Somatic Movement Workshops.
"Movement is the doorway into the body-mind relationship" (Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen)
Why practice somatic movement education
Learn more about your own body, no matter your age!
Feel more alive and present in your body
Find new levels of ease and comfort
Uncover new sensations
What can happen in a class
Classes will start with learning about anatomy of the body, using video, or images in anatomical books. We might become playful! lay on the floor or stand, be still or improvise movement. There will be solo work, and partner work if that’s comfortable for you.
No previous experience required.
A laboratory for giving and receiving
Touch is a vital need for humans, but it's not always wanted or satisfying. This series proposes to build awareness around dynamics at play when we touch, including learning about our boundaries and desires. This can all happen by touching the hand only, with any other human being willing to engage in this exploration with curiosity.
Inspired by Betty Martin's Wheel of Consent, guided experiments will be to touch another person's hand for 3 minutes at a time, and then discuss. Be prepared to change partners.
Explore giving and receiving touch in a safe environment, and learn:
to feel more deeply with sensitivity
to know and articulate your limits around being touched
to focus on your own pleasure during touch
to ask for what you want in touch
to focus on another's pleasure during touch
Although there is no dancing in these 6 workshops, experience reveals that deepening awareness around touch influences all other life interactions involving touch, including dance.
When and Where
Mondays, January 29 to March 4, 2024 (6 weeks)
7:00 - 9:00pm
Pricing for 6 workshops
$150 or $250 for two (bring a friend or partner) ·
- Sliding scale available
RECEIPTS WILL BE ISSUED by a registered MSW for extended medical insurance benefits.
Studio located near downtown Ottawa in a private studio. The exact address will be provided upon registration. Please note that the space is not wheelchair accessible; there are many steps up to the studio and the washroom is too small for a wheelchair.
Marlene Neufeld (MSW, RSW) and Bob Neufeld (M.Ed.) are relationship teachers/facilitators and body-centered therapists. They are committed to helping others learn life-changing relationship skills. They bring a sense of wonder, curiosity, play, and fun to any topic. www.marleneandbob.com
Isabelle Oppenheim is interested in how increased body-awareness can deepen self awareness, and a sense of connection with others. Isabelle Oppenheim has a master's in dance at UQAM and is in the process of becoming certified as a Somatic Movement Educator in Body-Mind Centering ®.
For questions and payment, please email Marlene at firstname.lastname@example.org
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