In Belgium and the Netherlands, psychomotor therapy as a kind of physical activity and body-oriented therapy
has been well integrated into mental health care since 1965. In contrast to its acceptance in most European countries, the
term “psychomotor therapy” has not found its way into the Anglo-Saxon literature. Psychomotor therapy is defined as a
method of treatment that uses body awareness and physical activities as cornerstones of its approach. In Flemish
psychiatric hospitals, psychomotor therapy is imbedded in different treatment programmes for different diagnosis related
patient settings. The purpose of this article is to summarize the history, the practical implementations, and the research
concerning psychomotor therapy. Its relationship to other similar approaches is described. With this article, we hope to
cross borders and build bridges between different international interventions with the same background.