Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s new book, Basic Neurocellular Patterns: Exploring Developmental Movement, is the culmination of 55 years of research and 40 years of writing. It addresses human movement and its significance to our development and well-being. With this book as a guide, Bonnie invites you to directly experience, embody, and integrate your own developmental movement patterns.
Celebrating the release of her new book, The Embodied Teen: A Somatic Curriculum for Teaching Body-Mind Awareness, Kinesthetic Intelligence, and Social and Emotional Skills. Designed for somatic educators, therapists, counselors, and movement practitioners, The Embodied Teen presents a pioneering introductory curriculum in somatic movement…
Jan Mundo, certified master somatic coach and bodyworker, is delighted to be a debut author and illustrator at age 70. In The Headache Healer’s Handbook: A Holistic, Hands-on Somatic Self-Care Program for Headache and Migraine Relief and Prevention, Mundo shares her nearly fifty years of headache healing wisdom.
Kelly recently published “Somatics: A Buzz Word Defined” in the Journal of Dance Education (March 2017). This was written specifically for high school and college students as a way to understand the connections between somatics and dance. The word somatics is familiar in dance technique classes, but it is not always defined and misconceptions can arise.
Chair of Somatic Studies doctoral specialization at Pacifica Graduate Institute published a book ‘Embodied Social Justice’ – a body-centered approach to working with oppression, for somatic practitioners, counsellors, educators, , and other human service professionals. Grounded in current research, this integrative approach to social justice works directly…
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.
When people who have lived in pain are able to recognize, own, and release what has shaped them, they feel freed, as if a weight has been lifted off their shoulders. My client Carla’s emotional hurt at five years old was reflected in her tight voice and inability to speak up for herself as an adult. In exploring her armoring, she noticed constriction in her throat, a collapse in her chest, and very shallow breathing. In facing the emotional hurt that resided in her voice and body, Carla released the underlying tension that had held her headaches in place — and started speaking up for herself.
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.
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.
Protecting our Right to Practice and Defining our Profession. This letter was sent to all ISMETA members alerting them to a need to speak out to ensure our distinct professional identity as Somatic Movement Educators and Therapists.
Positive energy and the growing pains of our supposedly new profession: somatic movement education and therapy. Verses of 8th century monk & scholar Shantideva, remind us our profession is one that has been unfolding over many centuries.