Somatics & Movement Therapy

Curious about how Somatics & Movement Therapy helps the body?

Connecting Through Movement

  • Discover Efficient Movement Functioning through the wisdom of your moving body
  • Experience somatic exercises to discover enhanced expression and function in the body

Laban Movement Analysis in Practice

  • Through guided movement explorations and somatic visualisations you will learn introductory components of the Laban Movement Analysis system
    • How you move
    • Why you move
    • When you move
    • What you move
  • What are your preferences and can they be altered?
  • Discover the source of your movement expression

Move to Learn

  • Developmental Movement Therapy
  • Language the non-verbal
    • Investigate what words cannot express and revisit the movement patterns of infancy to improve current patterns of movement and behaviour
    • Stimulate the brain by supporting the establishment and coordination of neural pathways through movement

Student Handbook 2021

In this course, you will be introduced to the role of the moving body in the healing arts. This introductory course covers historical and theoretical frameworks of Somatic Movement Therapy, which combines Dance-Movement Therapy with an understanding of the systems of the moving body through Somatics.

Students will acquire skills to work with clients through movement interactions.  Subject content follows a formerly designed framework teaching students how to work deeply using skills that integrate movement experiences and learned response into daily life.

The workshop part of the course involves participating in expressive movement experientials and in order to complete all requirements of the course students must complete additional Assessment Tasks and attend scheduled Online Learning Tutorials.

In these courses, you will be introduced the world of Somatics and Dance-Movement Therapy. Upon completion of this course you may continue into our full Advanced Clinical Training program. Students who have completed all introductory courses – Introduction to Laban Movement Analysis/Introduction to Developmental Movement and Introduction to Somatics and Dance-Movement Therapy have completed the equivalent to Module 1 of the Advanced Clinical Training program and may continue into subsequent units of study in the full training program.

The Model presented in this workshop is based on a psychotherapeutic process for bringing body-movement data into the foreground and providing a tool for therapists to record their movement observations of clients.

Through dance and movement students learn ways of observing, organising and intervening to work deeply and effectively with clients based on the knowledge that the body and mind are inseparable.

Often words alone are not enough for healing - the body-mind needs to be engaged. Body oriented expressive therapies can increase our ability to live a healthy, satisfying life as it is based on the premise that our bodies, minds, emotions and spirits are completely inter-related which encourages all parts of the self to heal.

The workshop part of the course involves participating in expressive movement experientials and in order to complete all requirements of the course students must complete additional Assessment Tasks and attend scheduled Online Learning Tutorials.

Expressive movement education involves concepts of movement dynamics to identify alternative ways of moving to enhance health and well-being. Laban Movement Analysis (LMA) offers an inclusive framework for the components of movement beyond the biomechanical basics. It introduces the concepts of body, shape, space, effort and kinesphere. It gives language to the kinetic (movement) and kinaesthetic (of sensing) aspects of movement. This method provides us with a framework for describing movement and a way of ‘languaging the non-verbal’. Students will study the processes of movement as opposed to discussions of static body language. This unit covers Laban Movement Analysis as the comprehensive framework needed to communicate the observation of movement/emotion.

Somatic Movement Education exercises are drawn from 
Hanna Somatics which is a mind-body technique developed by Thomas Hanna. Hanna Somatics facilitates greater mind-body integration, ease of movement and freedom in the body. This workshop introduces the somatic self, some somatic theory and exercises for assessing and somatically changing bodies so that they are free of the destructive effects of over contracted muscles and negative movement patterns.

Chronic muscle contraction patterns created by past experiences are unconsciously retained. Thomas Hanna named this tendency sensory-motor amnesia (SMA). Hanna Somatics enables the individual to use the brain to overcome SMA and the negative effects of stress, trauma and aging. It empowers us to hear more clearly the wisdom of our bodies.

Our training program in Somatics explores the neuromuscular responses to emotional states and the wisdom and joy that emerge from the body’s renewed awareness and freedom.

The Somatic Educator/Therapist can:

  • Assess basic postural reflect patterns that are habituated
  • Observe how emotions create muscular contraction patterns
  • Determine how muscle contraction patterns affect somatic disclosures (somatic communications to 
others) and somatic perception of experiences
  • Communicate how to use the daily maintenance exercise series and other somatic exercises to 
maintain comfort, ease of movement and receive wisdom from their somatic selves