UNWINDING & BECOMING
about the course
Unwinding is a deep mystery for the embodied practitioner. Why do humans (and other animals) intuitively go into spiral wave-link motion? Why does it sometimes bring relief from pain and static body image? This class is about the neuroscience and therapeutic uses of Unwinding.
Whether you study martial arts, yoga, physical medicine, or somatic psychotherapy, you will sometimes see a person reach a state of relaxation or openness that is followed by a semi-voluntary ‘unwinding’ motion. What accounts for this behavior in the nervous / fascial systems?
In many movement traditions and therapeutic modalities, there are practices that intentionally cultivate such movement for symbolic expression or relief of discomfort. What are the common threads in these methods? What can we meaningfully draw into our own work?
These are the questions that drive this dynamic synthesis of Unwinding practice.
Participants will leave with new skills and insights in:
Movement Cues that facilitate Unwinding
Autonomic Safety Cues that create trust and foster agency
Fascial embryology and Birth motions that shape unwinding behavior
Ascending Reflex Systems that drive unwinding behavior
Therapeutic uses of unwinding: Self, Guided, and Manually assisted
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 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