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CLASS 1 OF PERCEPTION AS A KEY TO EMBODYING AND REPATTERNING THE NERVOUS SYSTEM PART 1 IS FREE!
Experience initially happens at the level of the tissues and cells. It is immediate and direct.
Information of that experience is sent to the brain, where it is recorded, organized, integrated, and stored as patterns of perception and habits of behavior.
The brain is the last to know, but then uses the information it receives to shape and influence new experiences through memory of past experiences and projection into the future.
For experience to be realized as new, opening awareness at the cellular level is necessary so that old habits no longer control or direct what is experienced. By cellular level, I mean initiation and awareness directed locally by the cells, including the cells of the nervous system.
When we integrate the cells and nervous system, we increase the potential for balanced physical and emotional responses.
In this online course, we explore, through movement, touch, and consciousness, ways to embody and repattern perceptual and neurological processing and how embodying patterns of ease in the brain contributes to a sense of wellbeing.
Material is presented as a dialogue between the experience and action of our cells and tissues, and the recording, organizing, and directing of the nervous system.
“The value has been life changing. Your teachings are mind blowing - introducing us to a bow, that when experienced, side steps habitual body pattern of use (and pain) and goes straight to the function of the movement.”
— Jill G. (Occupational Therapy Assistant)
This course is for you if you would like to learn how to:
Improve comfort in the nervous system
Gain awareness and insight into engaging the nervous system through perception
Relieve pathways of stress by opening to and facilitating pathways of ease
Explore the interplay between cellular and nervous system communication
Increase your understanding of how the nervous system records, stores, and processes information
It offers ways to help you:
Embody and explore the nervous system
Understand the key role perception plays in forming habits
Discover approaches to regulate and balance the autonomic nervous system
Differentiate between and attune to yourself, others, and the environment
Balance parasympathetic and sympathetic nerve pathways
|“Your emphasis on experience, and your authentic way of teaching has been a pleasure to experience and has fed me in my work. This series and continuing with the brain has helped me understand what I have been teaching at a deeper level."
—Brenda S. (Movement Education: Feldenkrais® and Senior Trainer for FMI)
Themes and material are drawn from the following:
- Weight of consciousness – where and how you are placing your perception
- Consciousness of weight - perceiving the weight of something
- Perceiving as a motor act
- Perceptual-response cycle
- Languaging the perceptual process
- Aligning attention and intention
- Balancing receiving information through sensory channels and expressing through motor channels
- Dialoguing between center and periphery pathways
- Expanding awareness and calibration of weight, space, and time
- Basic anatomy, embryology, and functions of the nervous system
- Spinal cord and brain as the inner, unified organ of perception
- Parasympathetic (rest, recuperation, and regeneration) and sympathetic (alertness, awareness, and action)
- Sympathetic motor and sensory nerve pathways through the sympathetic ganglionic chain and the splanchnic nerves
- Integration of the vagus nerve, enteric nervous system, and the sacral parasympathetic nerves
- Blood flow and the autonomic nervous system
- Nerve reversal
- Sitting in the synapse
- Delineating structures and areas of the brain
- Hindbrain (medulla, pons, and cerebellum)
- Midbrain (cerebral peduncles. substantia nigra, tegmentum, and tectum)
- Forebrain (ancient and modern forebrain)
- Selected processes of the brain
- Integrating the flow of information between the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves at the level of tissues and cells
“This series has greatly expanded my way of thinking about how the mind and body connect. The anatomy information along with the space to play with ideas was a very refreshing balance.”
— Kim S. (Caregiver)
Bonnie may return to the same material in some classes and present it again from different perspectives. The specific principles explored in each class can be very helpful, even life changing. Underneath the principles, Bonnie offers a way to learn a way to access the body and mind, a way to relate to yourself and others that emerges from the deeply rooted knowing of one's own cells.
This way of learning is not a one-time exposure to a piece of information – it is a practice in a way of perceiving through which learning is from each person's own cellular experience. Exploring the material outside of classes is an important way to continue your practice and deepen your embodiment and understanding.
Bonnie shares insights and principles drawn from her 50 years of pioneering work in an embodied approach to anatomy, developmental movement, embryological development, and psychophysical integration. In each class, cellular consciousness guides the explorations.
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, somatic psychotherapists, occupational and physical therapists, infant/child educators, yoga practitioners, dancers, and those from other body-mind disciplines.
No previous experience with Body-Mind Centering® is necessary.
Join Bonnie with a sense of curiosity and inquiry about the body, movement, and consciousness.
“I will use the concepts of weight of consciousness and consciousness of weight for myself and with my therapy clients. This concept and practice seems to be at the heart of psychology practice - how we hold onto and let go of past experiences.”
— Morgan S. (Marriage and Family Therapist)
12 class recordings (81 - 101 minutes each)
- more than 40 downloadable documents and illustrations
Part 1 is Perception as a Key to Embodying and Repatterning the Nervous System (2023 Spring Series). Part 2 is The Role of the Brain in Perception and Repatterning the Nervous System
A list of the material Bonnie presented in each class can be found on Perception as a Key to Embodying and Repatterning the Nervous System Part 1 and 2 Class Index.
“It gives me fuller and more specific language, and new conceptual frameworks from which to invite exploration. I am already finding ways in which it can help me direct the exploration toward more artistry and performance mastery in dance. I am also working with people on cancer healing journeys who have experienced nervous system trauma from radiation and chemo, as well as with those with Parkinson's and chemical and other environmental injuries.”
— Karen H. (Continuum Teacher, Choreographer, and Video Artist)