THERAPY IN MOTION
Therapy in Motion is a dynamic methodology that integrates leading psychological concepts into an embodied movement vocabulary. The theoretical grounding of Therapy in Motion course includes attachment theory, relational psychoanalysis, trauma studies, theories of sexuality, gestalt awareness practice, the understanding of multiple self‐states, and transpersonal approaches.
It is scientifically proven that emotional intelligence, stability and resilience are dependent upon, and reflective of, being present in the moment and embodied. Evidence‐based embodied therapeutic practices demonstrate that the ability to tolerate strong emotions without dissociating are key to good mental health. Additionally, embodied emotional intelligence is vital for profound, lasting spiritual development.
The Open Floor Therapy In Motion Training is for licensed therapists and health professionals with experience of embodied movement practices who want to integrate movement and conscious dance into therapeutic settings in the work they do with individual clients and /or small groups. This includes:
- Movement therapists
- Music therapists
- Drama therapists
- Social workers
- Mental health counselors
- Body psychotherapists
- Creative arts therapists (art, music, drama)
- Other mental health professionals with a graduate level qualification
We will teach you to:
- Help clients to listen and track the sensations and impulses of their bodies
- Find the possible meanings and significance of non-verbal experience and communication
- Use the wisdom of their own physical experience in the therapeutic encounter
- Track the cycles of activation and settling, pulsations, impulses, and other micro-movements that naturally occur in the client’s body during therapy
- Help clients move from talk therapy modalities into therapeutic movement explorations
- Use specific tools that facilitate the client’s inner movements becoming more conscious and integrated
- Integrate and balance top-down and bottom-up approaches to embodied processing
- Expand insights into healing attachment wounds, helping clients resource through the body
The premise of Therapy in Motion is that the body, mind and emotions are inter‐connected. All aspects of our psychology ‐ emotional, social and relational are experienced through our bodies. Feelings, imagination and intentions make themselves known to us and others via an intricately sensitive and finely tuned web of sensate experiences, biochemical exchanges and neurological pathways in the brain.
When we are frozen, overwhelmed or dysregulated emotionally, we are likely to feel ungrounded, off‐center or out of touch with our physical presence, resulting in repetitive emotional and symptomatic patterns. When therapists integrate intellectual, emotional, and physical approaches, client issues can be translated into movement, resulting in a richer therapeutic outcome. By including body sensations and movement into already existing psychotherapeutic approaches, therapists can increase the depth and efficacy of their work.
- Grow your skills, as both teacher and student, in emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and spiritual awareness on the dance floor
- Create movement scores that touch our essential human hungers for solitude, connection, belonging, and spirit
- Combine Open Floor tools to create more elaborate movement sessions
- Integrate imagination, imagery and metaphor
- Practice teaching with in-the-moment coaching
When you apply, you will be asked to submit:
- A written application
- A current head shot (no professional photos needed – just the real you)
- A list of the Open Floor classes and workshops you’ve done (and the approximate hours of each)
- A list of additional hours of study / diplomas / qualifications
- Contact information for your referees
To be notified of the next Therapy in Motion offered, email Leah at Leah@openfloor.org
We’re looking for a minimum of three teachers who are very familiar with you as a dancer, as a learner, as as tudent on the dance floor. You can also ask a supervisor,mentor or teacher – someone who has worked with you and seen your psychological progress. We will ask your referees to feedback on:
- How clearly you communicate through your movement, your words
- What role you tend to play in a group, eg. catalyst, critic, loner, leader, talker, willing experimenter, clown
- Whether you are fully engaged when dancing alone and generous in your partnering
- Where you shine If possible, choose at least one Founding Member of OFI as a referee. If that’s not possible, just be sure to include someone who can reflect on how you move alone, in partnership and as part of a group.
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