Body oriented Psychotherapy is a term used to describe any therapeutic or personal development technique that involves working with the human body. The approach aims to asses and improves posture, promote awareness of the ‘mind-body connection’ and improve the energy we use in our body, which is affecting our health. The body-oriented techniques may involve work with breathing, relaxation, posture, body language, boundaries, expression, empowerment, and nonverbal communication to improve psychosocial well-being.
The main theory is that all our feelings and emotions are memorised in our body, therefore, the body mirrors our feelings and emotions. For example, when you’re feeling distressed, your body will reflect this distress in its specific body language and in the way you move. Vice versa, when you move or stand in a certain way these will provoke a reaction in your emotions and feelings. A person suffering from low body-control often experiences a range of negative feedback to his or her behaviour, which in some cases leads to an unhealthy self-image.
Sensory Integration/Stimulation aims to improve the way a child’s brain responds to and makes use of sensory information and how this is used to plan, coordinate and organise a movement. It also has a positive effect on self-confidence and self-esteem.
Sensorimotor psychotherapy is a gentle mindful method that works directly with the stress of traumatization; it helps you to feel more connected and more in control.
I am trained to observe, reflect and analyse movements and body language in the three dimensions of time, space and flow. To achieve the desired outcome during a therapeutic setting, I may suggest interventions like relaxation through breathing or therapeutic touch and consequently helps the client to discover new qualities in their body language. As a result, the client will usually feel a positive effect on his or her general well-being.