Bodywork and Movement Therapy Sessions for kids
Integrative bodywork and movement therapy sessions can be very helpful for children with normal development or special needs (autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, developmental disorders, emotional challenges, etc.). Sessions can help to gain a better understanding and control of the body as well as strengthen social tolerance.
WHAT IS IT
HOW DOES IT WORK
Through engaging in movement (crawling, jumping, rolling, etc.) and creative games during the sessions, children have an opportunity to re-experience developmental stages of their childhood, to explore body coordination, strength, adaptation and partnership and to develop imagination.
All somatic skills are taught through exploration. This approach allows us to find the door to each child’s unique world and discover each child’s authentic movement.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS
The impact of the sessions is different for each child:
activities can help to move easier, freer, more secure, to crawl and speak in a more fluent way,
may improve orientation in space,
sessions can also help in transitions from one space to another (when having difficulty leaving home, leaving kindergarten, etc.),
there are also many indirect effects - changes may emerge in a completely different area than originally expected.
Integrative bodywork and movement therapy is suitable for children of all ages, but is most beneficial when started at the earliest possible age. This therapy is especially suitable for non-speaking children, as the therapy is mainly done through movement and touch.
Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy practitioners working with kids:
Duration of the session - 45 min. Sessions can be held in Lithuanian and English. Discussions of the process take place between the sessions together with the child's parents.
HOW THE THERAPY APPEARED
XX a. Body and movement oriented practices and therapies began to take shape in America and Europe in the 1970s. The methods of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, the pioneer of Body-Mind Centering® (BMC), the Feldenkrais method, the Alexander technique and others were born in the world. Those methods are also commonly referred to as Somatic Movement Therapy (Soma gr. Means “body,” or “body felt from within”). In 1990, Linda Hartley founded the Institute of Integrated Bodywork and Movement Therapy in the UK as a three-year study program. Thanks to organizers, coordinators, assistants and teachers, training is currently taking place in the United Kingdom, Lithuania and Russia. Many Lithuanian IBMT practitioners work in intensive therapeutic and educational work with adults, children and children with special needs.