“Feeling comfortable in one’s skin and perfectly at home in one’s element is perhaps the most important dimension of happiness” -Dr. Paul Wong
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. For this approach, healing is the processes of returning to wholeness. This sense of flourishing and well-being can be achieved by a range of practices that are self-expanding such as bringing consciousness into one’s experience of their optimal potential, providing a felt sense of agency, or even finding more ease and efficiency within the muscles and joints of their body.
This program integrates non-dualistic tantric philosophy, embodiment practices, humanistic psychology, Mind-Body Medicine techniques, and somatic body-work therapies. The term somatics is derived from the Latin word soma, meaning the living body. Somatics, was developed by Thomas Hanna as an approach to experience the body from within in order to actualize human potential and to innate a processes of healing. The felt sense of our self, also known as Embodiment, leads to an experience of being comfortable in one’s own skin. Ultimately this facilitates: self awareness, boundaries, self-esteem, emotional regulation, empathy, enhanced cognitive processing, easeful decision making of complex situations, body related self confidence, greater sense of self-control, enhanced intuition, and a feeling of being both authentic and interconnected with others and the environment. A somatic movement therapist fosters these benefits by empowering their students or clients to utilize their own pathways and resources to reach their desired goals.
The nondual lens of this program recognizes that mind, body, and spirit are one, that each individual is already whole, and by addressing the obstructions getting in the way of that wholeness it leads to well-being.
Why A Movement Therapist ?
Even in stillness there is movement. Where there is stagnation (lack of movement) there is dis-ease and wherever there is movement there is opportunity for vibrancy and health. In Embodied Flow we recognize that movement is foundation for attaining awareness, transformational processing, and actualizing our student’s and client’s goals. The primary objective of an EFSMT is to support others in their journey of self actualization which allows them to step into and sustain a state of flow.
Our 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 and Therapists. For more information on this please see notes on ISMETA at bottom.
We’re thrilled to have Myra Avedon join Scott in this training!
About Myra Avedon
Myra led the School for Body-Mind Centering® (SBMC/BMC) for 10 years, first in her position as the Program’s Director, and later as C0-Educational Director with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (founder of BMC). She has taught Body-Mind Centering for 30 years, teaching and presenting the work internationally for 20 years. She holds a Masters Degree in Humanistic Psychology with a specialization in somatic therapy and working with trauma; her Bachelor Degree is in Visual Arts. She is a Certified Massage Therapist since 1982, with extensive training in Osteopathy and working with acute and chronic conditions. She was the Administrative Dean, a on Faculty at the University for Humanistic Studies, and served on Faculty at Body Mind College, The Stillpoint School of Massage, The School for Integrative Acupressure, and the International Professional School of Bodywork. She worked with Indochinese refugee resettlement and juvenile delinquency prevention after the Vietnam War in the Social Services as a Community Organizer and Developer. Prior to that she was an Art Teacher with underprivileged children, a Youth Group Advisor, and Summer Camp Director. Myra is an American currently living and working in Prien am Chiemsee.
The Program / Requirements
This special program builds on our current Advanced modules – Body, Mind and Expression. After students have successfully completed the Body and Mind modules of Part 1, they are eligible to advance on to Part 2 and continue the path to an additional certification as a Movement Therapist.
*Please note to receive the full the Movement Therapy certification the you must also complete the Expression module as well as the Mentorship program.
Part 1 (Completion of Part 1 allows you to register as a RYT-500)
BODY 1 – Embodiment
MIND 1- Flow
EXPRESSION- The Art of Teaching
Dates for Part 1 (Body 1, Mind 1, and Expression):
EXPRESSION- TBD 2018
Part 2 (Completion of Part 1 and 2 allows you to register as EF Somatic Movement Therapist)
BODY 2- Advanced Biomechanics and Therapeutics
MIND 2- Somatic Psychology, Mind-Body Medicine, and Holistic Coaching.
Dates for Part 2 (Body 2 & Mind 2):
December 18th 2017 – January 7th 2018 in Ubud Bali at Ananda Cottages
Projected Schedule Of Part 2 (Body 2 & Mind 2):
8am -8:30: opening meditation
8:30am-10:30: movement practice
10:30am- 12:00: Bodywork Training (Thai massage/ shiatsu/ Myofascial Release training or group processing training)
12:00- 1:30: Lunch
1:30- 4:30: Lecture & Embodiment Lab (Body Systems, Developmental Movement , Themes of obstruction of flow, Movement Therapy)
4:30 -6:30: One-On -One movement therapy training: biomechanics, movement repatterning, somatic psychology techniques, Professional Development and Ethics; practice sessions with feedback.
Tuition + Single Room at Ananda Cottages: $4550
Tuition + Shared Room at Ananda Cottages: $3750
Tuition + Offsite: $3250
If you have any questions please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently asked questions regarding ISMETA:
Once you have completed the 500 hour training you are eligible for the Fast Track with ISMETA.
All Applicants to ISMETA are required to complete 150 hours of professional practice within two years of becoming a member.
As for what you are qualified to do, check out the Scope of Practice