We all have unique ways of moving. Your personal movement patterns reflect your body’s efforts to protect you from physical pain and unwelcomed emotion. These patterns begin pre-birth and shoulder the many physical and emotional experiences of your life. In other words, how you move and carry yourself communicates volumes about you, your past, your take on the world, how you think and how you feel.
When we pay attention to the way we move, we learn to let go of the patterns that do not serve us and fully realize those that do. Moving well positively impacts our mental, physical and emotional health. In other words, we become comfortable in our own skin, literally and metaphorically.
What is somatic movement education and therapy?
Somatic movement education/therapy is a holistic approach to moving well that focuses on the internal experience of the moving body rather than an external end result like building muscle or losing weight. Moving the body with awareness and intention brings together the physical, mental and emotional parts of our being.
As a Dynamic Embodiment Practitioner™ (DEP) and Certified Movement Analyst (CMA), I use the therapeutic movement modalities of Bartenieff Fundamentals, Laban Movement Analysis and aspects of Body-Mind Centering® to help people move with greater ease, think more clearly and live life with increased confidence and optimism.
What happens in a somatic movement session?
Throughout the session we move together through easy-to-learn structured sequences that address physical function and efficiency, and creative explorations designed to expand physical expression and communication. Whether structured or creative, all movement is crafted to be enjoyable, enlightening and empowering while simultaneously revealing any blockages or “stuckness” that might be happening physically, emotionally or mentally.
Because knowledge is power, you can also expect some anatomy and physiology lessons to better understand your body and yourself as a unique mover. No PowerPoints or book-study – All learning takes place through experiencing and moving.
What makes somatic movement effective for healing?
It’s all about getting to the root of whatever it is that might be causing you to feel “stuck,” physically, mentally or emotionally. As we work together to help your body coordinate and “organize” itself through strategic and scientific movement repatterning, we reveal the root of the “stuckness” and begin the journey toward freedom. This might mean physical freedom from bodily tension and chronic pain, mental freedom from anxiety and worry or emotional freedom from latent trauma (or all three because our physical, mental and emotional selves are linked). Challenges will continue to come throughout our lives, but knowledge of and connection to our MOVING bodies helps us better meet them.
What should I/we wear?
Please dress in comfortable clothing that allows you to lie, sit, stand and move comfortably. Layers to cover knees and elbows for comfortable “floor work” is recommended.
What if I have a disability or injury?
Somatic movement is an appropriate option for those with disabilities, chronic injury/pain or chronic illness because the approach respects individual abilities and wellness and treats the whole person – physically, mentally and emotionally. Prior to your first session we will discuss any issues or concerns to ensure a plan that works for you.
Do you accept insurance?
I am unable to accept insurance, however some insurance carriers may recognize somatic movement therapy as a Health Savings Account Expense with a referral from your doctor. Please check with your insurance carrier.
Rates and Cancellation policy
Introductory Rate (August and September, 2022): First two sessions $55!
Rates beginning October 1st:
45 minute session: $65
75 minutes session: $110
Cancellations: Client is responsible for the full cost of sessions cancelled with less than 24 hours notice. Rescheduled appointments must take place within one week or may be subject to a $25 rescheduling charge. Please note, while I will always try my best to accommodate, frequent rescheduling may result in termination of sessions.
*Fees and policies are subject to change.