The Somatic Bodywork Seminar Level One is designed to teach the fundamentals of Strozzi Institute Somatic Bodywork. You will practice and learn how to use touch, breath, sound, movement, and gestures to assist a client through sustainable change and transformation. Whether you’re a coach, therapist, counselor, someone who manages and leads others, or you're engaged in your personal change and transformation, this course is relevant for you. Working with the body is a direct and immediate way to see how our historical conditioned ways of being limit us, as well as a path to free ourselves from these limitations.
In this seminar you will increase your ability to observe the body and soma in ways that make you a more effective coach, bodyworker, and leader. You will experience how the self and body are intimately linked together; and that by working with and through the body you will experience new ways to work with the issues of your client. You will learn techniques, moves, and timing that will help someone move towards their goals and fulfillment; you will develop your perception to see your client in a more holistic, comprehensive way; you will develop a presence that engenders trust, mutuality, and connection with your client. In addition, you will learn how Somatic Bodywork is a powerful way to heal old wounds, allowing you to be more present with yourself, others, and your life.
Every morning will start with embodied mindfulness practices to embody the skills of presence, empathy, connection, and an open heart. We will face into what we need to cultivate as practitioners and how to embrace the concerns of others with clear-eyed compassion. We will have a talk and discussion about the history and theory of Somatic Bodywork. Next, there will be a demonstration by one of the teachers followed by a question and answer period. In the afternoon, a teacher will lead you through a practice session with a fellow student and you will then change roles and have the session done with you. On the last day, you will have an unguided session with a fellow student in which you will be both roles of bodyworker and client.
At all times, teachers will be present to help you develop your Strozzi Institute Somatic Bodywork competence and distinction. You will also receive feedback on your shape, openings and transformation, quality of touch, presence, and connection. It is a great learning environment to be in together.