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During embryological development, the body begins creating its form. As tissues and structures arise, some remain, some are transformed into other structures, and some fade into the background, no longer existing or recognizable as the original structure.
Although these early processes are no longer present, they have left deep-rooted patterns and templates that affect the body, movement, perception, and relationship to self and to others.
Using movement and touch, this course is an experiential and cognitive journey exploring the sequences through which primal tissues transform into the mature body.
Understanding and working with these early processes and relationships opens up new and deeper ways of addressing health and vitality, chronic and acute pain, mobility and ease of movement, and other expressions or qualities of our physical and psychophysical being.
This course offers ways to help you:
understand how physical structures developed and the continuing influence of those processes on structures that exist now
increase range of motion, strength, and ease and flow of movement
discover new ways to think about and approach form and function
calibrate your quality and sensitivity of touch
recognize early developmental patterns that underlie movement, alignment, and comfort
Themes explore many aspects of the first eight weeks of development, including how:
- the egg and sperm establish the stability and mobility that underlie balance of the autonomic nervous system
- the early nervous system supports the efficient functioning of the mature nervous system
- the gut tube (digestive tract) supports the digestion and respiratory organs supports the ease of digestion and breathing
- the notochord (central organizing unit of the embryo) provides the central channel for a calm, quiet, and contained central axis
- development of the heart vessels and blood (circulatory system) establishes free-flowing circulation and an inner sense of ease
- working with the yolk sac and amniotic cavity supports better postural balance
- the pubic disk (as the keystone between the legs) transfers weight and support and relieves stress on the low back and hip joints
- working with the autonomic fluid rhythm can be a gentle way to relieve pain
- embryological spiralling of the bones of the arms and legs relates to the balance and alignment of the bones and joints of the upper and lower limbs
- embodying the basilar portion of the occipital bone as part of the spine to relieves stress at the atlanto-occipital joint and neck
- the heart and lungs function as internal ball and socket joints
- the face and vocal structures develop as limbs
- the folding of the heart directs the brain and thoracic diaphragm in a unified motion
- the zone of the isoring in the capillary beds provides a peripheral counterforce to support the heart
- embryonic and cellular breathing support deep healing and vitality of cellular processes
- balancing frontbody (endoderm) and backbody (ectoderm) integrate a feeling of nourishment and sense of protection
- development of the vertebrae and vertebral disks can be a key to the alignment and mobility of the spine
- breathing into each lobe of the lungs relieves restrictions of the lungs
- development of the vocal structures in the front balance the spine in the back and supports free movement of the neck
- freeing the scapula from the spine relieves stress on the shoulders and upper back and allows the arms full range of motion
- working with the three pairs of embryonic kidneys provides support of the head and movement of the spine in the body
- working with and embodying the pharyngeal arches, which create the face and vocal structures, provides support for increased sensation and expression of the face and voice
glial cells provide the foundation for the development and function of the conducting nerve cells
The embodied study of embryological development can revitalize how you approach and work with movement, touch, and consciousness.
Movement qualities are, in part, the reflection of how each person expresses their anatomical structures. Embodying the development of these structures improves movement potential, including greater subtlety, specificity, dynamics, ease, and expression.
Touch is movement expressed through physical contact. Through touch, we receive and communicate the flow of internal movement through the body. Understanding, embodying, and working with embryological processes through touch offers new ways of approaching the relationship between form and function. It also deepens awareness, clarity, and specificity of what is occurring in tissues under your hands.
There is an awareness in the cells and tissues of the body. Attuning to this awareness brings a more nuanced understanding of the relationship between the body and the mind. Embodying embryological processes connects us to the earliest beginnings of this relationship and to the emergence of the intricate manifestations of our physical, psychological, and spiritual being.
This course is for anyone working or exploring in a discipline involving movement, touch, and/or consciousness including movement and somatic educators and therapists, bodyworkers, occupational and physical therapists, somatic psychotherapists, infant/child educators, yoga practitioners, dancers, and those from other body-mind disciplines. No prior experience with Body-Mind Centering® is necessary.
Join Bonnie with a sense of curiosity and inquiry about the body, movement, and consciousness.
Embodying the Embryological Foundations of Movement was filmed during a 9-day workshop Bonnie taught in Berkeley, California August 18 – 29, 2018.
20 hours of prerecorded classes
- 73 downloadable illustrations
- unlimited lifetime access to class recordings and illustrations
All videos have English Subtitles
*This is an independent, stand-alone course with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. It is not part of a School for Body-Mind Centering® program. For more information, go to our FAQ page. For more information about School for Body-Mind Centering® programs, click here.