Group Psychomotor Therapy (GPT) is a therapeutic approach that can be implemented autonomously or as a support in children with socialization difficulties and poor selfconcept. Moreover, our 20-year experience in GPT supports its implementation in children with other neurodevemopmental disorders as well. In this paper, the key-features of Psychomotor Therapy are first discussed and then, the principles that the GPT follows are demonstrated; whereas, a roadmap for its implementation isl provided. Moreover, the objectives of eachlGPT session are discussed; the sections of which the GPT session consists (awakening; therapeutic core; relaxation rituals) are described, and the benefits that the use of a group-approach offers are analysed. Finally, taking into account the quite limited research evidence regarding the effects of PMT and GPT, the need for further research is underlined.
Volume 14 – 2022
This article is in part intended to shed a light on the situation and relationships between the various practitioners and psychomotor therapists. In order to fully understand the different bridges and complementarities of the mentioned professions we will have to look into the evolution of the decrees of skills and the history of psychomotricity as a profession. This article follows a previous one which assed the state of schools and other formalities regarding psychomotor therapists by region in France. Throughout this essay it will be interesting to retain the direct and indirect links between the various health practitioners and the National Education.
The traditional approach of the use of mental imagery (MI) considers it to be held in other moments than physical practice, and the person only imaging the movement/situation without experiencing it physically. On the other hand, in the dance field, ΜΙ is often used during movement serving multiple functions. In the exercise field, the information regarding exercise imagery (EI) during movement derives mostly from researches and questionnaires that have mainly investigated its nature (types and functions) outside of practice, so the full potential of this psychological technique, when used during exercise, remains unknown. The aim of the present study was to construct a questionnaire in order to explore the nature of EI used by gym members during their workouts, to control it through a pilot research and to acquire a first piece of knowledge on the EI used by them, initiating the scientific dialogue about this underinvestigated subject. 15 gym members completed the questionnaire [named Exercise Imagery Pilot Questionnaire-Gym Version (EIPQ-GV)] and also provided feedback for its refinement. According to the results produced by EIPQ-GV, EI is used during exercise, it serves all known cognitive and motivational functions, it differs in some aspects from the use of EI outside of practice and its use makes exercise more pleasant and less monotonous, indicating that it is a promising technique that deserves further research.
The objectives of this research were to evaluate two different functional training programmes with body weight, «Flowbility» (FB) which promote the fascial health and «Authentic Pilates» (AP), on physical abilities of muscles, in healthy adult students. Participants (n=58) were randomly divided into three groups, the «FB», that performed a prechoreographed programme, the «AP», that applied the authentic series of Pilates exercises on mat, and the «Control» group, that rested. The load was increased progressively. The intervention lasted 6 weeks, with frequency 3 sessions of 45 min. per week, for each group. Three measurements were carried out (initial, final and detraining one month after the intervention). Functional tests were used to measure: strength, flexibility-mobility and functionality-balance, as an ultrasound device to measure transverse abdominal and multifidus muscle thickness. Used ANOVA analysis of variance of repeated measurements, the degree of significance was set at p=0.05. The analysis of results showed that there is statistically significant difference in performance from initial to final and retention measurement. In conclusion, practicing with «Flowbility» and «Authentic Pilates» significantly improved the physical abilities of adults, at the same level and contributed to reduction of TrA thickness at the resting phase and increased its activation.
The present contribution draws on a broad set of qualitative studies on children’s physicalactivity socialization to focus on the individual perspectives and practices of parents and of boys aged four to ten in Germany. Applying a theoretical lens informed by the sociology of knowledge, it shows how more or less ‘traditional’ images of what it means to be a boy are embedded in parents’ patterns of thought and action, across milieus, and how these images are activated in view of assumed ‘social necessities’ or by recourse to ‘naturalizations.’ The analysis further shows how boys situate and see themselves in relation to physical activity, sports, and the body in the context of perceived gender relations. The overall conclusion is that physical activity, sports, and the body prove to be an anchor across all milieus for solidifying gender-related inequalities in childhood, even though particularly educationally inclined parents emphasize gender equality.