ISMETA’s purpose is to grow the emerging field of Somatic Movement Education and Therapy. Since 1988 we have ensured that training programs uphold high standards of education and practice, and maintain a professional registry of qualified practioners. We are committed to building the professional community of Somatic Movement Practitioners worldwide and advocating for the profession in legal and governmental arenas. We work to educate the general public about our work and help our colleagues in Integrative Medicine, Human Services, Education and the Arts understand the benefits of Somatic Movement Education and Therapy.
Registered Somatic Movement Practitioners have completed extensive training in ISMETA Approved Training Programs or through a rigorous independent study process. They use knowledge of anatomy with combinations of movement, sound, breath, touch and imagery to deepen their clients’ understanding of themselves in movement. Somatic Movement Practitioners work with the body but acknowledge that movement affects the dimensions of psyche and spirit as well. As a result, their work facilitates improved vitality and performance, expanded creative expression and integrated personal transformation in clients’ daily lives.