Whether you are a therapist, bodyworker, coach, spiritual seeker or someone wanting to become a bodymind therapist/facilitator/practitioner, this certifying training has been designed to allow you to increase your level of experience, skill and understanding of integrative bodymind work, for you and your clients. More than just a training, Core Strokes is a life transforming journey!

Made of 4 independent and certifying modules of 100h of theory and practice, this training can be taken as a complement of your current modality or as a complete training in itself, leading to the Diploma of Practitioner in Core Strokes ™.

Upcoming modules are planned and foreseen in France, Belgium, Corsica, Italy, United Kingdom, Netherlands, South Africa, Spain, Mexico…

Are you ready for an extraordinary and transformative journey?

A woman experiencing joy during a Core Strokes training session

Why suffering, grief and pain?

Our divine CORE (we also call it “Center Of Right Energy”) is the repository of endless joy, intuition and creativity. It contains wisdom, happiness and the answer to all questions about our growth and development. Life is a journey indeed, with a divine quality which exists in our CORE.

But living fully from our CORE is not always easy. When life gets blocked, energy flow and consciousness get blocked. These ‘Life blocks’ or ‘Energy Blocks’ as such can be understood as stagnated pools of “vital substance”. They create a defensive armor full of dysfunctional patterns that Wilhelm Reich named Character structures. We find submission and dependency as a pseudo-solution for Love, aggression and control as distortions of Power, detachment and withdrawal as substitutes and caricatures for Serenity.

All those pseudo-solutions bring with them, soon or later, their share or griefs and pains. These pains and behaviors can be seen, understood and transformed with the help of Core Strokes.

Would you like to learn and experience concretely how to break free of these pains?

 

In this Core Strokes training, you will learn:

  • How to release defences of the body and integrate body with mind, emotions and spirit and
  • Practice of “strokes” (In “Core Strokes” it means the recognition and the emotional support between people also at the level of the touch of the fascias].
  • “Economy of Strokes” & Stroking Profile – Positive, Negative, Conditional, Unconditional, Verbal, Non-verbal. 
  • How to allow the body to be a temple of your spirit and soul (a vessel for Strokes)
  • How to tap into the power of what you desire deep inside of you in order to create fulfilling experiences in your Bodymind and Core,
  • How, if you are on a spiritual path, to appreciate that there is a profoundly spiritual aspect to “letting go” on the physical plane, and being “countershaped” there.
  • How to understand and transform hyper/hypo-tensed or thickened fascia from the perspective of character style,
  • How to identify other characteristic patterns and blockages to the free flow of orgasmic energy, related to body types and personality types,
  • How to identify the origins of these energy blocks and how to release them on physical, energetic, and emotional levels through hands-on-bodywork as well as with non-touch guidance of the client,
  • How to free yourself from such old, dysfunctional patterns and become a mature, self-validating individual,
  • How to use Core Strokes bodywork to release/heal trauma and to find and to increase new found pleasure.

Why Core strokes™?

Core Strokes has been developed by Dirk Marivoet after 30 years of practice and teaching in the fields of integrative bodywork, psychomotor therapy and psychotherapy. It combines theoretical and practical aspects of Core Energetics (developed by John C. Pierrakos, MD), Bodymind Integration such as Postural, Energetic and Pelvic-Heart Integration® (developed by Jack W. Painter, PhD) and Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor (developed by Albert Pesso and Diane Boyden-Pesso). He also does not forget his long clinical experience in University Centers.

Core Strokes touches upon the evolutionary process of the living Soul by unlocking the hidden potentials of the bodymind. It works with the integration of body, emotions, mind, will and the spiritual dimension as a whole. It offers tools for making a profound and authentic contact with the Self in order to restore and promote energy balance and equilibrium in the personality.

This unified method is supported by the latest information on both the psychological and physical evolution of human beings. It facilitates the clients’ need for fulfillment of long standing deficits in psychological and personality development. Bodymind information and experiences are utilized applying well-defined principles and techniques which are offered to clients in a way that empowers them to stay in charge of their own therapeutic process.

