How we move can often reflect our Psychological state and emotional wellbeing.
Movement Therapy works with the relationship between the body and the mind and is a therapeutic and holistic approach to the body.
Somatic Movement Therapy equips therapists with the skills to apply verbal, tactile and/or movement based approaches as needed by the client as 80% of psychotherapy and counselling is actually non-verbal. As therapists, we see clients who have few words; clients whose feelings and memories are trapped in bodily symptoms, frozen postures, stereotypical gestures, or painful muscle tension. We meet clients who say they are fine, or ok, or ‘a bit anxious’, but have no connection to the sensations and meanings behind the words.
As a result, more and more health professionals such as counsellors, psychologists, social workers, doctors, Pilates practitioners, complementary medical therapists and nurses are recognising the need for such an integrated holistic approach to healing.
Movement Based Somatic Therapists work with clients to Language the non-verbal and therefore assist them in finding verbal expression for what is held onto physically in a detrimental manner. Movement Based Somatic Therapists have skills in observing, identifying and languaging movement through the application of theoretical frameworks such as Laban Movement Analysis, Self Psychology and Somatic Education.
An understanding of clients’ non-verbal communications enhances the therapist’s empathic attunement capabilities making Movement Based Somatic Therapy an extremely effective treatment modality.
The training program in this therapy introduces a methodology where therapists can develop sensitivity to their clients’ and their own movement experiences so as to better understand the unfolding clinical relationship.
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