I teach two courses at San Diego State University in our Somatics series. Body Modalities (we call it “Bod Mod”) and Embodied Anatomy. Bod Mod is an experiential overview of several modalities in the field of Somatic Movement. Embodied Anatomy is an experiential and empirical overview of human anatomy and kinesiology inspired (of course) by the work of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Below is a radically incomplete list of resources that I’ve collected while developing the courses.
- The School For Body-Mind Centering (BMC®), creator Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s YouTube channel and Burchfield Rose Publishers.
- Andrea Olsen’s (BMC®) The Place of Dance is an exquisite guide to somatic practice as it relates to dance. Body and Earth is a set of “seven web-based somatic excursions”.
- The Feldenkrais Method Free Awareness Through Movement (ATMs) recorded lessons: Lynette Reid Jill Wigmore-Welsh Scott Clark. There are many others online…
- Amy Matthews’ (CMA, BMC®, yoga) Embodied Anatomy training. Expensive, but she has so much information to offer! You can also sign up for her weekly newsletter and get free, short video excerpts that are packed with her perspective and supporting science. Oh, and her work with babies…the most.
- Below are videos of Bartenieff Fundamentals sequences that I’ve made over the years for technique classes. Each semester, I take video of the sequence so students can review that material from another perspective in the process of memorizing the order and shape of it, or the “what”. During the last two-thirds of the semester, we research the “how” of each section more thoroughly. I’ve posted several here for others who are interested in integrating this kind of material into dance classes. I do not have releases or other permission from the individuals in these classes to post these, so they are password protected. Please contact me and I will send you the password(s). If you are in any of these videos and wish to have the video removed, PLEASE contact me and I will do so immediately.
- ISMETA (International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association) has many other resources and lists several certifications in somatically-oriented systems.
- Complete Anatomy is my current go-to anatomy app.
- Zygote Body: Free, 3D web app that you can manipulate to view different body systems and/or parts.
- Anatomy Zone on YouTube has several animated anatomy tutorials
- Nervous System: John Chitty discusses the Autonomic Nervous System (including Dr. Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory). I also like Chitty’s article Polyvagal Theory, the Triune Autonomic Nervous System, and Therapeutic Application
- Fascia: Gil Hedley’s Integral Anatomy is a beautiful series of videos where he dissects and discusses the fascial system. So grateful he posted these videos…what a gift.
- Tom Myers’ Anatomy Trains