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CoreSomatics

CoreSomatics® is a discipline designed to increase awareness of the ways our childhood, emotions, and experiences influence the posture and alignment of our bodies. In coreSomatics, the habitual use of the body is seen as a mirror, reflecting all personal experience, creating a dynamic interdependence between the body and the mind. In the nonjudgmental environment of coreSomatics, individuals identify and change limiting habitual physical behaviors, leading to an improved state of mind and self-image. The discipline combines the Feldenkrais Method® and the Alexander technique with gestalt therapy, Jungian psychology, and the expressive arts therapies.

CoreSomatics was developed in the 1970s by Kay Miller. During the early part of that decade. Miller created countless theater games and soimd and movement exercises for the improvisa-tional theater company she had foimded in 1974. The exercises gained recognition for their success with at-risk yoimg adults. By the late 1970s, Miller began to use theater exercises with the physical process therapies of the Feldenkrais Method and the Alexander technique. Integrating these with Jungian psychology and gestalt therapy, Kay Miller created coreSomatics. In 1983, the Somatic Institute, Pittsburgh, was foimded as a not-for-profit organization to provide research and education in coreSomatics.

CoreSomatics is founded on the premise that what the individual seeks, in order to bring about personal improvement and change, already exists in the unconscious. Negative aspects such as insecurity, self-doubt, fear, rigidity, and tension are seen as resulting from early

Trauma. coreSomatics practitioners beiieve that these eariy traumatizing experiences negativeiy impact an indi-viduai’s nervous system, shaping the actions and postures used in aduit iife. Thus, a seemingiy ineffectual or poor use of the body may actually be a highly complex reaction to childhood experience, a limiting muscular memory, that once brought into awareness can be released.

The first objective of the coreSomatics practitioner is to provide a safe environment in which the client is free to express past and current experiences. Having established trust, the coreSomatics practitioner employs touch, uses verbal expression, movement exercises, and works with breathing patterns and existing posture. Body tensions and pain are explored through imagery, sound, humor, and intuition.

In the process of the hands-on physical interventions and verbal expressions, individuals discover that their physical habits are connected to emotional and psychological memories, which are experienced as muscular armor, rigidity, tension, and pain. coreSomatics practitioners believe that it is through the physical and emotional releases of this process that individuals find more effective ways to manage their lives and experience the exuberance of having reclaimed their fluidity, flexibility, and spontaneity.

CoreSomatics has been used to reduce stress, relieve tension, and allow individuals to experience their lives more fully. People have experienced significant improvements in intelligence, sensory acuity, memory, and concentration. Improvements in mood, interpersonal relationships, productivity, and general health and wellness follow naturally.

—Kay Miller

Resources:

Somatic Institute, Pittsburgh 8600 West Barkhurst Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15237 Tel: (412) 366-5580

Fax: (412) 367-1026

Offers coreSomatics training through its two-year certification program, a mastery-level program, an associates program, and a variety of postgraduate internships. It sponsors research and education in coreSomatics and publishes a variety of materials, including the institute’s journal. Touch®.

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Literatura: Encyclopedia of Body-Mind Disciplines