“The process of embodiment is a being process, not a doing process, not a thinking process. It is an awareness process in which the guide and witness dissolve into cellular consciousness.
Visualization and somatization provide steps to full embodiment, helping us return to pre-consciousness with a conscious mind…
By practicing the process of experiential learning- bringing to conscious awareness and then re-absorbing deeply within our unconscious – we understand essential natures and access the source of ancient knowing.”
Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
- Sensing Feeling and Action, The Experiential Anatomy of Body-Mind Centering®.
In my work with groups I ofetn work experienctially using guided movement explorations. This is the process whereby the group is invited to bring their full awareness to their physical sensations and emotional responses as they explore movements or physical positions and principles related to the patterns of infant movement development. This focus on ‘embodiment,’ which can be further developed through individual, hands on work with the body tissue is a process that lies at the heart of Body Mind Centering® and Integrative Bodywork and Movement Therapy which form the basis of my work.
The movement explorations are designed to bring the mind and body to a place of interconnectedness, of open perception so that the adults are not simply moving their bodies like a baby, but really attending to the sensations, physical and emotional, that these movements create and respond to. When you lie on your belly and breathe can you feel how your breath supports the lift of your head… can you experience how the organs are activated with a grunt and a sound to support that lift.. do you notice how releasing your sacrum into the earth frees your spine to go higher… where do your arms need to be to allow your bones to support you? When you see something in front of you and want to reach it what does your body need to do? Does your effort help or hinder your movement?
There are many insights to be gained by parents – simply realizing how much information your baby is gathering from any action is important. It helps you slow down, keep things simple and helps you pace your responses to your baby more respectfully. Becoming aware of the physical demands of an action makes it more interesting to observe and easier to relate to your baby- the difficulty that arises for example, when your baby is so desperate to move that their body becomes tense with frustration and therefore less able to- and also helps you find the right time to intervene and support them.
Your own visceral experience will inform your whole being, supporting your own intuitive and unconscious responses to your child. Engendering clear communication and understanding between you. Helping build your confidence as a parent so that you can both relax and enjoy the wonderful and loving journey you have begun together.