“I have been interested in movement and the ways in which my body can express itself since I was a child. It possesses a healing power which I have often experienced both physically and mentally. By using the IMS method I am able to tap into that power and increase the confidence I have in my body and in myself: IMS helps balance me, it energises me and helps me feel connected. It is something I wish for others, too!” – Romanie Bosman
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My name is Romanie Bosman, I’m 50 and I live and work in Rotterdam. I have been helping people (re)discover their natural movements using the IMS method, which I personally developed, for over 10 years now. A method, that was developed through and extensively tested in practice. As you can read elsewhere on this website, this method helps you (re)connect with yourself, with your natural movements and with the world around you. It stimulates the self-regulating and self-healing powers of your body: by taking the time to listen to your body, by following your movement impulses and by expressing what’s going on inside of you via movement, you allow your body to regulate itself from within. This will increase your balance and leave you feeling relaxed and energised.
Training and background
Helping people may be a practical matter, it also requires a sound theoretical basis and extensive knowledge. Luckily, I am a very curious person and I enjoy developing myself. This is why, following the completion of my Master’s degree in dance therapy at Codarts in Rotterdam, I decided to train as a registered movement analyst according the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS). I followed this training at its source, the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies (LIMS) in New York. I am now also an experienced and Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME) and a Registered Somatic Movement Therapist (RSMT). Additionally, I completed the first European Continuum Movement Training Program (CMTP) and I am a certified Teacher of Continuum Movement®(CMT). I recently completed Deb Dana’s Foundations of Polyvagal Informed Practice: An Immersive Training Program to Become Polyvagal-Informed.
As a psychosomatic movement therapist, I was also happy to be inspired in my further specialization by trauma therapists and researchers such as Dr. Peter Levine, founder of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, sensorimotor therapists such as Pat Ogden, PhD, founder of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, and Dr. Stephen Porges, psychiatrist, neurophysiologist, director of the Brain Body Center at the University of Illinois (USA) and developer of the Polyvagal Theory who works closely with Deb Dana, the world’s foremost translator of the Polyvagal Theory into therapeutic practice. She is a clinical consultant with Khiron Trauma Clinics and Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute. She is also a co-founder of the Polyvagal Institute. When it comes to an embodied approach to movement, body and awareness I have been particularly inspired by Emilie Conrad founder of Continuum Movement® and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen founder of the school for Body-Mind Centering®
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