Brigitte Zueger

Brigitte Zueger – Bio


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Brigitte is a DMT, FPI Basel/Rheinfelden (Switzerland). She was born in Basel, Switzerland in 1960. She studied movement education and special education during 1979 to 1986, trained as a dancer with Alvin Nikolais in New York in 1982/83 and became a Dance Movement Therapist during the years 1989 to 1994 at the Fritz Perls Institute (FPI), in Germany. The method she learnt there is Integrative Therapy, which is a further development of Gestalt Therapy, as developed by Fritz Perls. Since 1994 she has worked part-time in neurological rehabilitation at Rehaklinik, Rheinfelden building a dance therapy department. She has been the head of creative art therapies (music and dance) since 2001. Here they treat a variety of patients with different diagnoses such as Parkinson’s disease, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, to name a few, and especially whiplash-injured patients.

In addition to her clinical activity, Brigitte works in Basel as a private practitioner; involved in long- term dance therapy, and offering groups mainly creative dance and work in movement consciousness (micromovement), which is a form of Refined Body Image (RBI). Since 1994, she has been involved in energy work, and from 2000, teaching the Light Body Process method as developed by Sanaya Roman and Duana Paker.

Dance Movement Therapy in Switzerland: The challenges of working with dance and movement therapy & DMT and refined body image (RBI) in the treatment of whiplash-injured people


Edition: 2004 Vol. 3 No. 1

Keywords
Kestenberg Movement Profile, Dance therapy rehabilitation, Body reference, Counter reference, Refined Body Image, Swiss dance therapy

A paired paper from two practitioners in Switzerland. The first discusses research ideas in dance movement therapy (DMT) exploring the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) within a large control group that grew from smaller projects that analysed homogeneity of efficacy within KMP data. The results were significant in a range of treatment situations. The second discussed DMT rehabilitation in chronic pain management, in particular the development of Refined Body Image (RBI). The RBI tool for body reference and counter-reference was applied to whiplash populations and the treatment with RBI illustrated in patient observations. This paired paper provides both exploration of empirical research and its practical applications in Switzerland. (pp 16-19)

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