Notes from the first Encuentro Somático en México “Celebrando al cuerpo vivo”

The first Encuentro Somático in Mexico, Celebrating Embodiment, took place from March 29 to 31, 2019, at the Centro Cultural Pedregal, in the south of Mexico City. More than 140 participants gathered from five countries (Argentina, Colombia, Spain, the U.S., and many regions of Mexico) with 34 teachers and performers representing many different somatic movement traditions


If we only train to toughen ourselves, to make our muscles harder, this will lead to losing confidence. Why is that? Because our body is confident when it moves properly, and this requires softness. When I say softness, I mean the ability of our body to change its muscle tone and adapt. “Softening down” implies alleviating the fierceness, anger, and nerve, toning down. In Spanish, softening down is “ablandarse,” from the Latin “blandiri,” which means, “caressing.” It is also connected to the meaning of “to yield,” to soften our stance, or our way of thinking.

The Way of Resilience

Bryan Stevenson, author of Just Mercy, has gotten a lot of recent airplay in the educational circles in which I have traveled for the past 40 years. Deservedly so. Flowing in and out of academic settings while simultaneously practicing and teaching The fluid body practices of Continuum and Yoga has given me a pulse read on the culture-at-large and the challenges that lay ahead with a degree of clarity that would have otherwise been impossible.

While Emilie’s teachings have always been profound, the direct application of Continuum became somewhat illusive in the world of the high school and college age students I was teaching, especially with the onslaught of digital technology and smart phones.

ISMETA Featured in Latest ACIH Newsletter

ACIH welcomes ISMETA, the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association, as the newest member of ACIH’s Traditional World Medicine/ Emerging Professions Category

“Since our inception over thirty years ago, ISMETA’s board has intentionally sought to identify organizations that are doing similar work nationally and internationally in order to find out how we can work together and support the larger whole.  We would like all members of the Collaborative (ACIH) to know that there is an organization of movement practitioners that meet specific criteria and that are ready to work in integrative environments with other professions represented within ACIH.”

2019 Federation MBS Blog

The annual meeting of the Federation of Therapeutic Massage, Bodywork, and Somatic Practice Organizations (Federation MBS) took place in Austin, TX on March 29-30, 2019, hosted by the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA).  ISMETA sent two representatives, Elisa Cotroneo, Executive Director and Mary Abrams, Government Relations Consultant. Eleven organizations participate in the Federation MBS and each year one organization chair’s the meeting.  This year it was ISMETA’s turn so Elisa and Mary conferenced numerous times prior to the March meeting in preparation, and then co-chaired the two-day meeting.

Cellular Consciousness ~ Lorelie Bond, RN, RSME/T

Years ago, before I began studying somatics, anxiety controlled me. I feared new situations, people, and conflicts. Constantly trying to cope was exhausting.

During a class moving with the cellular breath brought an experience of bliss, of unconditional love.

With practice, it became possible at any moment to touch on this state. It remains today, a resource underneath all else.

Proprioception on Ice: Perspectives from a Frozen Stage

ISMETA Member Jaya Kanal, RSME

Skating on ice can be a subtle, flowing experience. It can also jolt us when we fall or exhilarate us when we fly across the ice with speed. It introduces our body-mind system to a multi-sensory activity in a unique environment. External factors that affect a skater’s proprioception include the equipment, ice surface, environment, and movement of other skaters.

Somatics: A Buzzword Defined

Kelly Ferris Lester

ISMETA Member Kelly Ferris, MFA, RSME
What is somatics though? It often seems to describe so many practices, strategies, movements, choreographic processes, and more in dance and higher education.


ISMETA board members travelled to San Antonio, Texas to present a panel on  ” The Role of Somatic  based Dance Practices – Gateway to Inclusive Access for All Movers”  at the annual National Dance Educators Organization Conference.


Embodied Activism – Reflect. Engage. Resist. Transform. As current social conditions galvanize even more of us to do the work of dismantling oppression, it can be difficult to know exactly where to begin.