somatics - working with body consciousness
I have practiced hands-on bodywork since 1986, when I began studying with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, the originator of the Body-Mind Centering® work. I studied intensively from 1986-1992, then joined the core faculty of training programs in Amherst, MA and Berkeley, CA from 1993-2007. I practiced BMC® bodywork for sixteen years before becoming licensed to practice acupuncture. I continue to teach movement workshops and classes informed by the BMC® approach.
A 50-minute bodywork session takes place on the treatment table and uses hands-on work to access and re-pattern the body/mind. The skill of a BMC® practitioner is expressed in the ability to access the resonance and vibration of different body tissues through the hands, re-patterning bones, muscles, organs, glands, nervous system, ligaments and fluids, as well as cellular and embryological organizations. In the BMC® work, this kind of work is called re-patterning the 'mind of the body.' Call for current sessions prices: 212-228-9344
A session may focus on different body systems and aspects of embodiment* including:
skeletal system - Embodying bones gives us an inner experience of form, frees our movement to spiral through space and supports the mind in becoming structurally organized.
fluid system - Embodying fluids underlies the experience of presence and transformation.
organ system - Embodying organs puts us in touch with our emotions, aspirations, memories and sense of personal history.
endocrine system - Embodying the endocrine system allows us to experience both internal stillness and surges of chaos/balance as we shift the crystallization of our energy; the endocrine glands underlie intuition and perceiving Universal Mind.
muscle system - Embodying the muscular system gives us a sense of our power and vitality and gives a means to engage in a dialogues between resistance and resolution.
ligament system - Embodying the ligamentous system helps us to perceive and articulate clarity of focus and concentration to detail.
nervous system - Embodying the nervous system underlies the experience of alertness, thought and precision of movement and establishes the perceptual base for interaction with our internal and external worlds.
cellular consciousness - Embodying cellular consciousness helps us transition between receptivity and expression, listening and speaking and helps us perceive the needs of community in the present moment.
embryological consciousness - Embodying embryological consciousness opens us to the experience of universal space and process and underlies the embodied understanding of practices that have come to us from Eastern cultures, for example, yoga, qi gong and Eastern Medicine.
developmental movement sessions - Embodying developmental movement brings all of our movement history - how we moved as one cell, how we moved as an embryo and developing child into the present moment in time, bringing fluidity, openness, power and clarity to all of our actions. Developmental movement sessions ideally take place in a studio where movement is possible. A few basic patterns can be accessed from work on the table.
*descriptions paraphrased from Bonnie Cohen's book Sensing, Feeling, and Action, pgs 2-4, 163; for more info see http://www.bodymindcentering.com/