Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Movement Therapy and MFH™
1. How is Movement Therapy different from physiotherapy?
Movement therapists work primarily on the psychological issues that contribute to a certain conditions, injury or illness using movement interventions. Physiotherapists work primarily with physical interventions that remediate patient disabilities and impairments in movement.
2. Is it like yoga / Tai Chi / dance?
Yoga makes use of definitive postures or asanas which help the person in improving health. So to benefit completely, the person has to attain those specific postures.
Therapy means to repair or build. Although dance and Tai Chi have healing properties and therapeutic value, it is very different from movement therapy. Movement Therapy is psychotherapy using movement. MTs work on developing goal oriented movement interventions to help individuals find best possible outcomes in dealing with specific issues they may face.
Movement Therapy doesn’t have definitive postures. All movements are organic and come from the client. So first we understand what the client’s issue is through non-verbal communication and then we fine-tune their existing movement patterns. We assist them in experiencing different gestures /postures and body movement while making them comfortable and engaging them. We read, interpret and then offer solutions by subtle changes to the clients existing movement patterns.
3. Who can do it?
Movement Therapy is goal oriented for diverse populations. It works for every age group and specialized population. Even a healthy individual who just wants to build up physical strength, endurance and stamina, concentration, can also benefit equally.
4. What do sessions look like?
The therapist engages the client and a process of mirroring and empathic reflection of the client’s movements take place. Sometimes, clients are guided through an imagery process to enliven the body from head to toe. Clients are encouraged to discuss, communicate and share their feelings with each other through a verbalization process at the end of the session.
The movement reveals hidden cues and inevitably the issue of the individual unfolds through a cathartic process. Sessions are goal directed and each session is different from the other, it varies depending on the therapist and client. Movement Therapists work with groups as well as individuals.
5. How will I see improvements?
Success outcomes can be measured by movement observation assessment tools and specific compilation of tests are carried out in regards to goal requirement and what needs to be measured.
6. Does Movement Therapy help in weight loss?
Movement therapy sessions are not specifically geared towards weight loss. However, sessions do contribute to overall wellness and improved health of the individual by engaging the entire body in relationship to the mind.
7. What will I get out of a session?
Here are just a few of the benefits from a Movement Therapy session:
• Improved self awareness
• Overcoming stress and fatigue to maintain concentration and focus
• Improved connection of the mind and body
• Articulating emotions and overcoming mental hurdles
• Balance between mental, physical, cognitive and emotional states
• Maintaining or recovering balance during movement and injury prevention
8. How many sessions do I have to enrol for before I see a difference?
Although treatment requirements and results may vary from person to person, we recommend a minimum of 8 sessions to see notable results.
9. Can you cure my illness?
Not every issue has a solution. However, we assist our clients to navigate their bodies and to comfortably find the best possible outcome.
10. What is the difference between MFHTM and MTSTM?
MTSTM is a program designed especially for performance optimization of sports professionals.
MFHTM is a program specially designed for individuals that seek to enhance healthcare needs as well as patients that wish to have best possible outcomes in dealing with a specific illness.