In a Core Strokes training, one help each other to release the holding patterns

How does this Method work?

Core Strokes sessions help a person to become aware and conscious in order to be able to let go of outdated survival patterns in the form of “muscular armoring”, which is a part of our emotional defense system.

Muscular armoring can be palpated as muscle hypertension or hypotension or can also be observed as impairment in movement, emotional rigidity, poor or difficult contact with others, and problems with “aliveness”.

Seen it is a chronic, unconscious, involuntary pattern of muscular constriction, IT CAN NOT BE LET GO THROUGH THE WILL.

In Core Strokes sessions one helps the other to let go of the chronic defense patterns by relating. The person is invited in the safe container of the session, to come out with a new part of themselves, or an old part of themselves that has been hiding in their body as symptoms.

Core Strokes uses the meta-view of a map of consciousness and a map of personality as an orientation for assessing the direction and depth of the transformational work of the Self.

In the case of a one on one session, the presence of the therapist gives the client the courage to begin revealing, become conscious, purify and transform all that is coming to the surface from the inner depths.

What should you expect in this training?

This training has been designed to allow you to understand how blocked energy affects us emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually. During a module, we alternate theory and practice, we work alone, in pairs or in small groups.

During the training, you will:

  • acquire thorough knowledge of anatomy, energy physiology, hands-on bodywork, body reading, diverse communication tools and psychological methods.
  • receive a full series of individual comprehensive paradigm sessions and learn to give these to others.
  • receive support in the process of establishing your own practice or center.

In Core Strokes™ classes, we always draw on the wisdom in the room. We address Reason, Will, and Emotion as distinct aspects of learning. Learning in itself is seen as a whole-body experience.

In Core Strokes™ training, you will be guided to develop :

  • unconditional positive regard,
  • empathy,
  • congruence,
  • authenticity,
  • caring for the self and for the other.

A practice-oriented training

Demonstrations will support your understanding of theoretical lectures. You will master new interventions and exercises on an experiential and a technical level. You will enlarge your experience as a therapist by practical training in duos, trios and subgroups of colleagues. Video feedback, supervision by the trainers, case-discussions and homework in peer-supervision groups are elements for evaluating your learning process.

Each module of 7 days are made of:

  • Bodywork, Exercises, Role Playing, Gestalt,
  • Process Work (individual session in the group),
  • Paradigm sessions,
  • Peer-supervision-meetings,
  • Leading exercise groups,
  • Studying literature,
  • Evaluation.

Who is this Core Strokes training for?

This Core Strokes training has been created to be of relevance to a wide range of professionals. The training modules can be taken as a complement of an existing practice or as a complete training in itself. This training is also destined to people interested in serious personal/spiritual development. Here are examples of how this training can be relevant for you.

Psychotherapist

If you work with clients in a 1:1 therapeutic context, you will likely find that at times body oriented interventions will appear beneficial at some stage. Core Strokes aims to provide clients with an arena to:

  • Gain clarity about confused and distorted present day relationships due to unmet needs of the past
  • Help unprocessed (symptom-making) emotions to become clearly and satisfying expressed/processed in the whole body
  • Monitor affectively and cognitively all sorts of body sensations, emotional states, abreactive states, defense mechanisms, values, attitudes, thoughts, memories
  • Attend to unmet needs of the past symbolically with appropriately named role-playing figures while emotionally and cognitively in touch with earlier levels of consciousness

The Core Strokes Training gives you a deep immersion, through your own lived experiences, of the various dimensions that this topic can traverse. The training will leave you with a grounded confidence to hold space for explorations on this theme and to guide clients competently in your sessions space.

Coach, teacher or facilitator

Whether you work with children, teenagers or adults, themes around embodiment, the meaning of life, intimacy and sexuality are likely to come up in your practice or your classroom. In a world so devoid of embodied guidance, wisdom and tolerance, it behooves our educators and coaches to be able to hold the space for this necessary exploration.

