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Pamela Matt’s book, A Kinesthetic Legacy: The Life and Works of Barbara Clark (https://tbi-media.org/), presents the biography and writings of a pioneer of the Ideokinetic approach to somatic movement education.  Pam shared her interpretation of Miss Clark’s teaching with dancers throughout her twenty-five-year teaching career at Arizona State University. 


In this work, Joan takes the reader through a somatically based experiential approach to our developmental and evolutionary process from pre-conception to standing.


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…


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…

Blog Articles

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.

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.

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.

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.


ISMETA Board Director Florian Filtzinger, RSME, provides a review of BODYIQ 2021 held in Berlin, Germany , a pandemic-conquering and deep-tissue-touching festival to the field of Somatics.  The audience included an international crowd of facilitators, artists, activists and first timers to one common ground and question of intersectionality between somatic inquiry, activism, the arts and critical observation of gender, race and accessibility of spaces.  

Vitality Project Donbas

Ukrainian NGO Development Foundation, in collaboration with Wesleyan University Professor Katja Kolcio Ph.D./RSME, received a grant from the United Nations Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme and Government of the Netherlands, to introduce somatic methods in psycho-social care and evaluate their impact on the wellbeing of people affected by the armed conflict in Donbas, Ukraine.

A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice

ISMETA is proud to announce that former Board President, Beth Pettengill Riley’s, recently published book on home Somatic Practice:  A Moving Inquiry: The Art of Personal Practice, has been included as a required text in Denison University’s Somatic Dance Courses.

ISMETA Government Relations Committee Celebrating a Success & Ongoing Work!

Thanks to efforts by ISMETA Massachusetts members, the ISMETA Government Relations Committee, members of the Federation of Therapeutic Massage, Bodywork, and Somatic Practice Organizations, and other stakeholders in Massachusetts; Senate Bill 221 and House Bill 350 to regulate Bodywork and Alternative Therapies, have both gone to a study group.