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ISMETA: Scope of Practice
The professional field of somatic movement education and therapy spans holistic education and complimentary-alternative medicine. The field contains distinct disciplines each with its own educational and/or therapeutic emphasis, principles, methods, and techniques.
Practices of somatic movement education and therapy encompass postural and movement evaluation, communication and guidance through touch and words, experiential anatomy and imagery, and movement patterning. These practices are applied to everyday and specialized activities for persons in all stages of health and development.
The purpose of somatic movement education and therapy is to enhance human processes of psychophysical awareness and functioning through movement learning. Practices provide the learning conditions to:
Focus on the body both as an objective physical process and as a subjective process of lived consciousness;
Refine perceptual, kinesthetic, proprioceptive, and interoceptive sensitivity that supports homeostasis and self regulation;
Recognize habitual patterns of perceptual, postural and movement interaction with one's environment;
Improve movement coordination that supports structural, functional and expressive integration;
Experience an embodied sense of vitality and extended capacities for living.
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