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embodied anatomy


about the course

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Before you had bones, joints, muscles, and organs, you were a water balloon — a quivering bubble with a central midline and segmental folds, acrobatically becoming a human body.


Every other movement you learned since then has built outward from this initial balance of fluid pressure and membrane tension.  When you notice the lines of tension in the skin, the dense seams between muscles, the bones stretched long like pizza dough, you are seeing the remnants of embryonic unfolding. 


This class is intended to give movement nerds and health practitioners a vivid first-person sense of embryonic development, with the hope of inspiring new approaches and a deeper practical knowledge of the moving body.

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


  • This 3-hour Online Continuing Education class is open to all clinicians, movement teachers, somatic educators, and artists.


  • This 5-hour Continuing Education class is open to all clinicians, movement teachers, somatic educators, body nerds and artists.

Both meet the WA state CE requirements for physical therapy and massage therapy.​

NOTE: All virtual classes have a 'live' option, or can be viewed on your own time.All attendees will receive pre-class content, live class recording, supplementary materials, and a follow-up quiz for CE credit.


ONLINE ONLY TICKET: Participate in a live or recorded zoom class (11am-1pm) with lecture, demo, and QA session.

IN-PERSON TICKET: Attend the morning lecture in-person, plus an additional 3 hours (2pm-5pm) of hands-on demo + practice time (limited to 6 tickets).

upcoming classes

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Saturday January 7th, 2023

11:00AM - 5:00PM

class format

In-Person with Livestreamed Option for Virtual Attendees

physical location

Good Shepherd Center

4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Ste 300

Seattle, WA 98103

class format

There are two methods for attending this class: virtually and physically. Please read the ticket descriptions during checkout and choose the best option for yourself.

Once registered, attendees will:

  • receive pre-class videos via email to watch in preparation

  • option 1: virtual (11am-1pm)
    a Zoom link will be provided for a livestreamed class with lecture, demo, and QA session


  • option 2: in-person (11am-5pm) 
    attend class which includes the above lecture, a 1 hour lunch break, and a 3
     hour hands-on demo/practice session 


  • receive a follow-up quiz to grant you a Continuing Education Certificate for completion

related content

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Fetal Development Animation

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