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UK IBMT Newsletter February 2024

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In this newsletter, read about …

  • The Diploma in Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy 2024 – 2027
  • Join us for Infant Movement Development, starting this autumn
  • Introductory Workshops booking up fast.
  • Read Articles from students, graduates and practitioners.
  • Follow us on social media #ibmtuk

Diploma in Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy 2024 – 27

The next chance to join our 4 module Diploma in Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy (IBMT) is coming up later this year.

Our training gives you a grounding in a holistic, somatic approach, working with body, mind and spirit. The course emphasises student’s embodied learning, through a mixture of movement, mark making, guided touch and bodywork. Our training groups meet for a long weekend a month, developing the safety and container to support their study for personal and professional development.

Our Diploma training is one of the Approved Training Programmes of our regulatory body, The International Somatic Movement, Education & Therapy Association (ISMETA). This means we meet their criteria of at least 500 hours of study, and on completion of the diploma, enables you to go for the ‘fast-track’ application to become a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist or Educator (RSMT/E). It was developed by Linda Hartley over 30 years, drawing on her practice with pioneers in the somatic world – Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (Body Mind Centering ®) and Janet Adler (The Discipline of Authentic Movement), together with her own dance and therapy work.

The Diploma is made up of 4 modules:

Infant Movement Development

  • Learn about the foundation of human movement, from conception through the first year of life. Explore the basic movement building blocks that enable us to go from baby to a functional, creative and expressive adult.

Authentic Movement & Therapeutic Presence

  • An introduction to this movement practice that supports the ability to track movement, sensation, feeling and image. Develop the skills to differentiate self from other, finding clear language to come into relationship with another. Cultivate your skills of your inner witness that can enable you to be the witness to others.

Embodied Anatomy & Movement Repatterning

  • Explore our anatomy and physiology of the major systems of the body (eg. Skin, connective tissue, bone, muscle, organ, endocrine and nervous sytsem). Develop understanding through your own embodiment of the material and refine skills for your own development and work with others. Explore how holding patterns can be released and new pathways found.

Somatic Psychology

  • Follow a developmental arc through this module, from embryology, sub-personalities, development of self, process and shadow work.

The material is interwoven in each module to build layers of understanding and respect for our individual and collective body stories.


Read about the Diploma Programme here: www.ibmt.co.uk/diploma-programme/


Infant Movement Development Module – Last few places

In September this year we begin the module that starts with conception. Over 20 days, in 6 long weekends, you will get the chance to embody the movement journey we all make, from a single cell to the amazing complexity of an upright human being. In utero movement is studied as the elements of human movement organisation comes into form. We honour the stories and learning possible in each transition, including 4 days exploring the birth process.

Infant Movement Reflexes are included, as the nervous system matures and enables greater complexity of movement to emerge. Get the chance to explore patterns and resources to enable greater freedom of expression and contact with the ground.

More information can be found here: www.ibmt.co.uk/infant-movement-development/

Mel Softley, previous participant on the module writes:

On a professional level this module has supported me in my teaching of human movement patterns in yoga classes and embodiment workshops. The training gave me a lens to witness movement expression, what is emergent, where an individual may need resourcing. It gives approaches to process and practices that can be offered to my private therapy clients in co-creative enquiry.

The module offers a powerful map for personal process and professional practice.
The somatic approach allows for multiple levels of conscious and unconscious material to be engaged through the body rather than the mind. It delivers theory, practice and experience in the inter and intra personal domains of talk, touch and movement. This investment and exploration invites integration for the practitioner.


Introductory Workshops

These workshops are open to those thinking of joining our training or would like to find out more about somatic movement. We are offering some general introductory workshop as well as one specifically tailored to Infant Movement Development and Authentic Movement & Therapeutic Presence.

You can read about both modules, following the links above.

Belly Crawling Exploration


We include workshops that offer a general introduction to IBMT as well as ones specifically for our next diploma module that starts later this year, Infant Movement Development.

To reach further afield, we are offering some intro workshops facilitated by experienced IBMT graduates in other parts of the UK.  Mari Winkelman and Ali Rose are running an Introduction to IBMT on Sat 22nd June 2024.

Workshop Information here

Read Articles from Students, Graduates and Practitioners

If you are considering studying with us, you might find it useful to read peices written in recent years.

Our Student Survey Comments: www.ibmt.co.uk/testimonials/

Featured Practitioners: www.ibmt.co.uk/featured-practitioners/

Recent Students: www.ibmt.co.uk/student-articles/


IBMT on Social Media

Please link up with us on our new accounts to connect with IBMT and the wider somatic field. Get advanced notice and reminders of workshops, details of events and other items of interest for somatic practitioners. Follow the hashtag #ibmtuk

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