Movement therapy for mental wellness
Movement therapy is medicine for your mental wellness. Moving in synchronization with other humans makes you feel better emotionally because it brings parts of your brain back online.
Movement therapy also has positive effects on your mental well-being by releasing feel-good hormones called endorphins.
But you don’t have to run a marathon to feel better. What if you could move your body in gentle, natural ways that invite energy and life force into all areas of your body and release tension?
Body psychotherapy movement therapy
Theories of body psychotherapy were developed by psychiatrists Wilhelm Reich, Alexander Lowen and John Pierrakos. They based their theories on the idea that emotional and psychological tension can get trapped or held in the muscles of our body and can be released through breathing, movement and expression.
The idea is that we can impact our mental well-being by moving, breathing and expressing ourselves vocally and physically.
If you are anxious, you can take steps to ground yourself and bring your mind into the present.
If you’re depressed and unmotivated, let’s do some breathing and movement to increase the amount of oxygen and energy available in your body.
In movement therapy we’ll focus on connection with the body-mind, gently bringing movement and energy to all areas of your body, inviting more flow back into these areas, and into your life.
- Ground you in your body
- Deepen your respiration
- Release physical and emotional tension
- Promote deep relaxation
- Enlarge your self-expression and promote self confidence
But don’t just take my word for it. Empirical (scientific) research undertaken on 128 people in Germany in 2006 showed that Bioenergetic exercises improved the level of anxiety, depression and social insecurity in the participants. They also had a reduction in the amount of anger they felt inside and were better at expressing themselves.
Want more of that? Contact Sarah on 0450 22 00 59
Breathing Moving Feeling and the Chakras – Introductory Movement Therapy Workshops in 2019
In 2019 Sarah will be running Introductory Breathing Moving Feeling workshops to introduce you to movement therapy and body psychotherapy, helping you to find more flow and energy in your physical and emotional being.
Suitable for complete beginners, each of these two-hour workshops will focus on a different segment of the body and chakra, and focus on moving through the issues we humans commonly present with.
The techniques used in these workshops come from Bioenergetic body psychotherapy, Nia and dance-movement therapies (Laban-Bartenieff and Hanna Somatics).
Sessions will involve guided movement, stretching, breathing and perhaps some vocal expression and authentic movement. They will involve some some self-reflection and may involve some connection with others (if you want) but it will definitely involve a deeper connection with your body and your emotions.
These workshops are suitable for all body shapes and ages over 18 (adults only). Even if you need to spend time sitting in a chair. Even if you need to sit out some movements because of a dodgy knee or hip. Let’s focus on the parts of you that can move and invite flow and energy into your body and life.
Here are the full list of dates for 2019 (come to all of them or whichever ones take your fancy):
Sat 19 Jan – Base chakra – grounding, self-care, feeling safe in your body, the right to exist.
Sat 9 Mar 1-4pm – Sacral chakra and Heart chakra – Healing the heart-pelvis split. Svadistana (2nd chakra) is to do with pleasure (in all areas of life), creativity, sensuality as well as sexual energy. Anahata (heart chakra) is to do with love, intimacy, connection and self-care.
Sat 18 May – Solar plexus – Who am I? Is it ok to be me? Why do I loose my sense of self in a relationship? Why does my confidence evaporate when I am around certain people? Why do I focus on other people’s dreams instead of my own? The 3rd chakra is all about the Sense of ME, self-esteem, autonomy, action, drive/will, and energy.
Sat 20 July – Heart chakra – love, intimacy, connection, self-love, compassion, reaching out for what you want in life.
The workshop runs for 2 hours: 2-4pm. $55 if paid before Fri 12 July ($65 thereafter)
See booking details below.
Sat 23 Nov – All chakras including 3rd eye and Crown chakra – Intuition, insight, imagination, being in reality, connection with your version of a higher power, understanding and personal philosophy.
Please note that dates may be subject to change. Workshop tickets are non-refundable.
Time: 2-4pm on the Saturday afternoon.
Investment: Early bird price of $55 per session if paid before 6pm on the Friday before ($65 thereafter). Please note that dates may be subject to change. Workshop tickets are non-refundable.
Accessibility: There are five steps up into this building and unfortunately no wheelchair access.
Parking: Street parking is available in Bishop St and surrounds.
Wear: Comfortable clothes you can move in. Please think “comfort” rather than glamorous.
Bring: A water bottle and an open heart.
How to Book:
Call or SMS me on 0450 22 00 59 (I can take credit cards over the phone or I can give you the details for an internet transfer).
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org (I will give you the details for an internet transfer); or
Ask me about it in your next session.
Sarah also runs weekly movement therapy sessions as part of her therapy group and regular sessions for students at the Institute of Body Psychotherapy. She has a background in Latin dance and is known for her upbeat personality and vibrancy.
Sarah offers individual movement therapy sessions and corporate group movement therapy sessions (price on enquiry).
Please give Sarah a call on 0450 22 00 59 if you would like more information about this.
Movement therapy is ideal for any body shape, any level of flexibility and any age over 18.
It is your choice to move as much or as little as you want. For example, Sarah has clients with shoulder, knee and hip replacements who work within their own limit and adapt movements to suit their own body (or just don’t do that particular movement). Please remember to move towards pleasure not pain.
These gentle grounding techniques are some that we might do at the beginning of a session to get you more present in your body:
The longing position or reverse waterfall is one of the poses we often use at the end of a session. It helps your body to release tension and let go.
(You can find more videos on the Anxiety page)
Call or SMS Sarah on 0450 22 00 59 if you have any burning questions.
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Different forms of movement therapy will also help you regulate your nervous system by either calming you down or letting out excess energy. Even 5 minutes of gentle walking has a very positive effect on your mood. I’ve written a blog post about the different kinds of exercise that are beneficial for anxiety and depression.
Sarah’s Depression and Anxiety Counselling Services
In addition to movement therapy, Sarah’s North Brisbane psychotherapist clinic offers:
- Body Psychotherapy
- Group Therapy
- Depression Counselling
- Relationship Counselling
- Anxiety Counselling
- Body Psychotherapy Workshops