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embodied anatomy


about the course

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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 4-hour Continuing Education class is open to open to all practitioners of movement, somatics, mindfulness, and physical medicine

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.


upcoming classes

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Saturday, June 8, 2024



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

Once registered, attendees will:

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

  • class (live or in-person)      (10am-2pm) 
    attend class which includes the above lecture and a hands-on demo/practice session. A Zoom link will be provided for those joining online. A recording of the session will be provided at the end of class

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

related content

research /

Understanding the process of fascial unwinding

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