Course contents

Basic Courses

Senses and Perception 1

Our senses begin as potential and develop in response to stimulation and experience. The senses of touch and movement are located throughout the body -- in every cell. The senses of vision, hearing, taste and smell are located in the head. It is through our senses that we receive information from our internal environment (ourselves) and the external environment (others and the world).

Les Sens et les Perceptions - SOMAHow we filter, modify, distort, accept, reject, and use that information is part of the act of perceiving. Perception is a global experience. It is the psychophysical process of interpreting information based on past experience, present circumstances and future expectations.
When we choose to absorb information, we bond to that aspect of our environment. When we block out information, we defend against that aspect. Learning is the process by which we vary our responses to information based on the context of each situation. This course will include:

 
  • Exploration of the six senses (movement, touch, taste, smell, hearing and vision).
  • Analysis of the perceptual-response cycle as the process of perception.
  • Bonding, defending and learning as psychophysical processes based on your perceptions.
 
4 days; 28 contact hours

 

Basic Neurocellular Patterns

The Basic Neurocellular Patterns (formerly Basic Neurological Patterns) are the words of our movement. They are the building blocks for the phrases and sentences of our activities. They also establish a base for our perceptual relationships (including body image and spatial orientation) and for our learning and communication.

Les schèmes neurologiques fondamentaux - SOMA

The BNP are one of the foundations of Body-Mind Centering®  and are interwoven with the Embodied Anatomy (body-systems material) in later courses. The BNP have extensive application in the areas of movement and psychophysical expression.  Done in sequences, the BNP can also form the basis for a deep and ongoing personal movement practice. This course will include: 
 
  • Exploration of the prevertebrate patterns:  vibration, cellular, sponging, pulsation, mouthing, and prespinal. 
  • Exploration of the prevertebrate patterns:  vibration, cellular, sponging, pulsation, mouthing, and prespinal. 
  • Exploration of the vertebrate patterns:  spinal, homologous, homolateral, and contralateral. 
  • Distinguishing and integrating the actions of yield, push, reach and pull. 
  • Combinations of the vertebrate patterns that facilitate their integration.
  • Facilitating developmental repatterning in yourself and others.

 

7 days, 49 contact hours

 

Primitive Reflexes, Righting Reactions and Equilibrium Responses

Les réflexes primitifs, les réactions de redressement et les réponses d’équilibration  - SOMAIf the Basic Neurological Patterns are the words, the Primitive Reflexes, Righting Reactions and Equilibrium Responses are the fundamental elements, the alphabet, of our movement.  Underneath all successful, effortless movement are integrated reflexes, righting reactions and equilibrium responses.  The reflexes are the most primitive patterns that occur in response to specific stimuli, and they establish basic survival patterns of function.  The righting reactions are important in establishing a vertical or upright posture against gravity and a continuous head-torso axis.  The equilibrium responses are patterns which maintain balance of the whole body in the dynamic relationship between the shifting of one's center of gravity through space and one's base of support.

This course will include:

Fundamental building blocks of human movement (the alphabet of movement).
Postural tone and physiological flexion and extension.
Differentiating the RRR in relation to the three planes of movement (horizontal, vertical, sagittal).
The roles of the RRR in readiness for relating, relating to earth and heaven, gathering and reaching, taking hold
and letting go, weight bearing, rolling, vertical uprightness, locomotion and equilibrium.

6 days; 42 contact hours

 

Ontogenetic Development

 

The period from intrauterine life through approximately 12 months of age is an extraordinarily formative time for humans.  Our basic movement patterns emerge in utero, are present at birth, and develop through the first year of life.  It is during this time that we build the groundwork for our movement and perceptual skills and pass through the milestones by which we mark our development.

SOMA France - SME - Le développement ontogénétiqueThis course will include:

  • Developmental milestones including: fetal movement, nursing, head control, eye-hand coordination, rolling, cricumduction, belly crawling, quadrupedal creeping, sitting, kneel-sitting, kneel-standing, half kneel-sitting, half kneel-standing, squatting, standing, cruising, walking).
  • The sequence of development that allows the infant to progress through each and all skill levels during its development process.
  • Patterns of movement that inhibit more integrated skills from developing.
  • Facilitating integrated movement skills and inhibiting patterns which limit full development.

5 days; 35 contact hours

 

 

Application Courses

Infant Developmental Movement Education 1

Développement Moteur du Nourrisson - SOMAThe focus of the Infant Developmental Movement Education 1 and 2 courses is on learning a non-invasive, playful and heartful approach to interacting with infants and their families and on applying the developmental movement material specifically in facilitating normal movement in infants.
 
  • Developmental assessment of children from birth to 12 months.
  • Applications of developmental movement repatterning in working with infants.
  • Safe and appropriate handling of infants.
  • Educational play and toys. 
  • Professional issues in working with infants, parents and caregivers.
  • Indications, contraindications, scope of practice and referrals.
 
10 days, 70 contact hours

Infant Developmental Movement Education 2

Développement Moteur du Nourrisson - SOMADevelopmental assessment and movement repatterning skills in working with infants in relation to their parents, caregivers and other family members.

Developmental assessment and movement repatterning skills in working with infants in relation to daily activities and environment.

Professional issues in working with infants, parents and caregivers.
Professional issues in working as an infant developmental movement educator. 

 
10 days, 70 contact hours