Moaiku: The Hidden Challenges in Coping With Stress Print

Facilitator: Merete Holm Brantbjerg


MereteHolmBrantbjergWhat do you usually think of when you feel stressed? Yes ... tense muscles.

We well know the discomfort of tension that builds in the muscles of our shoulders, necks and backs as we defend ourselves against outer and inner stressors in an attempt to hold back both impulses and emotions.


But there is another strategy we use. In this workshop Merete will focus on a lesser known reaction to stress or personal dilemmas. Muscles (and other tissue) can give up, become distant, and lose energy in order to ”protect” us from sensing emotions or impulses that we don’t know how to handle.


A typical example is that we often don’t notice body signals telling us when to stop. Psychomotor impulses in arms, legs and core fail to reach consciousness if the muscles involved are in a state of giving up. Consequently, we may not sense when enough is enough – and a vicious circle can start where you lose energy and your sense of being in charge from within.


How can we impact these patterns and access more of our free life energy when coping with stress?


In this workshop Merete will present:

·  methods to work with the body’s response to stress, giving special attention on how to approach giving up/hypo-response and order viagra prescription the typical polarization that happens between tension and giving up

·  psychomotor skill training focusing on skills that help us cope with outer and inner stress, such as centering, grounding and containment

·  the importance of learning to dose the skill training, so both tense and given up parts of the body are included

·  an understanding of the inner polarization that occurs between tensing up and giving up in both the muscle system and the viagra best peice we use it nervous system (hyper and hypo-arousal)

·  exploration of the hidden impulses and emotions emerging from the areas of the body that have given up

·  differentiating both theoretically and cialis order practically between 3 types of “low energy”: Natural tiredness, hyporesponse as a defensive coping strategy and hypoarousal which is a survival reaction


This workshop is relevant for anybody who is interested in understanding the body’s reactions to stress and how we, through body oriented skill training, can approach these reactions.

The skill training will help you cope in new ways with your own stress reactions and those you meet in others. Also you will gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics of burn out.


We will do practical exercises, theory will be presented, and we will share and exchange in the group. Please dress to allow movement and comfort.



Date: Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of October 2012

Times: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm

Venue: The Class Rooms

7-13 Melior Street


The fee for this course is £210.

Please register online by September 22nd 2012. By booking you are entering into a contract with CABP to pay for your place even if unforeseen circumstances prevent you from attending. If the workshop is cancelled we will refund your payment.

Merete Holm Brantbjerg is the creator of "Moaiku" - derived from “Motoric Haiku”, a psychotherapeutic skill training that is focused on: simplicity, repetition, precise individual dosing, and a 'here and now' presence. She is also co-creator of Bodynamic Analysis – a member of European Association of Body Psychotherapy (EABP) and Psykoterapeutforeningen. Merete specializes in resource-oriented skill training as a psychotherapeutic method – applying it to both personality development and trauma healing.

‘Resource-oriented skill training’ is originally based in a psychomotor teaching tradition from Denmark. The method was further developed in Denmark, through Bodynamic Analysis – a body-oriented psychotherapy founded in the mid 1970s. Key to the Bodynamic Approach, is an in depth knowledge of the psychomotor and the psychological functioning of muscles, in the development of an individual’s resources and defense patterns. Also the knowledge of both hypo- and hyper-responsive (giving up and controlling) defense patterns represented in muscles. This creates opportunities to safely engage with trauma states but also utilise appropriate psychomotor resources, available to both therapist and client. Merete Holm Brantbjerg has further refined the training of these skills into a relational method of working with stress and trauma – focusing specifically on the dynamics of safety, authority, and identity. She currently leads trainings and workshops in Scandinavia, North America and London, and maintains a private practice for therapy and issues supervision in both Copenhagen and internationally.

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