Feeling the need for something different in your life and healing journey?
Integrated Movement Therapy is here for you!
Integrated Movement Therapy (IMT) is a holistic healing method based in yoga and neuroscience. It is an approach that welcomes you in your wholeness, exploring the mind/body/spirit system through joyful movement, breath techniques, and mindfulness practices. IMT is in full-swing at the Lighthouse, facilitated by Jaime Bedard, LCSW, and is available to you in the following formats:
- Individual sessions- can be great independently or in conjunction with other therapies!
- Couples sessions- looking to move past blocks in communication and intimacy and build connection? IMT sessions for couples offer a lighthearted approach to moving and breathing together.
- Parent/Caregiver-Child sessions- desiring enjoyable ways to connect with your young child or teenager? These sessions offer opportunities for giving and receiving safe loving touch, building mindful communication strategies, and having fun together.
- Small Group sessions- limited to 4 participants, these yoga-based therapy groups center on themes that bring the ancient philosophies and practices of yoga to daily life in order to support a wide range of challenges. Happening now is our Yoga for Resilience series for individuals encountering anxiety, PTSD and caregiver-related stress. To join these sessions, register at least 24-hours in advance. You do not need to commit to an entire series; come to as many sessions as you like.
To learn more and to register for an IMT session, contact Laura at the Lighthouse. Laura can also set you up with a free consultation call with Jaime in order to address any questions or concerns you may have. Interested? Read more below…
What does an Integrated Movement Therapy (IMT) session look like?
Each IMT session will be highly individualized to meet your needs. For adults, individual and group sessions range from 60-75 minutes and involve some talking, movement, contemplative activities (i.e. conscious breathing, meditative techniques, sometimes creative art activities) and 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.
*Thai yoga techniques, sometimes called “lazy person’s yoga,” involve the practitioner using passive stretching, compression and traction to manipulate the participant’s body. Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically. Thai techniques are performed either on a mat on the floor or in a chair. Both practitioner and participant are dressed in comfortable clothing to allow for flexibility and movement.
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.
What is the difference between IMT and a Private Yoga session?
IMT is a yoga-based therapy framework. It draws on the practices and philosophies of yoga, however it is not a rigid or prescriptive therapy as some other lineages of yoga and yoga therapy are. In this way, it is adaptable as a framework for people confronting any life challenge! It is different than a private yoga session because it is oriented towards unique therapeutic goals. Additionally, while any qualified yoga teacher can do a private yoga session, only certified IMT therapists can do an IMT session. IMT therapists have over 800 hours of training in this healing modality. The minimum training for a certified yoga teacher is 200 hours. Finally, IMT is seldom done in one visit. The method thrives with the structure, continuity and partnership between student and teacher.
Overall, [these are] the benefits of Yoga: rebalancing the body biologically, reinforcing the ego (i.e., developing a greater sense of self-acceptance), diminishing pathological defenses, increasing feelings of autonomy, improving capacity for contact with others, increasing attention span, better handling of emotional reactions, and greater tolerance for frustration.
– Lisa Slede and Rachel Pomerantz
More from Jaime:
I find myself in awe of the natural world: rivers, mountains, animals, people. Practicing and teaching yoga for nearly fifteen years has allowed me to see myself more clearly as part of Nature, and in this way has led me toward a more compassionate way of being with myself and with others. I believe that a spiritual practice like yoga can lead to individual transformation and real social change because it emphasizes connection to the inherent wholeness of all beings (in contrast to the deficit models we are so often used to!). It is my responsibility and joy- as a yoga teacher and also as a person on a spiritual path- to explore this essential wholeness in myself and reflect it to others.
I draw on contemplative and anti-oppressive practices as the foundation for relating to others, and while I have enjoyed offering yoga in a variety of yoga studios throughout the years, the majority of my teaching has taken place in community-based settings like the Lighthouse Retreat and Wellness Center, schools, hospitals, criminal-legal and mental health treatment settings, and also in Wyoming’s Shoshone National Forest on yearly horseback riding and yoga retreats!
A lot of people feel like yoga is not for them. They worry they’re too inflexible, or that it’s too “woo woo.” I am interested in exploring and helping to break down barriers that limit access to the practices of yoga. It is also important to me that we uplift the roots of these ancient teachings and relate them to our daily life so that they can be of maximal use in the process of encouraging more kindness in the world.
“I like how Jaime’s just really human with me.” – S.S., 18 years old, 2018