Core Strokes™ - Another Bodymind Integration Approach

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Presuppositions of Bodymind Integration

  • The presuppositions of Bodymind Integration are that in the holistic and integrative therapeutic approach we accept the following:
  • Body and mind are not separated;
  • The focus of attention is on intrinsic health or the „essential self”; pathology occurs as a consequence of the loss of connection with the essential self.
  • The practice of Bodymind Integration focusses on embodied, current experience;
  • This experience can be verbalized in a descriptive manner;
  • Bodymind Integration is practiced in relationship with the therapist; the work is both interpersonal and intra-personal;
  • Bodymind Integration is a mutual enterprise of therapist and client that is done with curiosity; both therapist and client change through the experience; there is no set end goal.
  • Given an appropriate climate, individuals discover their own process of healing and self-regulation.
  • From the concepts developed by C.G. Jung, we integrate in the training:
  • The collective unconscious and the archetypes (animus; anima; persona(e), shadow, the self….)
  • The postulate of the reality of the soul
  • The process of individuation as a lifelong process of psychic growth, becoming and realisation of the self.
  • The vision in which psychic suffering is not reduced to a pathology, but is seen as a passage in the process of individuation of the individual

Core Strokes™ as a form of BODYMIND INTEGRATION

  • Attempts to describe the phenomenologically constructed world of the person by exploring the potential of humanity through the nature and experience of values, spirituality, meaning, emotions, intentionality, healthy relationships, the self, self-actualization, creativity, mortality, transcendence, holism, intuition, and responsibility (amongst other topics).
  • Bases its practice upon a philosophical foundation based on the affirmation of the dignity of every human being.
  • Acknowledges the responsibility of human beings for their own destiny, having within themselves the answers to improving their own lives and the quality of life of all human beings. As such Bodymind Integration does not stop at just symptom relief, but works to investigate deeply rooted beliefs that strongly affect a person’s reactions and behavior.
  • Recognizes and respects the ability of human beings to employ reason, science, intuition, and creativity as tools for the discovery of knowledge and the achievement of goals.
  • Agrees with modern psychodynamic theory which states that the lack of personal power primarily is caused by the person’s childhood traumas. These traumas (Developmental Trauma, Shock Trauma (PTSD) & Complex PTSD) carry both painful emotions and negative life-denying, decisions, which materialize a negative philosophy of life, which again limits a person's vitality, self-confidence, self-esteem, sense of coherence, insight in self and willingness to accept life’s challenges. This becomes a major hindrance to the personal development, and shuts people's life down.
  • Believes that wellness and health is best achieved by combining personal growth with avid service for the greater good of humanity.
  • Facilitates personalization, i.e. the development of the personality, of the trainee by a person-centered /experiential relationship and encounter between the teachers and the trainees aiming at the personal and professional abilities required to offer, establish, maintain and develop person-centered/experiential relationships with clients.
  • Among other elements the theoretical and practical learning in BODYMIND INTEGRATION - Core Strokes™  consists of anthropological, philosophical and ethical foundations, theory of personality and relationship development, both in general and regarding processes of different persons and groups in different situations, theory of psychopathology and therapy, contextual (legal, medical, economical etc.) necessary knowledge.

Bringing out the new. Letting go of the old. 

In Core Strokes sessions we invite the client to come out with a new part of themselves, or an old part of themselves that has been hiding in their body as symptoms. The presence of the therapist should give the client the courage to begin revealing all that is coming out of him/her.

Character defenses.

  • Are mechanisms we develop to protect ourselves from pain. Character defenses consist of certain fixed attitudes & patterned behavior (forming a Character Structure).
  • Implicitly all character structures come about through breaks in mutual connection. Every time there is a break in mutual connection there is break in development (= Developmental trauma). A break in mutual connection occurs whenever a child is placed in a dilemma of having to give up an impulse or resource in order to maintain contact, or having to give up contact in order to keep the impulse.
  • If a child is allowed to spontaneously feel and express its pain, grief and anger new negativities are NOT stored in the field. As a child we are full of life. Negative experiences in childhood created grief or anger as natural feelings in ourselves. As those kind of feelings are usually not accepted we suppress and cut off the feelings and go into fragments and splits. When life in this encounter with non-life has become too painful, we begin to keep our hearts closed. Thus we create an inner prison of distrust, fear, hate, separateness, negativity and cruelty. The LOWER SELF grows stronger when we have been neglected or mistreated and abused.
  • Character types are differentiated psychologically by their ego structure, by their attitude towards reality.
  • There are different ways the child attempts to maintain a connection to self and other. One child will tend to withdraw from connection to maintain a sense of self. Another will fight for contact, but will then give up maintaining a sense of self. While they fight for contact, they don’t trust the contact and thus don’t let it in. Additionally, the fighting often breaks the contact, since from the outside it may be perceived as pushing away.
  • So we can see that both positions have compromised their abilities to simultaneously be in contact and have a clear sense of themselves ( and thus to own their impulses).