I took a course in Baby Embodiment with the founders of the practice, Ingrid Ruhrmann and Beate Döpke. I realised that it was the missing link in my work. I’ve incorporated my learning into the work I do with both the mother and baby recovery classes and my therapy clientsbut what is Embodiment?

“It has a deep meaning for life whether you can use your instrument of a body bravely or whether every moment presents you with treacherous obstacles.” R. Steiner

Practitioners of Embodiment support you in learning “the art of tuning my body, as if it were an instrument and being permanently in a good relationship with it”. Embodiment approaches have been developed for children and adults that seek help with learning difficulties, emotional difficulties and problems with movement itself.

Embodiment exercises use the movements humans make as they grow from baby to child. Therapeutically they are applied in the sequence that we would learn them, from the first experiences of our own weight to the rotations that enable crawling. The theory is that gaps in this natural development have led to the problems a person now faces – be they to do with their cognitive, emotional, psychological or physical selves.

You will hear the term ‘incarnate’ used a lot by Embodiment practitioners. This term describes the way that a person’s innate self is turned into a physical self that moves, feels and acts in a particular way. Embodiment exercises support this process of incarnating your self.