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Developmental Movement Therapy

Marieke

Therapy and the developmental process

Developmental Movement Therapy is based on principles of infant movement development, following and embodying through touch and movement the miraculous journey from conception, through embryological and fetal development, the great transition of birth and the first year of infant life. Following the principle that what you need for your healing and growth lies within you, it seeks to empower you by developing trust in yourself and the wisdom of your body.

The developmental process unfolds through a series of movement patterns which lead us from our ‘being’ to our ‘doing’ nature: from bonding with earth and mother to establishing a sense of self to reaching out in play, creative action and relationship. The natural unfolding of developmental patterns underlies all areas of future learning in the infant, child and adult — movement, perceptual, psychological, mental and spiritual growth are all profoundly influenced and supported by these early movement experiences.

Through therapeutic touch and movement repatterning, neurological pathways are re-organised. This can help clarify and strengthen the foundations of movement, support sensory-motor integration and free energy for creative expression. The process can be engaged with at any stage of life.

Infants

Infants whose sensory-motor development is inhibited in some way might benefit from support through this process. Sometimes a simple intervention can support a transition to a new level of development, enabling the natural process to proceed with more ease and joy.

Young children

Young children with emotional, behavioural, movement or learning difficulties, and those suffering the effects of a traumatic birth or other events which have affected the natural unfolding of their potential, might be helped by this approach.

Adults

Adults can also benefit from re-visiting and re-embodying early movement experiences. At any age, this process can help strengthen the foundations of movement and postural patterns; this can have positive effects on emotional and psychological levels as well as the obvious benefits of greater physical ease and balance.

Physical benefits

Developmental Movement Therapy may:

Other benefits

Beyond purely physical effects, feeling at ease in your body and developing better habits of posture and movement can also improve your general health and emotional well-being. Mind and body are integrally connected, and a change in the way you use your body can have far-reaching effects on how you feel. Feeling more balanced in your body can be a support to finding greater mental and emotional stability.

The following conditions can often be alleviated:

Sessions

An initial session can be arranged to discuss the needs of you or your child. Sessions usually take place weekly and generally last for one hour. They will be treated with the strictest confidentiality and your safety respected at all times.