Moving Soma

Moving Soma

Moving Soma locationCheltenham, Gloucestershire, Gloucester

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Dr. Amanda Williamson: 'The Centre for Embodiment & Somatic Movement Education & Therapy. www.movingsoma.co.uk
Somatic Movement Therapy'
Body-centred Expressive Therapy
Deep relaxation & mindfulness
Somatic Education
Somatic Dance Therapy
Somatic Movement Therapy & Education is ideal for people suffering from depression, addiction, anxiety, low self esteem and tension. The work combines science with art and movement therapy. This type of therapy is supportive of all people because it offers space and reflection on life-journey and how one is perceiving self in the world.
‘The purpose of Somatic Movement Education & Therapy is to enhance human function and body-mind integration through movement awareness. Professional practice combines experiential anatomy, sound, breath, touch and imagery to bring awareness to the self-regulatory intelligence of the body. Somatic movement practitioners work sensitively and gently with the human body, acknowledging that movement affects dimensions of psyche and spirit as well. As a result, practice facilitates improved vitality, creativity, easeful movement functioning, and a restful embodied experience. The profession, as represented by ‘International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA)’ helps students and clients in some way to:
​​​recognize habitual patterns of perceptual, postural and movement interaction with the environment
improve movement coordination that supports structural, functional and expressive integration
experience an embodied sense of vitality and create both meaning for and enjoyment of life
focus on the body both as an objective physical process and as a subjective process of lived consciousness
refine perceptual, kinesthetic, proprioceptive, and interoceptive sensitivity that supports homeostasis, co-regulation, and neuroplasticity ​
Dr. Amanda Williamson is pioneer in the field: please view the site for details.

Moving Soma Reviews

Moving Soma Reviews


Review of Moving Soma by Scott Closson
5 17/12/2018 Scott Closson

Lovely space, calm and relaxing.

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Moving Soma Q&A

Moving Soma Q&A

What do you love most about your job?

Working in peaceful creative space; and extending this space to clients. Working in slow-time tempo; enabling clients to slow down, reflect and ease out tension; witnessing creative and perceptual change in others; supporting breath awareness and easeful being;
listening and compassion; being with others in a non-judgemental space; supporting growth and change; learning from my clients and exchanging knowledge about the human body in culture and society; supporting creativity and life-journey; and witnessing the resilience, strength and creativity of human beings.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I was inspired to open 'The Centre for Embodiment & Somatic Movement Education & Therapy' because people are under such pressure at home and at work. The centre provides a space of deep reflection, perceptual change and creative growth. The practice releases tension and stress, and provides people with time and space to self-regulate and heal.

Why should our clients choose you?

Somatic movement therapy and education is a unique approach to therapy where the sensory and expressive body is invited into the healing process. The work is slow-time and deeply reflective; it enhances life energy through focusing on breath and kinesthetic awareness. The work differs significantly from yoga because clients are not taught set exercises, but rather led through creative and reflective processes that provide freedom, ease and release in the body-mind. It is holistic practice that explores the sensory, emotional, creative, imaginative, anatomical and perceptual self. Clients report release from worry, new perceptions that enhance well-being at home and in work, and increased life-energy.

Services provided by Moving Soma

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Somatic Movement Therapy & Education: Body-Centred Expressive Therapy.

International Scope of Practice ‘The purpose of Somatic Movement Education & Therapy is to enhance human function and body-mind integration through movement awareness. Professional practice combines experiential anatomy, sound, breath, touch and imagery to bring awareness to the self-regulatory intelligence of the body. Somatic movement practitioners work sensitively and gently with the human body, acknowledging that movement affects dimensions of psyche and spirit as well. As a result, practice facilitates improved vitality, creativity, easeful movement functioning, and a restful embodied experience. The profession, as represented by ‘International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association (ISMETA)’ helps students and clients in some way to: ​​​recognize habitual patterns of perceptual, postural and movement interaction with the environment improve movement coordination that supports structural, functional and expressive integration experience an embodied sense of vitality and create both meaning for and enjoyment of life focus on the body both as an objective physical process and as a subjective process of lived consciousness refine perceptual, kinesthetic, proprioceptive, and interoceptive sensitivity that supports homeostasis, co-regulation, and neuroplasticity ​

Work history from Moving Soma

Work History

Dr. Amanda Williamson: Somatic Movement Education & Therapy: Body-Centred Expressive Therapy.

The Centre for Embodiment & Somatic Movement Education & Therapy

Dr. Williamson is a Somatic Movement Dance Educator & Therapist, author and researcher in the cultural politics of health and embodiment. She holds a PhD in Somatic Movement Dance Education and Therapy with a focus on health, philosophy and embodied spirituality. She is a registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist and one of the historical pioneers of this profession. Her interest lies in supporting people re-patterning the impact culture and society has on the body. Along with many of her colleagues, she has been working at the forefront of integrating somatic awareness into the broader domain of dance studies and movement health. She is editor of the anthology, “Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives” and the international research journal, "Dance, Movement and Spiritualities" (with Intellect Publishers UK/USA). Her forthcoming co-edited book is: "Spiritual Herstories: Call of the Soul in Dance Research". Amanda has been a senior university lecturer in dance, somatics and movement studies for 22 years, and is currently a visiting Professor at Coventry University. She founded MA Dance & Somatic Well-being: Connections to the Living body in the UK and New York in partnership with ISMETA and Movingbody Resources in Manhattan.

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