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From Freeze to Flow: Using Support, Suspension, and Breath

Broadcast on June 09, 2023
With Betsy Polatin, MFA, SEP, AmSAT
Hosted by Simon Borg-Olivier

Anytime we are in a defensive or shutdown state, part of us is either braced or frozen to manage the situation. Join Betsy Polatin as she explores the relationship of these states to movement and breath. There are wonderful opportunities for new states of flow to emerge. With these emerging states, the unity of body, mind, and spirit can become more conscious.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • States of the nervous system and their physical expression
  • A 10-minute support experience
  • Three dimensional breathing
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Betsy Polatin, MFA, SEP, AmSAT

Breathing and Movement Specialist, Bestselling Author of Humanual

Internationally recognized breathing/movement specialist and author Betsy Polatin has been teaching for more than 45 years. She was an assistant professor and master lecturer at Boston University’s College of fine arts for many years. Her background includes movement education and performance, as well as training in the Alexander Technique, music, breath, dance, yoga, meditation, trauma resolution, and the broader healing arts. Her work is greatly influenced by the teachings of spiritual and meditation masters.

Betsy leads international trainings where she presents her unique and revolutionary fusion of ideas, combining scientific knowledge with ancient wisdom and intuitive human creativity. She's taught at Berklee College of Music, Touch and Movement in Trauma Therapy for PESI, Kripalu, The Embodiment Conference, Tanglewood Music Festival, Opera Institute of Boston, Psychotherapy Networker, Performing Arts Medicine Association, U.S. Association for Body Psychotherapy, Science and Nonduality Conference, and International Trauma and Wellbeing Conferences in the U.S. and abroad. Since 2016, she has been co-teaching ongoing traveling workshops, themed Trauma and the Performing Artist and “Trauma in the Public Eye,” with Peter A. Levine, PhD. She also teaches “Returning to Ourselves, the Wisdom of Trauma,” with Dr. Gabor Maté.

Betsy is the author of HUMANUAL: an Epic Journey to Your Expanded Self... and The Actor’s Secret: Techniques for Transforming Habitual Patterns to Improve Performance. As a well-known educator, she has published numerous articles in the Huffington Post. She maintains an international private practice online and an in-person practice in Los Angeles.


Betsy Polatin, MFA, SEP, AmSAT