Business coaches find that the lives of their clients are impacted by problems with intimacy, appropriate distance, boundaries, dissatisfaction, frustration and so on and so forth. Teachers are working with young people who are eager to explore all dimensions of their development.

Self and other regulation and stages of need satisfaction like place, nurturance, support, protection and limits can be appropriately dealt with. Here’s an opportunity to equip yourself in a very fundamental way for the task by learning when and how to appropriately satisfy, validate, respect and confirm needs in appropriate context.

Tantra teacher

If you have a Tantra practice and desire to move into greater depth in your capacity to hold the rich complexity of what gets touched for people when their resistances, immaturities and defense mechanisms below the social mask layer of the theme of “love, eros and sexuality” comes up, then this training is helpful for you.

Many Western Tantra practitioners come to a stage of realizing that there is much more to the mystical and psychological dimensions of Tantra than what they have access to. The Core Strokes Training offers you months of learning and transmission in this field.

Bodyworker

When working directly on the body, or with subtle dimensions of the body, we are also tapping into all the intelligence of the client’s relational, emotional, mental, and spiritual bodies.

Simply through your own deeper embodiment, you will be able to transmit ease, openness and understanding to your clients.

Learning therapeutic bodywork, both directly on the body or with more subtle and energetic dimensions in the framework of an understanding of character analysis and the evolutionary process of the individual and mankind, you will help the client to connect more deeply with his/her essence, true nature and direction and purpose in life.

Bodywork often brings up traumatic memories in the client. A practitioner who does not shy away in horror when feelings become intense, but is able to stay present and to ground both the client and himself with awareness of boundaries (not crossing any) is a better practitioner for the client.

Relationship therapist

As a relationship therapist, you’re bound to meet the challenges in people’s intimate relating including the dimensions of “love, eros and sexuality” – and you will have realized by now that this is a very delicate terrain to be traversed with care and skill.

Imagine the increase in your capacity to hold space for couples and other relationships if you acquire the skill to help people sink deeper in themselves and their truths and become confident in more dimensions of relating yourself.

Pregnancy/fertility coach/doula

Those who work with couples as they traverse the challenges around fertility and pregnancy know that the couple’s dynamics around intimacy and sexuality is a tender and challenging growth point at this time.

Through your own inner work in exploring your own needs and through the knowledge you will gain on this training, you will find a new ease in supporting couples to turn this time into a growth-filled and exciting exploration.

Who are the trainers?

Dirk Marivoet integrative psychotherapist

Dirk Marivoet, MSc. is the main teacher of this training.

He is a registered psychotherapist (member of EAP, EABP, BVP-ABP, WAPCEPC), and a licenced Psychomotor Therapist and PT in mental health (member of VVPMT). He is the general-secretary at ICPIT, director and founder of the Institute for Bodymind Integration in Ghent (Belgium), trainer for Postural, Energetic and Pelvic-Heart Integration®. He worked at the University of Leuven for many years (Psychiatric Centers and Faculty for Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences). He also studied under John Pierrakos, MD, co-founder of Bio Energetics and Core Energetics. Dirk is a teacher, lecturer and supervisor at the Netherlands and Greek Institutes for Core Energetics. He received various Shamanic Training (Lakota, Druid, Tibetan). He is the father of two.

During this training, you will also be taught by other invited Teachers. 

As my teacher, I have felt safe with him, heard, seen and understood, and aren’t these the most needed qualities of a great teacher?
Paula Moreau-Smith, Body psychotherapist, England

Dirk has deep knowledge, creativity, wisdom and his tremendous skills working with the body and the consciousness. He is a great therapist and an explorer of the human nature!
Ivan Sebastiani, Director of the Italian Institute of Core Energetics

My deepest gratitude to Dirk as my trainer, supervisor, therapist for continuing inspiration, support, wisdom and heartfelt qualities. He really «walks what he talks». A wonderful human heart which can make space for everything.
Alaya Tessa

Curriculum of the Core Strokes™ training

The aim of this training, consisting of 4 modules of 7 days, is to become skilled in Level I, II, III and IV of Core Strokes™ + the repetition of these (certificates issued by IBI). An additional 200h of internship in Core Strokes™ leads to the full practitioner diploma.

