Integrative Body Psychotherapy aims to increase the connection between the mind and the body. Practitioners of IBP say that to achieve well-being, individuals must recognize the patterns that their bodies hold due to conditioning, experiences, and emotions.
Called “holding patterns,” IBP claims that these patterns can create blockages in the body. Since the mind and body are inherently connected, a person dealing with a life challenge can benefit from a deeper awareness of the structures and energy flowing throughout the body.
An important goal in IBP is to experience a sense of integration, which includes the mind, body, emotion, and spirit. IBP often uses movements, breathing techniques, and breathwork to increase self-awareness.
If you engage in IBP, your counselor might guide you through a series of breathing exercises to connect with your inner sense of self. By identifying areas of the body that feel disconnected or painful, your IBP practitioner will help you use movement and breathwork and engage you in a discussion to examine these holding patterns.
IBP aims to identify stuck emotions, then systematically assist you in fully integrating the way you feel in your body to your state of mind.
People with anxiety or depressive disorders, trauma, or substance use disorder could benefit from IBP.