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Dynamic Embodiment™ of the Sun Salutation

Dynamic Embodiment™ of the Sun Salutation: Pathways to Balancing the Chakras and the Neuroendocrine System guides you to do the Sun Salutation with more ease by integrating awareness of glandular and chakral embodiment cues and neuro-developmental movement. Everything in this book can be applied to your personal practice and overall health, or to teaching others.

Speak Out! Stories of Resilience and Healing

ISMETA executive and board member Richard Sims would like to invite everyone to a special event to help support four brave trans and non-binary survivors of sexual abuse/assault share their stories of resilience and healing. It’s the latest event Rich has been asked to help plan and bring to life, bringing his somatic, empowering, healing and community building approaches to help the participants maintain the connection and bravery needed to share their incredible stories with the world.

ISMETA signs the Peoples’ Declaration for Traditional, Complementary and Integrative Health

A person-centred, integrative and holistic approach to healthcare would provide important public health benefits and should be considered crucial to protect and promote the universal right to the highest attainable standard of health. Until today in too many countries access to integrative healthcare is limited.

The Fluid Nature of Being

The Fluid Nature of Being is a collection of writings by practitioners of Integrative Bodywork & Movement Therapy (IBMT), an approach to somatic movement education and therapy. The cultivation of consciously embodied movement is at the heart of somatic movement practice. Through embodiment practices, soma – the subjectively experienced sense of embodied self – becomes a vital, living reality and a foundation through which healthy relationship to others, to Nature, and to life as a whole can be nourished.

Humanity in a time of Collective Initiation

We were three weeks into the lockdown here in the UK and perhaps like many I was beginning to settle in, after the initial shake-up and all the online messaging that we had collectively reached for in order to stay in touch. A book called to be read, written by my dear friend Liz McCormick and her colleague Nigel Wellings, both experienced transpersonal psychotherapists, teachers and authors. The title Nothing to Lose (Wellings and McCormick 2010) seemed a good message in this time that seems so full of loss.

I move, therefore I think – Movementis 2022

After a two-year postponement, Movementis, the fourth annual Conference of Brain, Body, Movement, and Cognition took place in Paris in the hallowed halls of the Sorbonne, August 31st – September 2nd. For those unfamiliar with this international event, it is an annual gathering of neuroscientists, researchers, doctors, psychologists, movement and dance therapists, physical therapists, educators, etc. exchanging information on topics varying from Pilates and breathing for stress to the use of the Traeger approach to improve athletic performance with disabled/injured athletes, breakthroughs in managing and improving life for people with ADHD, ADD, and autism, basic neurological movements and motivation, developmental movement patterns and neuro-somatic variations, and on and on – truly something for everyone.

Why not Martial Arts !

Back in the mid to late 80s in the San Francisco Bay Area, there were meetings with many movement teachers, body workers and others looking to create a somatic organization. I am not sure if these are the roots of ISMETA or if it evolved out of another effort to centralize and organize Somatics into an association. In any event I went to a number of these early meetings and was always taken aback, because the participants only wanted to define “Somatics” as Western-based practices.

ISMETA Represented at NIH Stakeholder Meeting for Research on Whole Person Health

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.

Voices, Reflections & Echoes from the Engaging Embodiment Conference

Maria Luisa, ISMETA Board President

We did it! We ALL did it!

Our ISMETA Conference brought together more than 825 somatic movement practitioners, students, and established professionals over the course of five days at the beginning of March. The conference opened up a new chapter in the life of our organization; a chapter where each one of us are invited to contribute to continue to develop, research, experience and enjoy the somatic movement profession in all of its philosophies, schools, and applications.