"Transformation is not accomplished by tentative wading at the edge" --Robin Wall Kimmerer
Movement: Life happens in our body, our soma. Movement impacts how we think and feel and our emotions and thoughts impact how we move. With intentional practice, reflection, and accountability without judgment, we have the creative capacity to move ourselves into new shapes, new ways of inhabiting our life that better aligns with our values, priorities, and the changes we seek.
Connection: Somatic practices are not only about connecting to ourselves, but also involve an exploration of how the way we move impacts our connection to others and the various contexts we interact with. How we move through and connect to the space around us, reflects and reveals who and how we are. A change in one area of life creates changes in the whole.
Transformation: Any change or goal that we hope to achieve involves moving in some form. By connecting to ourselves, our bodies, and moving with intention, change begins from within. We find the inner connections to support outer transformation, realizing our array of choices and feeling empowered to move forward. Ideally, somatic movement education should be transformative as we push out of our comfort zones and discover more possibilities.
Somatic practices place the body-mind connection as a central component of overall wellness and prioritize learning from the living, moving body. Soma-centered coaching is an integrative approach that leverages the body and movement to support positive changes in health, well-being, and performance. As a somatic practitioner and movement analyst, I believe that as we increase awareness of and connection to our body and movement, we create more space and choice to develop our whole selves, physically, mentally, and emotionally, and move towards the life we envision.
"I have become much more aware of body connectivity and incorporated many of the practices into my cello playing. These sessions helped me see how my body is an instrument itself that I need to be more aware of." M.C., performing artist.