OMT's Body Mapping with Movement Exploration

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by Devika Sekhar on Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Session type

Technical level


Body Mapping is a creative tool that brings together bodily experience and visual artistic expression. In its basic form it involves drawing (or having drawn) one’s body outline onto a large surface and using colours, pictures, symbols and words to represent experiences lived through the body.


Body Mapping is not a new tool and has been used by various professionals in areas of work very diverse. It essentially allows participants to externalise emotional experience, to make meaning through the creative process of symbolisation, and to develop a map that (re)connects different aspects one’s being.

In these body mapping workshops; participants will be encouraged to use different art
materials to make their own body maps with partners. On occasion having some movement
exploration with the aid of The Goa Projects vibes and music to put down on their maps what their present experiences.

Words, pictures about all art are to be played with in these body maps.

Please Note : NO prior dance or art experience is necessary to attend.


Comfortable clothing must be worn to be able to move around freely.

Audio system with AUX cable for music.
4 Hours (If one day) for a whole workshop to get the quality come through or if spread over 2 days 2 hours on each day.
Art Materials List can be provided at further date if chosen to hold workshop to the organisers of The Goa Project or should be covered for if I am to get them.

Speaker bio

Original Movement Therapy was a concept I developed on returning from London. Where I trained worked in Dance Movement Psychotherapy.  On coming back I realized there were certain adaptations one had to make for it to to be relatable to those here. So with that in mind and using different techniques Original Movement Therapy is what it is today.
Dance has always been a part of my life from when I was a child ,  when I learned severalforms of danceBharat natyam, Kathak, Odissi, Salsa, Jive, Merengue, Rumba, Belly dancing, Contemporary Modernazz, Contemporary modern, Authentic Movement,Contact Improvisation to name a few.Though, I must say that I have chosen not to be professional in any one form to be able to explore the other dances

It has been that movement that always been therapeutic for me in its different forms. Not having to go professional in any allowed me the freedom to explore other aspects of dance. Having the chance to do that revealed to me in a very real way the fact that movement is quite simply one working with what is coming from within... from the origin. That of being ourselves.

Psychology interested me as well (I have done my Bachelors in Psychology) and feeling the therapeutic potential of dance and intrinsic movement drove me to find a way of combining the two. I studied and worked with Dance Movement Psychotherapy in London for three years. I am also an Associate International Member of the American Dance Therapy Association. 

Over time, through creative exploration of movement, I have been fortunate enough to combine different techniques and methods that I learnt as well as other creative elements I have learnt over the years to form Original Movement Therapy.


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