Somatic BODY
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Somatic BODY

Workshops & Trainings  

 
 
 
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Somatic education and innovation.

 
 
 
 
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GOALS

Students will build a repertoire of competencies, including:

  • Movement/ kinesthetic awareness
  • Embodied anatomy and developmental movement
  • Artistic expression as exploration and integration
  • Somatic change & healing
  • Embodiment education
  • Professional embodied skills of communication

 

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Somatic Professionals 

Somatic Body trains students to become professional facilitators of embodiment, movement, perceptual and relational development. Through the program, students build a toolbag of somatic approaches that can be applied in groups or one-on-one teaching, counseling or training practices in areas of dance, movement, therapy, yoga, bodywork, business, and community action.

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Students will develop these skills:

  1. kinesthetic knowledge of body systems (nervous, skeletal, circulatory, etc.) and developmental movement stages
  2. embodied presence and spatial awareness
  3. keen observational and assessment skills to identify developmental patterns, tonal quality, and particular use of each body system
  4. techniques/strategies to address and heal physical injury, trauma, and limiting movement patterns
  5. effective movement repatterning techniques to access  greater ease and alignment
  6. course of action or class curricula
  7. perspective of the healthy body that can be engaged with through enlivening tissues through touch and movement explorations, play, artistic expression, and nature
  8. dance and movement improvisation skills to invite personal expression, invoke intuitive knowing, and embrace the unpredictable path of healing
  9. relational verbal and non-verbal skills for effective communication with students, clients, and colleagues
  10. comprehension of  academic research literature and writing about current topics in somatic movement education and therapy and enter into professional discourse in the somatic field
 
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Embodiment

STUDENTS WILL BE GUIDED THROUGH THEIR OWN EMBODIMENT OF ANATOMICAL STRUCTURES, AND WILL LEARN KINESTHETICALLY THROUGH OBSERVATION AND MOVEMENT REPATTERNING, AS WELL AS ENGAGE WITH THESE CONCEPTS THROUGH CREATIVE EXPRESSION IN DANCE, PERFORMANCE, WRITING AND TEACHING.

 

 

 

Dedicated to the body

Somatic Body students to build resonance and clarity of presence in themselves and gain the ability to encourage change, healing and transformation of the body/mind in others. 

 
 
 
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Christine Cole, RSMT, the founder and director of Somatic Body Training Program, is an expert in the embodiment of human development. On the leading edge of research about somatic movement education and therapy, she displays a radical trust in embodied experience as the primary way for groups to co-create knowledge. As a result of 30 years of engaging deeply in learning and teaching the somatic body practices of Body-Mind Centering®, dance/movement, and bodywork, Christine clearly embodies the material she has evolved and models a deep understanding of how the body’s systems change in various developmental stages. A teacher of Body-Mind Centering®, and Practitioner of Integrative Acupressure and Infinity Healing, she has taught at the School for Body-Mind Centering® in Amherst and Amsterdam, Holland, and runs her own trainings in Boston, Vermont, Montreal and Northampton, MA. She also maintains a private practice in Developmental Bodywork in downtown Northampton, MA. In addition, Christine has long term practices in Contact Improvisation, Post-Modern and Improvisational Dance, Authentic movement, Improvisational Theater, writing and vocal training.