The Think-Tank seminar series

Mindfulness and the Body in Mind Training protocol


Dr Tamara Russell, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.

Date and time

12:00 -13:00, 23 May 2014


As the evidence base for mindfulness based interventions (MBIs) grows, there is considerable interest in what the "next wave" of MBIs might look like.  In this talk, the rationale, development and initial implementation of a mindful movement-based intervention, Body in Mind Training, is described.  Body in Mind Training (BMT) is a mindfulness training approach informed by neuroscience data and using embodied learning that can be used for both individuals and groups in the clinical setting. It provides an alternative methodology for working mindfully with clients who might struggle, for whatever reason, to engage with the currently available MBI protocols. The BMT Framework provides a guide to therapists and health care workers to implement mindfulness in their personal and professional lives and from this, support clients in their exploration of mindfulness.

The intention of this talk is to share, in Part I, the underlying theoretical concepts and research underpinning this predominantly body and movement based mindfulness training method.  Part II details how the BMT Framework and BMT Group protocol evolved from trainings and consultations with a variety of health care workers.  Part III provides further details about the implementation of the BMT Framework in the clinical environment.

It is hoped that this talk will inspire others to consider how to integrate mindful movement into their work and stimulate research and debate in this different route to mindfulness. Working from neurological principles this approach has transdiagnostic appeal. If the principles of mindfulness and neuroscience knowledge are combined, the BMT Framework can be used in any setting.