Integrated Movement Therapy

with Bonny Chipman, IMT therapist

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Bonny has been a yoga teacher since 2008, and drawing from her own lived experience as well as extensive training, guides clients through an accessible, body-positive/affirming lens. As an Integrated Movement Therapist, she uses invitational language and techniques to support and nurture clients in exploring their potential, accessing their agency, and discovering their capacity for healing. Bonny specializes in working with seniors, adults with disabilities, and individuals with anxiety/chronic illness/injury. She is dedicated to, and is experienced in, serving both POC and LGBTQIA+ clients. Bonny is currently accepting Integrated Movement Therapy (IMT) clients on a sliding scale from $55- $90 per session. If you have questions or would like a free phone consultation, please contact Bonny at bonny@yoganwpdx.com or 503-334-8461.

What is Integrated Movement Therapy (IMT)?

IMT is a one on one therapeutic approach and non-prescriptive framework that utilizes yoga, as well as a variety of other therapeutic practices, to create conditions where healing can occur. IMT serves individuals of all ages and with all challenges on the human spectrum, from injuries and illness to anxiety and depression, with a highly individualized approach to support the needs of each client. 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. To provide a holistic approach, each session is informed by the 3 overarching philosophies (the student is already perfect and whole,  the student and teacher are both unlimited in their abilities to heal, and no part of the body/mind/spirit complex, and no part of the brain, works alone) and the 6 core principles (structure and continuity, physical stimulation, language stimulation, social interaction, self-calming and direct self-esteem building).

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. Adults often come for IMT every week or every other week. Children usually come once a week, or occasionally twice a week.