What is integrative body psychotherapy (ibp)?
IBP is a complete therapeutic and life practice system that combines verbal work with breath and body wisdom for the systematic integration of body, mind, emotions and spirit.
It is a gentle and powerful way of confronting one's deepest patterns, which are located in the body and unconsciously control our lives. Real change comes with insight, but only when awareness permeates the entire being – body as well as mind. IBP emphasizes the importance of relationships and focuses upon awareness at all levels, resulting in profound life-enhancing transformation.
How does ibp help?
Within the IBP framework, the use of breath brings us into our body where we can make contact with our “body voice”. It is a subtle, yet powerful tool like a beacon that brings us into a safe harbor and it also warns us when we are in danger. It tells us what is working for us through joy and what is not - through pain. Awareness of and connection to what is currently not working in our lives, (often very early learned patterns of relationship), allows one to evaluate old, often untrue, beliefs about oneself and / or about the world. Changing one's inner world changes how we see and make contact with the world around us. Trying to change other people instead of oneself - is always doomed to failure.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where it is all too easy to disconnect from ourselves and our “pain” through over-working, eating too much, using alcohol or drugs excessively or any number of other escapisms. Those of us who have experienced trauma know that our inner voice may have been blocked very early, leaving us unable to access our source of guidance, safety and contact with our own inner wisdom. We learned “not to talk, not to trust, and not to feel”. To cope, we build up defenses - habitual ways of being in relationships, which were helpful when they were formed, however, may no longer be our best choices. These early defenses can actually be getting in our way by alienating us from others, as well as, from ourselves.
Awareness of early interruptions, which cause our defensive patterns (character style) – allows us to see them as our best attempts to cope with life. This allows us to learn new strategies and soften the walls we have built inside to keep us safe. We learn to let go of feelings of shame, remorse and alienation. We can learn to build healthier boundaries for ourselves, ones that we are now in control of. We do this by finding our voice and by giving ourselves permission to speak up on our own behalf. In this way, we begin to take our own power back – as a result, we let go of trying to please or control anyone else. Life becomes less conflictual and more satisfying for ourselves – we learn to listen to our own inner guidance and find the courage to take the next positive steps in our lives.