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Table 2 Content of interventions: Group body psychotherapy with cancer patients and smartphone based bodily interventions

From: A clinical trial of group-based body psychotherapy to improve bodily disturbances in post-treatment cancer patients in combination with randomized controlled smartphone-triggered bodily interventions (KPTK): study protocol

 Content group body psychotherapyContent audiofiles
SessionTopicOpening including short feedback on the previous sessionIntroduction & Exercise including sharing
1) Introduction and Psychoeducation
2) Strategies/Exercise
3) Sharing of own experiences
Closure including perspective for the upcoming weekSmartphone based bodily interventions
supporting transfer from group BPT sessions into daily live
DurationIn Total 90 min15–20 min50–65 min10–15 minrandomly on 3 days a week
10–15 min
1.Group cohesion and body perception and awareness▪ Self-introduction
▪ Expectations and fears
1) - Reflection about bodily perception, body image, body disturbances and body work experience- Introduction of BPT terms
2) - Breath perception - Body awareness with BodyScan technique, supine position- Self - contact (hands on/off)
3) Reflection about own experience during the exercises
What can I take with me after this first contact in the group?Body awareness with body scan technique
2.Bodily resources and
grounding/ anchoring
▪ Short body scan CEB
▪ Breath perception
▪ Feedback
1) - Body as a resource
- Balance between distress and resources, bodily stress reaction, adapted [44]
2) - Body awareness with BodyScan technique, standing position
- Foot work and anchoring with the focus on connection to stability, e.g. p97 [28]- Movement perception including mirroring
3) Reflection about own experience during the exercises
How to transfer exercise skills into daily life?Anchoring/grounding with footwork using a small rubber ball
3.Boundary awareness▪ Short body scan CEB
▪ Anchoring exercise
▪ Feedback
1) Space and boundaries including importance of having the choice between own and shared space
2) Boundary awareness:
- Lika Breathing technique, p37 [45]
- Boundary awareness: exploring own space and own boundaries, p84 [28]
3) Reflection about own experience during the exercises
Transfer of boundary awareness into daily life experience.Boundary awareness through Lika breathing technique
4.Impulses and social/group interaction▪ Short body scan CEB
▪ Lika breathing technique, p37 [45]
▪ Feedback
1) Social interactions and (body) impulses to get into/out of social interactions
2) – Body self-release techniques, adapted p209 [28]
- Awareness of bodily perception and the nature of impulses
- nonverbal contact Interaction with different body parts
3) Reflection about own experience during the exercises
How can I find a witness position being aware of perception and impulses?
What do I need?
Relaxation through body self-release techniques
5.Embodied emotions▪ Short body scan CEB
▪ Anchoring exercise
▪ Feedback
1) Integration model of human experience, p26 [28]
2) - Mapping of feelings under the cancer disease and treatment
- Focus on embodiment: body sculptures of emotions, adapted [46]
3) Reflection about own experience during the exercises
How to become aware of feelings and how to explore and share them in daily life?Self-awareness through ‘four body zone’ exercise
6.Summary▪ Short body scan CEB
▪ Free choice of exercise repetition
▪ Feedback
1) Summary and open questions
2) Free choice of exercise repetition
3) Closing: Ritual “being connected while continue on individual path
What would I take with me?
What would I leave in this group/room?
Evaluation
 
  1. BPT Body Psychotherapy, CEB Cognition, emotions, body perception