SOMATIC MOVEMENT THERAPY
EMBODIED FLOW™ SOMATIC MOVEMENT THERAPY (EFSMT) PROGRAM
The intention of the Embodied Flow Somatic Movement Therapy (EFSMT) Program is to offer the practitioner tools to work with groups and individuals to enhance mental, emotional, physical and biological functions in order to bring optimal well-being and healing. The program integrates non-dualistic tantric philosophy, embodiment practices, humanistic psychology, Mind-Body Medicine techniques, osteopathy, and somatic body-work therapies.
The term somatics is derived from the Latin word soma, meaning "the living body." Somatics is an approach to experience that accesses the full intelligence of our body and the subtle conversation of our subconscious in order to actualize our potential and support a deep inner process of healing. From an Embodied Flow perspective, healing is the processes of returning to our experience of wholeness. This sense of flourishing and well-being can be achieved by a range of practices that are validating, clarifying and self-expanding such as recognizing one’s optimal potential and strengths, identifying boundaries, providing a felt sense of agency, finding more ease and efficiency within the muscles and joints of one’s body, or bringing consciousness into one’s experience of their own body. This felt sense of self, also known as Embodiment, leads to an experience of being comfortable in one’s own skin and therefore able to engage with life more fully. Ultimately this facilitates: self-awareness, boundaries, self-esteem, emotional regulation, empathy, enhanced cognitive processing, easeful decision making of complex situations, body related self confidence, a greater sense of self-control, enhanced intuition, and a feeling of being both authentic and interconnected with others and the environment.
An Embodied Flow Somatic Movement Therapist fosters these benefits by empowering their students and clients to discover pathways, transmute obstacles, and build inner resources to reach their desired goals.
A MOVEMENT THERAPIST?
Our innate state of being is movement. From the perspective of our cells in continuous regrowth and genesis, the motion of our emotions, the developmental cycles of our sense of self and relationships- we are in constant flux of evolution. As every part of us is in continual growth and change, wherever there is stagnation (lack of movement) there is greater potential for dis-ease; wherever there is movement there is opportunity for vibrancy and health. In Embodied Flow we recognize that movement is foundational for attaining awareness, transformational processing, and actualizing our students' and clients' goals. The primary objective of an EFSMT is to support others in their journey of self actualization, supporting and enhancing the aspects of their self that are in strength and movement, while gently supporting areas of their life that are in shadow or stagnancy to once again become integrated into the matrix of that individual’s well-being, ultimately allowing them to step into and sustain a state of flow.
WHAT MAKES EMBODIED FLOW SOMATIC MOVEMENT THERAPY UNIQUE?
The non-dual lens of this program recognizes that mind, body, and spirit are one, that each individual is already whole, and that addressing the obstructions getting in the way of that wholeness leads to well-being.
The process of facilitating flow with this deeper understanding of therapeutic alignment allows you to contact the complex layers of an individual from a holistic approach. An Embodied Flow Movement Therapist will exit the program with the capacity to facilitate healthy and integrative movement on a multitude of levels including: physiologically, kinesiologically, psychologically, cognitively, spiritually, and relationally.
In order to build the skills and confidence as an Embodied Flow Somatic Movement Therapist, we have created a curriculum that combines and integrates many practices from: Somatic Therapy, Body-Mind Centering, Continuum, Thai Massage, Osteopathy, Shamanism, Energy Medicine, Humanistic and Transpersonal psychology, Dance/ Movement Therapy, Cranial-Sacral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Focusing Technique, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Tantric and Buddhist meditation and psychology.
The breath of knowledge and techniques provided in this program offer each student a strong foundation of tools and support to assist them in customizing and developing the type of movement therapist they want to be.
Students will exit the program with:
- A 90 minute therapeutic Dynamic Thai Massage protocol
- A 90 Minute Myo-Fascial and Cranial-Sacral Therapy protocol
- Advanced skills in ortho-biomechanics, movement education and re-patterning
- An extensive practice and knowledge-base of expressive arts therapy
- Theory and Practice of Somatic Therapeutic Dialogue Skills
- Practical and Theoretical foundations of Humanistic Psychology, Mind-Body Medicine, and the holistic integration between: biology, spirituality, sexuality, social and relational patterns, and psychological function.
More specifically, as an Embodied Flow Somatic Movement Therapist, you will be able to help your clients:
- Release habitual patterns
- Enhance self-awareness and self-reflection
- Address injury through bio-mechanical education and manual therapy
- Identify and live from an individual’s strengths and supports
- Accesses and recognize subtle communication happening between our subconscious and conscious
- Support the completion of unprocessed biological and psychological thoughts, feelings, and memories through the use of movement as a way of symbolizing and expressing inner experiences
- Support spiritual inquiry as a felt sense of meaning and purpose
- Release tension through various tissues and systems of the body to enhance physiological function
The Embodied Flow™ Somatic Movement Therapy Training program maintains the high standards of an Approved Training Program of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA). Our graduates meet all requirements to become Registered Somatic Movement Educators (RSME) and Therapist (RSMT).
This special program builds on our current Advanced Training Modules – Body, Mind and Expression. After students have successfully completed the Body and Mind Modules of Part 1 (the 300 hour advanced yoga program), they are eligible to advance on to Part 2 and continue on the path of becoming certified as an Embodied Flow Somatic Movement Therapist.
*Please note: to receive the full Movement Therapy Certification, the Expression module and the Advanced Mentorship will also need to be taken.
Completion of Part 1 allows you to register as an RYT-500 through Yoga Alliance
Body Module — Embodiment
Mind Module — Flow
Expression Module — The Art of Teaching
Completion of Part 1 and 2 allows you to register as an Embodied Flow Somatic Movement Therapist
Movement Therapy — Advanced Biomechanics and Therapeutics, Somatic Psychology, Mind-Body Medicine, and Holistic Coaching