The What's and Why's of Somatic Movement Education

The word 'somatic' comes from the Greek word "soma," meaning body.  Somatic movement education refers to education about how your body operates, as experienced from the inside out. 

Learning about and feeling how you move with the help of a movement educator or therapist can lead to the natural development of new habits of movement and presence in the body.  

  • You may notice less pain and discomfort and greater overall ease and freedom. 

  • You may find that you feel more at home in your body as a result of this work. 

  • Since the education process is experiential (and usually relaxing and enjoyable), once your body experiences a change through movement you can repeat that change, leading to new choices both physically and psychologically.

Such deep change at the physical level has exciting and very real potential to impact your efficacy and satisfaction in the world.

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A Body-Mind Centering® Approach        to Somatic Movement Education 

Body-Mind Centering® is a powerful and dynamic method of movement education and re-patterning work used with individuals or in groups to help improve people’s lives.  Developed by somatic movement pioneer Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, BMCsm is highly regarded in the field of somatic education as having one of the most complete and exquisite approaches to understanding the body and how it moves--not only as a living, breathing organism but as spirit-in-action.  

BMCsm training includes: 

  • Extensive study of anatomy from the inside out (often referred to as embodied anatomy)
  • In-depth training in developmental movement patterns, the early movement patterns from conception through birth and early childhood that underlie all of our complex movement throughout life.  

This study deeply informs the work of certified BMCsm somatic movement educators in their classes and individual work with clients.  Scroll below to read more about Somatic Movement Education.

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Embodied Anatomy

Do you know where your liver is?  Can you feel it from the inside out?  What about the fluids of your body, such as the arterial blood, or lymph?  Do you tend to move or express yourself from your ligaments, or your muscles, or perhaps even more from your bones or organs? What affinities do you have with various aspects of your nervous or endocrine systems?

The exploration of embodied anatomy explores these questions and so many more.  

  • The intent is to help individuals re-pattern and clarify movement, both subtle and gross, from the inside out.  
  • When one knows, deeply, where the internal structures of the body are located and how each aspect initiates, controls and propels movement in the world, one naturally moves with greater ease, joy, spontaneity, and sense of choice. 
  • This is embodied knowledge, which comes from direct experience in the body.

When taught from a Body-Mind Centering® perspective Embodied Anatomy and Movement teaches us that when we move from the mind of each system of the body we experience a shift in state and perception, offering increased choice about how we navigate in the world and within ourselves.  This can have a profound impact on our overall happiness as we reside within our human bodies, living human lives.

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 Embodied Developmental Movement

Embodied developmental movement teaches us how we incorporate and express the wide-ranging and specific patterns of movement that serve as the building blocks of human activity and behavior from conception through all of life.  

  • When we study these patterns experientially, we directly learn the ways in which each pattern underlies our complex human movement. 
  • Through our embodiment of these patterns we are given opportunities to organically transform how we move, so that we may live with greater ease and joy.