Integrated Movement Therapy

with Bonny Chipman, IMT intern

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In addition to owning and operating Yoga NW and teaching yoga, Bonny also offers Integrated Movement Therapy (IMT) sessions. IMT is a one on one therapeutic approach and Bonny specializes in working with older adults, adults with disabilities, and those with chronic illness and injuries. Integrated movement therapy was created by speech and language pathologist, yoga teacher, therapist, and scholar, Molly Lannon Kenny. It’s a non-prescriptive framework that utilizes yoga, as well as a variety of other therapeutic practices, to facilitate a holistic healing experience. The focus of IMT is not to fix a problem, but rather to meet each person where they are, and work in partnership toward mutually held goals and objectives. IMT sessions are creative and the therapist often draws on experience in their field of expertise, such as yoga, as well as IMT techniques including creative movement, music, meditation, writing, and more to explore the mind, body, spirit connection, support healing, and empower clients to make positive changes for overall well-being. Currently in the final stages of internship, Bonny is accepting clients for IMT sessions beginning in August 2019. If you have questiions, including inquiries about pricing, or would like to book a session, please contact Bonny at bonny@yoganwpdx.com or 503-334-8461. Sliding scale pricing is available.

More about IMT from Molly’s website:

What is Integrated Movement Therapy?

Integrated Movement Therapy® is a holistic therapy approach developed by Molly Lannon Kenny, an experienced yoga teacher with a master’s degree in speech language pathology.  It is an approach for people of all ages, from infancy to adulthood. IMT uses yoga’s philosophical, physical and spiritual framework in conjunction with conventional neurophysiological perspectives to address the challenges of being human, from depression and anxiety to degenerative conditions and life-threatening illness.

Many people who have benefited from IMT are just “regular” people needing some support as they move through a difficult time. No matter your age, your ability, your struggle, IMT can help you and facilitate your growth.

The IMT approach is based on three overarching philosophies: that the student is already perfect and whole, that the student and teacher are both unlimited in their abilities to heal, and that no part of the body/mind/spirit complex, and no part of the brain, works alone.

What does a session look like?

Each IMT session will be highly individualized to meet the needs of the student. For adults, individual sessions are 60 minutes and usually involve some talking, some yoga postures, and some Thai yoga techniques. Children’s sessions, either individual or group, vary in length from 30-60 minutes and consist primarily of yoga-based games and activities that build skills in a natural way.

All IMT sessions end with shavasana, the rest and integration period that traditionally concludes all yoga classes. In addition, all sessions utilize IMT’s framework of six core principles (structure and continuity, physical stimulation, language stimulation, social interaction, self-calming and direct self-esteem building) to provide a holistic approach. Adults often come for IMT every week or every other week. Children usually come once a week, or occasionally twice a week.