Whole Person Somatic Movement Therapy
Co-directed by Margery Segal and Mark Taylor
Whole Person Somatic Movement and Therapy trains psychologists and therapists, movement professionals, and body workers to incorporate developmental movement principles into their work. Personal embodiment—both body awareness and the capacity for kindness, appreciation, and wonder at one’s own body wisdom—is a primary tool to support transformation on physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual levels. Learning acquired through movement and touch is the foundation of more complex neurological development. Skillful facilitation of movement patterns arising from conception through the first year of life allows children to explore the world with ease and adults to fulfill their potential.
The program is based on the knowledge that human development occurs first through the language of movement and touch, and provides educators, therapists, and creators with a psychophysical model both for supporting motor development and repatterning behavior. It includes instruction in movement facilitation, touch skills, creative expression, and psychodynamic facilitation.
The 220-hour program consists of six 5-day modules over the course of two years, with additional hours of practice, observation, and self-reflection. Topics addressed in the program will be:
- The role of the senses and perceptual processing in development, attachment, and bonding
- The Basic Neurological Patterns: automatically developing motor patterns that form the vocabulary of normal movement and influence brain development
- Reflexes, righting reactions, and equilibrium responses
- Attachment theory and practice
- The role of neurobiology in development
- The importance of eliciting delight in the process of parenting, caregiving, and therapy.
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