Flow, Weight, Space and Time – Movement as Attitude and the Somatic Witness
We shall develop an understanding how our daily life movement relates to our attitudes by exploring flow, weight, space and time in our own movement and in our communication with others.
We shall also practise paying attention to what is going on in our own bodies in terms of images, thoughts or sensations as we listen to/observe the other speaking/moving. This is what I am calling the somatic witness.
To support participants in the professional application of these movement skills, I shall include exercises to bridge the apparent gap between movement psychotherapy and the talking therapies.
Please wear loose, comfortable clothes with non-slip socks or suitable shoes.
No previous experience of movement/body psychotherapy is necessary
Some background information:
Movement psychotherapy pays attention to the whole person in movement (which includes stillness). Movement psychotherapists understand that our life experiences (from birth to the present) are registered and recorded as mind/felt memories and as body/felt memories through our movement. So we work with the ‘whole picture’ that the client brings.
This includes the thoughts and feelings that you describe, the way you talk and tell your story, the way you walk, sit, stand and move around, the physical sensations you describe, your gestures and postures.
It’s my experience that an effective way to undo or rewrite damaging past experiences is through our expression and movement now. I am trained to work in the present, so I attune myself to the client’s rhythm and flow and to the many ways they move and express themselves through time and space in the room.
About Sandra Reeve
I have been working as a movement psychotherapist since 2002 when I graduated from the University of Roehampton, London. In 2009 I completed my PhD exploring the relationship between notions of self, body, environment, change, habit and choice. I run an annual programme of workshops called Move into Life based in West Dorset.
In 2014 I completed a year’s training in Family and Systemic Therapy at the University of Plymouth and the Creative Approaches to Supervision training at the London School of Psychodrama. Currently I offer supervision for psychotherapists, counsellors, arts and play therapists, coaches, body-workers, medical and other practitioners who are interested in an embodied enquiry into their practice.
£40 for members, £50 for non members. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and application form.