Dance Somatics and Spiritualities

Likewise, Somatics advocated the practice of freedom through a plethora of body-based movement practices. Somatics offered a radical departure from the reign of the mental intellect (Eddy 2009), privileging first person experience ...

Author: Amanda Williamson

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 1783201789

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 526

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Presenting a rich mosaic of embodied contemporary narratives in spirituality and movement studies, this book explicitly studies the relationship between spirituality and the field of Somatic Movement Dance Education. It is the first scholarly text to focus on contemporary spirituality within the domain of dance and somatic movement studies. Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities brings together prominent authors and practitioners in order to elucidate how a wide range of sacred narratives/spiritualities are informing pedagogy, educational and therapeutic practice. As well as providing new insights and promoting creative/artistic awareness, this seminal text de-mystifies the spiritual/sacred and brings clarity and academic visibility to this largely uncharted and often misrepresented subject.

Dance and Somatics

I call it the somatic realm— somatic because it sees the human being and all living beings not merely in terms ofbodily structure but in terms ofbodilyfunction, namely, movement.— Hanna 1993, xii The term somatics has become fairly ...

Author: Julie A. Brodie

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786489588

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 235

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Training in somatic techniques—holistic body-centered movement that promotes awareness and well-being—provides an effective means of improving dance students’ efficiency and ease of movement. However, dance educators do not always have the resources to incorporate this knowledge into their classes. This volume explains the importance of somatics, introduces fundamental somatic principles that are central to the dance technique class, and offers tips on incorporating these principles into a dance curriculum. The authors demystify somatic thinking by explaining the processes in terms of current scientific research. By presenting both a philosophical approach to teaching as well as practical instruction tools, this work provides a valuable guide to somatics for dance teachers of any style or level. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

Somatics in Action

somatic awareness. One of the ways dance educators can address this is to incorporate somatic education into the curriculum. As Dr. Glenna Batson notes, “It has taken over forty years for Somatic education to become commonplace in ...

Author: Lauren

Publisher: Handspring Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1909141658

Category: Performing Arts


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Estrangement and the Somatics of Literature

Because the feeling is about the body, I gave the phenomenon the technical term somatic state (“soma” is Greek for body); and because it “marks” an image, I called it a marker. Note again that I use somatic in the most general sense ...

Author: Douglas Robinson

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 9780801896316

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 344

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Both a comparative study of Russian and German literary-theoretical history and an insightful examination of the somatics of literature, this groundbreaking work provides a deeper understanding of how literature affects the reader and offers a new perspective on present-day problems in poststructuralist approaches to the human condition.

International Handbook of Research in Arts Education

With the popularity and embrace of somatic systems beginning to emerge in the dance world and in academe in the 1980s and ... popularity of the term and the proliferation of body/mind practices and methods, “somatics” is not a monolith.

Author: Liora Bresler

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402030525

Category: Education

Page: 1629

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Providing a distillation of knowledge in the various disciplines of arts education (dance, drama, music, literature and poetry and visual arts), this essential handbook synthesizes existing research literature, reflects on the past, and contributes to shaping the future of the respective and integrated disciplines of arts education. While research can at times seem distant from practice, the Handbook aims to maintain connection with the live practice of art and of education, capturing the vibrancy and best thinking in the field of theory and practice. The Handbook is organized into 13 sections, each focusing on a major area or issue in arts education research.

Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond

one's experienced, instead of objectified, bodymind (1970) and he used the umbrella term somatics or Somatics in order to name this new field of study (1976). Don Hanlon Johnson, who also expands upon this work through collections that ...

Author: Christina Kapadocha

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 0429780788

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 252

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Somatic Voices in Performance Research and Beyond brings together a community of international practitioner-researchers who explore voice through soma or soma through voice. Somatic methodologies offer research processes within a new area of vocal, somatic and performance praxis. Voice work and theoretical ideas emerge from dance, acting and performance training while they also move beyond commonly recognized somatics and performance processes. From philosophies and pedagogies to ethnic-racial and queer studies, this collection advances embodied aspects of voices, the multidisciplinary potentialities of somatic studies, vocal diversity and inclusion, somatic modes of sounding, listening and writing voice. Methodologies that can be found in this collection draw on: eastern traditions body psychotherapy-somatic psychology Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method Authentic Movement, Body-Mind Centering, Continuum Movement, Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy Fitzmaurice Voicework, Linklater Technique, Roy Hart Method post-Stanislavski and post-Grotowski actor-training traditions somaesthetics The volume also includes contributions by the founders of: Shin Somatics, Body and Earth, Voice Movement Integration SOMart, Somatic Acting Process This book is a polyphonic and multimodal compilation of experiential invitations to each reader’s own somatic voice. It culminates with the "voices" of contributing participants to a praxical symposium at East 15 Acting School in London (July 19–20, 2019). It fills a significant gap for scholars in the fields of voice studies, theatre studies, somatic studies, artistic research and pedagogy. It is also a vital read for graduate students, doctoral and postdoctoral researchers.

