Methodological inspiration

The methods of Bart Derkx are inspired by three traditions:

  • Kenkodo-Aikido
  • Systemical Therapy
  • Lectio divina

Aikido’s origine is Japan. It is a martial art in which Bart Derkx has been mastered (Second Dan- Kenkodo Aikido) On the background of his treatment Aikido is helpful for himself and his patients. Derkx: ‘Aikido supports me in staying independent as a practitioner by keeping in touch with my own values. In the treatments Aikido gives me ideas to develop concrete exercises to improve the coordination of mind and body in my patients. This helps them finding develop ways to optimal movement. In the groupsessions with Parkinsonpatients Aikido is the most explicit. From the background of Aikido I tell my patients not to struggle against their inconvincible disease, but to line up with their disease (tot develop consciousness about the influence of the disease on their live) and to strengthen themselves.'

Systemical therapy influences relationships, more than subjects. Relationships influence life, both mind and body. The disturbances in private and business relations often echoes in a disturbance of the body, vice versa. When necessary, this aspect Bart Derkx pays attention to in his treatments. Derkx: ‘The body   tells the structure of a story, how life affects us. I can feel tensions in the body of my patients. Clearly the patient has to tell the concrete stories. If necessary we seek together the ability for the patients to handle the facts they have to face in relation with their disease. This helps to develop an understanding their disease from inside.'

Lectio divina literally means divine reading. It is part of Christian monastic tradition, a way of listening to the voice of God, in stories concerning daily life experiences. This spiritual tradition is important for Bart Derkx’ personal attitude. During the treatments this tradition is visible in the careful and silent fine tuning with his patients. There are always three basis positions in the therapy: The patient, Bart and God. God not seen as a subject of a religious system, but as “Ki”, an indefinable reality, needed to keep our mind open, focussed on what lies beyond the horizon.