Each module will support your own personal growth, as well as your competence to coach and help others in their own transformation process on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level. The full program will help you to transform your life and help you to coach others competently in their transformation process.

After graduation you will be part of an International community of practitioners in Bodymind Integration methods. 

Download Training Core Strokes – Curriculum EN 

Core Strokes™ module 1

“Open your body and mind to enter the journey of purification, growth and transformation of your soul”

> Work on the surface layer of the fasciae

100h

Program :

  • Bodywork on the fascia: learning manual techniques of Core Strokes to unblock the surface layer of the myofascial network over the entire body (opening of the upper and lower parts),
  • Study of the different types of bioenergetic characters linked to these areas,
  • Understanding and transformation of hyper / hypo tense or thickened muscular and myofascial armor,
  • Work on the movement of energy in the body to move towards more fluidity,
  • Discovery of the principle of “tensegrity”,
  • Study of body anatomy from the point of view of tensegrity,
  • Reading the body: learning to read information at the postural, energetic, character and myofascial level,
  • Personality map (based on the Core Energetics model): learn to highlight and penetrate the “mask” worn by the person, in relation to his myofascial tension patterns,
  • Energy physiology level 1: study and practice of “charge” and “discharge” techniques to facilitate psycho-bodily work. Discovery of stages 1 to 4 of the energy cycle and their blockages (model of Dr. Jack Painter),
  • Practices of techniques resulting from various psycho-bodily approaches: Gestalt, bioenergy, psychomotor …
  • Awareness of one’s posture in interaction with others, space and objects,
  • Practice of precise acupressure points to stimulate, calm and balance the system,
  • Work on the chakras at the mental, emotional and will level,
  • Learning various verbal and non-verbal communication tools,
  • Learning relevant psychological methods,
  • Guided individual and group therapeutic processes,
  • Demonstration of Core Strokes sessions by the trainer,
  • Time for questions and answers on modes of intervention,
  • Practice in pairs of learned techniques (under supervision),
  • Analysis of experiences during and after practice,
  • Analysis of the effects of the methods and techniques seen in module 1 and their limitations.

Theoretical lessons:

  • Introduction of the terms “Core” and “Strokes”,
  • Principle of “units of recognition” in Core Strokes: the profile (conditional vs unconditional, positive vs negative, verbal vs non-verbal, being vs doing) and the economy of “Strokes” (how much, where and when to give or receive ),
  • Deep aspirations and desires for love, meaning, happiness and purpose,
  • Personality map: body, feelings and emotions, thoughts, beliefs, mental images, will, spirituality,
  • Map of consciousness: “Self masks”, “Lower self”, “Higher self”,
  • Triphasic view of human existence: “pre-egoic stage”, “egoic stage” and “trans-egoic stage” in which human development can / must be achieved and sustained,
  • The ego and the development of oneself thanks to a “dynamic ground”: Energy / Action / Interaction / Meaning,
  • Character structures and styles,
  • Body types,
  • Deficits in basic needs and method of “corrective experiences” by the incarnation of “ideal” figures by a third person or symbolic object,
  • Neuroscience of social development: neuroaffective systems, social engagement system, stress response system, self-defense system, emotional regulation system …
  • Approach to developmental trauma, shock, personal or collective,
  • Theatrical “stages” and “screens” in the human psyche,
  • The therapist / client relationship.

Out of class work

  • Individual therapy sessions in Core Strokes or Postural Integration with a certified practitioner (min. 6 hours),
  • Working group: regular meetings to discuss and practice on the subjects studied during the training with other students,
  • Study of recommended resource books,
  • Personal reflection and evaluation.

Thanks to this module:

  • I am learning to transform my old patterns into new, more functional ones.
  • I embody more in my body and become more aware of who I am.

