A MOVEMENT SERIES
about the course
create perceptual depth
in your movement & bodywork practice
Join anatomist and bodywork teacher Michael Hamm LMP CCST in 5 experiential classes focused on human architecture, movement, and expression. Weaving insights from modern embryology, fascia science, and somatic neuroscience, these classes are meant to be fun and transformative for any practice of embodiment.
IDEAL STUDENTS ARE: Teachers of somatic practices. Integrative Yogis, Pilateans, Gyrotoners, Martial artists. Dancers/Choreographers/Artists seeking new insights into human architecture. Bodyworkers. Physical and movement therapists.
Drawing/visualizing new maps of the body
Guided awareness exercises
Palpation (with consent) of self and other
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
Continuing Education credits are available to all practitioners of movement, somatics, mindfulness, and physical medicine. Completion of one class grants you 2.5 hour worth of credits
duration & cost
2.5 hours / $40 per class
dates & topics
Body as Tree:
Moving your Nerves & Blood Vessels
Body as Water Balloon:
Moving your Fluid Chambers
Body as Ring Column:
Moving your Ribs, Jaw,
Pelvis & Spine
Body as Resonator:
Moving your Diaphragm,
Larynx, & Sinuses
Body as Heart:
Moving your (actual
& imagined) Heart