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Clinician perspectives of Basic Body Awareness Therapy (BBAT) in mental health physical therapy: An international qualitative study
Department of Health Sciences, Research Group Physiotherapy, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
Research unit for PTSD, Section for depression and anxiety, Aarhus University Hospital, Risskov, Denmark.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation. Department of Health Sciences, Research Group Physiotherapy, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6975-8344
2019 (English)In: Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, ISSN 1360-8592, E-ISSN 1532-9283Article in journal (Refereed) In press
Abstract [en]

Introduction

Body awareness is a movement therapy used in Physical Therapy in Mental Health especially in Scandinavia. The method Basic Body Awareness Therapy has been scientifically investigated in particular for patients with Depression, Schizophrenia and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD).

Methods

Thirty-four Physical Therapists from 13 countries working with the Basic Body Awareness Therapy method in Mental Health Care were interviewed in six focus groups about what effects they have experienced in their work with patients. The Physical Therapists worked within the whole Mental Health spectra. Content analysis was used to analyze the informants’ experiences of the clinical effects of body awareness.

Results

Five categories emerged: To be in contact, Refocus and coping, Sense of Self, Relations to others and Daily life activities. The results are discussed in relation to previous research, existing theories of body awareness and cognitive neuroscience and findings of experimental psychology.

Conclusion

The informants experienced that Basic Body Awareness Therapy worked mainly by helping the patients to be in better contact with their “bodily self.” Stability, balance, improved grounding and the ability to relax were understood as the basis to establish an improved sense of self and leading to improved acceptance of oneself and one’s ability to relate to others.

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Elsevier, 2019.
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Physiotherapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-74954DOI: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2019.04.012Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85065411843OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-74954DiVA, id: diva2:1330066
Available from: 2019-06-25 Created: 2019-06-25 Last updated: 2019-06-25

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