    Core Strokes™ module 2

    “Strengthen your confidence and take your place”

    > Work on the middle layer of the fascia

    100 hours

    Program :

    • Body work on the fascia: learning manual techniques of Core Strokes to unblock the middle layer of the myofascial network,
    • Work on parts of the body: lateral line, shoulders, neck, pelvis,
    • Focus on the bodily personality: “Mask”, “Lower Self” and “Higher Self”,
    • Deep holistic bodywork techniques: myofascial strokes for release and integration, meridians and points work, movement awareness, chakra work, zone / segment armor work,
    • Learn to “read” the body in an interactive and phenomenological way,
    • Learn to work with trauma through “embodied deep listening” and deep body work,
    • Deepening of the techniques discussed in module 1,
    • Guided individual and group therapeutic processes,
    • Demonstration of Core Strokes sessions by the trainer,
    • Time for questions and answers on modes of intervention,
    • Practice of techniques learned in pairs under supervision,
    • Analysis of experiences during and after practice,
    • Analysis of the effects of the methods and techniques seen in module 2 and their limitations.

    Theoretical lessons:

    • Pseudo-solutions: dynamics of submission / dependence, aggression / control, detachment / withdrawal and its effects in the body at the level of structure and posture,
    • Functional study of areas and parts of the body from a holistic point of view,
    • Basic needs, deficits and reversals (level 2),
    • Neurophysiology: how to create new memories to offer alternatives to old patterns,
    • Deepening of the theoretical lessons discussed in module 1.

    Out of class work:

    • Individual therapy sessions in Core Strokes or Postural Integration with a certified practitioner (min. 6 hours),
    • Working group: regular meetings to discuss and practice on the subjects studied during the training with other students,
    • Study of recommended resource literature,
    • Personal reflection and evaluation.

    Thanks to this module:

    • I invite and welcome new and transformative emotional experiences into my life.
    • In my relationship with the other, I am more connected to my inner resources.

    Core Strokes™ module 3

    “Foster heart / pelvis unity and harmony and unify Love, Eros and Sexuality”

    > Work on the deep layer of fasciae

    100h

    Program :

    • Bodywork at the level of the fascia: learning new manual techniques of Core Strokes to unlock the deep layer of the myofascial network
    • Work on parts of the body: lower, upper and posterior pelvis,
    • Work at the level of the personality: focus on the “Core”, transformation of the “Lower Self”, rooting in the “Higher Self”,
    • Heart / pelvis reconnection,
    • Energy physiology level 3: techniques of “charge” and “discharge” and study of stages 5 to 9 of the energy cycle (Model of Dr. Jack Painter),
    • Tracking of affective expressions, physical states, verbal statements, fundamental belief systems and internalized prohibitions and commands,
    • Review of the techniques discussed in Modules 1 and 2,
    • Introduction of techniques and strategies for in-depth work,
    • Guided individual and group therapeutic processes,
    • Demonstration of Core Strokes sessions by the trainer,
    • Time for questions and answers on modes of intervention,
    • Practice of techniques learned in pairs under supervision,
    • Analysis of experiences during and after practice,
    • Analysis of the effects of the methods and techniques seen in module 3 and their limitations.

    Theoretical lessons:

    • Love, Eros and Sexuality: behind the masks of love, power and wisdom, the art of true connection, relationship, trust and surrender,
    • Oedipal triangles,
    • Deepening of the theoretical lessons discussed in modules 1 and 2.

    Out of class work:

    • Individual therapy sessions in Core Strokes or Postural Integration with a certified practitioner (min. 6 hours),
    • Working group: regular meetings to discuss and practice on the subjects studied during the training with other students,
    • Study of recommended resource books,
    • Personal reflection and evaluation.

    Thanks to this module:

    • I discover myself more in my depth,
    • I integrate new sensorimotor, kinesthetic and audio-visual memories alongside older memories,
    • I find more clarity in my personal path,
    • In this way I learn to generate realistic, optimistic and satisfying perspectives on myself and on others.

