What is Integrated Movement Therapy (IMT)?
Yoga philosophy is the foundation of IMT, and the Pancha Koshas (5 sheaths or 5 layers of being) are a corner stone. Described in the Taitiriya Upanishad, the pancha koshas are a model for describing and differentiating our lived experiences. The pancha koshas are frequently modeled as 5 concentric circles (pictured above). The 5 layers of experience – physical, energetic, mental/emotional, witness, spirit – increase in subtlety as you move toward the center of the circle.
All the time we process, and store our experience across these 5 layers. Many people, myself included, spend much of their awareness in their mind, in the mental/emotional layer. We may have been taught, directly and indirectly, that our thoughts and feelings are the most US things about ourselves. Traditional talk therapy also operates primarily on the mental/emotional layer, although more and more mental health professionals are bringing body awareness into their therapeutic practices.
IMT is an INTEGRATIVE practice that strives to guide you towards awareness of all 5 layers of being and then cultivate personal tools for accessing, processing, healing, and growing towards a whole and integrated self.
As the Integrated Movement Therapist, my role is to be of service to you. Guided by your intentions and informed by my training, we work together in partnership to explore and discover your healing path.
IMT is not for “fixing” anything about you. IMT is about support for integrating all your sides – all your identities, all your things, all your conditions - into alignment with the truest version of you and your life.
In an IMT session we use a range of techniques and tools including, but not limited to: movement, breath practices, mindfulness and meditation, visualization, art, conversation and processing, exploration, experimentation, and rest.
I want to offer IMT to my community of queer and trans youths and adults – a community often underserved in both movement and therapeutic practices. I have personally experienced how IMT can be used to cultivate, among other things, a sense of embodiment and self-trust. Queer and trans folks deserve safe spaces to be seen, validated, and met exactly as they are. I know IMT is a framework and practice that can be used to do that.
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I have lots more to say about therapy, healing, and Integrated Movement Therapy – stay tuned!