Integrated Movement Therapies (IMT)® combines complementary approaches to movement education, rehabilitation and physical fitness based on principles from Laban Movement Analysis, The Bartenieff Fundamentals, with influences from yoga, Feldenkrais, dance, tai chi and diverse studies in functional and expressive movement.
Integrated Movement Therapies® was created by Danielle Bélec-Van Zeyl, Director of Second Wind Pilates Plus® studio located in Port Credit, Ontario from over 20 years of experience as a dance artist, choreographer, student of the Pilates Method and Certified Movement Analyst. Danielle has created a program of exercises with the goal of educating and rehabilitating people to move functionally, with grace and without pain.
The basic principles of Integrated Movement Therapies® as described by Danielle include:
- Total involvement of the individual to participate, move and learn;
- Develop an understanding of our meaning as a whole by breaking down human movement into component parts;
- Focus on “dynamic posture” of the body in motion; and
- Re-patterning movement habits and choices that may hinder function, proper bio-mechanics and personal expression.
Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) is a system and language to understand, observe, describe and document movement using theories of body, effort, shape and space. LMA is a tool used by dancers, athletes, and physical and occupational therapists developed by Rudolph Laban, a Austro-Hungarian dancer, choreographer and movement educator.
Laban’s protégé, Irmgard Bartenieff brought Laban Movement Analysis to America when she immigrated in the 1930s. By 1966, with an extensive background in physical and occupational therapy, Bartenieff began the first graduate studies certification program in Laban Movement Analysis.