional regulation issues.’” — Sonia Story [0:39:46]

“Get on the floor and play with your kids and give them lots of time in prone, doing games in prone.” — Sonia Story [0:44:56]

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Sonia Story

Brain and Sensory Foundations Course

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