HEALING ARTS

Somatic Movement Education

A Body-Mind Centering approach to Somatic movement education and therapy offers a unique opportunity to explore, awaken, and become empowered within our body-mind, through movement and gentle hands-on re-patterning.

As we move, we receive feedback both from ourselves and the environment around us. Through movement education we can utilize this information to expand and fine tune our physical, emotional, and psychological choices. This exploration can be done by using imagery, movement, sound, and embodiment of our body-systems and developmental movement. We learn to differentiate and initiate movement through such body systems as the Skeletal, Ligament, Muscle, Nerve, Organ, Endocrine, Fluids, Skin, Sensory and Perceptual system. It is important to explore each system because the limited range or dominance of a singular system (or aspects of a single system) can impact the expression of the body and mind. At the same time each system has the potential to offer ease, support, balance, and well-being.

For example a client may come in with lower back pain. During a session of investigation utilizing verbal and hands-on feedback they may discover that the root of their pain is from an inefficient movement pattern originating at the feet. The lack of articulation in the feet creates a lack of mobility through the rest of the leg, and the lower back responds with pain. Once the inefficient movement pattern is identified it can be adjusted to help alleviate the pain.

These interruptions are carried into our adult lives, where they show up as limitations in our choice making. Our sessions for children or adults include relaxation techniques, time to feel the body again, opportunities to respond to sensations and express feelings through movement, and discussion of new life choices - action! The goal is to practice new behavior in pleasurable activities in the sessions or classes and then again at home or out in the world.

The good news is that the pathways in our nervous system which govern BNPs are highly plastic; they are not destroyed and can be revived through the process of relaxation and reactivation - we find the combination of movement, coordination activities and touch to be most powerful. If children or adults have the opportunity to revisit the neurological movement patterns with skilled support, the intrinsic knowledge of our original choice-making process can be awakened. By exploring and integrating missing links of developmental movement, the mind can respond, finding flexibility with less habitual reactions. We expand our capacity for greater ease in our relationship and interaction with our environment.