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Somatic Practices Focused on Equity and Access

Broadcast on June 06, 2023
With Dr. Martha Eddy, RSMT
Hosted by Lavinia Plonka

Moving On Center, the school for participatory arts & somatic research founded by Carol Swann and Martha Eddy in 1994, was birthed with the tagline “Bridging Somatics With Social Change.” Dr. Martha Eddy, MSMT/E, shares her motivation to use social somatics in healthy action for racial, gender, and environmental justice. In the early 2000s she referred to somatic movement engaging in ecological appreciation and environmental advocacy as eco-somatic.” Her lens was on how feeling into our bodies as a healthy whole that is interdependent on all humanity, flora, fauna and other global and universal forces can support and relate to explorations for preserving our planet and highlighting the Earth's wholeness and its spiritual force.

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • When we are whole we're more likely to want our planet to remain healthy — or to heal into wholeness when harm has been done
  • When we break up the body and movement from our psyches and behavior we can easily divorce ourselves from agency
  • Somatic practices that explicitly focus on equity and access for all can become a first step in coming together and disrupting injustice
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Dr. Martha Eddy, RSMT

Founding Director-Dynamic Embodiment® Somatic Movement Therapy Training

Dr. Martha Eddy is an international speaker and author, a master somatic movement therapist (MSMT/E), registered somatic dance educator (RSDE), and applied physiologist, with a doctorate in movement science/biobehavioral studies from Columbia University. She shares her contemplative and activating movement approaches on The Shift Network with her course “Reset Your Nervous System and Regulate Your Wellbeing With Dynamic Embodiment® Movement.” 

She is an innovator dedicated to social justice, and was named the first Geraldine Ferraro Fellow of Social Justice and Movement at Marymount Manhattan College. She spent 10 years as part of the certification faculty at the School for Body-Mind Centering®  and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies. She was inspired to blend these profound disciplines into The Somatic Movement Therapy Training. Once the field of somatic movement became known, she rebranded her own work as Dynamic Embodiment® SMTT, also affiliated with the Moving On Center — Bridging Somatics With Social Change for 30 Years and Moving For Life DanceExercise for Health ®, two nonprofit organizations that she co-founded, the first with Carol Swann.

Her articles and chapters on eco-somatics, movement, the brain, social-emotional learning, and healthy living have been published in research, arts, educational literature, and the news. Martha is the author of Mindful Movement: The Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action. The book she co-authored with Shakti Andrea Smith, A Dynamic Embodiment®  Approach to the Sun Salutation, guides readers in how to balance their hormonal system through understanding the sacred use of space, vibration, and movement. She has served on numerous boards, including The Yard Choreographic Residency, the National Dance Education Organization, the Congress on Research in Dance, the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association, and the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies, the last two of which she has served as president. Clearly, dance is a big part of her expression.  She has been training people in her somatic approach to dance for 15 years with Certified Teachers of BodyMind Dancing around the world.  Together with Moving For Life Certified Instructors and Dynamic Embodiment Practitioners, there is a robust eco-somatic, social justice, savvy group of somatic movers and shakers applying this work worldwide in hospitals, community centers, libraries, businesses, corporations, and universities.

Her work, especially the dance films and free Moving For Life wellness programs for people going through cancer, has been featured in the NY Times, on National Public Radio, and on almost every national television news network. Media coverage has also covered the healing nature of BodyMind Dancing in releasing pain, tensions, grief, loneliness, and stress and MOVING it to pleasure, joy, relief, ease, creativity, and beauty.

Dr. Martha Eddy, RSMT