About Integrated Movement Therapy (IMT)

What is IMT?

You know when you have some kind of pain (physical, mental and/or emotional) going on, but you get stuck in figuring out how to deal with it?  

Integrated Movement Therapy (IMT) is a type of yoga therapy that helps you get un-stuck, and helps you learn new ways to bring new tools and greater peace in your life.

IMT helps clients feel capable, competent, empowered to make positive changes, and strengthen their resiliency. IMT is a healing method based in yoga and neuroscience. Your IMT practitioner will help you make behavior shifts to move toward optimal well-being. IMT sessions use movement, meditation, breath techniques, and mindfulness practices to facilitate the exploration of the whole mind / body / spirit system. 


Frequently asked questions:


What's the difference between private yoga sessions and Integrated Movement Therapy® (IMT)?

Great question! 

  • IMT helps people with pain that is complex.  People seek IMT because they have conditions like chronic pain, trauma recovery, major life transitions, cancer, loss of a loved one, PTSD, Parkinson's, ADHD, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, traumatic brain injury, etc.

  • While any qualified yoga teacher can do a private yoga session, only certified IMT therapists can do an IMT session.  IMT therapists have over 800 hours of training in this healing modality.  The minimum training for a certified yoga teacher is 200 hours.

  • IMT is seldom done in one visit.  The method thrives with the structure, continuity and partnership between student and teacher.

  • To get the best results from IMT, we recommend starting with three sessions (see Intro Package below).

Integrated Movement Therapy® is a healing modality that utilizes yoga, mindfulness practices and neuroscience to help people with their life challenges.

We can help you if you are looking to:

  • reduce pain

  • increase a sense of control in your life

  • get better sleep

  • cope with social, mental or emotional challenges

Sometimes people use IMT in conjunction with other therapies; sometimes IMT takes the place of other therapies; and sometimes IMT simply stands alone or is the first place someone has turned for help. 

Meet our IMT Practitioners here!

What does an Integrated Movement Therapy® session look like?   Each IMT session will be highly individualized to meet the needs of the student. For adults and teens, individual sessions are 60-75 minutes. 


  • It starts with some talking, to figure out what's best to work on that day,

  • It involves some centering and grounding, (could be breath, meditation, visualization)

  • It includes movement - what helps reduce this pain, worry, distress?

  • And it always ends up with some relaxing!

How often should I do IMT?    Adults and teens often come for IMT every week or every other week. 


Intro package special: One 75-minute intake appointment & two 60-minute follow-up sessions (Value $475)

Only $300!  ($175 off retail price) Please email info@unfoldportland.com to purchase.

A La Carte:

Single 75-minute intake session: $175

Individual sessions for adults and teens:
60-minute: $150

​Still unsure? Please email us for a free 20-minute consultation at info@unfoldportland.com.  You can indicate who you'd like to work with, or we can make recommendations.

Insurance?  We do not bill insurance. Payment must be made at time of service.  Many Flex Spending Accounts will reimburse you for for IMT services.

Financial Assistance?  

  • If you have a neurological condition, such as a traumatic brain injury, autism, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, stroke or any other, and need financial assistance, you may be able to get help through the Plus One Foundation.

  • A limited number of sliding scale spots are available with each of our therapists at any given time.  Please inquire if we can help you with this.

Meet Our Therapists





IMT Therapist

Leigh is particularly skilled at working with people who are new to yoga, or who are returning to a practice after an injury or illness has provided them with new limitations and respect for what the body can (or can’t) now do. Leigh’s encouraging presence strengthens the students ability to be compassionate toward themselves as they move to a place of wholeness, knowing that they will always be enough.


A certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), Leigh uses Integrated Movement Therapy as the foundation of her work.  She is available only via Zoom for a free 20 minute consult and for IMT sessions.

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Rachel Plies

Co-creator, Unfold
IMT Therapist

Rachel enjoys working with people who are interested in exploring where they feel stuck and how yoga can help to shift their mood/mindset and benefit their everyday life. She offers a safe space to co-create practices that can inform healthy patterns in her clients' lives.  Her specialty is working with people who struggle with chronic pain and degenerative diseases. She brings focus, energy, compassion, and sensitivity to her classes and therapy sessions. 

Rachel is a co-owner of Unfold and an Integrated Movement Therapy trainer and mentor. See is available in person or via Zoom/Skype for IMT sessions.  

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 E.B. Ferdig

Co-creator, Unfold

IMT Therapist

E.B. specializes in partnering with people experiencing chronic pain, alcohol use disorders, and anxiety.  She helps people to create more freedom and energy in their work, love and life.  She has personally wrestled with her own anxiety, depression and alcohol use challenges, and loves the relative ease that yoga movement, philosophy and meditation bring her on a daily basis.  

E.B. is a certified yoga therapist, (C-IAYT), and has been an Integrated Movement Therapy practitioner since 2009.  She is a co-owner of Unfold.  She is available for in-person sessions for vaccinated clients at her dedicated home studio in the Woodstock neighborhood of Southeast Portland, or can work via Zoom.

  • IMT Intro Special

    Valid for 3 months
    • One 75-minute Intake Session
    • Two 60-minute IMT Sessions