Somatic Embodiment is a way of opening the BodyMind to engage more of our innate and unique movement capacities which can help individuals increase their movement and expressive range, re-educate unhelpful patterns, heal from injury and blocks, and awaken the joy of the moving body.
As a Dance Scientist (MSc Trinity Laban) and a certified Body-Mind Centering (BMC) movement educator I have developed an approach which combines both these knowledge systems with my own experience as a dancer and performer gained over four decades. The knowledge from Dance Science spans biomechanics, physiology and psychology and in BMC, there is an advanced embodied understanding of body anatomy, the functioning of cells, tissues and systems and the role of animal and human developmental patterns. BMC is not a fixed technique but a responsive and open approach to enhancing movement and expressive possibilities through facilitating an exploration of the body – in relation to itself, to others and to the surrounding environment. This systems approach is also recognised within Dance Science, how an individual dancer is affected by the psychological relationships and environments created by institutions, teachers and choreographers as well as the physical forces acting on the body, e.g. gravity and tensegrity.
As a movement and somatic embodiment educator, I am interested in facilitating an approach that helps individuals find more ease, expression and range of movement; and to further enable them to embody less understood patterns and ways of inhabiting their own body. Along the way I am keen to encourage a new enjoyment and curiosity about our amazing bodies!
I work with groups and individuals, in class and workshop settings or 1-2-1 sessions. Often my classes and workshops are aimed at dancers and other experienced movers but somatic embodiment can bring benefits to everyone – individuals or groups – at any age or stage. If you would like to discuss how Somatic Embodiment might fit with your own setting please get in touch. My approach is responsive and collaborative and I am keen to understand and explore the ways in which this great work could be most beneficial to your own setting, aims or concerns.
My contact details are on the About page and you can find lots of links and info about BMC and Dance Science on the Info & links page.