Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy
Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy (hereinafter IBMT) is one of the branches of Somatic studies. The word "soma" comes from the Greek word "σῶμα" which means "body". T. Hanna defined the word "soma" as the body experienced from within.
WISDOM OF THE BODY
This therapy is based on an understanding that what we need for our healing and growth lies within, and can be accessed as we become aware of and learn to follow our internal embodied process.
The IBMT approach is based on and integrates principles from three core areas of practice and theory:
Somatic psychology and
Also, IBMT leaves a respectful space for those healing processes that we experience, but which are not yet fully known scientifically.
CONNECTION. Experiencing less tension and anxiety, kids and teens can more easily connect to themselves, others and the world.
SATISFIED NEEDS. By learning to follow, understand and name their body's signals, kids and teens have a chance to share them with us adults, so we can help them meet their needs better.
CONFIDENCE AND INNER POWER. By identifying and expressing inner body experience kids and teens regain confidence and inner power in themselves.
TIME TO BE TOGETHER
In sessions we play certain games, write, draw and do other tasks, move and explore our voices, listen to or create our own stories, if parents are present, sometimes we use touch. The therapist's goal is to consciously maintain the connection between what is happening here and now in the objective physical world, and to support the subjective process of inner experience of a kid or teen.
WE INTEGRATE BODY AND TECHNOLOGIES
We use various apps and other software solutions, for example, we use apps "My Incredible Body", "Human Anatomy Atlas" and others.
Important! Online therapy is not suitable for kids and teens in critical or crisis situations, prone to self-harm or suffering from severe mental illness.
HISTORY OF IBMT
In the 1970s, body- and movement-oriented practices and therapies began to take shape in the US and Europe. At that time Body-Mind Centering® (BMC), the Feldenkrais method, the Alexander technique, and many more have been introduced to the world. Now these methods are known as Somatic Movement Therapy. The IBMT diploma programme is an integrated programme that was developed through Linda Hartley’s therapeutic and somatic approach of engaging body, mind, soul and spirit. In 1990, Linda Hartley founded the Institute of Integrative Body and Movement Therapy in England as a three-year diploma program. Currently the IBMT Diploma Programme is being offered in England, Russia and Lithuania. The program maintains the high standards of an Approved Training Program of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA).