Body Psychotherapy (Bodywork) is a term used to describe any therapeutic or personal development technique that involves working with the human body. Bodywork techniques aim to asses and improve posture, promote awareness of the ‘mind-body connection’ and to improve the energy we use in our body, which is affecting our health.
The main theory is that all our feelings and emotions are memorised in our body, hence 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.
Additionally, a person suffering with 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, co-ordinate and organise movement. It also has a positive effect on self-confidence and self-esteem.
I am trained to observe, reflect and analyse movements and body language in the three dimensions of time, space and flow. To achieve a 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.