building a successful practice

Building a successful practice

application of somatics in different arenas

Application of Somatics in different arenas

taking your work online

Taking your Work Online

Presented by ISMETA, some more information about the videos below

Building a Successful Private Practice

With Bibiana Badenes and Ellen Barlow

Learning Objectives:  

Learn about a range of criteria that contribute to success;
Reflect on what is working well for you and what your growing edges are;
Address: how to move towards greater success?

Description: These two ISMETA Board Members will share their personal histories of building a private practice, and identify a range of criteria as a template for this session. Crucial factors such as the scope of practice you are most qualified for and how you best fit into your community/culture, aspects of your work that bring you the greatest happiness/satisfaction, the financial remuneration necessary for your needs, how you communicate about your practice with students/clients and colleagues, how you craft the “message” of your marketing for the population you intend to reach, etc. Participants will then be invited to reflect on their own definitions of success, and what aspects of the criteria can further their goals.

Bibiana Badenes

Bibiana Badenes

ISMETA Director

Bibiana is an influential somatic educator from Spain, who has created an innovative body-mind rehabilitation program for rheumatoid arthritis patients and stress management clients. She serves as Board of Director for ISMETA. She directs Kinesis, a somatic therapy clinic. Trained as both a PT, graduated from  Valencia´s University, and an Advanced Certified Rolfer and Rolfing Movement Practitioner, she also works as a coach with burn-out and depressed patients. She teaches Body Intelligence Classes. She is the founder of Bodywisdom Spain. 

Ellen barlow

Ellen Barlow

RSME/T, ISMETA Board of Directors 

Ellen Barlow’s background is in dance (BA, Dance Education), fitness, yoga, contemplative practices, and multiple somatic movement studies. She is a certified Practitioner and Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®, a Certified GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® Trainer, and a Registered Somatic Movement Educator (RSME-ISMETA). She is a founding member of the Body-Mind Centering® Association (BMCA) and a past president of ISMETA. Currently she serves on the ISMETA Board of Directors as a member of the Executive Committee and the Events Committee. 

Application of Somatics in different Arenas 

Bringing your work out into the world

With Dana Davison, Rich E.Sims and Emory M Moore Jr.

In this session panelists will share how they brought their somatic movement work to different populations. The session will touch on each of the panelists' experiences of working with police and prisoners, in hospitals and community centers, with breast cancer patients and the elderly, and working in schools, fitness and the arts. Focus is given to how somatic movement education and therapy can be applied in various settings and with different populations.

Richard Sims

Richard E. Sims

RSME/T, CTP, ISMETA Board of Directors 

Rich’s work as a Registered Somatic Movement Educator specializes in reducing stress, fear, anxiety and trauma. He brings his trauma-sensitive expertise to individuals and organizations around the globe including MenHealing, Cancer Wellness Center, Alternatives to Violence Project and within many K-12 schools. His work blends somatic and mindfulness approaches and is specifically enriched by his close collaboration with Paul Linden and Being In Movement Mindbody Education, and Aikido. He currently serves on ISMETA’s Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, Co-Chairs the Arts and Education and Communication Committee and is a host for the ISMETA Somatic Cafés. 

Emory Moore Jr

Emory M. Moore Jr

RSME/T, ISMETA Credentials

Emory M. Moore Jr, is a multi-certified exercise & movement master teacher and pioneer. With over 35 years of experience, Emory has immersed himself in the study of a myriad of disciplines including, martial arts, dance, chi gong, yoga, bodywork, Pilates, Gyrotonic, somatic training & strength conditioning systems. 

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Dana Davison


Dana is a Dynamic Embodiment Practitioner, Moving for Life instructor, BodyMind Dancing teacher and Somatic Writing Collective member. She served on the ISMETA board and presented at conferences in US, Canada and Europe on breathing, immune system, stress response and the body in translation. She now practices somatics with horses. 

Taking your Work Online

With Beth Pettengill Riley, Rich E.Sims and Gayatri Schriefer

The panelists will share their experiences of bringing their practice with clients and groups online. In this session we will unpack common assumptions, as well as the challenges and benefits when taking our somatic movement work virtual. The discussion will cover the value of online approaches to facilitate deeper learning and appreciate the opportunities that the online format makes possible. The session will include time for participant inquiry, reflection and questions. We will consider what the future for online somatic movement holds.

Beth Pettengill Riley

Beth Pettengill Riley


Beth Pettengill Riley, RSME/T, CYT, MA in Education, Stanford University, Beth is a global leader in somatic movement education and therapy and a seasoned somatic movement activist, with over 40 years of experience facilitating workshops in Continuum, yoga and meditation. Beth passionately engages embodiment as a spiritual path. 


Gayatri Schriefer

RSME BEcEd, ISMETA Board of Directors 

Gayatri is the co-founder of Living Somatics and a certified Hanna Somatic Educator. She is an ISMETA board member and serves on the Communications and International Weavers Committees and co-chairs the Events Committee. Gayatri is a co-host and co-creator of the virtual Somatic Movement Summit. She now lives in Sweden and consults clients and teaches practitioner trainings internationally in-person and online. 

Richard Sims

Richard E. Sims

RSME/T, CTP, ISMETA Board of Directors 

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