Endeavours to let your child develop his or her full potential by encouraging natural movement.

Baby Moves Treatment Centre

The centre is named after Marianne's book Babymoves which was first published in December 2002.

Marianne's assessment and treatment is based on Emmi Pikler's philosophy that babies or children should not be placed in positions they cannot get themselves into.

Assessment is done by observation of the baby's or child's natural movements, in a continuous process to determine treatment objectives. Thus, every visit starts with re-assessment of your baby's or child's level of development, quality of movement, strengths and weaknesses of the positions he or she can get into without assistance.

Positions the baby or child cannot get into by him or herself are not assessed or used, as Marianne has experienced that they encourage muscle imbalance and don't allow him or her to correct movement abnormalities, e.g. incorrect positions of joints or spasticity.

Specialised equipment is rarely used by the children who are under Marianne's care as it places children in positions they are not ready for.

Marianne's treatment consists of: parent/caregiver education,
proprioceptive input, techniques of the Vojta method of treatment, which is a physiotherapy module, for children with cerebral palsy.

The approach is holistic, with a positive effect on the child's general health. Respiration, circulation and growth are all positively influenced.

The Centre is closed until further notice.

The treatment has been very successful in the following conditions:

  • plagiocephaly, asymmetrical flattening of the baby's head
  • muscle imbalance
  • prematurely born babies
  • brain damage
  • cerebral palsy
  • hypotonia(floppiness)
  • hypertonia
  • diplegia
  • quadriplegia
  • hemiplegia
  • global developmental delay
  • dyspraxia
  • headinjuries
  • Down's Syndrome
  • arthrogryposis
  • Erb's Palsy
  • bottom shuffling

Early referral is encouraged for best results.

The duration and/or frequency of the treatment varies per child and condition. The aim is for parents to carry out the treatment at home where possible.

If you have concerns about your baby’s development or questions about referral feel free to contact me at BMTC@xtra.co.nz


Marianne Hermsen-van Wanrooy

Neuro-Paediatric Physiotherapist and writer of the book 'Babymoves' and the recently released 'Babymoves for the Child with Special Needs'.




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