Martial arts as therapy support

for healing / alleviation / and prevention purposes in mental, emotional and physical ailments, diseases and disabilities.

Traditional martial, movement and healing arts are each based on a holistic view of the human being, taking into account universally valid, natural laws.

  • Resource-oriented and disturbance-sensitive work based on a medical diagnosis (ICD-11)
  • Holistic approach according to the bio-psycho-social model based on salutogenesis
  • Body and movement-oriented exercise setting

Martial arts as therapy support is based on the findings of western body (psycho)therapeutic traditions and is closely related to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. The work focus implies a energetic and holistic perspective of man and recognizes the "bodily experience“ as an effective method for curing mental illnesses, the can usefully supplement purely cognitive approaches. The functional effects of traditional martial and movement arts and teaching principles on the harmonizing compensation of Physis, Mens and Psyche, in their typical change from activating, outward-directed (Yang principle) -and accumulating - concentric, inward (Yin principle),Movement principles and their meditative Mindfulness training is used in a targeted manner.

Chiyujinken - The healing sword

possible uses

Possibilities of use in the context of outpatient treatment, in the context of inpatient acute care or in the context of rehabilitation measures.

  • Activation, strengthening and stabilization in internalizing disorders
  • Relaxation, relaxation and calming down in the case of externalizing disorders
  • Clarification and training of the mind (mens and psyche)
  • Psychophysical and psychoemotional activation and restructuring of cognitions and emotions
  • Development and stabilization of new behavior
  • Energetic balancing and harmonization of the levels of body, mind and soul
  • strengthening of resilience
  • Increasing your own health competence (ability to help yourself)


Additional literature and links

  • H.Ludwig, F.Siegele, HGPetzold: Integrative Budotherapy - an ICF-oriented therapy for aggressive behavior in the context of addiction rehabilitation, Haug Verlag in Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart (2017)
  • JM Wolters: Martial Arts as Therapy, Diss., in Lower Saxony Contributions to Social Education and Social Work Volume 9, Peter-Lang-Verlag (1992)
  • R. Dirnberger, SELE, self-knowledge through bodily experience, a synthesis of psychotherapy and the martial art Aikido, BoD (2013)
  • International Institute for Budopädagogik/Stade: "Course Series - Budotherapeut" at: (accessed on October 1, 2017)
  • Wolters, Jörg-Michael: "The evocation of healing effects in the martial arts", in International Journal for Philosophy and Psychosomatics, IZPP (online: issue-1-2015/Wolters. pdf) and "Budo-Therapy" in: Journal for Conscientiology, Transpersonal Psychology and Psychotherapy; 2/2015

a notice

Martial arts mentoring in therapy is an alternative body and movement-oriented method and does not replace a visit to the doctor or therapist!

Martial arts mentoring in therapy is offered as additional support based on an existing medical diagnosis or psychological exploration as part of medical or psychotherapeutic treatment, whereby cooperation and consultation with the treated professionals from the field of health and healing professions recognized in Austria is desired.