The Institute for Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy has been offering training programmes in England and Germany since 1990, under the direction of Linda Hartley. Courses are designed as continuing professional development for those working, or training to work, as therapists, educators, healers and artists who wish to integrate into their practice new approaches to somatic movement therapy, bodywork, and body-mind awareness. They also offer a foundation for those wishing to train in Somatic Movement Therapy and Education. Some of the modules can be taken alone, and can be applied towards independent registration with ISMETA.
The work is based on an understanding that what we need for our healing and growth lies within. It seeks to empower the individual to participate creatively in the healing journey by developing trust in his or her inner knowledge and intuition, and acquiring skills with which to access the hidden wisdom of the body and mind. Courses involve both theoretical and experiential components, with a strong emphasis on the embodiment of taught material.
Training courses are designed to support personal growth, and to develop skills with which to facilitate the unfolding of process through the body. This involves:
- The awakening of awareness in the body and the learning of methods to facilitate the integration of mind and body in movement
- The practice of witnessing through touch, through moving, and through seeing another move, cultivating an attitude of non-judgmental acceptance and compassion towards self and others
- Methods to support the exploration and integration of personal material which may emerge in bodywork and movement practice
3-Year Diploma Programme
~ The 3-Year IBMT Diploma Programme includes an in-depth experiential and theoretical study of Infant Movement Development, Experiential Anatomy, and the art of Touch and Movement Repatterning, based on principles of Body-Mind Centering®
~ This is supported by studies in Holistic Anatomy & Physiology, embodying anatomical structures and exploring the relationship between emotional and physiological functions of the body systems
~ It offers a module in Authentic Movement and Therapeutic Presence, where personal movement from the unconscious can be explored. In this discipline we seek to develop the ‘internal witness’, a place of clear seeing and compassionate, non-judgmental acceptance, so essential to any work with others
~ Studies in Somatic Psychology include: the development of the sense of self; the influence of birth on the development of the will and personality patterns; the body-mind-feeling connection and the field of psychoneuroimmunology; the relationship between emotional and neurological development; basic counselling skills and inner body dialogue; assessment and application
A new 2-Year Certificate Programme
is also being offered:
MOVING INTO BEING
Embodied Studies in Infant Movement Development,
Authentic Movement & Somatic Psychology
With Linda Hartley
This exciting new course offers an integration of embodied studies in infant movement development with an understanding of the psychological dimension of these earliest learning experiences. Using movement, hands-on work and body meditations to embody cells, membranes, tissues, fluids and movement patterns, the course will explore the process of development from conception through embryological and fetal life, birth and the first year.
At each stage of the process you will be invited to re-enter and re-embody the developmental movement patterns. How each pattern has influenced the developing sense of self, personality organisation and attachment patterns will be explored, as we relate each stage to current patterns of experiencing, perceiving, expressing and relating.
Embodying early movement patterns can offer a profound resource for connecting to being; in specific patterns we may find an experience of wholeness and wellbeing that exists prior to and beneath a later experience of disruption or trauma, and this can offer a safe place to explore from. At each step we will enquire how the movement experience can support us to become present – to find balance, grounding, centring, containment, orientation and connection to others.
The practice of Authentic Movement, and cultivation of an internal centre of clear and compassionate witnessing, will support and deepen exploration of the developmental and psychological themes. Authentic Movement is a contemplative discipline in which we attend to our direct experience, moment by moment, witnessing and expressing in movement the sensations, feelings, thoughts, images and internal impulses that arise. The course explores the embodied relationship between mover and witness.
On completion of the IBMT Diploma or Certificate Programme, practitioners will join the IBMT Directory, and can also join the BMCA as an Allied Member and apply for ISMETA registration.