ISMETA’s Executive Director, Elisa Cotroneo, RSME/T, was honored with an invitation to participate in, and provide comments at, The National Institute of Health Stakeholder Meeting for Research on Whole Person Health, October 17 and 18, 2022. The goal for this meeting, sponsored by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), was to discuss the gaps and opportunities in research on whole person health and what is needed to implement whole person health in the real world from a variety of perspectives.
One exciting outcome of the meeting is the plans for the development of a Coalition on Whole Person Health that ISMETA will be participating in on an on-going basis. We are thrilled to have been included in this historic event and to have met so many new colleagues.
Elisa’s full comments:
The International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association represents an emerging profession. The modalities, which include the Feldenkrais Method, Alexander Technique and Rolf Movement among others, aim to improve human functioning through interoceptive body awareness and proprioceptive movement repatterning. Countless clinical accounts suggest that our work improves whole system functioning, from balance and cardiovascular fitness to decreased levels of pain, depression and anxiety.
Research into yoga and tai chi offers a foundation upon which somatic movement investigations can build. The key inquiry and distinguishing factor of our work is to investigate the effects of interoception on all aspects of health. As an emerging profession continuing to build research literacy among somatic movement professionals for the purpose of partnering with university-based principal investigators is a high priority. Including expert somatic movement clinicians in the design and implementation of research studies is essential to assessing the impact of our practices accurately. Incentivizing collaboration between our professional practitioners and academic researchers can potentially galvanize the development of new methods, improve care for hard-to-manage symptoms, foster health promotion and disease prevention, and enhance the research workforce.
I make these comments on behalf of Somatic Movement but also offer them on behalf of all emerging professions with the intent of building opportunities for research into whole person health.
Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this stakeholders meeting and for the opportunity to comment.