Body-oriented therapy is built on multiple pillars:
• The physical body
• Emotion and psyche
• Movement education and awareness
The physical body:
Here the present state of the posture and movement of the client is assessed. Both client and therapist will work on locating the cause of symptoms or a theme. Each intervention arises from an individual therapeutic process and is very different per person. An intervention could, for example, consists of different forms of massages in which passive bodily movements are used with the aim of learning to let go, or to create a sense of awareness for physical restrictions, both within and without. The client will be guided through this. In the end it is the client who will pave the way for his or her improvement.
Emotion & Psyche
By tracing the origin of the symptoms, the body can begin the internal process through which the client will become aware of blockages. The processing and releasing of blockages may be paired with several emotions. It may take some time before the client can work through these emotions. As soon as this process starts it becomes possible to appeal to the self-healing capabilities of the body. The client also gains insight into how posture and movement influence the body and the psyche, and the interaction between both. With guidance the client can learn to experience the “felt sense”, place, and understand the effect and interaction between body and psyche.
Movement education & awareness
This is a part of massage therapy but it can also be taken separately. Movement education has a lot to do with awareness of posture, physical movement, and the use of the body. Besides there are such nuances as emotional and proprioceptive awareness. The therapeutic goal of movement education is that one becomes aware and develops an insight into the function and functioning of the body, and how you can, in a simple, healthy, asymptomatic way learn how to move, sit, and stand.