The better one knows himself globally, the better he will be able to connect with his environment and interact with it in an appropriate manner, according to his ability, to his potential and to his intrinsic way of existing in the world, not in relation to what is considered the norm.
Psychomotor therapy is centred on a global approach of the subject.
It considers that the motoric functions, the psychological and emotional state as well as the relationships are linked and inter-related - they have an effect on each other.
The psychomotor therapist considers the environment and aspects of relationships that interfere with psychomotor development of the subject.
He acts on the body to harmonise motoric, intellectual and emotional functions.
Who can benefit from psychomotor therapy interventions: Psychomotor therapy application fields expand in early childhood to elderly people confronted with difficulties such as:
Psychomotricity interventions can be preventive, educational, rehabilitative or therapeutic, depending on context, demand and observations.
Application fields expand in early childhood education, stimulation and psychomotor awakening, re-education and treatment of psychomotor disorders.
Techniques used in psychomotor interventions depend on the goals and therapeutic projects established with the subject after an initial psychomotor assessment.
- Movement activities: dynamic relaxation (Qi-Gong, Tai-Chi), dance and expressive movement,…
- Expressive activities : expressive arts, theatre & mime,…
- Body awareness exercises
- Psychomotor relaxation
- Stimulation and integration of perception
- Graphomotor activities
Distinctiveness of psychomotor therapy:
Psychomotor therapy is situated at the interface of physical and mental dimensions.
In regards to Speech and Language therapy, psychomotor therapy will structure the psychomotor prerequisites necessary to the emergence of thought and the symbolic expression of language (speech, drawing and writing) without focusing on correction specific language disorder (articulate, syntax, spelling, …).
In regards to Physiotherapy, psychomotor interventions do not address neuro-muscular disorders or disorders of the bones, but address the psychological difficulties related to the organic symptoms as well as the disabilities resulting from it.
In regards to Psychologists, the psychomotor approach is centred on the body, the experience as well as the body sensations of the subject. Expression and understanding of the difficulties faced by the subject will emerge throughout the sessions through this process.
Psychomotor therapy can be indicated when verbal expression is difficult. The psycho-corporal approach can also be a preamble when the subject is not yet ready to invest psychotherapy.