During this groundbreaking 5-day event, you’ll discover:
- Ways to build parasympathetic dominance in your nervous system that also deeply support strength and flexibility
- 7 secret keys that can unlock your “movement superpower” to overcome the challenge of pain
- How liquid movements, primordial sounding, and breathing deliver you into open awareness and love, awakening the spiritual imaginal capacity of the heart
- How your nervous system’s ability to continue learning is your salvation
- Ways that your physical, mental, and emotional centers respond to intentional movement and open a window to a deeper experience of the self
- How to self-regulate physical tension that shows up as somatic reflexes, so you can reduce stress
- The 5 Indigenous technologies embedded in us by nature for physiological and mental health
- That emotional effector patterns (EEP) are specific breath-and-muscle movements that provide accurate and repeatable methods for emotional clarity and flexibility
Drop Into Delicious Fluid Movements to Strengthen Inner & Outer Balance
With Summit Hosts:
Dr. Martha Eddy
Author & Founding Director of Dynamic Embodiment® Somatic Movement Therapy Training
Physiotherapist, Research Scientist & Co-Director of YogaSynergy
and guest host:
Body Language Expert & Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher®
Move Your Body to Stretch Your Mind
Did you know that if the body holds tension and anxiety about the past or future, it can block the flow of energy to your mitochondria, resulting in physical fatigue, emotional depression, and multiple symptoms of dis-ease at the cellular level?
During this summit, you’ll gain access to powerful techniques for awakening your somatic intelligence as you create a personalized daily movement practice that helps you experience longevity, natural healing, physical health, emotional resilience, and deep intuition.
Somatic movement is a rich, potent, body-based self-healing tradition that empowers you to become more aware of your body’s subtle guidance and inspiration...
... so you can support new neural pathways where profound healing can occur — simply by tuning in to your body’s innate sensations.
You can think of the field of somatic movement as an amalgam of deeply felt, self-aware movements integrated with meditation, psychology, and bodywork...
... guiding you to access your body’s own wisdom so you can be physically healthier, enhance longevity, and move easier... throughout your life. You’ll also learn how movement unblocks emotion and how you can expand your emotional range with somatic movement.
By finding the sweet spot in your practice that connects emotions, consciousness, and movement as you uncover your latent and ever-emerging ability to thrive...
... you can also improve memory, balance, coordination, and ease, while cultivating your body’s ability to deliver subtle clues for optimal mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
The Somatic Movement Summit invites you to nurture your connection to your body’s inner knowing – leading you to enjoy a life overflowing with greater strength, agility, and happiness.
Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner, or new to conscious movement, you’ll discover a wide range of somatic practices that will expand your awareness and inspire your healing journey.
Also, be sure to keep an eye out for additional professional track sessions and expert panels that will offer leading-edge industry information to add to your toolkit, allowing you to move to the next level in your teaching practice.
These professional track sessions will immerse you in the most prevalent philosophies springing forth in the field, while offering guided somatic movement techniques designed to advance you – and your teaching practice – to the next level of mastery.
You’ll get to access advanced and professional-level content, ranging from panels to experiential practice sessions:
- From Stillness to Full-Out Dancing
with Jamie McHugh and Manuela Mischke-Reeds
- Honoring the Legacy of Somatic Movement and Fueling Its Inspiring Future
with Don Hanlon Johnson, Eleanor Criswell Hanna, and Judith Aston
Experiential Practice Sessions (20-30 Minutes):
- Connecting Liquid Movements to the Continuum Inquiry
with Susan Harper
- Exploring Bio-Morphic Expressions of Life Through Your Core Psoas
with Liz Koch
- Enhancing Blood Circulation Without Increasing Your Heart Rate
with Simon Borg-Olivier
- Somatic Practices Focused on Equity and Access
with Dr. Martha Eddy
- Discovering and Changing Your Essence Through the Power of Intention
with Paul Linden, PhD
- Experiencing a Dynamic Feldenkrais Method® Lesson
with Lavinia Plonka and Candy Conino
Session for Practitioners & Aspiring Professionals:
- Building Confidence and Competence as a Somatic Practitioner
with Candy Conino
By exploring a continuum of well-known somatic practices, you’ll discover the modality that resonates most with you – from delicate physical manipulations including gentle breath, vibrational touch, and soft sound... to subtle movements you can do lying down, seated, or standing... to full-out dancing!
This inquiry provides you with a beautiful opportunity to honor and deepen your body-mind connection by honing in on the styles of movement that best suit your levels of energy and fitness — neither too high-intensity nor too stagnant.
For example, by using a simple somatic method called pandiculation — alternating movements to gently stretch and unlock your trunk and extremities — you can safely reset your nervous system and reduce physical tension and pain.
While releasing the grip of chronic pain can sometimes be an ongoing process, it can also happen surprisingly quickly — and when you uncover the hidden message of your pain, you’ll discover the path through your trauma to healing transformation.
Each day of the summit will provide you with experiential opportunities to activate quick shifts in your body, regardless of whether you’re new to somatic movement, or an experienced practitioner enhancing your skill set.
Our somatic experts will guide you through powerful experiential practices:
Betsy Polatin will explore how to release defensive, shutdown states by activating movement and breath.
Brian Siddhartha Ingle will explain how self-healing takes place once the obstacles to health are removed, and how embodied fluid movement is the missing link in the self-healing equation.
