integrated movement therapy
Integrated Movement Therapy
Holistic Therapy for Every Body
Integrated Movement Therapy® is a holistic therapy approach developed by Molly Lannon Kenny, an experienced yoga teacher with a master’s degree in speech language pathology. It is an approach for people of all ages, from infancy to adulthood. IMT uses yoga’s philosophical, physical and spiritual framework in conjunction with conventional neurophysiological perspectives to address the challenges of being human, from depression and anxiety to degenerative conditions and life-threatening illness.
Many people who have benefited from IMT are just “regular” people needing some support as they move through a difficult time. No matter your age, your ability, your struggle, IMT can help you and facilitate your growth.
The IMT approach is based on three overarching philosophies: that the student is already perfect and whole, that the student and teacher are both unlimited in their abilities to heal, and that no part of the body/mind/spirit complex, and no part of the brain, works alone.
What does a session look like?
Each IMT session will be highly individualized to meet the needs of the student. For adults, individual sessions are 75 minutes and usually involve some talking, some yoga postures, and some 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.
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. Adults often come for IMT every week or every other week. Children usually come once a week, or occasionally twice a week.
Who trains in IMT?
Integrated Movement Therapy Trainings are helpful for a broad range of people working in a variety of fields. Some people might choose only to take one or two IMT trainings, while others might complete all the IMT trainings through the IMT Internship and become Integrated Movement Therapy Practitioners. Either way, we’re sure you’ll take away skills and ideas that will help you in your work.