ICPIT : The International Community of PsychoCorporal (Bodymind) Integration Trainers and Practitioners
The International Council of PsychoCorporal (Bodymind) Integration Trainers (ICPIT) is an International group of trainers of the different forms of "Bodymind Integration," developed by Jack Painter, PhD. and brings together recognised Trainers/Trainings in Postural Integration® and Energetic Integration® worldwide. See a list of current recognised members here.
The International Council of PsychoCorporal (Bodymind) Integration Trainers (ICPIT) was founded in 1988 by Jack W. Painter, Ph.D. and gathers active trainers in Postural Integration® and Energetic Integration®.
Postural Integration® was invented in the 1960s and 1970s. Energetic Integration® was created in the 1980s and 1990s. ICPIT is a council of trainers in these methods who support each other professionally and are motivated to make this work accessible and available to the general public
THE PRESUPPOSITIONS OF PSYCHOCORPORAL (BODYMIND) INTEGRATION (compiled by Dirk Marivoet)
Central to Bodymind Integration is the view that
- body and mind are inseparable and do not stand in a causal relationship with “each other” since they are dimensions of the same phenomena. Thus holistic psychocorporal work with awareness and consciousness is always simultaneous work with body expression, movement and energy. And conversely work with the body, including deep work with breathing and myofascia, is also simultaneous work with awareness and consciousness.
- Bodymind Integration is furthermore based on the notion of an „energetic flow” which is taken as the core of human experience. The promotion of this flow is considered as health, its persistent blockage is considered as illness. PsychoCorporal Integration presents a clear theory which uses but goes beyond the theories of F. Perls, MD and W. Reich, MD. It uses Gestalt claiming and experiencing as part of the process of transforming body armor.
- Other presuppositions of PsychoCorporal (Bodymind) Integration are that
- There exists a fundamental connection in the world, driven by energy and consciousness;
- The focus of attention is on intrinsic health or the „essential self”; pathology occurs as a consequence of the loss of connection with the essential self.
- The practice of Bodymind Integration focusses on embodied, current experience;
- This experience can be verbalised in a descriptive manner;
- Bodymind Integration is practiced in relationship with the therapist; the work is both interpersonal and intrapersonal;
- Bodymind Integration is a mutual enterprise of therapist and client that is done with curiosity; both therapist and client change through the experience; there is no set end goal.
- Given an appropriate climate, individuals discover their own process of healing and self-regulation.
- From the concepts developed by C.G. Jung, we integrate in the training:
- The collective unconscious and the archetypes (animus; anima; persona(e), shadow, the self….)
- The postulate of the reality of the soul
- The process of individuation as a lifelong process of psychic growth, becoming and realisation of the self.
- The vision in which psychic suffering is not reduced to a pathology, but is seen as a passage in the process of individuation of the individual
Bodymind Integration can be defined from several angles (By Dirk Marivoet)
Download the PDF Philosophical Backgrounds of Bodymind Integration
- As an existential approach, it deals with whatever aspect of a given individual — body symptoms, sensations, feelings, images, thoughts, subtle energy, spirituality — is most accessible in this moment as a way of making contact.
- As a coaching, counseling, self development and body psychotherapeutic approach
it is a powerful way of making a profound and authentic contact with the Self in order to restore and promote energy balance and equilibrium. The therapeutic alliance in Bodymind Integration is the powerful joining of forces which energizes and supports the long, difficult, and frequently painful work of life changing healing & transformation. The conception of the practitioner here is not of a disinterested observer-technician but of a fully alive human companion for the client.
- Bodymind Integration is a resource-oriented approach. It emphasises helping clients establish connection to the parts of self that are already organised, coherent and functional with interest, curiosity and exploration. It tries to work inwards from that point to the more defended, disorganized, ignored, dysfunctional or excluded aspects of a person’s being, without however making these elements the primary focus of therapy or becoming a regressive model.
- Bodymind Integration treats embodiment as an intrinsic and important feature of human existence. It re-associates the spirit with the body in order to more deeply appreciate life; It helps dissociated parts of our spirit that have been fragmented from our body back into our body, re-united, re-associated.
- In Bodymind Integration, a „somatic mindfulness” is encouraged which includes the detailed moment-by-moment tracking of sensations, feelings, emotions and impulses to movement, as well use of charging and discharging of energy through the working through and completion of a „natural energetic cycle.
- Blockages in the natural flow of energy are dissolved through the use of both hands-on-bodywork and non-touch guidance (depending on the client’s needs), encompassing a process of titration (the bit by bit discharge and minimization of dysregulation or excess load as a result of traumatic suffering) and pendulation of internal experience ((The gently back and forth rocking between contraction and expansion, between fear and safety, between anger and calm, between grief and acceptance, between inaction and action,…) in order to mitigate overwhelming, or not yet integrated states, all while keeping the nervous system activation within a “window of tolerance.”
A focus on the body (guided by 12 steps (paradigm sessions) in Postural Integration® and 12 steps (a paradigm energetic cycle) in Energetic Integration (also included in Postural Integration®)), brings dissociated parts of our spirit that have been fragmented from our body back into our body, re-united, re-associated. All this work is a rich synthesis of many influences and sources: Reichian and Neo-Reichian Work (e.g. with breath, muscular armouring and Character defences), Gestalt Work, Peter Levine's Waking of the Tiger/Somatic Experiencing, Work with Placeholders (Mother, Father, etc.), Work with the 5-Elements (connected with emotions, energy flow, etc.),... ”