PsychoCorporal Integration (also known as Bodymind Integration) originated with Dr. Jack Painter’s work on clients beginning in the late 1960’s. Dr. Painter (1933-2010) was a Ph.D. graduate of Emory University (Atlanta, Ga.) in Philosophy, literature and Psychology and served as a professor at the University of Miami. Central to PsychoCorporal Integration is the view that body and mind are inseparable and do not stand in a causal relationship with “each other” since they are dimensions of the same phenomena. Thus holistic psychocorporal work with awareness and consciousness is always simultaneous work with body expression, movement and energy. And conversely work with the body, including deep work with breathing and myofascia, is also simultaneous work with awareness and consciousness.
PsychoCorporal Integration is furthermore based on the notion of an „energetic flow” which is taken as the core of human experience. The promotion of this flow is considered as health, its persistent blockage is considered as illness. PsychoCorporal Integration presents a clear theory which uses but goes beyond the theories of F. Perls, MD and W. Reich, MD. It uses Gestalt claiming and experiencing as part of the process of transforming body armor.
Introductory workshop⎮Core Strokes™ ⎮Postural Integration® ⎮ Energetic Integration®⎮18-19 April 2020
With Dirk Marivoet, MSc.
Trainer/Supervisor for Core Strokes™, Postural Integration®, Energetic Integration® and Pelvic-Heart Integration® – Teacher/Supervisor for Core-Energetics®
During the weekend you will be introduced to the Core Strokes™, Postural and Energetic Integration® Therapy Models. During these two days we work with a synthesis of Reichian Breathwork, Gestalt, Body Reading, connective tissue work, bodymind drama and character analysis. Participants will have the opportunity to experience this work – focussing on “Posture” (physical, emotional, mental, spiritual) and on “Energy Economy” – in a safe and inviting environment under the guidance of an experienced teacher with 35 years of experience in Body Psychotherapy. This is an opportunity for personal work and development in a group context. Given the integrative discipline-transcending character, this workshop is open to interested students and professional therapists. Bring especially your curiosity, your willingness, and your desire to move with you so that you can experience your body, feelings and emotions. For people who are interested in following the professional training in 2020, this Workshop gives you a sense whether to train yourself in this modality. The contents and working methods that are provided in the training are adequately covered.
What is Core Strokes™ ?
Core Strokes™ is grounded in unconditional positive regard, empathy, congruence, authenticity, caring for the self and for the other, phenomenological assessment strategies, self-discovery, and insight. These core qualities permit therapeutic intervention in life areas which are otherwise hardly accessible, such as love, hope, meaning of life, loss, relationships, creativity, holism, spirituality, freedom, transcendence, personal growth, social justice, multicultural and gender issues, responsibility, and interdependence.
Core Strokes™ sessions invite a person 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, purifying and transforming all that is coming out of him/her.
What is Postural Integration®?
Postural Integration® is an approach that supports a growth process of the whole person, based on his posture. Your posture tells a lot about who you are. By profoundly liberating the myofascial tensions in your body in combination with simultaneous work with breath, movement, energy and the interpersonal relationship, the different body areas can be made aware individually and in relation to each other and the surrounding environment. Unprocessed and unconscious – possibly traumatic – experiences from your personal history can thus be integrated. Energetic Integration® works with the model of Jack Painter’s Energetic Cycle to improve “Energy Economy” and transforming stress, fatigue and blocked energy into flow and pleasure.
You can experience in this workshop the many ways in which you yourself prevent yourself from living deeply and fulfillingly. By learning to move the blocked energy and the associated emotions in a targeted way and to bring them into interaction, you come into a positive lifestream. You will find out how your body and your feelings are an important guideline for change in your life.
You will experience how in this process your entire body begins to change visibly and tangibly. In the work we do, we integrate Reichian insights and practices, Gestalt work, Acupressure (based on 5-elements theory), Bodymind Drama (Embodied role playing, Triangle work (Child, Father, Mother, Ancestors, other placeholders), etc.
People who have experienced this work firsthand, tell us that they become livelier, more powerful, joyful, courageous …. Postural and Energetic Integration® are creative, dynamic and ultimately enjoyable ways to fully experience the creativity, dynamism and joy of your own life force.
Facilitation: Dirk Marivoet, Trainer/Supervisor for Core Strokes™, Postural Integration®, Energetic Integration® & Pelvic-Heart Integration® – Teacher/Supervisor for Core-Energetics Body Psychotherapy.
Costs: € 200 (Incl. Group room – Excl. Food and Lodging). Early Bird 180 euro – until April 1st 2020
Send money to account number with BIC GEBABEBB and IBAN BE17001255696221 of Dirk Marivoet with in subject line: workshop Core Strokes™
Where: IBI, Destelbergenstraat 49-51, B-9040 Gent, België, Tel: +32 9 228 49 11
When: 18-19 April 2020
Hours: Saturday 10 am – 6pm and
Sunday 10 am – 5 pm
Lunch: There is a one hour lunchbreak. Bring your own lunch.
Lodging: There are a several B&B’s in the neighborhood.
Language: English (translation where necessary) For more information, inscription and payment, please contact us.
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In Body Psychotherapy, the body traditionally is seen as the “congealed life history” of the person. Evidence from neuroscience and research into the nature of consciousness reveals that “current awareness is a carpet that is woven with threads of memories from the past.” What this means is that we unconsciously tend to become entangled again and again in the same recurring patterns, which are based on impressions and conclusions from this (sometimes distant) past. From these entanglements arise ultimately all kinds of suffering, pain and discomfort that may affect our health.
The scientific research from the last 50 years, has shown that the CLIENT himself carries a vision as to the possible solutions and has implicit ideas about the desired change (a theory of change).
For the THERAPIST, the body is the guide to help reveal this theory of change, thus triggering an effective therapeutic process that leads to more satisfying, effective and satisfying interactions.
Body-oriented psychotherapists need in their guidance to learn how to trust their senses as necessary tools in the making of therapeutic contact. The ability to do this can throw the needed light on important aspects of the suffering that the client carries. These and other skills are demonstrated as well as practiced in this workshop.
Participants will be able to learn how to distinguish affective states from cognitive states. They can experience exercises in learning how to have an eye for and how to name the various emotional states as they appear in body posture, facial expressions and tone of voice. Naming the emotional states as opposed to only listen to the content of the words of the client, creates a kind of sheath to the emotions and makes them thus more manageable.
The process of becoming aware of feelings and cognitions evolves gracefully into specific forms of bodywork, in order to provide depth and feel to the process of transformation. For example, work with posture, movement, energy, voice, breathing, touch help to unlock, ground, limit and contain the powerful feelings and conflicts that are trapped in the bodymind. Gestalt process work, embodied psychodrama (bodymind drama) and deep bodywork help to release and integrate what you have learned to suppress and oppress – often associated with deficits in the satisfaction of basic needs. The way of working will help one to develop a perspective and an ability to be aware of how one feels and thinks without becoming immersed in those states.
The workshop is open to anyone interested in BodyMind Integration – Body Oriented Psychotherapy (both ” laypeople” and professionals can participate). Those who are interested in taking part in the body psychotherapy training will be provided all necessary information before enrolling.