to let your child develop his or her full potential by encouraging
Baby Moves Treatment
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.
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
proprioceptive input, techniques of the Vojta method of treatment,
which is a physiotherapy module, for children with cerebral
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
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 babys 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