      Core Strokes™ module 4

      « Integrate Body-mind-spirit, savour the fruits and rewards of living and discover your life mission »

      > Integration and balancing of the 3 layers of fascia

      100 hours

      Program:

      • Bodywork on the fascia: learning Core Strokes manual techniques to integrate the 3 layers of the myofascial network,
      • Body-mind-spirit integration,
      • Work on body parts and dimensions: top-bottom, left-right, back-front, inside-outside,
      • Energy physiology level 4: “charge” and “discharge” techniques and development of phases 1 to 9 of the energy cycle and their blockages (Dr. Jack Painter’s model),
      • Transcending trauma, moving on
      • Deepening and diversification of the techniques discussed in the previous modules,
      • Guided individual and group therapeutic processes,
      • Demonstration of Core Strokes sessions by the trainer,
      • Time for questions and answers about intervention methods,
      • Practicing techniques that are learned in pairs under supervision,
      • Analysis of experiences during and after training,
      • Analysis of the effects of the methods and techniques in module 4 and their limitations.

      Work outside of the classroom:

      • Individual therapy sessions in Core Strokes or Postural Integration with a certified practitioner (min.6 hours),
      • Gatherings: regular meetings to discuss and practice the topics studied during the training with other students,
      • Study of recommended source literature,
      • Personal reflection and evaluation.

      Thanks to this module:

      • I enjoy the benefits of this integration and realize that I was made to be able to be happy, caring, resilient and in a state of fully embodied health,
      • I realize that my body is the temple of my spirit, that the world is my “home,” and that there is a place for all of my relationships.

      Upcoming modules dates and places

      Module 1

      South-Africa: 10-17 (Johannesburg) and 20-27 January 2021 (Plettenberg Bay)

      South of France: May 10-16, 2021 (Midi-Pyrénées-Ariège)

      Belgium: Dates to be announced

      South-Africa: 19- 25 November 2021

      Corsica:  11-17 December 2021 (near Calenzana)

      Dates for 2022 to be announced.

      Module 2

      South of France: November 8-14, 2021 (Midi-Pyrénées-Ariège)

      Corsica: 19-25 March 2022 (near Calenzana)

      South-Africa: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

      Belgium & Netherlands: Dates to be announced

       

       Module 3

      South of France: May 23-29, 2022 (Midi-Pyrénées-Ariège)

      Corsica: Dates to be announced

      South-Africa: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

      Belgium & Netherlands: Dates for 2022 to be announced

      Module 4

      South of France: 7-13 november 2022 (Midi-Pyrénées-Ariège)

      Corsica: Date to be announced

      South-Africa: Dates for 2022 to be announced.

      Belgium & Netherlands: Dates to be announced

      What does it cost?

      910€/module (prices are subject to change)

      When enrolling for the 4 modules at once (in one location) : 860€/module

      Price is for Europeans and Northern Americans. Prices may differ for other continents. Please, contact us for further information.

      The price includes 100h of training and a manual.
      It does not include travel expenses, accommodation and food.

      How to apply for this training?

      To enroll in this training you need to send us a short CV including your experience with

      • psychotherapeutic/personal development sessions
      • experiential work, deep bodywork, etc.
      • emotional process work (Individual or Group)
      • body psychotherapy, bodymind integration
      • systemic work/family therapy/couples therapy

      To apply to this training, you are invited to contact us by mail in order to get an entry interview or first appointment with us. This first exchange will allow us to determine if this training meets your needs and expectations. You may be invited to join an introductory workshop first or to apply for the first module directly in the locality of your preference (see dates and places above). Instructions for registration and payment will be given to you afterwards.

      Core Strokes introductory workshops

      are You interested but would like to know more about Core Strokes before Enrolling?

      In order to allow you to have a first experience with Core Strokes and what it could offer to you, you can join one of our 2 or 3 days introductory workshops in Belgium, France, Italy, Corsica, Netherlands, UK, USA, South Africa, Australia or elsewhere.

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      If you feel ready to apply or if you need an answer to questions you may have, please send us your information through the form below. We will come back to you a.s.a.p. to make an appointment by phone or video call.

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