A reflex is an automatic, instinctual movement in response to a stimulus. Primitive Reflexes are developed in the womb and “appear” in us as newborns or toddlers, and then “disappear” or “integrate” as we grow. In reality, they are always with us, but have become integrated and are not visible because of our advancing neurological development and growth. An unintegrated reflex is also called a retained reflex. A retained reflex can have a significant long-term effect on our health and well-being because integrated primitive reflexes form part of the essential foundation of many of our more advanced neurological functions. It is scientifically proven that physical movement is a powerful tool for fostering the growth and development of neural connections and integrating primitive reflexes.