Gayatri Maya Andersson-Schriefer will teach you how to revitalize and energize your soma — body and mind.
Mimi El-Ashiry will encourage you to discover the freedom that comes from moving without judgment or concern for appearances.
Paul Pui Wo Lee will share how the active-experience somatic practice known as the Feldenkrais Method® can help you find hidden individual possibilities within.
Yalini Dream will describe the internal shifts needed to integrate a somatics approach into dancing.
Banafsheh Sayyad will reveal how dance can give you the capacity to not only withstand emotional difficulties and challenges with grace, but also to process them.
Paul Linden, PhD, will ponder whether finding strength without anger could be the beginning of true spirituality and world peace.
Sundernath (Shandor Remete) will discuss tools required to cultivate the self, and how discovering and exploring your gifts plays a pivotal role in the unfolding of your true destiny.
Emory M. Moore Jr. will share his observation that excellence — as well as economic success — is at the heart of somatic movement.
Dr. Arielle Schwartz will explain how vagal toning can help reduce trauma-induced autonomic nervous system imbalances that can otherwise lead to anxiety, depression, or chronic illness.
Dr. Marc Cohen will show you practical ways to enhance health, support detoxification pathways, and minimize toxic exposures through dietary manipulations, breathing practices, hot and cold exposure, and flow states.
And much more...
Aging Gracefully Is Key to an Ongoing Life of Happiness and Ease
Do you see yourself aging gracefully with ease, expressing a bubbly, exuberant zest for life? Can you physically do everything you used to do without thinking about it? Are you still sharp and mentally focused?
Do you bounce out of bed each morning feeling rested and refreshed, ready to handle the challenges and pleasures that each day brings?
Somatic movement practices can help you melt resistance to your limitations, respect your physical architecture, and take joy in your potential. Growth is a process, and the journey is the point!
As you release self-criticisms and the need to beat yourself up for not being perfect, you’ll find room to bless and release whatever physical, emotional, or spiritual challenges you face, giving yourself room to grow (and permission to do so).
Clearing emotional distress paves the way toward deeper physical and emotional healing, opening a pathway for you to literally change your life by physically embodying your deepest internal reserves of eternal spiritual joy.
And, by finally transmuting whatever you still may be carrying that no longer serves your highest self, you create space for powerful transformation and rebirth.
Join us for the Somatic Movement Summit to receive abundant knowledge from renowned somatic movement experts, movement therapists, doctors, psychologists, and movement pioneers...
... including co-host Dr. Martha Eddy, founding director of Dynamic Embodiment® Somatic Movement Therapy Training... co-host Simon Borg-Olivier, physiotherapist, research scientist, and co-director of YogaSynergy... and guest host Lavinia Plonka, founder of Kinesa®, body language expert, and Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher®.
Here’s what participants had to say about previous years’ Somatic Movement Summit...
“I had quite a lot of insightful moments already and I haven’t even listened to even half of the sessions.”
I had an amazing time following this event. I had quite a lot of insightful moments already and I haven’t even listened to even half of the sessions. Thank you so much for everything. And please continue with what you’re doing, I feel like humanity and our planet really need this kind of energy.
– Sara, Piran, Slovenia
“I loved your generosity in sharing this amazing event that included so many different people and techniques.”
I loved your generosity in sharing this amazing event that included so many different people and techniques. I’ve refreshed some insights about living fully in the body and see that some of my work intuitions are right and can be fully developed in my work projects.
– Diana V. Almeida, Lisbon, Portugal
“Lucid, generous presentations and explanations made the experiences valuable.”
Lucid, generous presentations and explanations made the experiences valuable. Several will become practices in my personal and professional life. Thank you for them.
– Elizabeth, Australia
“Evolution, connection, expansion, and self-power are only some of the aspects that I sensed in myself during the summit week.”
Evolution, connection, expansion, and self-power are only some of the aspects that I sensed in myself during the summit week. How human and powerful are all those tools shared by the excellent professionals of the somatic field with so much generosity. Just feel grateful.
– Teresa Prima
“There are many life-changing gems here!”
There are many life-changing gems here! For instance, I was so taken with Lavinia Plonka’s intro lesson that I bought her entire Feldenkrais Method course. It’s the best investment I ever made in my back health, giving me deep sleep, calmness, and many other benefits. Her voice is hypnotic and puts me in a perfect state of mind for allowing health to flood in. What a treat to enjoy these fresh ideas.
– Renee, Connecticut
“All the professionals are top-notched, steeped in education and experience.”
All the professionals are top-notched, steeped in education and experience. Could not have asked for better. Most of the sessions resonated with me.
– Debra, Amarillo, Texas
“I love the interactive way of the sessions and their length.”
I love the interactive way of the sessions and their length. The topics were also interesting. Altogether it broadens my toolkit. Sometimes it shows me things from different cultural perspectives. It is very precious.
– Marzena Wasilewska, Warsaw, Poland
“Bringing new insights to the concept of somatics, the summit has been a real eye opener for me.”
Bringing new insights to the concept of somatics, the summit has been a real eye opener for me. It has helped me to give a different approach to what I was already practicing (meditation, dance, swimming). It has deepened it and definitely made it more useful. It has been an absolute pleasure to listen to so many wise people!
– Elena, Galway, Ireland