Cram s Introduction to Surface Electromyography

Somatics and SEMG feedback both involve a shift from the “reflexive, automatic physiological programs to the more voluntary control areas of the brain and behavior, involving more cortical control.”3 (p. 34) ...

Author: Jeffery R. Cram

Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning

ISBN: 0763732745

Category: Medical

Page: 412

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A comprehensive resource for health professions students and practitioners, including physical and occupational therapists, chiropractors, and behavioral medicine students, Cram's Introduction to Surface Electromyography clearly explains how to use SEMG to treat a variety of neuromuscular conditions. It covers the development of SEMG, instrumentation, assessment, and treatment, and features a detailed atlas for electrode placement. This updated edition includes expanded "quick reference" items created by Glenn Kasman, as well as a new chapter on Assessment and Treatment of Neuromuscular Disorders. The chapter on Dynamic Assessment and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Problems has also been updated and revised. With a quick reference section and an atlas including line drawings and color photographs, this text is a valuable resource for health professions students and practitioners.


Ideally , you should do your Somatic Exercises while lying on a rug or mat , wearing loose clothing , and being away from all distractions . A rug or mat allows comfort while providing a firm support for your body .

Author: Thomas Hanna

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 9780201079791

Category: Medical

Page: 176

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Building on the foundation laid by Moshe Feldenkrais, Thomas Hanna's groundbreaking work completely redefines the body's potential for withstanding decline. His gentle program for the mind and body proves once and for all that so many problems we accept as inevitable over time—chronic stiffness, bad back, chronic pain, fatigue, and, at times, even high blood pressure—need never occur if we maintain conscious control of nerve and muscle, replacing Sensory-Motor Amnesia with Sensory-Motor Awareness. The good news of Somatic Exercise is that most people simply do not have to become captives of age or injury. Once learned, this lifelong program can help almost anyone maintain the pleasures of a supple, healthy body indefinitely, with only a five-minute routine once a day.

The Art of Somatic Coaching

Somatics. and. Somatic. Coaching. he term somaticsderives fromthe Greeksomatikos, which signifies the living, aware, bodily person. It posits that neither mind nor body is separate from the other; both being part of a living process ...

Author: Richard Strozzi-Heckler

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 1583946748

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 192

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The Art of Somatic Coaching introduces the concepts and principles of coaching with practices that include body awareness, bodywork, and mindfulness for both the coach and the client. Author and expert coach, Richard Strozzi-Heckler, PhD, explains that in order to achieve truly sustainable changes in individuals, teams, and organizations, it is necessary to implement body-oriented somatic practices in order to dissolve habits, behaviors, and interpretations of the world that are no longer relevant. He explains that these ways of being are integrated in the body--at the level of the musculature, organs, and nervous system. By implementing a somatic approach, these patterns can be shifted in order for transformation to occur. Opening with a discussion of the roots of Somatic Coaching, the book describes the emotional and physical cost of being distanced from our bodies. Originating from the rationalistic idea that the mind and body are separate, this sense of disconnection spurred the emergence of the field of somatics that views the body as not just a physiological entity, but as the center of our lived experience in the world. Out of this philosophy, Somatic Coaching was developed as a way to cultivate the self through the body. Methods in this book include: • Somatic awareness--becoming aware of sensations • Somatic opening--includes bodywork to release held patterns in the body • Somatic practices--meditation, movement, and being present in everyday life The social context in which one is raised, the supportive, healing force of the outdoors and nature as well as acknowledgment of the spirit are also woven into the practice. Through these practices, a rhythm of unfolding occurs in what Strozzi-Heckler describes as an Arc of Transformation--moving in stages from conditioned tendencies to a new satisfying and fulfilling way of being that is fully embodied. Contents: Introduction; Chapter One: A Short Distance but a Big Cost; Chapter Two: Coaching; Chapter Three: Somatics and Somatic Coaching; Chapter Four: The Methodology; Chapter Five: The Rhythm of Action; Chapter Six: The Somatic Arc of Transformation