MAPMAKING FOR SOMATIC PRACTITIONERS

embodied anatomy

about the course

You are in one of *those moments* with a client in your care.

 

Their inner experience is unknowable, and yet they are describing it to you with words. You notice a stream of changes in their body and in the space between you.

 

Your job is to blend intuition and lucid decision making. To move from this place to that. To dance at the border or go to the center. You are tasked with shaping the space of their experience, to help them feel and move better.

 

To do this, you build maps of their felt sense -- bones, fluids, fasciae, meridians, chakras, dantians -- whole landscapes of interoceptive metaphors.  Probably many of these maps coexist in your practice.

 

What do we know about the brain’s process here?  How does guided imagery feed back on to movement, pain perception, affective self-regulation?

 

This class is about surfacing and refining our mapmaking skills.  It’s about helping

Bodyworkers, Movement Teachers, and Mindfulness Practitioners navigate the infinite inner space of a human form — and have fun doing it!

 

 

methodology

We’ll be focusing on:

  • How do the brain and body co-emerge? 

  • How can we refine and re-encode our body maps over time?

  • Palpation: The neuroscience of controlled hallucination

  • Embodied movement: Seeking a common language

  • Maps and the inner experience: Meditation and visualization

  • Now what? Integrating this into your current practice

 

what is embodiment?

Embodiment is an exciting new field of study, with numerous useful approaches.  For our purposes we define it as “The skill of perceiving, identifying with, and expressing the internal state of the body in the present moment.”

 

To speak in a grounded way about this subject, it helps to develop artful connections between different scientific modes:

From the perspective of embryology, how did this body form itself in the first place? What are the deep kinships between the body’s various tissues, and can awareness of these kinships instigate a richer experience of them?

 

From the perspective of somatic psychology, embodiment depends on certain conscious and subconscious processes. Are you aware of sensory changes in your body? Do you respond to them as gifts, as nuisances, as threats? Are you able to relate dynamically with other bodies, and with space?

From the perspective of neuroscience, the key processes are interoception, proprioception, and affective self-regulation.  Where is the body in space? What are its physiologic signals? How does the brain integrate what it feels and how it feels about that information? Under what conditions do these brain systems learn/adapt? There is tremendous complexity in this field, but we can draw some careful inspiration for our daily embodiment practice.

continuing education certification

ONLINE

  • This 3-hour Continuing Education class is open to clinicians, movement teachers, somatic educators, and artists. It meets the WA state CE requirements for physical therapy and massage therapy.

 

NOTE: THIS VERSION IS ONLINE ONLY, but entitles you to attend a later in-person component (typically held in Seattle, WA)

You can expect the following to successfully complete the class​:

  • Watch two 10-15 minute pre-videos prior to class

  • Attend a live web class with lecture, demo, and QA session (link provided via email post-registration). A recording of the session will be provided at the end of class.

    • To participate you will need a phone or a webcam-enabled computer, and be available to participate in a focused way during the live class.

  • Complete a follow-up quiz to grant you a Continuing Education certificate

 

IN-PERSON

  • This 8-hour Continuing Education class is open to clinicians, movement teachers, somatic educators, and artists. It meets the WA state CE requirements for physical therapy and massage therapy.

upcoming classes

date

TBD

location

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related content

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article /

The Insular Cortex, by N Gogolla

research /

From Maps to Form and Space: 

Touch and the Body Schema,

by Medina and Coslett

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