Movement changes brain and body chemistry
Movement releases neurotransmitters– the chemical gurus of emotion. When we move mindfully, in new ways, in in the presence of empathic others, we open gateways to new emotional experiences. Movement also increases energy and the vitality in our body-minds. These chemical and energetic changes are pathways to transformation because they support the formation of new connections in the brain. In psychotherapeutic movement contexts, newly available energy and positive feeling are utilized to help clients achieve new perspectives, develop insight, increase creativity, enhance problem-solving abilities, and feel what perhaps could not be previously imagined.
Movement powerfully impacts the sense of self
Deep transformation involves the body: the place where our most basic sense of self occurs. Our earliest and ongoing movement experiences form, shape, and re-shape our sense of who we are. These experiences begin in the womb as we “swim” in amniotic fluid and are rocked by our mothers’ rhythms. Our movement and sensation-based “self” continues to develop and diversify in infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood. We experience ourselves as confident, resilient, afraid, vulnerable, composed, nervous, capable, supported, sensual, awkward, etc. based on our sensations, body positions in space, and our movement and breathing patterns. Body-based psychotherapeutic work attends to the patterns that mediate our experiences. In somatic psychotherapy, the emotional significance underlying physical patterns can be discovered, freeing the mover to access and play with new options. As we experience ourselves differently, countless new possibilities open for working, living, and loving fully.
Movement therapy cultivates expressivity
Families, cultures, and societies communicate (both explicitly and implicitly) which emotions and which personal qualities are considered “acceptable”. The world around us teaches us how we can and can’t express certain parts of ourselves. In your family or culture, is it ok to show anger? To even feel anger? How about sensuality? Is it ok to be powerful? Is it ok to feel or show vulnerability? To express masculinity? How about femininity? I invite all of you to show up and be seen. I provide effective avenues for undervalued aspects of the self to find healthy expression. As the full self is experienced and witnessed, authenticity emerges and potential is unlocked.
Metaphor teaches in a deeply personal and enduring way
Through image exploration, choreography, and carefully chosen words, cohesive meaning can be made of life struggles and triumphs. As movers explore potent aspects of self and life through both organic and structured movement sequences, personal stories emerge in the service of healing or growth. These embodied stories often serve as wells of strength and healing long after sessions end.
Non-judgemental witnessing promotes profound healing and growth
For many, the experience of moving and being seen has been exclusively associated with performance, which implies evaluation. Whether in sports, dance performance, or even public speaking, we expect that viewers will rate us–either formally or informally. When one’s essence is witnessed–free of evaluation–powerful revolutions take place within.
Doing something teaches at levels thinking or talking alone cannot
It’s easy to “know” something, to understand an idea or a theory, and to talk about it. Sometimes, it’s even easy to apply concepts to oneself, in theory. It’s something else to do the thing. Repeated, seized opportunities to try new ways of being add up to palpable changes in our lives.