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Christine Cole is a registered Somatic Movement Therapist, Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®, and Practitioner of Integrative Acupressure, with a practice in Body-Mind Centering that extends over 30 years. She's held Faculty positions at the School for Body-Mind Centering® in Amherst, MA and Amsterdam, Holland, and runs her own training in Boston, Vermont, Montreal and Northampton, MA. She has a lifelong practice in Contact Improvisation, Training in Post-Modern and Improvisational Dance and maintains a private practice in Developmental Bodywork in downtown Northampton, MA
Nicole Bindler's performance work and teaching have been presented throughout Europe, North America, Argentina, and in Tokyo, Beirut, Bethlehem, and Quito. Her dances have been supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Leeway Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Ellen Forman Memorial Award. Bindler holds a BA in Dance and Poetry from Hampshire College, a degree in Muscular Therapy from the Muscular Therapy Institute, and certificates in Embodied Anatomy Yoga, Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga, and Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering® from the School for Body-Mind Centering®. She has taught Somatics and Improvisation at Temple University, University of the Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania. Bindler is a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artist Council and is the Founder and Director of The Institute for Somatics and Social Justice. www.somaticsandsocialjustice.org
In this workshop we will explore human development from the first cells, to the still unsexed 10 week embryo, to the fully grown person. This workshop involves experimentation, anatomical study, and personal and creative practices.
Additionally, participants will have access to text from two articles by Nicole Bindler about her research called, “Clitoral Embodiment” that were published in the Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices (Vol. 9, No. 1, 1 June 2017) and Contact Quarterly (Vol. 42, No. 1 Winter/Spring 2017).
Carol Downer 2011, Self-Help for Sex
In self-examination, the clitoris can be distinguished from the surrounding vulva (the pubic mound and the outer lips) by the fact that it has no hair. The inner part of the clitoris extends to the depth of the hymen, which separates it from the vagina, except along the roof, where a pad of spongy erectile tissue, the urethral sponge, extends back into the vagina. By inserting the index finger and pressing against the ischium bones, the crura (or legs) and the clitoral muscles that extend from the shaft and the pubic bone can be felt as thick rubber bands. By inserting the finger a little deeper and pressing sideways, the soft clitoral bulbs can be felt.
During sexual excitement, the suspensory ligament shortens, pulling the glans and the shaft up under the hood and into the groove of the symphysis. The erectile tissue of the shaft and the crura (corpus cavernosum) fills with blood and becomes bone-hard. As stimulation continues, the muscles begin to tighten, and the soft erectile tissues (corpus spongiosum) of the urethral sponge, the perineal sponge, and the clitoral bulbs swell with blood, causing the vaginal opening to become smaller and to "sweat" and become very moist. (See Figure 7.)
During the plateau phase, erection and muscular tension increase and the inner lips often become bright red or wine-colored from vasocongestion. (See Figure 8.) At orgasm, the mucles (ischiocavernosus, bulbocavernosus, and transverse perineal) contract rhythmically four to eight times at four-fifths of a second. The whole clitoral pulsates as it muscles force the blood from its engorged tissues back into the body. (See Figure 9.) During resolution, the ligament stretches, the shaft returns to its usual position, and muscle tension gradually subsides. This sequence of events closely parallels those that occur in the penis, with its comparable but somewhat differently arranged structures.