Concentrative Movement Therapy

Concentrative movement therapy (CMT) focuses on the awareness and expression of body sensations for clients with a wide range of mental illnesses. Based on psychodynamic therapy, this approach uses sensory motor body experience and symbolization of inner processes by CMT objects, postures, or words. The purpose is to evoke emotions to understand the psychological meaning of body symptoms, which some believe are expressions of childhood or actual conflicts. CMT is used in individual therapy in outpatient settings but is used primarily in group therapy for psychosomatic illnesses (physical diseases or conditions influenced by mental stress) and in psychiatric hospitals. Evidence has shown this approach to be especially helpful for inpatient clients with neurotic disorders, psychosomatic illness, or personality disorders. It is common in the health ...

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