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Moving Cycle Theory

Moving Cycle is a process oriented model for Body Centered Psychotherapy. It is very present centered, focusing on the truth of the moment. Even if it sees healing as cycles and spirals, it has no agenda on how, when and why these cycles occur. It uses breath, body awareness and movement as a means to connect to deeper levels of information beyond the cognitive. Movement Cycle addresses and works on the emotional, physical, energetic, cognitive, and spiritual bodies. Each “body” has its own form of awareness and each of them can be worked with to achieve deeper healing.

Moving Cycle spirals through these four stages of the healing process. Some Moving Cycles could be completed within short moments, some might take an entire lifetime.

Awareness is the beginning of the healing cycle when we identify issues or feelings. We wake up to something or acknowledge what is. Part of us can witness the other part of us that is experiencing. That way we are able to be aware of the current experience and we can name it. Physical sensations are great landmarks for us paying attention to what is happening. Awareness gives us information about the truth in the moment.

In the Owning phase we tell the truth about our feelings instead of blaming. We take responsibility for what we are aware of, which is the only way to do something about it. We are committed in staying with an experience, not running away from it. We usually need support in this, because it is easier to blame others or to run away (through denial, using substances, etc.) than being willing to be fully responsible for our own feelings. Owning is a way to reclaim our personal power and to access the fuel for transformation.

The Appreciation is about accepting whatever experience we are having and riding it. Acceptance and compassion can help us forgive and start to love ourselves and the world again. Often in the body this feels like a deep emotional release, something shifts. We can access our ability to problem solve, adapt, grow and evolve.

Action is about integrating and practicing what we have learned on our journey so far. We are able to make new, healthier choices as well as practice new habits and skills. Something is different about how we relate to our feelings, thoughts and bodies. We feel inner healing and usually want to contribute to the healing of our environment in one way or another.

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